Virginia's Quin Blanding, Virginia Tech's Isaiah Ford make All-ACC preseason football team

Blanding was second in tackles for #UVA last season, while Ford set #Hokies' school records in receiving

Virginia safety Quin Blanding and Virginia Tech wide receiver Isaiah Ford were the only two representatives from the respective programs included Wednesday on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason football team.

Clemson had a conference-high 10 players named to the team, which was selected via last week's vote by 191 participating media members in Charlotte, N.C., at the ACC Kickoff event. Clemson's Deshaun Watson, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, received 188 votes at the quarterback position — more votes than any other player.

Blanding, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior from Virginia Beach who was chosen first-team All-ACC after last season by the media, finished second in the ACC and 20th in the nation last fall with 115 tackles. He was behind only teammate Micah Kiser's 117 tackles in the ACC. 

Ford, a 6-2, 190-pound junior from Jacksonville, Fla., established single-season school records last season with 75 catches for 1,164 yards and 11 touchdowns. His receiving yards and touchdowns led the conference, and he was selected first-team All-ACC after last season by the coaches and media.

If he gets at least 54 more catches this season, he'll become Tech's career leader, surpassing Jarrett Boykin (184 catches from 2008-2011). 

Ford also needs 1,012 yards to pass Boykin (2,884) for the most career receiving yards in school history, and six more touchdown catches to pass Antonio Freeman (22 from 1991-94) for the school's career mark in the category.

Ford and Watson were joined on the All-ACC preseason offensive team by Florida State's Dalvin Cook and North Carolina's Elijah Hood at running backs, Clemson's Artavis Scott and FSU's Travis Rudolph at receivers, Clemson's Jordan Leggett at tight end, FSU's Roderick Johnson and Clemson's Mitch Hyatt at tackles, Pittsburgh's Dorian Johnson and Clemson's Tyrone Crowder at guards and Clemson's Jay Guillermo at center.

Blanding was accompanied on the preseason defensive team by FSU's DeMarcus Walker and Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price at ends, Clemson's Carlos Watkins and Louisville's DeAngelo Brown at tackles, Clemson's Ben Boulware and Louisville's Keith Kelsey and Devonte Fields at linebackers, Clemson's Cordrea Tankersley and UNC's Des Lawrence at cornerbacks and FSU's Derwin James at safety.

Clemson place-kicker Greg Huegel, Miami punter Justin Vogel and UNC return specialist Ryan Switzer topped the special-teams spots in voting.

Of U.Va. and Tech players who didn't make the preseason team, Cavaliers linebacker Micah Kiser (84 votes, 12 behind Fields for one of the three linebacker spots on the team) and Hokies place-kicker Joey Slye (11 votes, 52 behind Huegel) came closest to getting on the team.

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