Two Terps Named To Preseason All-acc Team


July 30, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Maryland punter Travis Baltz and linebacker Alex Wujciak were among 24 players named to the 2009 Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference team.

News media members attending the ACC Football Kickoff on Sunday and Monday participated in the voting.

Baltz, a two-year starter, was a first-team All-ACC selection last season after leading the league in punting average (41.1 yards). The junior was a consensus all-conference choice in the preseason publications and a second-team preseason All-America choice by Athlon.

Wujciak was also an All-ACC selection last season, earning second-team honors after posting 133 tackles, including double-digit stops in eight games. He ranked 13th nationally in tackles (10.2 per game) and was also a consensus preseason all-league selection by the summer publications.

Virginia Tech, the preseason choice to win the league title, had four players earn spots on the team, while North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Clemson had three apiece.

Running back Jonathan Dwyer of Georgia Tech, the 2008 ACC Player of the Year, received the highest number of votes.

Maryland's Da'Rel Scott, a 2008 first-team All-ACC pick, was left off the 2009 preseason team. Clemson's C.J. Spiller was the other running back selected.

Big 12: : While Oklahoma got to play in the Big 12 and Bowl Championship Series title games last season, Texas and Texas Tech had the same regular season record as the Sooners.

All three were 11-1 overall with a 7-1 mark in the Big 12 South, and each loss was to another team in that trio. The Big 12's fifth tiebreaker - BCS standings - was needed to send the Sooners to the conference title game they won.

All that even though the Sooners lost by 10 points to Texas, which lost at Texas Tech with one second remaining - before the Red Raiders lost by 44 points at Oklahoma.

The tiebreaker formula hasn't changed, yet Texas coach Mack Brown - who didn't like the setup even before last season - said there is an easy way around it for the Longhorns.

"If we had played better at Tech and won the game, we'd have been in the conference championship game," Brown said at the Big 12 media days. "A lot of that comes from us. We need to learn from that and move on, quit talking about the system and just go play."

The Longhorns, with Heisman Trophy runner-up Colt McCoy back at quarterback, should be in the title mix again this season.

Texas and Oklahoma tied for the top spot in the Big 12 South preseason poll determined from a media vote. Texas got 17 first-place votes and Oklahoma got the other 15, but both had the same number of poll points.

The Red Raiders, with quarterback Graham Harrell and wide receiver Michael Crabtree gone, were fourth in the preseason poll, behind Oklahoma State.

Boise State: : The defending champion Broncos were picked to repeat in the Western Athletic Conference.

Boise State went 8-0 in the conference last fall and has won six of the past seven WAC titles. Boise State was No. 1 in both the coaches' and media polls released Wednesday as the WAC media days opened in Salt Lake City.

Boise State received all but one No. 1 vote by the coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own team. Nevada was picked second and received the only other No. 1 vote in the coaches' poll. Fresno State and Louisiana Tech tied for No. 3 in the coaches' poll.

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