GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Miami senior punter Dalton Botts was named to the 2012 Preseason All-ACC Football team, the conference announced Wednesday. The Preseason All-ACC team was voted on by media members at the annual ACC Football Kickoff.
The Taft, Calif., native was the lone Hurricane player tabbed to the Preseason All-ACC team. Botts, who served as the Hurricanes’ punter in all 12 games as a junior last season, finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 42.7 yards-per-punt average in 2011.
He booted a season-long 62-yarder in the season finale against Boston College and had one of his best games against then-No. 17 Ohio State with an average of 47.8 yards on four attempts. He had only three touchbacks in 48 attempts, with 11 kicks inside the 20 and 11 punts of at least 50 yards.
Earlier this month, Botts was named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter.
Miami will open fall camp on Fri., Aug. 3, and will open the 2012 season on Sept. 1 with an ACC matchup at Boston College.
2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team
Offense: Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
- WR Conner Vernon, Duke (41) 6-2 195 Senior Miami, Fla.
- WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (68) 6-1 200 Sophomore Fort Myers, Fla.
- TE Matt Furstenburg, Maryland (35) 6-4 245 Senior Flemington, N.J.
- T James Hurst, North Carolina (48) 6-7 300 Junior Plainfield, Ind.
- T Oday Aboushi, Virginia (29) 6-6 310 Senior Brooklyn, N.Y.
- G Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (57) 6-3 300 Senior Lithonia, Ga.
- G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (55) 6-3 295 Senior Wilmington, N.C.
- C Dalton Freeman, Clemson (58) 6-3 285 Senior Pelion, S.C.
- QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson (29) 6-1 225 Junior Hampton, Va.
- RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (60) 5-10 205 Sophomore Davie, Fla.
- RB Andre Ellington, Clemson (53) 5-10 190 Senior Moncks Corner, S.C.
Defense: Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
- DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (59) 6-3 265 Senior Tallahassee, Fla.
- DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech (31) 6-4 250 Junior Hampton, Va.
- DT Joe Vellano, Maryland (58) 6-1 285 Senior Rexford, N.Y.
- DT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest (33) 5-11 260 Junior Wylie, Texas
- LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (49) 6-3 240 Senior New Bern, N.C.
- LB Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech (42) 6-2 253 Senior Riceboro, Ga.
- LB Steve Greer, Virginia (32) 6-2 225 Senior Solon, Ohio
- CB David Amerson, NC State (63) 6-3 194 Junior Greensboro, N.C.
- CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (25) 6-0 181 Junior Baltimore, Md.
- S Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (45) 5-8 204 Junior Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
- S Earl Wolff, NC State (30) 6-0 207 Senior Raeford, N.C.
Specialists: Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
- PK Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (54) 6-2 190 Senior Houston, Texas
- P Dalton Botts, Miami (65) 6-3 198 Senior Taft, Calif.
- SP Greg Reid, Florida State (35) 5-8 186 Senior Valdosta, Ga.