Originally written on SCACC Hoops  |  Last updated 11/18/14

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 10: Zach Brown #47 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts to making an interception against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Kenan Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

RB Gio Bernard, LB Zach Brown and DE Quinton Coples were named to the All-ACC First Team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association. WR Dwight Jones, OG James Hurst and OT Jonathan Cooper were tapped for the second team. Receiving honorable mention were DT Tydreke Powell and specialist T.J. Thorpe

The ACC’s official site has the full list here.

Gio Bernard capped off a brilliant rookie campaign on Saturday with 165 yards versus Duke which earned him rookie of the week honors. Bernard finished the regular season with 1222 yards for 101.8 yards per game and 13 touchdowns. He became the first Tar Heel in 14 years to eclipse the 1000 yard mark in rushing. Quinton Coples followed up his All-ACC performance from a year ago with his second straight appearance on the first team. Coples finished the season with 51 tackles, 13 of them for a loss and 7.5 sacks. Linebacker Zach Brown was an absolute beast all season leading the Heels in tackles with 91. Brown had 11.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions.

The Heels appearing on the second team raise, in my opinion, some questions. First is Dwight Jones who led the ACC in receptions with 79 and receiving TDs with 11. Jones was third in receiving yards with 93.1 ypg behind the two players slotted on the first team Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Wake Forest’s Chris Givens. Watkins inclusion was a no brainer and he will also likely end up being rookie of the year. Givens led the ACC in receiving yards with over 100 per game which likely trumped Jones receptions and touchdown totals. The other two Heels on the second team were James Hurst and Jonathan Cooper, both offensive linemen. That’s right, UNC got two players on the All-ACC second team from an offensive line unit which underperformed all season long. I suppose there is some logic at work here involving Gio Bernard’s rushing total and the assumption that he could not have gotten to 1200 yards without a solid OL helping him except he sort of did. Either Cooper and Hurst were really good and the rest of the line was crap or voting for offensive linemen is a complete crapshoot because you don’t have as many concrete numbers to work with as you do other positions. In other words voting for offensive linemen on all conference teams is a little like voting for defensive POY awards in basketball. Absent block or steal totals, there is not much to go on there.

Congratulations to these Tar Heels on being recognized and being a big reason for the team’s success this year.

 

This article was originally published at http://tarheelfanblog.com. If you are interested in sharing your website's content with SCACCHoops.com, Contact Us.

 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao close to deal for fight

TJ Lang: Suh wanted to fight me after stepping on Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl

Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate during presser

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

Bill Belichick gives understated scouting report of Tom Brady

WATCH: Serena Williams loses point for yelling "come on!"

Report: Missy Elliott joining Katy Perry for halftime show

WATCH: Jimmy Butler throws down half-court alley-oop

President Obama zings Patriots over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's Player Of The Year candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots-Seahawks

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

Five most villainous Super Bowls of all time

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

Foster says UT boosters paid him $40-50K while in college

Ranking the repeat Super Bowl champions

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Super Bowl: Things you can't control

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.