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Linder, Johnson Named to Preseason All-ACC Team

ALL ACC team announced today in Greensboro.

Joel Auerbach

Courtesy UM

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami Hurricanes senior offensive guard Brandon Linder and sophomore running back Duke Johnson were named to the 2013 Preseason All-ACC Football Team released Wednesday.

Johnson, the 2012 ACC Rookie of the Year, finished third among ACC running backs last season with 947 rushing yards and ranked ninth nationally in all-purpose yardage at 171.67 per contest. Johnson picked up the second-most All-ACC votes with 58, one behind Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (59). Johnson also finished second in the Preseason ACC Player of the Year voting behind Boyd.

The Miami native has been named to four preseason watch lists this summer for the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player in college football), the Maxwell Award (college player of the year), the Doak Walker Award (best college running back) and Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Linder started all 12 games at right guard for the Canes in 2012. He was a third-team All-ACC pick by Phil Steele and an honorable mention selection by both ACSMA and the ACC Coaches.

Earlier this week, the Hurricanes were picked to win the ACC Coastal Division by members of the media that attended the 2013 #ACCKickoff at the Grandover Resort.

Miami, who returns 19 of 22 total starters from a year ago, opens #CanesCamp on Sat., Aug. 3. Season tickets for the 2013 football season are on sale now. To purchase season tickets, call the UM Athletic Ticket Office at 305-284-2263 or buy online at



Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (57) 6-1 205 Junior Fort Myers, Fla.

WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest (20) 5-11 190 Senior Clarksville, Md.

TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina (35) 6-4 245 Junior Greensboro, N.C.

T James Hurst, North Carolina (37) 6-7 305 Senior Plainfield, Ind.

T Morgan Moses, Virginia (35) 6-6 325 Senior Richmond, Va.

G Tre’ Jackson, Florida State (36) 6-4 330 Junior Jesuup, Ga.

G Brandon Linder, Miami (28) 6-6 317 Senior Southwest Ranches, Fla.

C Bryan Stork, Florida State (29) 6-4 298 Senior Vero Beach, Fla.

QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson (59) 6-1 225 Senior Hampton, Va.

RB Duke Johnson, Miami (58) 5-9 194 Sophomore Miami, Fla.

RB James Wilder Jr., Florida State (23) 6-2 229 Junior Tampa, Fla.


Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown

DE Jeremiah, Attaochu, Georgia Tech (39) 6-3 242 Senior Washington, D.C.

DE Kareem Martin, North Carolina (37) 6-6 265 Senior Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

DT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest (35) 5-11 250 Senior Wylie, Texas

DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State (34) 6-2 294 Junior Lake City, Fla.

LB Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech (42) 6-1 236 Senior Oakton, Va.

LB Christian Jones, Florida State (38) 6-4 232 Senior Winter Park, Fla.

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College (21) 6-1 215 Senior Norwalk, Conn.

CB Ross Cockrell, Duke (48) 6-0 180 Senior Waxhaw, N.C.

CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (32) * 5-8 190 Senior Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

S Tre Boston, North Carolina (30) 6-1 205 Senior Ft. Myers, Fla.

S Jason Hendricks, Pitt (18) 6-0 180 Senior Brooklyn, N.Y.


Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown

PK Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson (41) 6-2 195 Graduate Greenville, S.C.

P Will Monday, Duke (41) 6-4 210 Sophomore Flowery Branch, Ga.

SP Stefon Diggs, Maryland (34) 6-1 185 Sophomore Gaithersburg, Md.

* Florida State’s Joyner also received 11 votes at the safety position