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Notre Dame Football: Irish make major statement with 9 AP All-ACC honors for 2020

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Pretty good showing, I’d say

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 14 Notre Dame at Boston College Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish made their presence known in the ACC this year for their one-time football membership. Despite losing in the ACC Championship game to the Clemson Tigers, Notre Dame still can claim a victory over Dabo’s guys and every other ACC team put in front of them.

On Monday, the AP released their All-ACC teams and honors — and the Irish did really well.

Here’s the press release from Notre Dame:

Kelly, Owusu-Koramoah Claim AP Conference Honors, Irish Selected to AP Conference Teams

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — In its first year as part of a conference, Notre Dame racked up two conference honors and nine All-ACC team selections from the Associated Press, released Monday. Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly was voted AP ACC Coach of the Year, while linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was named AP ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

On the first team, tackle Liam Eichenberg and guards Aaron Banks and Tommy Kraemer earned nods on the offense, while Owusu-Koramoah and safety Kyle Hamilton earned slots on defense. On the second team, running back Kyren Williams claimed a spot, along with tackle Robert Hainsey and center Jarrett Patterson on offense, joined by cornerback Nick McCloud on defense.

Coach of the Year - Brian Kelly

The winningest active coach in FBS (273ˆ wins), Kelly is the first Notre Dame coach to notch six seasons of at least 10 wins in Irish history. In his 11th season at Notre Dame, Kelly has guided the Irish to the College Football Playoff in two of the last three seasons. With 102ˆ wins at Notre Dame, he ranks second all-time among Irish head coaches, trailing only Knute Rockne’s 105. In addition, he joins Knute Rockne (13), Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz (11) as the only Notre Dame coaches to spend 10 or more seasons on the Irish sidelines. Kelly is the only three-time winner of the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (‘09, ‘12, ‘18).

Defensive Player of the Year / First Team LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

The 2020 Butkus Award winner, Owusu-Koramoah is widely regarded as one of the best defensive players in the nation. Also a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy and semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy, the senior has totaled 56 tackles (38 solo), 11.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, one interception, three PBU, two FR and three FF on the season.

First Team

Liam Eichenberg

Totaling 38-consecutive starts on his career, Eichenberg has been tabbed as one of the best linemen in the country, being named a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy and twice named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week. He is a member of an offensive line unit that has been named a finalist for the 2020 Joe Moore Award.

Aaron Banks

Banks has racked up 30-career starts and was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. Clemson (11/7). Selected to the preseason All-ACC Team, Banks is part of an offensive line that leads the ACC and ranks eighth in the FBS in time of possession, controlling the ball for 33:57 minutes of game time and winning the time of possession battle in 10-of-11 games this season. The 33:57 time of possession average leads the ACC by more than two minutes per game.

Tommy Kraemer

Returning to the field in 2020 after a season-ending injury in 2019, Kraemer has totaled 38-career starts and has produced at a high level, even after missing a game due to injury. Named ACC Offensive LIneman of the Week at Boston College, Kraemer is a member of a unit that helps move the chains at a high level on third down. The Irish lead the ACC and rank ninth in the FBS in third down conversion percentage with a remarkable 49.3 success rate.

Kyle Hamilton

A Bednarik Award semifinalist, sophomore Kyle Hamilton ties for the lead on the Irish defense with 56 tackles (45 solo) in 2020. Along with a 14-yard interception vs. Clemson in the ACC Championship, he has posted five PBUs, 3.5 TFL and two QB hits.

Second Team

Kyren Williams

A semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, redshirt freshman Kyren Williams has taken college football by storm, reaching the 1,000 rushing yard mark in the regular season finale vs. Syracuse. He has received an ACC weekly honor five times out of ten possible games this season. He currently totals 1,061 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding 27 receptions for 282 yards, in 2020.

Robert Hainsey

Robert Hainsey, a mainstay on the Irish O-Line, is a team captain and finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. He was named ACC co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. South Florida, and has totaled 33-career starts. Also returning from a season-ending injury in 2019, Hainsey is a member of a line that has paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher in Williams, and two additional players who have totaled more than 400 rushing yards on the season (RB Chris Tyree - 480, QB Ian Book - 430).

Jarrett Patterson

Center Jarrett Patterson, a member of both the Outland and Rimington Trophy Watch Lists, earned a second-team nod after only being able to play in eight games this season. Sidelined due to injury, Patterson’s performance in those eight games was impressive, and he finishes 2020 with 21-career starts under his belt.

Nick McCloud

A graduate transfer, Nick McCloud quickly became a consistent presence for Notre Dame’s starting defense. Named to the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for his performance at Pitt, McCloud has totaled a team-leading eight PBUs, as well as 29 tackles (22 solo), 2.0 TFL, one interception and a fumble recovery.


