QB Philip Rivers, N.C. State ... The Wolfpack junior
led the ACC in average passing yards per game with 240.4, completing
62.7 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in
NCSU's best-ever 10-3 season..
RB Art Brown, East Carolina ... The junior from
Winston-Salem ran for 1,029 yards and 14 touchdowns despite missing
the last two games of the 2002 season with a pulled groin. He also had
181 yards in receptions and caught 3 TD passes. He averaged 10.4
points per game, fifth nationally, and was second team All Conference
RB T.A. McLendon, N.C. State ... The Wolfpack
freshman made a big jump from the 1-A champions in Albemarle, N.C. in
2001 to help NCSU defeat Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl as he ran for
1,083 yards and 16 TDs.
OL Brian Rimpf, East Carolina ... The Pirates junior
from Raleigh earned All Conference USA honors as he helped an ECU back
rush for over 1,000 yards for the second straight season with his
OL Blake Henry, Wake Forest ... A senior from
Richmond, Va., Henry made first team All ACC and helped the Deacons to
a 7-5 season that inlcuded a win over Oregon in the Seattle Bowl.
OL Shane Riggs, N.C. State ... One reason the
Wolfpack was able to establish an effective run/pass balance with
Rivers and McLendon was the run/protect ability of its front wall,
including Riggs, second team All ACC.
OL Chris Colmer, N.C. State ...Another vital member
of the Wolfpack pit crew and another second team All ACC choice.
OL Gary Byrd, Clemson ... Carried on the fine
tradition of quality offensive linemen for the Tigers and made
honorable mention All ACC.
TE Sean Berton, N.C. State ... After earning first
team All ACC honors, Berton had five catches for 40 yards with a score
in State's 28-6 bowl victory.
WR Jerricho Cotchery, N.C. State ... The Wolfpack
junior had 57 catches for 1,065 yards and six TDs while averaging 18.7
yards per catch en route to first team All ACC honors.
WR Sam Aiken, North Carolina ... The Tar Heels
senior led the ACC in yards in receptions per game with 82.5 and was
honorable mention All ACC.
DL Calvin Pace, Wake Forest ... The Deacons senior
had eight sacks, 43 unassisted tackles and was named ACC defensive
player of the year by The Sporting News. First team All ACC.
DL Shawn Johnson, Duke ... The Blue Devils junior
defensive end led the ACC in sacks with 12 and was in on a total of 71
tackles. First team All ACC.
DL Nick Eason, Clemson ... Had seven sacks and 61
total tackles in making first team All ACC.
DL Langston Moore, South Carolina ... The senior for
the Gamecocks had 9.5 tackles for losses, 40 solo stops and 60 total
tackles on his way to second team All SEC honors.
LB Dantonio Burnette, N.C. State ... "Thunder Dan"
knocked Notre Dame's starting quarterback out of the Gator Bowl as the
Wolfpack senior finished the year with nine sacks and 132 total stops
in earning first team All ACC recognition.
LB Ryan Fowler, Duke ... The junior averaged 11.5
tackles per game for an improved Blue Devils defense.
LB John Leake, Clemson ... The Tigers junior was in
on 153 tackles and was honorable mention All ACC.
DB Dexter Reid, North Carolina ... A first team All
ACC selection, the Tar Heels junior led the league in involvement on
tackles with 166, including 107 solo stops.
DB Terrence Holt, N.C. State ... A first team All
ACC choice, the Wolfpack senior forced three fumbles, had three
interceptions and seven pass breakups.
DB Kelly Hardy, East Carolina ... The senior safety
led the Pirates in tackles with 110. He recovered three fumbles,
including two that he returned for touchdowns, had 12 pass breakups
and two interceptions which earned him selection to the Rotary
Gridiron Classic in Orlando where he played in a 20-17 Team USA win
over Team Florida on Jan. 25.
DB Justin Miller, Clemson ... The Tigers freshman
led the ACC in interceptions with seven and earned second team All ACC
ALL-CAROLINAS SPECIAL TEAMS
K Kevin Miller, East Carolina ... Came to ECU on a
golf grant and will leave as ECU's top career scorer with 287 points,
including 85 as a senior when he made 17 of 22 field goals and 34 of
36 extra points.
P Jarad Preston, East Carolina ... Averaged 43.4
yards per punt, which ranked ninth nationally, and earned him first
team All C-USA honors.
RS Fabian Davis, Wake Forest ... The Deacons senior
averaged 22.0 yards on kick returns and 9.4 yards on punt returns with
one punt return for a touchdown.