Virginia may not have won the ACC championship, but it was undeniably among the most talented teams in the conference. That was confirmed today when five Cavaliers were named to the 2004 All-ACC team, tops among the league’s 11 programs. Elton Brown, Heath Miller and Alvin Pearman were the three leading vote-getters overall, while Ahmad Brooks and D’Brickashaw Ferguson also earned first-team honors.
In addition, Brown won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC’s top blocker for the second straight year. Darryl Blackstock and Zac Yarbrough made the All-ACC second team, and Andrew Hoffman gained honorable mention recognition. Other Cavaliers, like Wali Lundy and Connor Hughes, also may have warranted All-ACC consideration, but Coach Al Groh only nominated the eight players he felt were most deserving.
Even with ACC expansion, Virginia had its most first-team selections since getting six in 1998. From 1999-2003, no more than three Cavaliers made the first team in any season. Heath Miller was the only UVa representative on the first team last year.
This time Brown, Miller and Pearman were close to unanimous picks at their positions in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). A hundred voters turned in ballots, with each first-place vote counting two points and a second-place vote counting one. Brown received 196 points out of a possible 200 at guard, Miller got 186 at tight end and Pearman totaled 181 at tailback. The closest player to those three was Virginia Tech’s Bryan Randall , who received 167 points at quarterback.
The Hokies placed four players on the first team, Florida State and Maryland each had three, and no other team had more than two.
The ACC rookie of the year will be announced tomorrow, the ACC coach of the year on Thursday and the ACC player of the year on Friday.
To check out all of the All-ACC selections, please see the link below.