Pitt did not have any players selected to the 2014 All-ACC preseason team, which was voted on by at the ACC Football Kickoff Monday and released Wednesday.
The Panthers' most likely candidate was receiver Tyler Boyd, who caught 85 passes for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman last season. Boyd was named to the all-ACC second team at the end of the 2013 season, but was left off the 2014 preseason team in favor of Duke's Jamison Crowder, Florida State's Rashad Greene and Louisville's DeVante Parker.
Boyd will hope to replicate the season Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald had last year. After not making the league's preseason team, Donald went on to have one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory, taking home four major individual awards and becoming a consensus All-American.
Florida State led the way with nine players selected to the 2014 All-ACC preseason team, including preseason ACC player of the year quarterback Jameis Winston.
Syracuse tackle Sean Hickey, a Franklin Regional graduate, also made the team.
For the record, my team was almost identical to the team that was named. The only difference is that I had Jamison Crowder and Tyler Boyd as my two receivers. I'm not sure why there were only two spots on the ballot but three receivers named to the team. I do wonder if a third spot on the ballot would have increased the likelihood of Boyd making it (or we may well have ended up with the same three).
I'm not going to quibble with Boyd not making it — all three guys who made it are totally deserving, but it's probably worth noting that Boyd had more catches and yards than both Greene and Parker last season, and Parker's stats came against an American Athletic Conference schedule.
2014 ALL-ACC PRESEASON TEAM (number of votes in parentheses)
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State (97)
RB Duke Johnson, Miami (95)
RB Karlos Williams, Florida State (37)
WR Jamison Crowder, Duke (68)
WR Rashad Greene, Florida State (56)
WR DeVante Parker, Louisville (32)
TE Nick O'Leary, Florida State (86)
T Cameron Erving, Florida State (82)
T Sean Hickey, Syracuse (26)
G Tre' Jackson, Florida State (82)
G Laken Tomlinson, Duke (52)
C Andy Gallik, Boston College (39)
DE Vic Beasley, Clemson (96)
DE Mario Edwards, Jr., Florida State (66)
DT Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech (74)
DT Grady Jarrett, Clemson (61)
LB Denzel Perryman, Miami (82)
LB Kelby Brown, Duke (74)
LB Stephone Anthony, Clemson (55)
CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech (80)
CB P.J. Williams, Florida State (60)
S Anthony Harris, Virginia (80)
S Jeremy Cash, Duke (56)
K Roberto Aguayo, Florida State (79)
P A.J. Hughest, Virginia Tech (29)
SP Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (68)