Today, Phil Steele released his All-ACC preseason squads, and the Tar Heels were well represented with nine players earning a berth on one of the four teams. Running back T.J. Logan was named 4th team running back and 4th team kick returner, giving the Heels 10 spots on all the teams.
Here are the lists of who made what teams for the Tar Heels.
Tommy Hibbard: 1st team punter
Ryan Switzer: 1st team punt returner
Marquise Williams: 2nd team quarterback
Quinshad Davis: 2nd team wideout
Norkeithus Otis: 2nd team linebacker
Travis Hughes: 3rd team linebacker
Landon Turner: 4th team offensive lineman
T.J. Logan: 4th team running back and 4th team kick returner
Tim Scott: 4th team quarterback
You can find the entire list here.
There weren’t many surprises on this list. I thought some of the Tar Heel’s younger secondary standouts, like Brian Walker, might have made the fourth team list.
The biggest thing that stood out to me, however, was Marquise Williams being named to second team as the quarterback. I’m not sure that Marquise is even the best quarterback on UNC’s roster, much less the second best in the ACC. I guess a lot of quarterbacks graduated from the ACC ranks this off-season, (three of four quarterbacks from last year’s list, Bryn Renner, Tajh Boyd and Logan Thomas, are gone), and Steele expects a breakout campaign from Williams. Either way, I thought that was a little high.
UNC doesn’t have a lot of volume on the top two teams on offensive or defense, just Williams, Davis and Otis. This isn’t to say UNC has much less talent that their ACC counterparts, but the Heels just have a lot more young, unproven talent, like Lucas Crowley and Brian Walker and Dominique Green. I think we could see more Tar Heels on the end of season list as Phil Steele and the rest of the press gets to know them better.