TE James Mitchell, DE Amaré Barno earn first-team honors
BLACKSBURG – Phil Steele introduced Wednesday that 9 Virginia Tech soccer gamers have been chosen to his 2021 All-ACC preseason workforce, together with two first-team honorees in DE Amaré Barno and TE James Mitchell. OL Brock Hoffman and DB Chamarri Conner earned second-team standing, whereas OL Lecitus Smith and CB Jermaine Waller had been named to the third workforce. LB Dax Hollifield, PR Tayvion Robinson and WR Tre’ Turner rounded out Tech’s contingent as fourth-team picks.
Barno (6-6, 235) loved a breakout marketing campaign in 2020 after making the transfer from linebacker to defensive finish. He recorded 43 whole tackles on the season, together with 28 solo stops. The Blythewood, South Carolina native led the ACC and all Energy 5 gamers with 16.0 TFL and tied with Tech DE Justus Reed for sixth within the league with 6.5 sacks. He earned All-ACC honorable point out honors final season.
Mitchell (6-3, 242) enters his fourth season with the Hokies after main the workforce with 4 receiving touchdowns in 2020. The Massive Stone Hole, Virginia native hauled in 26 catches for 435 yards in 10 video games (9 begins) in 2020. In his 36 profession video games (18 begins) for Tech, Mitchell has accrued 47 receptions for 796 yards with six touchdowns to go together with 5 dashing TDs. He was a second-team All-ACC decide of PFF School final season.
Hoffman (6-3, 317) began all 11 contests at middle for Tech in 2020. The Statesville, North Carolina native helped the Hokies lead the ACC by averaging 240.1 dashing yards per sport final season. Tech scored 27 dashing TDs on the season and amassed higher than 200 rush yards eight instances, 250-plus six instances and 300 or extra dashing yards on three events. Hoffman was twice named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week in 2020. He was an All-ACC first-team honoree of Eric Mac Lain and was an honorable point out decide on the official All-ACC squad.
Conner (6-0, 211) led Virginia Tech with 81 whole tackles (60 solo) in 2020. He additionally tallied 3.5 TFLs, two INTs, 4 breakups, 4 QB hurries and compelled a fumble final season. The Jacksonville, Florida native was acknowledged twice as ACC Defensive Again of the Week in 2020. An All-ACC third-team choice of Steele final season, he was an honorable point out honoree on the official All-ACC squad.
Smith (6-3, 320) helped pave the best way for RB Khalil Herbert, who racked up 1,182 dashing yards in 2020. The Fitzgerald, Georgia native began all 11 contests for the Hokies at left guard final season. He was named to the PFF School Nationwide Crew of the Week after the Hokies racked up 260 yards and 4 dashing scores at then-No. 8 North Carolina. An honorable point out choice on the official All-ACC workforce in 2020, Smith was a second-team All-ACC decide of Eric Mac Lain and a third-team All-ACC choice of PFF School.
Waller (6-1, 180) is wholesome in 2021 after accidents restricted him to a pair of begins in 2020. In 2019, the Washington, D.C. product was an All-ACC honorable point out choice after enjoying in all 13 video games (10 begins) and ending the season tied for seventh within the ACC with three interceptions. In his profession at Tech, Waller has amassed 63 tackles (48 solo), 3.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks.
Hollifield (6-1, 239) began six video games in 2020 and made 52 tackles (21 solo), together with 2.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks. The native of Shelby, N.C. has made 181 whole tackles in his three-year profession for the Hokies with 14.5 TFL for -59 yards. Hollifield earned the distinction of Tech’s 2021 Onerous Hat Champion for his efficiency and enthusiasm within the weight room in the course of the spring season.
Robinson (5-10, 187) began all 11 video games a yr in the past, main the Hokies with 38 receptions for 592 yards, whereas rating second on the squad with three TD catches. He additionally returned 10 punts for a complete of 21 yards and rushed the ball seven instances for 48 yards. The Virginia Seashore, Virginia native tied a season-high with 5 receptions for a career-best 98 yards, together with a 60-yard TD vs. Virginia (12/12/20). In 24 profession video games at Tech (18 solo), he owns 69 catches for 996 yards with 4 TDs.
Turner (6-2, 187) began 10 video games at huge receiver a yr in the past, when he was a PFF School second-team All-ACC choice. The Greensboro, N.C. native ranked second on the squad with 34 receptions for 529 yards (15.6 avg.) and tied for second with three TDs. In 33 profession video games (26 begins) at Tech, Turner owns 94 catches for 1,617 yards with 11 TDs. He additionally has 41 carries for 392 yards with 4 TDs. He wants six extra receptions in 2021 to turn out to be the fifteenth participant at school historical past to succeed in the 100-catch plateau.