Sean Tucker leads preseason All-ACC selection

National media outlet Athlon Sports ranks eight Syracuse football players among the top positions in the Atlantic Coast Conference ahead of the 2022 season.

Just in the past few days, Athlon Sports released its pre-season All-ACC teams for the upcoming season.

The media outlet noted on its website that its All-ACC rosters are based on how players are expected to perform in 2022.

Athlon Sports said career stats and honors feed into its ratings, but the most important criteria are determining the best individual players at each position in the conference for this upcoming stanza.

Let’s see which Syracuse football players are preseason All-ACC selections.

The Athlon Sports All-ACC first team includes two Orange players, outstanding running back Sean Tucker and excellent linebacker Mikel Jones.

Tucker, who was wooed by famed ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. for the 2023 NFL draft, was an All-American in 2021 when he rushed for 1,496 yards and had 12 touchdowns on the ground.

Jones’ decision to return to the mound for the 2022 season, his fourth year at Orange, is a really big deal for the squad’s defensive prospects this fall.

Jones, a 2021 All-ACC first-team performer, compiled 110 tackles, 60 solo tackles and 13 tackles for loss ahead of a campaign, according to his bio on the SU Athletics website.

The Athlon Sports All-ACC second roster includes three Orange players, offensive tackle Matthew Bergeron, cornerback Duce Chestnut and kick returner Trebor Pena.

Syracuse football linebacker Stefon Thompson is on the third-team Athlon Sports All-ACC.

In the media company’s fourth All-ACC group are ‘Cuse cornerback Garrett Williams and place kicker Andre Szmyt, who won the 2018 Lou Groza Award.

As we noted in another recent column, Kiper picked Tucker as the 8th running back in the 2023 NFL Draft due to his early position ranking.

In these ratings by Kiper, Williams ranks 9th among cornerbacks.

Syracuse Football has a daunting 2022 schedule, but I still think the Orange can realistically contend for six wins and potentially qualify for a postseason bowl game.

On defense, both core linebackers and secondary players could prove great. Special teams should be better. Obviously Tucker is a star.

I’m excited to see how the passing attack plays out, both from the perspective of the quarterback and as a wide receiver unit.

Additionally, how Syracuse football’s offensive and defensive lines hold up will be of paramount importance in order for Cuse to improve on his 5-7 record from 2021.

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