Campbell Trophy and Jim Tatum Award Winner David Helton of Duke
heads the 65-Man team selected from 128 nominations
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Duke senior linebacker David Helton (Chattanooga, Tenn.), who was named the winner of the Campbell Trophy as the nation’s top football scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame and also earned the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award as its top scholar-athlete, heads the 65-person 2014 All-ACC Academic Football Team announced Wednesday by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
To be eligible for consideration for the team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. All 14 ACC schools were represented by at least two selections on the team. The ACC has selected an All-ACC Academic Football team every year since 1954.
The team was chosen from a pool of 128 eligible ACC football student-athletes who were nominated by their schools.
Boston College QB Tyler Murphy (Wethersfield, Conn.), who set an ACC single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback (1,184) and led all signal callers nationally, is one of 12 members of the team that have already earned their undergraduate degrees and have finished or are working on a graduate degree or second undergraduate degree. Murphy finished his master’s degree this past fall.
Helton was named the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award winner last December in Charlotte, N.C., as the conference’s top scholar-athlete and was subsequently honored as the nation’s top scholar-athlete and winner of the Campbell Trophy, the nation’s “Academic Heisman”, at the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame annual banquet in New York. He was a first-team All-ACC selection at linebacker on the ACSMA team and second-team for the Coaches All-ACC team and led the ACC in tackles in each of the past two seasons.
He was one of 13 Blue Devils selected for the team, the most of any ACC school. Syracuse had nine selections on the team followed by Pitt (8), Wake Forest (6), Miami (5) and NC State (5).
Two members of the All-ACC Academic team were named to the Capital One Academic All-America team. Helton was a first-team selection and Syracuse long snapper Sam Rodgers (State College, Pa.) was a second-team choice.
Two members of the team earned All-America honors. Offensive guard Laken Tomlinson (Chicago, Ill.) of Duke was a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, SI.com and Walter Camp, while safety Jeremy Cash (Miami, Fla.) of Duke was a second-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Walter Camp and Phil Steele.
Clemson wide receiver Artavis Scott (Oldham, Fla.) was named first-team Freshman All-America by ESPN, USA Today, College Football News (CFN) and Phil Steele. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.), NC State wide receiver Bo Hines (Charlotte, N.C.), Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Duke running back Shaun Wilson (Charlotte, N.C.) were all named Honorable Mention Freshman All-Americans by CFN.
In all, 15 members of the All-ACC Academic team also earned some sort of selection to the conference’s All-ACC football team, including Helton and Tomlinson, who were first-team selections. Joining them were second-team picks Cash of Duke, Scott of Clemson and offensive guard Matt Rotheram of Pitt (North Olmstead, Ohio). Seven members of the team earned third-team All-ACC honors in safety DeVon Edwards (Covington, Ga.), placekicker Ross Martin (Solon, Ohio) and punter Will Monday (Flowery Branch, Ga.) of Duke; defensive end Anthony Chickillo (Tampa, Fla.) and punter Justin Vogel (Tampa, Fla.) of Miami; and offensive tackle Sean Hickey (Murrysville, Pa.) and linebacker Cameron Lynch (Lawrenceville, Ga.) of Syracuse.
Three more Academic team members earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors in guard Jake Smith (Jacksonville, Ala.) of Louisville, punter Riley Dixon (Blossvale, N.Y.) of Syracuse and tight end Cam Serigne (Ashburn, Va.) of Wake Forest.
Two members of the team—Duke’s Helton and Tomlinson--earned selection for the fourth time in their careers, becoming only the 18th and 19th ACC student-athletes to do so.
Three members of the team earned selection for the third time in their careers in Martin, Monday and running back Shaquille Powell (Las Vegas, Nev.), all from Duke.
Fifteen others earned repeat selections to the team in Clemson wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez (Stafford, Va.); Edwards, running back Josh Snead (Smithfield, N.C.) and tight end David Reeves (Greensboro, Ala.) of Duke; linebacker Nathan Staub (Chestnut Mountain, Ga.) of North Carolina; fullback Tyler Purvis (Reinholds, Pa.), offensive guard Joe Thuney (Centerville, Ohio) and cornerback Jack Tocho (Charlotte, N.C.) of NC State; offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and safety Ray Vinopal (Youngstown, Ohio) of Pitt; punter Riley Dixon (Blossvale, N.Y.) and offensive guard Rob Trudo (Farrell, Pa.) of Syracuse; offensive guard David Wang (Ashburn, Va.) of Virginia Tech; and fullback Jordan Garside (Jacksonville, Fla.) and safety Ryan Janvion (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) of Wake Forest. Wang and Snead were both selected to the 2012 All-ACC Academic team while all of the others were honored last year.
2014 All-ACC Academic Football Team
Tony Adams NC State Fr. C/G Sport Management Charlotte, N.C.
Braxton Berrios Miami Fr. WR Undeclared Business Raleigh, N.C.
Adam Bisnowaty Pitt So.-R T Communication & Rhetoric Pittsburgh, Pa.
Jamal Bruce Duke Sr.-R DT Sociology LaGrange, Ga.
Jeremy Cash Duke Jr.-R S Psychology Miami, Fla.
Anthony Chickillo Miami Sr. DE Sport Administration Tampa, Fla.
