FSU QB Jameis Winston Headlines 2013 ACC All-Conference Team

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2013

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 30:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles attempts a pass during the game against the Florida Gators on November 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The 2013 ACC All-Conference teams were released on Monday afternoon, led by a couple of Heisman Trophy candidates in Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Boston College running back Andre Williams.

Winston's pending case for sexual assault did little to dissuade voters, allowing him to easily edge out Clemson's Tajh Boyd, though four of the 65 ballots did not list him as the first team quarterback.

Williams as a first-team running back was the only unanimous selection on either side of the ball, followed closely by Winston and Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, who both finished with 191-of-195 points.

Here is the full first team:

2013 All-ACC Football, First Team
OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB Jameis Winston, FSUDE Vic Beasley, CLEM
RB Andre Williams, BCDE Kareem Martin, UNC
RB Devonta Freeman, FSUDT Aaron Donald, PITT
WR Sammy Watkins, CLEMDT Nikita Whitlock, WAKE
WR Jamison Crowder, DUKELB Kelby Brown, DUKE
WR Rashad Greene, FSULB Denzel Perryman, MIA
TE Eric Ebron, UNCLB Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC
OT Cameron Erving, FSUCB LaMarcus Joyner, FSU
OT James Hurst, UNCCB Ross Cockrell, DUKE
OG Tre Jackson, FSUS Anthony Harris, UVA
OG Shaq Mason, GTS Jeremy Cash, DUKE
C Bryan Stork, FSU
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Nate Freese, BC
P Pat O'Donnell, MIA
SP Ryan Switzer, UNC
Source: ACC Website

Joining Winston on the first-team offense are five other Seminoles: running back Devonta Freeman, receiver Rashad Greene, tackle Cameron Erving, guard Tre' Jackson and center Bryan Stork.

Between that group and second-teamer Nick O'Leary, a finalist for the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end, voters clearly recognize that Florida State's offense is not a one-man show.

Sep 28, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) during the fourth quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh defeated Virginia 14-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Other notable inclusions on the first team include Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who leads the nation with 26.0 tackles for loss and is a finalist for the Bednarik Award as America's top defensive player. Curiously, he only received 171-of-195 points, which makes little sense (but postseason teams so rarely do).

This marked the first year that the ACC has released first-, second- and third-teams in its postseason awards, choosing to recognize more players than it normally would in a year when 14 teams played in the league.

Of all those teams, surprise Coastal Division champion Duke finished second behind Florida State with 11 players included among the three teams, including four on the first team.

FSU, of course, paced the way with 17 overall recognitions.