The day he was honored with the ACC Defensive Player of the Week award, senior Michael Tauiliili recieved another piece of good news. The linebacker was named to the All-ACC first team Monday, earning the second-most votes of any linebacker. He was the only Blue Devil named to the first team, but quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and wide receiver Eron Riley were both second-team selections, and defensive lineman Vince Oghobaase was an honorable mention choice.
Tauiliili garnered 110 of a possible 134 points from the 67 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association voters. He led the ACC with 140 tackles and paced Duke with four interceptions, but still trailed Boston College's Mark Herzlich, who racked up 118 votes.
N.C. State phenom Russell Wilson was the first-team choice at quarterback, while Riley took the backseat to North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks and Wake Forest's D.J. Boldin at the wideout spot. The senior had the third-most amount of votes at the position .
We'll have more reaction later to the choices—and obvious snubs—but one thought to hold you over until then: Tauiliili's relatively paltry vote total means that he likely won't be the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year. The easy bet for that award, now, goes to Wake Forest cornerback Alphonso Smith, who was the only unanimous choice on the defense.
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