Phil Steele, a highly-regarded college football expert, has released his Preseason all-conference teams, and there are six Demon Deacons included in his four All-ACC teams. Which Demon Deacons made the teams? Are there any Deacs who were not listed, but should have been?
*Chart below includes the number of players included in one of Steele's top four teams. Please note that the term "players" actually refers to a spot. For example, a player making the team as a wide receiver and kickoff returner would count as two players.
Wake Forest Players
Brandon Chubb - 1st team
Wake Forest senior linebacker was named to the first team, and with good reason. Last season he anchored the defense and had 109 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He had several games in which he was incredible. In the season opener against Louisiana Monroe he accumulated 19 tackles, and he accumulated 18 tackles in the season finale against Duke. Look for Chubb to lead this Demon Deacons' defense, and be an NFL pick next May.
Alex Kinal - 1st team
Anyone who reads BSD, knows about the #KinalKount. It's about damn time the Aussie got the recognition he deserves. Given Wake's offense (lack thereof) over the past several seasons, Alex Kinal has been a much-needed addition to the team. He can punt with great hangtime, which allows very few returns. He can also rugby style kick to get LONG distance.
Cam Serigne - 2nd team
Cam Serigne led the Deacs in receptions last year, as only a redshirt freshman. Cam caught 54 balls for 531 yards and 5 touchdowns. He is a very good receiving tight end, and will continue to thrive in Wake's offense. Clawson would ideally run a two tight-end system, and when Serigne is one of the two tight ends, the system will obviously work very well. He is a matchup problem for defenses, as he is faster than most linebackers, and bigger than defensive backs.
Tylor Harris - 2nd team
Tylor "Big Baby" Harris recorded 25 tackles last year, which was more than double the amount he produced in 2013. At 6'4", 305 pounds, Harris has all of the physical tools to be a high caliber run-stopping defensive tackle. Can Harris continue to improve his production in 2015 and earn a spot on the actual All-ACC team? In spring practice, he appeared to be in excellent condition, so I would not be surprised to see him continue to improve this season.
Marquel Lee - 4th team
Lee contributed in 2013 as a true freshman, and recorded 14 tackles. Most of his work was on special teams that season, but last year he started at linebacker and had a breakout sophomore campaign. Lee finished last season with 88 tackles and 4 sacks. This year, along with Brandon Chubb and Hunter Williams, they will have arguably the best linebacker unit in the conference.
Hunter Williams - 4th team
The incredible growth of Hunter Williams continues. He came to Wake Forest as a walk-on. Last year he was named a team captain, and this season he was rated by Phil Steele as being one of the best linebackers in the ACC. He came out of nowhere in 2013, and finished with 39 tackles. Last season he had 52, including 7 tackles for loss.
In my opinion, Josh Banks should have been named to one of these teams. I would actually place him above Tylor Harris. He does not have Harris' physical gifts, but he was very productive last season. Anyone else agree or have another suggestion?