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Vernon Named Preseason All-ACC
Thursday 07/25/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Duke senior wide receiver Conner Vernon has been selected to the Preseason All-ACC Football Team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff held July 22-23 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

A 6-1, 200-pound wide receiver from Miami, Fla., Vernon enters his senior season in position to break the ACC's all-time receptions and receiving yards records. With 198 career catches for 2,675 yards, Vernon ranks seventh and 16th on the conference's all-time list in those categories, respectively, and needs 35 catches for 843 yards to break those marks. He is just nine receptions and 643 receiving yards short of setting new Duke records in those categories.

Vernon is one of two wide receivers on the Preseason All-ACC list, standing alongside Clemson sophomore receiver Sammy Watkins, a 2011 All-America selection.

An All-ACC second team selection in 2010 and 2011, Vernon has caught at least 55 passes and posted at least 746 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, including back-to-back 70-catch, 900-yards receiving seasons as a sophomore and junior. He is the first player in ACC history to catch 70 passes in back-to-back seasons and has a chance to become the league's first player to record at least 50 receptions for at least 700 yards in four straight seasons.

As a junior, Vernon hauled in a team-high 70 catches for 956 yards and six touchdowns, good for an average of 13.66 yards per reception. He has led Duke in receptions and receiving yards in two straight seasons and ranked among the ACC's top five in both categories in 2010 and 2011.

Vernon and redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree will lead a Duke passing attack that is annually one of the best in the ACC. The duo has hooked up for 10 touchdown passes, tied for the sixth most between a quarterback-receiver combination in school history, and last year anchored a Duke passing game that was the second best in the ACC in passing yards per game and pass completions.  

Vernon is the NCAA's active leader in receptions and receiving yards and is on a streak of 35 consecutive games with at least one reception, which also leads all FBS receivers heading into 2012. He was one of 49 players named to the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, an honor that goes to the top receiver in the country.

The Blue Devils open the 2012 season with a home contest against FIU on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Duke season tickets are available online at www.GoDuke.com/tickets or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE.

2012 Preseason All-ACC Football Team

Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
WR Conner Vernon, Duke (41) 6-2 195 Senior Miami, Fla.
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (68) 6-1 200 Sophomore Fort Myers, Fla.
TE Matt Furstenburg, Maryland (35) 6-4 245 Senior Flemington, N.J.
T James Hurst, North Carolina (48) 6-7 300 Junior Plainfield, Ind.
T Oday Aboushi, Virginia (29) 6-6 310 Senior Brooklyn, N.Y.
G  Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (57) 6-3 300 Senior Lithonia, Ga.
G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (55) 6-3 295 Senior Wilmington, N.C.
C Dalton Freeman, Clemson (58) 6-3 285 Senior Pelion, S.C.
QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson (29) 6-1 225 Junior Hampton, Va.
RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (60) 5-10 205 Sophomore Davie, Fla.
RB Andre Ellington, Clemson (53) 5-10 190 Senior Moncks Corner, S.C.

Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (59) 6-3 265 Senior Tallahassee, Fla.
DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech (31) 6-4 250 Junior Hampton, Va.
DT Joe Vellano, Maryland (58) 6-1 285 Senior Rexford, N.Y.
DT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest (33) 5-11 260 Junior Wylie, Texas
LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (49) 6-3 240 Senior New Bern, N.C.
LB Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech (42) 6-2 253 Senior Riceboro, Ga.
LB Steve Greer, Virginia (32) 6-2 225 Senior Solon, Ohio
CB David Amerson, NC State (63) 6-3 194 Junior Greensboro, N.C.
CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (25) 6-0 181 Junior Baltimore, Md.
S Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (45) 5-8 204 Junior Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
S Earl Wolff, NC State (30) 6-0 207 Senior Raeford, N.C.

Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
PK Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (54) 6-2 190 Senior Houston, Texas
P Dalton Botts, Miami (65) 6-3 198 Senior Taft, Calif.
SP Greg Reid, Florida State (35) 5-8 186 Senior Valdosta, Ga.


Top Voting by Position
(Top four in voting only)


1. Tajh Boyd, CL 29
2. Logan Thomas, VT 16
3. EJ Manuel, FSU 15
4. Mike Glennon, NCS 6
Running Back (Top 2)
1. Giovani Bernard, UNC 60
2. Andre Ellington, CL 53
3. Orwin Smith, GT 11
4. Perry Jones, UVa 8
Wide Receiver (Top 2)
1. Sammy Watkins, CL 68*
2. Conner Vernon, DU 41
3. DeAndre Hopkins, CL 15
4. Erik Highsmith, UNC 5
Tight End
1. Matt Furstenburg, MD 35
2. Nick O'Leary, FSU 16
3. Chris Pantale, BC 11
4. Mike Phillips, UVa 4
Offensive Tackle (Top 2)
1. James Hurst, UNC 48
2. Oday Aboushi, UVa 29
3. Morgan Moses, UVa 28
4. Emmett Cleary, BC 18
Offensive Guard (Top 2)
1. Omoregie Uzzi, GT 57
2.  Jonathan Cooper, UNC 55
3. R.J. Mattes, NCS 8
4. Brad Linder, UM 4
1. Dalton Freeman, CL 58
2. Andrew Miller, VT 6
3. Camden Wentz, NCS 3
4. Jay Finch, GT 1
Defensive End (Top  3)
1. Brandon Jenkins, FSU 59
2. James Gayle, VT 31
3. Malliciah Goodman, CL 20
4.  Bjoern Werner, FSU 12
Defensive Tackle (Top 3)
1.  Joe Vellano, MD 58
2. Nikita Whitlock, WF 33
3. Everett Dawkins, FSU 22
4. Sylvester Williams, UNC 13
Linebacker (Top 3)
1. Kevin Reddick, UNC 49
2. Bruce Taylor, VT 42
3. Steve Greer, UVa 32
4. Jeremiah Attaochu, GT 23
5. Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC 19
Cornerback (Top 2)
1. David Amerson, NCS 63
2. Kyle Fuller, VT 25
3. Xavier Rhodes, FSU 21
4. Greg Reid, FSU 11
Safety (Top 2)
1.  Lamarcus Joyner, FSU 45
2.  Earl Wolff, NCS 30
3.  Rashard Hall, CL 21
4.  Isaiah Johnson, GT 13
1. Dustin Hopkins, FSU 54
2. Chandler Catanzaro, CL 8
3. Casey Barth, UNC 4
4. Nate Freese, BC 1
  Justin Moore, GT 1
1. Dalton Botts, UM 65
2. Nick Ferrara, MD 2
3. Brad Craddock, MD 1
1. Greg Reid, FSU 35
2. Sammy Watkins, CL 20
3. Michael Campanaro, WF 5
  T.J. Thorpe, UNC 5
*Denotes unanimous selection


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