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Three Virginia Tech players make preseason all-ACC team

After getting snubbed with no representatives on last year’s first-team all-ACC defense, Bud Foster’s unit received some redemption Wednesday when three Virginia Tech defensive players were named to the preseason all-ACC team.

Linebacker Bruce Taylor (42 votes), defensive end James Gayle (31) and cornerback Kyle Fuller (25) represented the Hokies, who had no offensive players make the list. Quarterback Logan Thomas finished second behind Clemson signal-caller Tajh Boyd in the voting

Florida State, Clemson and North Carolina each had a league-high four players make the team.

Gayle and Fuller both made the second team at the end of last season. Despite battling an ankle injury, Gayle finished with seven sacks in 2011. Fuller, meanwhile, had a team-high 14.5 tackles for a loss and was named the MVP of the defense, a unit that finished ranked 10th in the country in total defense.

Taylor missed six games last year after suffering a Lisfranc injury and undergoing foot surgery. He still had 53 tackles and was an honorable mention on the all-league team.

Taylor is expected to participate fully when Virginia Tech opens training camp next month.

Below you’ll find the complete all-ACC teams. Votes are in parentheses.


WR Conner Vernon, Duke (41)

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (68)

TE Matt Furstenburg, Maryland (35)

T James Hurst, North Carolina (48)

T Oday Aboushi, Virginia (29)

G Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (57)

G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (55)

C Dalton Freeman, Clemson (58)

QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson (29)

RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (60)

RB Andre Ellington, Clemson (53)


DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (59)

DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech (31)

DT Joe Vellano, Maryland (58)

DT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest (33)

LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (49)

LB Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech (42)

LB Steve Greer, Virginia (32)

CB David Amerson, NC State (63)

CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (25)

S Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (45)

S Earl Wolff, NC State (30)


PKDustin Hopkins, Florida State (54)

PDalton Botts, Miami (65)

SPGreg Reid, Florida State (35)

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.


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