PFN Preseason All-ACC Team 2022: A.T. Perry, Josh Downs, and Dontayvion Wicks headline star-studded offense

    The PFN All-ACC Team awards the top players on both sides of the ball from the ACC ahead of the 2022 college football season.

    The ACC should be dominated by top quarterback play during the 2022 college football season. However, when looking at the Pro Football Network 2022 Preseason All-ACC Team, it’s apparent that they’ll also have their hands full with the talent on the defensive side all the same. Presented in conjunction with our release of our College Football All-Americans, we at PFN debut our 2022 Preseason All-ACC Team, as voted on by our team of national analysts and NFL draft evaluators.

    PFN’s 2022 All-ACC Team

    It’s important to note that these teams may look a bit different than the All-Conference teams listed by each individual conference. Our teams mirror our All-Americans, taking into consideration not only what a player has accomplished to date, but looking forward to what we expect to see based on the growth of the athlete’s career.

    Offense | First team

    QB: Devin Leary, NC State
    RB: Sean Tucker, Syracuse
    RB: Jaylan Knighton, Miami (FL)
    WR: A.T. Perry, Wake Forest
    WR: Josh Downs, North Carolina
    WR: Dontayvion Wicks, Virginia
    TE: Will Mallory, Miami (FL)
    FLEX: Keytaon Thompson, Virginia
    OT: Jordan McFadden, Clemson
    G: Caleb Chandler, Louisville
    C: Michael Jurgens, Wake Forest
    G: Marcus Minor, Pittsburgh
    OT: Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse

    Defense | First team

    EDGE: Myles Murphy, Clemson
    DT: Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh
    DT: Bryan Bresee, Clemson
    EDGE: Habakkuk Baldonado, Pittsburgh
    LB: Trenton Simpson, Clemson
    LB: Yasir Abdullah, Louisville
    LB: Mikel Jones, Syracuse
    CB: Garrett Williams, Syracuse
    CB: Darian Chestnut, Syracuse
    CB: Kei’Trel Clark, Louisville
    S: Andrew Mukuba, Clemson
    S: Jammie Robinson, Florida State
    FLEX: James Williams, Miami (FL)

    Specialists | First team

    PK: B.T. Potter, Clemson
    P: Lou Hedley, Miami (FL)
    KR: Jaylen Stinson, Duke
    PR: Taylor Morin, Wake Forest
    LS: Evan Deckers, Duke

    The first-team All-ACC indicates the strength of the talent level expected on the field this fall. It’s a dominant skill unit led by 1,000-yard receivers and a potential record-breaking running back from Syracuse. On defense, the strength of the conference is along the defensive line where the Clemson Tigers and Pittsburgh Panthers take all four spots. Both Pitt and Clemson also placed a third defensive lineman on the second team.

    Offense | Second team

    QB: Malik Cunningham, Louisville
    RB: Will Shipley, Clemson
    RB: Pat Garwo III, Boston College
    WR: Zay Flowers, Boston College
    WR: Devin Carter, NC State
    WR: Jared Wayne, Pittsburgh
    TE: Marshon Ford, Louisville
    FLEX: DJ Scaife Jr., Miami (FL)
    OT: Zion Nelson, Miami (FL)
    G: Kaden Moore, Virginia Tech
    C: Jakai Clark, Miami (FL)
    G: Loic Ngassam Nya, Wake Forest
    OT: Carter Warren, Pittsburgh

    Defense | Second team

    EDGE: Deslin Alexandre, Pittsburgh
    DT: Robert Cooper, Florida State
    DT: Tyler Davis, Clemson
    EDGE: Rondell Bothroyd, Wake Forest
    LB: Kalen DeLoach, Florida State
    LB: Dax Hollifield, Virginia Tech
    LB: SirVocea Dennis, Pittsburgh
    CB: Tyler Baker-Williams, NC State
    CB: Josh DeBerry, Boston College
    CB: Anthony Johnson, Virginia
    S: Jaiden Woodbey, Boston College
    S: Cam’Ron Kelly, North Carolina
    FLEX: Kam Arnold, Boston College

    Specialists | Second team

    PK: Andres Borregales, Miami (FL)
    P: Porter Wilson, Duke
    KR: Trebor Pena, Syracuse
    PR: Courtney Jackson, Syracuse
    LS: Joe Shimko, NC State

    The nation’s top dual-threat quarterback headlines the second-team All-ACC unit as Malik Cunningham is a challenge to contain. Furthering their recent success in the secondary, Boston College places a trio of back seven defenders including safety-turned-linebacker Kam Arnold.

    Offense | Honorable mention

    Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (FL)
    Sam Hartman, Wake Forest

    Kobe Pace
    , Clemson
    Jalen Mitchell, Louisville
    Israel Abanikanda, Pittsburgh
    Dontae Smith, Georgia Tech

    Malachi Carter
    , Georgia Tech
    Beaux Collins, Clemson
    Jalon Calhoun, Duke
    Key’Shawn Smith, Miami (FL)
    Joseph Ngata, Clemson
    Thayer Thomas, NC State

    Camren McDonald
    , Florida State
    Gavin Bartholomew, Pittsburgh

    Garrett Shrader
    , Syracuse
    Antoine Green, North Carolina

    DeVonte Gordon
    , Wake Forest
    Trevor Reid, Louisville
    Robert Scott Jr., Florida State
    Asim Richards, North Carolina

    Dillan Gibbons
    , Florida State
    Jacob Monk, Duke
    Sean Maginn, Wake Forest
    Dakota Davis, Syracuse

    Grant Gibson
    , NC State
    Owen Drexel, Pittsburgh

    Defense | Honorable mention

    Jared Verse, Florida State
    Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    YaYa Diaby, Louisville
    R.J. Oben, Duke

    Myles Murphy
    , North Carolina
    Raymond Vohasek, North Carolina
    DeWayne Carter, Duke
    Fabien Lovett, Florida State

    Charlie Thomas
    , Georgia Tech
    Shaka Heyward, Duke
    Ayinde Eley, Georgia Tech
    Isaiah Moore, NC State
    Drake Thomas, NC State
    Payton Wilson, NC State

    Derrek Pitts Jr., NC State
    Sheridan Jones, Clemson
    Erick Hallett II, Pittsburgh
    Shyheim Battle, NC State
    Omarion Cooper, Florida State
    Zamari Walton, Georgia Tech

    Akeem Dent, Florida State
    R.J. Mickens, Clemson
    Kenderick Duncan, Louisville
    Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech

    Marcus Valdez, Boston College
    Dorian Strong, Virginia Tech
    Shitta Sillah, Boston College

    Specialists | Honorable mention

    Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
    Sam Scarton, Pittsburgh

    Alex Mastromanno, Florida State
    Peter Moore, Virginia Tech

    Israel Abanikanda, Pittsburgh
    Will Shipley, Clemson

    Thayer Thomas, NC State
    Jacolby George, Miami (FL)

    Drew Little, North Carolina
    Cade Long, Georgia Tech

    For the rest of the Pro Football Network All-Conference Teams, view each conference here: B1GBig 12Pac-12SECIndependentsAACC-USAMACMWCSun Belt

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