Fox, Bosher Named to Preseason All-ACC Team

Fox, Bosher Named to Preseason All-ACC Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Miami's senior offensive tackle Jason Fox and junior kicker Matt Bosher have been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Football Team, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Fox - an Outland Trophy candidate – has started 36 games in his career and is entering his third season as UM's full-time starting left tackle. Last season, he led the ‘Canes in grading out at 97% for the year.

Bosher is coming off a sophomore season in which he converted 18-of-20 field goal attempts en route to becoming a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation's top kicker. Bosher led UM and ranked second in the ACC in scoring last season with 94 points.

In all, 17 players who earned first or second-team or honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2008 were chosen for the 2009 preseason team, including 2009 first-team honorees Russell Wilson, Jonathan Dwyer, C.J. Spiller (as specialist), Rodney Hudson and Travis Baltz.

Nine members of the 2009 preseason team earned second team All-ACC honors last year including Bosher (who actually earned second-team All-ACC as a punter and placekicker), Spiller (as a running back), Jason Worilds, Morgan Burnett, Anthony Castonzo, Sergio Render, Alex Wujciak, Ras-I-Dowling and Kendric Burney. The 2008 honorable mention All-ACC selections were Vince Oghobaase, Matt Tennant and Willie Young.

As a team, Miami was selected by media members to finish fourth in the league's Coastal Division, garnering 282 points. Virginia Tech (78 first place votes) was selected as the Coastal Division champion with 512 points while Florida State (56 first place votes) was picked as the Atlantic Division winner with 479 points.

The Hokies were picked to win the league's championship game with 69 votes while Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer was chosen as the preseason player of the year with 39 votes.

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON FOOTBALL TEAM

OFFENSE

Position Name School No. In 2008 otherwise noted

QB Russell Wilson NC State 31 2008 1st-team All-ACC, ACC Rookie of the Year

RB Jonathan Dwyer Georgia Tech 41 2008 ACC Player of the Year,2009 Pre-Season Player of the Year

RB C.J. Spiller Clemson 38 Needs 921 all-purpose yards for ACC record

WR Demaryius Thomas Georgia Tech 15 Had more than half of Tech's catches

WR Jacoby Ford Clemson 31 2nd among active ACC players in yards, catches

TE Greg Boone Virginia Tech 32 22 catches for 278 yards

OT Jason Fox Miami 32 Graded out at 97% for the year

OT Anthony Castonzo Boston College 26 2008 second-team All-ACC

OG Sergio Render Virginia Tech 25 2008 second-team All-ACC, 39 career starts

OG Rodney Hudson Florida State 32 Named to 2009 Lombardi Trophy watch list

C Matt Tennant Boston College 23 On 2009 watch list for Rimington Trophy

PK Matt Bosher Miami 34 Made 18-of-20 FGAs; 2008 2nd Team All-ACC

DEFENSE

Position Name School No. In 2008 otherwise noted

DE Jason Worilds Virginia Tech 25 Recorded 18.5 tackles for loss, 2008 2nd-team All-ACC

DE Willie Young NC State 21 Credited with 65 QB pressures in his career

DT Vince Oghobaase Duke 34 Lott Trophy finalist has started 36 straight games

DT Marvin Austin North Carolina 25 Interception return for a TD and blocked PAT

LB Dekoda Watson Florida State 34 28 tackles in final four regular-season games

LB Quan Sturdivant North Carolina 28 Led the nation in unassisted tackles (87)

LB Alex Wujciak Maryland 18 13th nationally in total tackles (10.2 per game)

CB Ras-I Dowling Virginia 21 T-11 nationally in passes defended per game (1.27)

CB Kendric Burney North Carolina 13 Credited with 78 tackles

S Morgan Burnett Georgia Tech 34 Preseason All-American by 3 sources

S Kam Chancellor Virginia Tech 31 2 fumble recoveries, 2 INT

P Travis Baltz Maryland 38 Led ACC in punting average (41.1)

Specialist: C.J. Spiller, Clemson

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