DURHAM, N.C. – Led by four-time honoree Bryon Fields Jr., Duke landed a league-high 13 selections on the 68-member 2017 Academic All-ACC Football team announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Duke has now led the conference in Academic All-ACC selections for nine consecutive seasons.
Duke led all ACC schools with its 13 selections, followed by Pittsburgh (8), Clemson (7), Syracuse (6), Virginia (6), Louisville (5), N.C. State (5), Wake Forest (5), Miami (3), Virginia Tech (3), Boston College (2), Florida State (2), Georgia Tech (2) and North Carolina (1).
Joining Fields Jr. with multiple citations are three-time choices Gabe Brandner and Alonzo Saxton II as well as two-time selections Austin Davis, Ben Humphreys, Daniel Jones, Johnathan Lloyd and Chris Taylor. Representing the Blue Devils for the first time were Daniel Helm, Tre Hornbuckle, Davis Koppenhaver, Evan Lisle and Koby Quansah.
Fields Jr. becomes the 11th player in Duke history to earn Academic All-ACC recognition in four seasons, joining Travis Pearson (1990-91-92-93), Lee Butler (2009-10-11-12), Ross Cockrell (2010-11-12-13), Dave Harding (2010-11-12-13), Perry Simmons (2010-11-12-13), David Helton (2011-12-13-14), Laken Tomlinson (2011-12-13-14), Ross Martin (2012-13-14-15), Will Monday (2012-13-14-15) and DeVon Edwards (2013-14-15-16).
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 or better grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. The league has selected an Academic All-ACC Football team every year since 1954.