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Conner Vernon
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Conner Vernon
Cockrell, Vernon & Monday Named to All-ACC 1st Team
Wednesday 12/05/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was chosen as the ACC Coach of Year and wide receiver Conner Vernon, cornerback Ross Cockrell and punter Will Monday headlined a list of seven Blue Devils that received All-ACC recognition as the conference released its' inaugural coaches' all-league football honors on Wednesday afternoon.

Vernon, Cockrell and Monday received first team honors, while safety Walt Canty earned a second team nod and defensive end Kenny Anunike, wide receiver Jamison Crowder and placekicker Ross Martin earned honorable mention honors. Cutcliffe received seven votes as the ACC Coach of the Year after leading Duke to a 6-6 record and the program's first bowl game since the 1994 season.

This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and cast ballots that yielded two points for first-team and one point for second-team selections.

Anunike, a redshirt senior defensive end from Galena, Ohio, who will return for a sixth season of eligibility in 2013, has totaled 42 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 quarterback sacks and one caused fumble this season.

Canty, a senior safety and co-captain from Roebuck, S.C., paces the Blue Devils in tackles with 102 while ranking ninth in the conference in tackles per game (8.50).  He has added 5.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and one interception on the year.

Cockrell, a redshirt junior cornerback from Waxhaw, N.C., leads the ACC in interceptions with five while ranking third in total passes defended with 17.  In 12 games, he has compiled 63 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 12 pass breakups.

Crowder, a sophomore wide receiver from Monroe, N.C., has 70 receptions for 1,025 yards and eight touchdowns on the year.  In the regular season finale against Miami, he caught eight passes for a career-high 203 yards including an ACC record and NCAA record-tying 99-yard touchdown pass from Sean Renfree.

Martin, a freshman kicker from Solon, Ohio, has tallied 98 total points in 2012 by making 18-of-20 field goal attempts and all 44 of his PAT conversions.  In the ACC, he ranks first in PAT percentage (1.000), third in field goals per game (1.50) and seventh in points per game (8.17).

Monday, a redshirt freshman punter from Flowery Branch, Ga., leads the conference and ranks 14th nationally in punting average at 44.12. 

Vernon, a senior wide receiver and co-captain from Miami, Fla., earns second team All-ACC accolades for the third consecutive season.  Through 12 games, he has caught a team-best and school single-season record 75 passes for 955 yards and seven touchdowns.  Earlier this season, Vernon became the ACC's all-time leader in both pass receptions and receiving yardage and his 47-game career totals stand at 273 catches for 3,630 yards and 20 touchdowns.

2012 ACC League Honors

ACC Player of the Year (votes in parentheses)
Tajh Boyd, Clemson, QB, 6-1, 225, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (7)

ACC Offensive Player of the Year
Tajh Boyd, Clemson, QB, 6-1, 225, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (7)

ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE, 6-4, 273, Jr., Berlin, Germany (9)

ACC Rookie of the Year
Duke Johnson, Miami, RB, 5-9, 183, Fr., Miami, Fla. (8)

ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year
Duke Johnson, Miami, RB, 5-9, 183, Fr., Miami, Fla. (8)

ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Ronald Darby, Florida State, CB, 5-11, 176, Fr., Oxon Hill, Md. (5)

ACC Coach of the Year
David Cutcliffe, Duke (7)

2012 Coaches All-ACC Football Team

Offense

First Team
QB-Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 6-1, 225, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va.  (22)
RB-Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, 5-10, 205, So.-R, Davie, Fla. (22)
RB-Andre Ellington, Clemson, 5-10, 190, Sr.-R, Moncks Corner, S.C. (21)
WR-DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, 6-1, 200, Jr., Central, S.C. (22)
WR-Conner Vernon, Duke, 6-1, 195, Sr., Miami, Fla. (14)
TE-Brandon Ford, Clemson, 6-4, 235, Gr., Wando, S.C. (17)
T-James Hurst, North Carolina, 6-7, 300, Jr., Plainfield, Ind. (14)
T-Oday Aboushi, Virginia, 6-6, 310, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y. (13)
G-Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, 6-3, 295, Sr., Wilmington, N.Y. (21)
G-Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 300, Sr.-R, Lithonia, Ga. (14)
C-Dalton Freeman, Clemson, 6-5, 285, Gr., Pelion, S.C. (17)

Second Team
QB-EJ Manuel, Florida State, 6-5, 245, Sr., Virginia Beach, Va. (12)
RB-Chris Thompson, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Sr., Greenville, Fla. (13)
RB-Duke Johnson, Miami, 5-9, 183, Fr., Miami, Fla. (10)
WR-Alex Amidon, Boston College, 5-11, 186, Jr., Greenfield, Mass. (11)
WR-Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, 5-10, 190, Jr.-R, Clarksville, Md. (10)
TE-Eric Ebron, North Carolina, 6-4, 235, So., Greensboro, N.C. (13)
T-Brandon Thomas, Clemson, 6-3, 300, Jr.-R, Spartanburg, S.C. (10)
T-Emmett Cleary, Boston College, 6-7, 313, Sr.-R, Arlington Heights, Ill. (9)
G-R.J. Mattes, NC State, 6-6, 313, Sr.-R, Concord, N.C. (11)
G-Tre' Jackson, Florida State, 6-4, 310, So., Jessup, Ga. (9)
C-Bryan Stork, Florida State, 6-4, 299, Jr., Vero Beach, Fla. (9)