Chuck Clark Virginia Tech So. S Human Development Suffolk, Va.
Riley Dixon Syracuse Sr. P Accounting Blossvale, N.Y.
*David Durham Pitt Sr.-R DE Higher Education Management Charlotte, N.C.
DeVon Edwards Duke So.-R S Psychology Covington, Ga.
Nantambu Akil-Fentress Miami Sr. S Biology Nashville, Tenn.
Bryon Fields Duke So. CB Psychology Charlotte, N.C.
Zaire Franklin Syracuse Fr. LB Sport Management Philadelphia, Pa.
*Jordan Garside Wake Forest Sr.-R FB Graduate Management Jacksonville, Fla.
David Helton Duke Sr.. LB Psychology Chattanooga, Tenn.
Calvin Heurtelou Miami Jr. DT Liberal Arts Spring Valley, N.Y.
Sean Hickey Syracuse Sr. T Supply Chain Management Murrysville, Pa.
Bo Hines NC State Fr. WR First Year College Charlotte, N.C.
Ryan Hoefeld Florida State Fr.-R C Sport Management New Orleans, La.
Elijah Hood North Carolina Fr. RB Undeclared Charlotte, N.C.
Ryan Janvion Wake Forest So.-R SS Business & Enterprise Mgt. Pembroke Pines, Fla.
*Isaiah Johnson Georgia Tech Sr.-R S Masters, Building Construction Tyrone, Ga.
Ryan Johnson Louisville Sr.-R P Health & Human Performance Louisville, Ky.
Kevin Kavalec Boston College So. DE Undeclared Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Cameron Lynch Syracuse Sr. LB Economics Lawrenceville, Ga.
Ross Martin Duke Jr. PK Psychology Solon, Ohio
Avonte Maddox Pitt Fr. CB Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Detroit, Mich.
John Miller Syracuse Sr. C Information Management Carson, Calif.
Reggie Mitchell Pitt So.-R CB Business Marketing Pittsburgh, Pa.
Will Monday Duke Jr.-R P Sociology Flowery Branch, Ga.
*Tyler Murphy Boston College Sr.-R QB Graduate Administrative Studies Wethersfield, Conn.
Caleb Peterson North Carolina So.-R G Exercise & Sport Science Auburn, Ala.
Shaquille Powell Duke Jr. RB Psychology Las Vegas, Nev.
*Tyler Purvis NC State Sr.-R FB Business Adm/Economics (2 majors) Reinholds, Pa.
David Reeves Duke Jr.-R TE Sociology Greensboro, Ala.
Daniel Rodriguez Clemson Sr.-R WR Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt, Stafford, Va.
Sam Rodgers Syracuse Sr-R LS Nutrition State College, Pa.
*Matt Rotheram Pitt Sr.-R G Higher Education Management North Olmstead, Ohio
Travis Rudolph Florida State Fr. WR Sport Management West Palm Beach, Fla.
Artavis Scott Clemson Fr. WR Communications Oldsmar, Fla.
*E.J. Scott Wake Forest Sr.-R WR Masters in Liberal Studies Ellicott City, Md.
Cam Serigne Wake Forest Fr. TE Undeclared Ashburn, Va.
Thomas Sirk Duke So.-R QB Political Science Glen St. Mary, Fla.
Jake Smith Louisville Sr.-R G Economics Jacksonville, Ala.
*Josh Snead Duke Sr-R. RB Master of Arts Smithfield, N.C.
Nathan Staub North Carolina So.-R LB Undecided Chestnut Mountain, Ga.
Trevor Stroebel Georgia Tech So. LS Business Administration Saukville, Wis.
*Joe Thuney NC State Jr.-R G International Studies Centerville, Ohio
Jack Tocho NC State So. . CB Accounting Charlotte, N.C.
Laken Tomlinson Duke Sr.-R G Psychology/Evolutionary Anthropology. Chicago, Ill.
Mitch Trubisky North Carolina Fr.-R QB Exercise and Sport Science Mentor, Ohio
Rob Trudo Syracuse Jr. G Economics Farrell, Pa.
*Ray Vinopal Pitt Sr.-R S Finance and Chain Supply Youngstown, Ohio
Justin Vogel Miami So. P HSC General Tampa, Fla.
Chad Voytik Pitt So.-R QB Business Finance Cleveland, Tenn.
Wil Wahee Virginia So.-R FS Sociology Norfolk, Va.
David Wang Virginia Tech Sr.-R G Instructional Technology Ashburn, Va.
Deshaun Watson Clemson Fr. QB Communications Gainesville, Ga.
*Robert Welsh Syracuse Sr. DE Instructional Design Bay Shore, N.Y.
*Jarrod West Syracuse Sr.-R WR Teaching & Curriculum Bethlehem, Pa.
Hunter Williams Wake Forest Jr.-R LB Business & Enterprise Mgt. Wake Forest, N.C.
Shaun Wilson Duke Fr. RB Undeclared Charlotte, N.C.
Connor Wingo-Reeves Virginia So. FB Undeclared Midlothian, Va.
Ryan Winslow Pitt Fr.-R P Business Administration Maple Glen, Pa.
John Wolford Wake Forest Fr. QB Undeclared Jacksonville, Fla.
*Have already obtained undergraduate degree