|Maryland WR Stefon Diggs did not earn All-ACC recognition as a receiver. (US Presswire)|
On Wednesday, the ACC released its first-ever Coaches All-ACC Football Team (which can be seen here). This is separate from the all-conference team named by the media (which can be seen here), but there aren't any major differences.
There are also some commonalities as to who was left off. Here are the snubs:
Offense: WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland -- Diggs was recognized as a specialist on both teams, but he did not receive all-conference honors as a wide receiver, not even honorable mention. Diggs finished sixth in the league with 848 receiving yards. He did so catching passes from two true freshmen quarterbacks for the first eight games, and from a converted linebacker in his final three (he was injured for the game at Clemson). That warrants repeating: Diggs was catching passes from a linebacker for his final three games. On the coaches' team, there were eight wide receivers who received votes. Diggs wasn't one of them.
Defense: S Rashard Hall, Clemson -- Hall was named to the second team by the media, but was just honorable mention from the coaches. He finished tied for third in the league with four interceptions and has been one of the few steady presences on the Clemson defense lately. The coaches voted three members of the North Carolina State secondary, including both safeties, to the first and second teams. The same secondary that was part of a passing defense that finished tied for No. 97 nationally, and gave up 261.7 passing yards per game. It is also the same secondary that gave up an ACC-record 566 passing yards against Miami.
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