Honorable Mention (2 or more points)
Offense-QB Mike Glennon, Sr.-R, NC State (2); RB-Orwin Smith, Sr., Georgia Tech (2); WR-Sammy Watkins, So., Clemson (5); Rashad Greene, So., Florida State (3); Jamison Crowder, So., Duke (2); Marcus Davis, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (2); TE-Nick O'Leary, So., Florida State (4); T-Cameron Erving, So., Florida State (7); Brennan Williams, Sr., North Carolina (5); Menelik Watson, Fr., Florida State (3); Morgan Moses, Jr., Virginia (3); Seantrel Henderson, So., Miami (3); Vinston Painter, Sr., Virginia Tech (2); G-Josue Matias, So., Florida State (7); Brandon Linder, Jr., Miami (4); Michael Via, Sr., Virginia Tech; C-Cameron Wentz, Sr., NC State (3); Shane McDermott, Sr.-R, Miami (3); Jay Finch, Jr., Georgia Tech (2); PK-Ross Martin, Fr., Duke (3); Casey Barth, Sr.-R, North Carolina (3); SP-Duke Johnson, Fr., Miami (8); Jamal Golden, So., Georgia Tech (2).

Defense

First Team
DE-Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, 6-5, 267, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio (22)
DE-Bjoern Werner, Florida State, 6-4, 273, Jr., Berlin, Germany (21)
DT-Joe Vellano, Maryland, 6-1, 285, Sr., Rexford, N.Y. (20)
DT-Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, 6-3, 315, Sr., Jefferson City, Mo. (16)
LB-Nick Clancy, Boston College, 6-3, 232, Sr., Plainfield, Ill. (18)
LB-Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, 5-11, 230, Jr., Oakton, Va. (13)
LB-Kevin Reddick, North Carolina, 6-3, 240, Sr., New Bern, N.C. (13)
CB-Ross Cockrell, Duke, 6-0, 180, Jr., Waxhaw, N.C. (18)
CB-Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, 6-2, 215, Jr., Miami, Fla. (17)
S-Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-9, 204, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (18)
S-Earl Wolff, NC State, 6-0, 207, Gr., Raeford, N.C. (14)

Second Team
DE-James Gayle, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 250, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (10)
DE-Kareem Martin, North Carolina, 6-6, 260, Jr., Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (5)
DT-Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, 5-11, 260, Jr.-R, Wylie, Texas (9)
DT (Tie)-Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, 6-3, 297, So., Lake City, Fla. (6)
DT (Tie)-Everett Dawkins, Florida State, 6-2, 295, Sr., Spartanburg, S.C. (6)
LB-Christian Jones, Florida State, 6-4, 240, Jr., Winter Park, Fla. (12)
LB-Steve Greer, Virginia, 6-2, 225, Sr.-R, Solon, Ohio (12)
LB-Demetrius Hartsfield, Maryland, 6-2, 240, Sr.-R, Raleigh, N.C. (9)
CB-David Amerson, NC State, 6-3, 194, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. (12)
CB-Antone Exum, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 219, Jr.-R, Glen Allen, Va. (8)
S-Walt Canty, Duke, 6-1, 220, Sr., Roebuck, S.C. (8)
S-Brandan Bishop, NC State, 6-2, 205, Sr., Boca Raton, Fla. (7)

Honorable Mention
Defense-DE-Kenny Anunike, Sr.-R, Duke (4); A.J. Francis, Sr.-R, Maryland (4); Anthony Chickillo, So., Miami (3); Mallaciah Goodman, Sr., Clemson (2); DT-Anthony Hopkins, Sr-R., Virginia Tech; Anthony McCloud, Sr., Florida State (3); Grady Jarrett, So., Clemson (2); T.J. Barnes, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (2); LB-Jeremiah Attaochu, Jr., Georgia Tech (6); Bruce Taylor, Sr., Virginia Tech (5); LaRoy Reynolds, Sr., Virginia (4); Kenny Tate, Sr.-R, Maryland (4); Kevin Pierre-Louis, Jr., Boston College (2); Darin Drakeford, Sr., Maryland (2); Denzel Perryman, So., Miami (2);  CB-Kevin Johnson, So.-R, Wake Forest (4); Kyle Fuller, Jr., Virginia Tech (4); Tim Scott, So., North Carolina (3); Demetrious Nicholson, So., Virginia (3); S-Rashard Hall, Gr-R, Clemson (6); Tre Boston, Jr., North Carolina (6); Jonathan Meeks, Sr., Clemson (4); Vaughn Telemaque, Sr.-R, Miami (4); A.J. Marshall, Jr., Wake Forest; P-Gerald Levano, Sr.-R, Boston College (5).

Special Teams

First Team
PK-Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 6-2, 190, Sr. Houston, Texas (20)
P-Will Monday, Duke, 6-4, 200, Fr.-R, Flowery Branch, Ga. (17)
SP-Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, 5-10, 2-5, So.-R, Davie, Fla. (13)

Second Team
PK-Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson, 6-2, 200, Jr.-R, Greenville, S.C. (9)
P-Tommy Hibbard, North Carolina, 5-10, 195, So., Charlotte, N.C. (14)
SP-Stefon Diggs, Maryland, 6-0, 185, Fr., Gaithersburg, Md. (11)

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