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Alex Kinal Snubbed for All-ACC First Team Honors

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The All-ACC teams were announced yesterday and Alex Kinal was snubbed from the first team.

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The All-ACC Teams for the 2015 football season were announced yesterday. Congratulations to senior linebacker Brandon Chubb (First-Team), Alex Kinal (Second Team), and Cam Serigne (Honorable Mention), for their inclusion on the All-ACC teams.

Brandon Chubb is the first Demon Deacon linebacker to receive a First Team award since Aaron Curry in 2008. Curry also won the Butkus Award for most outstanding linebacker in the country.

Cam Serigne was an honorable mention after recording 46 catches and four touchdowns on the year.

It was a bit of a surprise that Alex Kinal did not receive a First Team All-ACC award since he set all kinds of volume punting records, most prominently: most punts in NCAA history, and most punting yardage in NCAA history. Syracuse senior punter Riley Dixon won the award, but looking at the statistics it is somewhat unclear why.

Punts Yards Average Touchbacks TB% Fair Catches FC% Inside 20 I-20% 50+ 50+% Long
Alex Kinal 75 3286 43.8 3 4% 26 35% 32 43% 17 23% 70
Riley Dixon 65 2839 43.7 5 8% 28 43% 28 43% 18 28% 64

Kinal had the best net punting average in the ACC, the third best average, and despite having the most punts inside the 20 he had the lowest amount of touchbacks.

I guess ACC voters are easily impressed by small sample sizes, like one jump over a player in a blowout loss to LSU instead of the entire body of work throughout the year.

Even if the statistics were close throughout the year in punting one would think that Kinal would get the nod because of what Wake Forest asked him to do game in and game out.

I would love to hear from voters as to why they chose Dixon over Kinal, because to me it seems like a ridiculous choice if you look at the statistics, as well as overall value to their respective team.

Congratulations to Brandon, Cam, and Alex on their accomplishments and we here at Blogger So Dear are proud to have you represent the Old Gold and Black.