There’s no denying that the University of Miami has not had the kind of season it was hoping for – finishing the regular season 7-5 and sitting well outside the top 25.
But, as Miami senior defensive back Michael Jackson Sr. said following the Canes’ dominant 24-3 victory over Pittsburgh this past Saturday, “we’re 7-5, but we’re not a 7-5 defense”.
Despite having one of the nation’s best total defenses, the Canes only had junior linebacker Shaquille Quarterman receive first-team all-conference honors when the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its superlative teams Monday.
11 total Hurricanes received some sort of All-ACC honors Monday – Quarterman on First Team; junior running back Travis Homer, freshman tight end Brevin Jordan, senior safety Jaquan Johnson and redshirt senior defensive tackle Gerald Willis III were all named to the All-ACC Second Team; sophomore cornerback Trajan Bandy was selected to the All-ACC Third Team; and five players earned All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition.
Five more Hurricanes were among those who picked up All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition: senior offensive lineman Tyree St. Louis, junior defensive end Joe Jackson, junior linebacker Michael Pinckney, senior cornerback Michael Jackson, Sr., and senior safety Sheldrick Redwine.
Quarterman’s presence on the First Team is well-deserved. The three-year starter racked up 76 total tackles (including 13.0 tackles-for-loss), recorded 6 sacks, had an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Quarterman has risen to “elder statesman” status within the football program, earning the respect of teammates and coaches with his consistency on and off the field. It’s Quarterman’s third All-ACC honor of his career, but his first First-Team selection.
The biggest snub was Willis being slotted on the Second Team.
The redshirt senior defensive tackle lived up to his former five-star billing this season – his first full year back with the Canes. Willis started all 12 games this season, finished fourth on the team in total tackles (59), recorded 4 sacks, and led the team and the ACC in tackles-for-loss (18).
Homer, Jackson, Sr., Johnson and Pinckney each picked up the second honors of their respective careers, while the other six players were honored for the first time.