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Miami Hurricanes DT Gerald Willis III earns multiple All-American honors

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Finally some recognition for one of the best DTs in America who, inexplicably, was NOT named 1st team All-ACC.

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Gerald Willis III. All-American.
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After being snubbed for 1st team All-ACC honors, an egregious moment of disrespect, Miami Hurricanes DT Gerald Willis III has been named to MULTIPLE All-American teams. This both recognizes Willis III’s stellar and dominant play through the 2018 season, and serves as further indictment of the sheer stupidity and coordinated disrespect of the All-ACC voters.

Willis has been named a 2nd Team All-American by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, and the Football Writers Association of America.

From Miami Athletics after the SI announcement

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami redshirt senior defensive tackle Gerald Willis III was recognized for his outstanding season with second-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated, the publication announced Thursday.

A New Orleans native, Willis delivered a dominant final year with the Hurricanes en route to national honors.

Willis started all 12 games and finished with a career-high 59 total tackles, four sacks, one fumble recovery and a whopping 18.0 tackles for loss, the most by any defensive tackle in FBS.

A midseason addition the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player, Willis posted five games with at least two tackles for loss and the led the ACC in the category.

Willis’ 18 tackles for loss were the most by a Hurricane since Jacksonville Jaguars’ Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell had 20.5 in 2006. Willis was named a midseason All-America by both ESPN and The Athletic.

Willis’ selection to the All-America Second Team by SI represents Miami’s second straight year with such an honor; safety Jaquan Johnson was named a second-team All-American by the publication last December.

To view the full Sports Illustrated All-America teams, click HERE.

And from Miami Athletics after the AP and FWAA announcements

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- University of Miami redshirt senior defensive tackle Gerald Willis III added to his postseason awards list Monday, picking up second-team All-America honors from both the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America.

After a standout senior season, Willis was named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and The Athletic last week.

A New Orleans native, Willis started all 12 games in the regular season and finished with a career-high 59 total tackles, four sacks, one fumble recovery and a whopping 18.0 tackles for loss, the most by any defensive tackle in FBS.

A midseason addition the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player, Willis posted five games with at least two tackles for loss and led the ACC in tackles for loss.

Willis’ 18 tackles for loss were the most by a Hurricane since Jacksonville Jaguars’ Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell had 20.5 in 2006. Willis was named a midseason All-America by both ESPN and The Athletic.

Willis’ selection as an All-America marks the second straight year a Hurricane has earned the honor; safety Jaquan Johnson was named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) last December.

These MULTIPLE All-American recognitions for Willis III is well deserved for a player who flat out dominated his opponents throughout the course of the 2018 season. Willis III was among the best DTs in the nation, and I am elated that he’s received these honors, which he so greatly deserves.

I would be remiss, however, if I were to omit the fact that these MULTIPLE All-American awards for Willis further underscore the outright travesty of the All-ACC voting. There is no reasonable way that Gerald Willis III was not a 1st team All-ACC performer other than hatred or partisan “name brand” voting. Sure, Dexter Lawrence plays for Clemson, but there is no measure of comparison — narrative, qualitative, or quantitative — by which he had a better or more productive individual season than Willis III. I said it before and I’m saying it again: the All-ACC voters should be ashamed of themselves. That voting was a farce. Full stop.

Congratulations to Gerald Willis III on his 4 different All-American 2nd team awards.

You earned it.

Go Canes