On Tuesday morning the ACC revealed it’s official All-ACC teams for the 2020 football season. Despite the Tar Heels landing the most first team honorees since 2013, the ACC still left many Tar Heel fans wanting more.
The Tar Heels landed three players on the first team unit, as both Michael Carter and Dyami Brown landed there after tremendous seasons on the offensive side of the football, while Chazz Surratt picked up the team’s lone first team honor on the defensive side of the football. Much to the chagrin of many around the ACC, though, Javonte Williams did not earn first team honors after an amazing 2020 season.
Williams seemed to have the most complete resume of any of the running backs in the ACC, but instead joined quarterback Sam Howell as a second team honoree. Williams finished third in the ACC in rushing yards, second in yards from scrimmage and first in the conference in both rushing and scrimmage touchdowns. He was also third in the conference amongst qualifying running backs with a 7.3 yards per carry average and has broken the most tackles and the most tackles per attempt of anyone in the nation since 2014 according to Pro Football Focus. Williams tops Etienne in all of those categories and does so having touched the ball 20 fewer times and taken 76 fewer snaps this season.
Michael Carter and Joshua Ezeudu both took home third team All-ACC honors for all-purpose player and offensive linemen respectively, while seven others landed honorable mention. Brian Anderson, Tomon Fox, Marcus McKethan, Trey Morrison, Dazz Newsome, Jordan Tucker and Raymond Vohasek were the seven to receive that recognition.
Having thirteen players is definitely something that Tar Heels fans can be excited about, but Tuesday still left people disappointed. Williams without a doubt deserved to be a first team member after putting together the most complete season of any running back in the ACC and maybe the best season by a running back in the country outside of Najee Harris. The ACC voters simply have to be better than this.