Aug 30, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; William & Mary Tribe quarterback Steve Cluley (16) is pressured by Virginia Tech Hokies defensive tackle Luther Maddy (92) at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
The Hokies had five players on the three All-ACC teams but the Hokies also had 3 other players who received enough votes to be an All-ACC Honorable Mention. This trio of players had two who were worthy of their spots while having a third that made you scratch your head and wonder whether some ACC media paid attention to Virginia Tech football.
The three players were Isaiah Ford, Nigel Williams, and Luther Maddy. If you think that Luther Maddy’s name is a typo on this list, then you would be wrong.
Maddy only played four games but might be the first player ever to get some sort of all-conference honor despite the fact that he is being redshirted, in this case a medical redshirt. The announcement of Maddy being on this list confused many Virginia Tech reporters, fans, and even surprised Maddy himself.
Maddy did not have a great 4 games statistically but did make a big impact with the senior taking a lot of attention and providing some leadership. Next year, the Hokies will have three of the top 6 and 2 of the top 2 or 3 defensive tackles in the ACC with Maddy, Corey Marshall, and Nigel Williams. However, Maddy should not have been an Honorable Mention when he only played in four games.
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Nigel Williams stepped up in Maddy’s absence and absolutely earned his spot as an All-ACC Honorable Mention. Williams had 29 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks in his redshirt sophomore season and will be the best backup defensive tackle in college football next season behind Marshall and Maddy.
Isaiah Ford had a great freshman season with 53 catches for 665 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns, and an average of 12.5 yards per reception. Ford had the 10th highest number of points which made him the highest point-getter at wide receiver to be an honorable mention. Ford will be one of the top 5 wide receivers in the ACC next season and could end up on the All-ACC First Team next season depending on the quarterback play for the Hokies.
Congrats to all Luther Maddy, Nigel Williams, and Isaiah Ford for being All-ACC Honorable Mentions by the media.