Preseason All-ACC team announced

GREENSBORO - Four Duke players and one UNC player make the list.  The Tar Heels are represented by specialist Ryan Switzer who is a wide receiver but also returns kicks.

Duke linebacker Kelby Brown, safety Jeremy Cash, wide receiver Jamison Crowder and offensive guard Laken Tomlinson were named to the 2014 Preseason All-ACC Team by a vote of attending media members at the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff at Grandover Resort.

Duke's four selections were the second most in the league, trailing only reigning national champion Florida State's nine. The Blue Devils, who won the ACC Coastal Division in 2013 with a 6-2 league record and a 10-4 overall mark, were also picked to finish second in the Coastal Division in the media's Preseason All-ACC Poll released Monday.

Crowder, a 5-9, 175-pound senior who was an All-America second team selection at punt returner in 2013, was the top vote-getter among league wide receivers. A watch list selection for the Biletnikoff, Walter Camp, Maxwell and Hornung Awards, Crowder enters 2014 as the ACC's active leader in receiving yards and receptions. He hauled in an ACC-record 108 catches for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013 to go with one rushing touchdown, two punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.04 yards per punt return.

Cash, a 6-2, 205-pound redshirt junior who also appeared on the preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award, enters 2014 as Duke's starter at the Strike safety position. In 2013, he amassed 121 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. A 2013 All-America second team selection by USA Today and an All-ACC first team pick by the league's media, Cash's 121 tackles were the second-most in the ACC, trailing only teammate David Helton's 133.

Brown, a 6-2, 230-pound redshirt senior, ranked second in the ACC with 8.8 tackles per game in 2013 on the way to All-ACC first team honors. He added 11.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, two interceptions, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and eight QB pressures just one year after missing the entire 2012 season due to a knee injury. He is on the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, Bednarik Award and Rotary Lombardi Award.

Tomlinson, a 6-3, 320-pound redshirt senior, anchored a Duke offense that established school single-season records for total first downs (298), offensive yards (5,966) and points (459) in 2013. A second team All-ACC pick last season, Tomlinson, who was also named a preseason All-America second team selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, is entering his fourth season as Duke's starter at right guard.

2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team                                                             

Pos.   Name (Votes)                                                   Ht           Wt          Class                    Hometown
WR     Jamison Crowder, Duke (68)                       5-9          175         Senior                 Monroe, N.C.
WR     Rashad Greene, Florida State (56)            6-0          178         Senior                 Albany, Ga.                              
WR     DeVante Parker, Louisville (32)                  6-3          208         Senior                 Louisville, Ky.
TE       Nick O'Leary, Florida State (86)                  6-3          244         Senior                 Palm Beach, Fla.
T          Cameron Erving, Florida State (82)           6-6          302         Senior-R             Moultrie, Ga.                          
T          Sean Hickey, Syracuse (26)                          6-5          300         Senior                 Murrysville, Pa.
G         Tre' Jackson, Florida State (82)                   6-4          339         Senior                 Jesup, Ga.                
G         Laken Tomlinson, Duke (52)                       6-3          330         Senior-R            Chicago, Ill.
C         Andy Gallik, Boston College (39)                6-3          304         Senior-R             Evergreen Park, Ill.
QB      Jameis Winston, Florida State (97)            6-4          235         Sophomore-R  Bessemer, Ala.
RB       Duke Johnson, Miami (95)                           5-9          206         Junior                  Miami, Fla.
RB       Karlos Williams, Florida State (37)             6-1          219         Senior                 Davenport, Fla.

Pos.   Name (Votes)                                                   Ht           Wt          Class                    Hometown                              
DE       Vic Beasley, Clemson (96)                            6-2          235         Senior-R             Adairsville, Ga.
DE       Mario Edwards, Jr., Florida State (66)      6-3          294         Junior                  Gautier, Miss.
DT       Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech (74)              6-1          291         Senior                 Delray Beach, Fla.
DT       Grady Jarrett, Clemson (61)                        6-1          295         Senior                 Conyers, Ga.
LB       Denzel Perryman, Miami (82)                     6-0          242         Senior                 Coral Gables, Fla.
LB       Kelby Brown, Duke (74)                                6-2          230         Senior-R            Matthews, N.C.
LB       Stephone Anthony, Clemson (55)            6-2          245         Senior                 Polkton, N.C.
CB       Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech (80)                5-11       195         Sophomore      Baltimore, Md.
CB       P.J. Williams, Florida State (60)                   6-0          196         Junior                  Ocala, Fla.
S          Anthony Harris, Virginia (80)                       6-1          185         Senior                 Chesterfield, Va.
S          Jeremy Cash, Duke (56)                                6-2          205         Junior-R             Miami, Fla.

Pos.   Name (Votes)                                                   Ht           Wt          Class                    Hometown
PK       Roberto Aguayo, Florida State (79)          6-1          209         Sophomore      Mascotte, Fla.
P         A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech (29)                   6-1          212         Junior                  Terra Haute, Ind..
SP       Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (68)             5-10       180         Sophomore      Charleston, W. Va.

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