The full All-ACC honors list

First team

Offense

  • QB — Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, 6-6, 220, jr., Cartersville, Georgia
  • RB — Javonte Williams, North Carolina, 5-10, 220, jr., Wallace, North Carolina
  • RB — Michael Carter, North Carolina, 5-8, 199, sr., Navarre, Florida
  • OT — Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame, 6-6, 302, gr., Cleveland
  • OT — Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech, 6-5, 314, jr., Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • OG — Aaron Banks, Notre Dame, 6-6, 330, sr., Alameda, California
  • OG — Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame, 6-6, 317, gr., Cincinnati
  • C — Jimmy Morrissey, Pittsburgh, 6-3, 305, r-sr., Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
  • TE — Hunter Long, Boston College, 6-5, 253, r-jr., Exeter, New Hampshire
  • WR — Dyami Brown, North Carolina, 6-1, 185, jr., Charlotte, North Carolina
  • WR — Amari Rodgers, Clemson, 5-10, 210, sr., Knoxville, Tennessee
  • All-purpose player — Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech, 5-9, 212, gr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • K — Jose Borregales, Miami, 5-10, 205, r-sr., Miami

Defense

  • DE — Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 270, r-sr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • DE — Jaelan Phillips, Miami, 6-5, 266, r-jr., Redlands, California
  • DT — Alim McNeill, North Carolina State, 6-2, 320, jr., Raleigh, North Carolina
  • DT — Bryan Bresee, Clemson (tie), 6-5, 300, fr., Damascus, Maryland
  • DT — Miles Fox, Wake Forest (tie), 6-1, 286, gr., Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • LB — Payton Wilson, North Carolina State, 6-4, 240, r-so., Hillsborough, North Carolina
  • LB — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame, 6-2, 215, sr., Hampton, Virginia
  • LB — Chazz Surratt, North Carolina, 6-2, 225, gr., Denver, North Carolina
  • CB — Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State, 5-10, 184, jr., Sunrise, Florida
  • CB — Derion Kendrick, Clemson, 6-0, 190, jr., Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • S — Divine Deablo, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 226, r-sr., Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • S — Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame, 6-4, 219, so., Atlanta
  • P — Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech, 6-0, 255, sr., Alcolu, South Carolina

Second team

Offense

  • QB — Sam Howell, North Carolina, 6-1, 225, so., Indian Trail, North Carolina
  • RB — Kyren Williams, Notre Dame, 5-9, 195, so., St. Louis
  • RB — Travis Etienne, Clemson, 5-10, 205, sr., Jennings, Louisiana
  • OT — Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame, 6-5, 290, sr., Pittsburgh
  • OT — Jackson Carman, Clemson (tie), 6-5, 335, jr., Fairfield, Ohio
  • OT — Ikem Ekwonu, North Carolina State (tie), 6-4, 325, so., Charlotte, North Carolina
  • OG — Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina, 6-4, 325, so., Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • OG — Ikem Ekwonu, North Carolina State, 6-4, 325, so., Charlotte, North Carolina
  • C — Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame, 6-5, 305, jr., Laguna Hills, California
  • TE — Brevin Jordan, Miami, 6-3, 245, jr., Las Vegas
  • WR — Zay Flowers, Boston College, 5-11, 178, so., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • WR — Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest, 6-1, 182, r-jr., Murfreesboro, North Carolina
  • All-purpose player — Travis Etienne, Clemson, 5-10, 205, sr., Jennings, Louisiana
  • K — Alex Kessman, Pittsburgh, 6-3, 190, r-sr., Clarkston, Michigan

Defense

  • DE — Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 260, r-sr., Chesapeake, Virginia
  • DE — Chris Rumph II, Duke, 6-4, 235, r-jr., Gainesville, Florida
  • DT — Jared Goldwire, Louisville, 6-6, 305, sr., Tacoma, Washington
  • DT — Jarrod Hewitt, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 280, r-sr., Venice, Florida
  • LB — Isaiah McDuffie, Boston College, 6-1, 224, r-jr., Buffalo, New York
  • LB — Charles Snowden, Virginia, 6-7, 240, sr., Silver Spring, Maryland
  • LB — Baylon Spector, Clemson, 6-2, 230, gr., Calhoun, Georgia
  • CB — Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson, 6-0, 195, so., Dacula, Georgia
  • CB — Al Blades Jr., Miami (tie), 6-1, 192, jr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • CB — Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse (tie), 6-3, 213, r-jr., South Grafton, Massachusetts
  • CB — Nick McCloud, Notre Dame (tie), 6-1, 192, gr., Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • S — Nolan Turner, Clemson, 6-1, 205, r-sr., Vestavia Hills, Alabama
  • S — Bubba Bolden, Miami (tie), 6-3, 200, r-jr., Las Vegas
  • S — Paris Ford, Pittsburgh (tie), 6-0, 190, r-jr., Pittsburgh
  • P — Lou Hedley, Miami, 6-4, 220, r-jr., Mandurah, Australia

Coach of the year — Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

Offensive player of the year — Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

Defensive player of the year — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

Newcomer of the year — (tie) D’Eriq King, Miami, qb, 5-11, 202, r-sr., Manvel, Texas; Myles Murphy, Clemson, de, 6-5, 275, fr., Marietta, Georgia

Voting panel: Rick Bozich, WDRB-TV, Louisville, Kentucky; Lauren Brownlow, WRAL.com, Raleigh, North Carolina; Bennett Conlin, The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia; Matthew Connolly, The State of Columbia, South Carolina; Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach (Florida) Post; John Dell, The Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal; Jerry DiPaola, (Pittsburgh) Tribune Total Media; Eric Hansen, South Bend (Indiana) Tribune; Trevor Hass, Boston.com; Nate Mink, The Post-Standard of Syracuse, New York; Jonas Pope, The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina/The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina; Curt Weiler, Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat; Steve Wiseman, The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina/The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina; Norm Wood, The Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia.