Aug 30, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) tries to block the kick of William & Mary Tribe place kicker John Carpenter (80) during the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Kendall Fuller has been receiving his fair share of postseason recognitions which all started when he was named to the All-ACC First Team by both the ACC media and ACC coaches. Fuller has also been named to All-American second and third teams by multiple organizations including USA Today, the Associated Press, and the Walter Camp Foundation.
Now, Fuller has been named to anotheer All-American team.
Kendall Fuller was named to Sports Illustrated’s All-American Second Team as the first cornerback listed. Fuller was beat out by Ole Miss’s Senquez Golson and Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu for a spot on the first team which has become normal as more All-American teams have come out. The gap between these three along with Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves and Michigan State’s Trae Waynes is not very big and it is a great honor for Fuller to be named to another All-American team.
Fuller was by far the best cornerback in the ACC and will definitely be a frontrunner to be a Preseason All-American by many major sports publications including Sports Illustrated ahead of next season.
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Fuller shined throughout and was very dominant in man coverage as proven by the fact that he had 1 interception and 14 pass breakups. Of course, those numbers don’t account for the fact that teams looked to either avoid Fuller in their game plan or didn’t throw it in his direction because there was no window to get the ball to the receiver Fuller was covering.
Kendall Fuller faced some quality receivers and outside of his struggles against Pittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd, Fuller was able to shut down every receiver he faced when he was covering. This talented group includes East Carolina’s Justin Hardy, Georgia Tech’s DeAndre Smelter, Miami’s Phillip Dorsett, and Ohio State’s Devin Smith and Jeff Heuerman depending on the play Fuller was covering one of them.
Fuller also did a great job of preventing receivers getting yards after the catch when they actually made a catch with 50 tackles on the season. Fuller was also a quality run defender outside of the game against Miami when he was stiffarmed a couple of times by Duke Johnson. Fuller also proved to be a dangerous blitzer with 2 sacks this past season and that type of versatility is quite good.
Kendall Fuller absolutely deserves this latest spot on another major sports publication’s All-American team and definitely has the talent to be a First Team All-American next season.