Yesterday the ACC announced its 2012 All-conference football teams. For the first time since joining the conference in 2004, the Virginia Tech Hokies did not have a single offensive player on either the first or second team. Nor did any offensive players make the honorable mention team.
Three defensive players did, however, make the second team defense. And four more defensive players made the All-ACC honorable mention.
Taylor also made the honorable mention team in 2011, and in 2010 he earned second team honors. Derrick Hopkins and Kyle Fuller both made the second team defense in 2011.
Virginia Tech beat writer Andy Bitter, who covers the Hokies for the Virginian-Pilot and the Roanoke Times, noted in his article that this is only the second time the Hokies have not had a first team all-conference selection (offense or defense) since switching from an independent to the Big East in 1991 and then the ACC in 2004.
The Hokies, who suffered through their worst season since 1992, didn’t get at least one first-team all-conference pick for only the second time since going from independent to the Big East in 1991. The 2002 team also didn’t have a first-teamer.
The shutout on the offensive side of the ball is not surprising since the Hokies ranked 72nd in the nation in total offense, out of 120 teams. The Hokies’ defense, despite an up-and-down season, still finished ranked 24th.