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The 2021 College Football All-ACC Team

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) warms up before the game against the New Hampshire Wildcats at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 college football regular season has officially come to a close, and now it’s time to recognize the top players across the country with PFF’s all-conference teams and conference players of the year.

With the help of PFF grades and advanced statistics — which are now available to PFF’s CFB Premium Stats+ Subscribers — we present to you the 2021 ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year and All-ACC teams.

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POWER FIVE: Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC

GROUP OF FIVE: AAC | C-USA | MAC | Mountain West | Sun Belt


ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt Panthers

Pickett is one of, if not the most improved players in all of college football this season. He went from producing more turnover-worthy plays than big-time throws in 2018, 2019 and 2020 while earning PFF grades of 60.6, 75.0 and 69.8. This year, Pickett produced nearly double the amount of big-time throws than turnover-worthy plays (29 to 15) en route to a 92.4 PFF grade in regular-season action.

ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Edge Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State Seminoles

Johnson transferred from Georgia to Florida State so that he could be the leader of a defense, and he has been just that down in Tallahassee.

The 6-foot-5, 262-pound edge defender produced at least one sack in nine of his 12 outings and racked up 14 in total for the season. Against the run, Johnson is the only edge defender in the Power Five who ranks top-15 in both run stops and negatively graded play rate.

The Seminoles edge defender earned a grade north of 75.0 in run defense and as a pass-rusher, something no other ACC edge defender accomplished in 2021.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-ACC

QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt
RB Sean Tucker, Syracuse
RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech
WR Jordan Addison, Pitt
WR Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest
WR Josh Downs, North Carolina
TE Marshon Ford, Louisville
LT Ikem Ekwonu, NC State
LG Caleb Chandler, Louisville
C Alec Lindstrom, Boston College
RG Christian Mahogany, Boston College
RT Jarrid Williams, Miami (FL)

DI Calijah Kancey, Pitt
DI Robert Cooper, Florida State
ED Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State
ED Myles Murphy, Clemson
LB Drake Thomas, NC State
LB Mikel Jones, Syracuse
CB Mario Goodrich, Clemson
CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson
S Traveon Redd, Wake Forest
S Joey Blount, Virginia
FLEX D Josh DeBerry, Boston College

K Nick Sciba, Wake Forest
P Ivan Mora, Wake Forest
KR Zonovan Knight, NC State
PR Tayvion Robinson, Virginia Tech

SECOND-TEAM ALL-ACC

QB Brennan Armstrong, Virginia
RB Ty Chandler, North Carolina
RB Dontae Smith, Georgia Tech
WR Keytaon Thompson, Virginia
WR A.T. Perry, Wake Forest
WR Dontayvion Wicks, Virginia
TE Jelani Woods, Virginia
LT Jordan McFadden, Clemson
LG Zion Johnson, Boston College
C Olusegun Oluwatimi, Virginia
RG DJ Scaife Jr., Miami (FL)
RT Ben Petrula, Boston College

DI Jordan Williams, Virginia Tech
DI Nesta Jade Silvera, Miami (FL)
ED Habakkuk Baldonado, Pitt
ED Xavier Thomas, Clemson
LB Jeremiah Gemmel, North Carolina
LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson
CB Caelen Carson, Wake Forest
CB Shyheim Battle, NC State
S Jammie Robinson, Florida State
S Andrew Mukuba, Clemson
FLEX D Tyler Baker-Williams, NC State

K B.T. Potter, Clemson
P Jacob Finn, Virginia
KR Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech
PR Thayer Thomas, NC State

THIRD-TEAM ALL-ACC

QB Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
RB Raheem Blackshear, Virginia Tech
RB Treshaun Ward, Florida State
WR Emeka Emezie, NC State
WR Charleston Rambo, Miami (FL)
WR Zay Flowers, Boston College
TE Gavin Bartholomew, Pitt
LT Zach Tom, Wake Forest
LG Marcus Minor, Pitt
C Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke
RG Jake Kradel, Pitt
RT Parker Clements, Virginia Tech

DI Raymond Vohasek, North Carolina
DI Jared Harrison-Hunte, Miami (FL)
ED Rondell Bothroyd, Wake Forest
ED YaYa Diaby, Louisville
LB Amari Gainer, Florida State
LB Charlie Thomas, Georgia Tech
CB Elijah Jones, Boston College
CB Anthony Johnson, Virginia
S Kenderick Duncan, Louisville
S R.J. Mickens, Clemson
FLEX D Tyrique Stevenson, Miami (FL)

K John Parker Romo, Virginia Tech
P Trenton Gill, NC State
KR Trebor Pena, Syracuse
PR Braden Smith, Louisville

HONORABLE MENTION

QB Sam Howell, North Carolina
RB Jashaun Corbin, Florida State
RB Zonovan Knight, NC State
WR Jalon Calhoun, Duke
WR Tre Turner, Virginia Tech
WR Jake Bobo, Duke
TE Trae Barry, Boston College
LT Carter Warren, Pitt
LG Ryan Nelson, Virginia
C Cole Bentley, Louisville
RG Marcus McKethan, North Carolina
RT Jordan Tucker, North Carolina

DI Tyler Davis, Clemson
DI Cory Durden, NC State
ED Marcus Valdez, Boston College
ED Yasir Abdullah, Louisville
LB Phil Campbell III, Pitt
LB John Petrishen, Pitt
CB Marquis Williams, Pitt
CB Damarri Mathis, Pitt
S Giovanni Biggers, North Carolina
S Mike Palmer, Boston College
FLEX D Duce Chestnut, Syracuse

K Andres Borregales, Miaami (FL)
P Lou Hedley, Miami (FL)
KR Will Shipley, Clemson
PR Courtney Jackson, Syracuse


Click to view PFF's 2021 All-Conference teams

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GROUP OF FIVE: AAC | C-USA | MAC | Mountain West | Sun Belt

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