Cardinal Football

Four Louisville Cardinals Earn All ACC Honors

A total of four Louisville Cardinals have received All ACC honors — TuTU Atwell (1st Team WR), Mekhi Becton (1st Team OL), Javian Hawkins (2nd Team RB), Hassan Hall (2nd Team All Purpose (3rd Team Specialist).

Pretty impressive for a team that was picked to finish dead last and had zero players receive preseason all conference honors.

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Atwell accomplished an outstanding sophomore season, leading the Cardinals with 61 receptions for 1,129 yards, which is the seventh-best total in school history, and tied a school record with 12 touchdowns.
The 5-foot-9 wide out became the school’s first 1,000-yard receiver since Harry Douglas totaled 1,159 yards in 2007.

A native of Miami, Fla., Atwell led the ACC in receiving yards and touchdowns, while posting six 100-yard receiving games. He closed the season with a touchdown reception in five-straight games.

The winner of the 2019 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Becton becomes the first offensive lineman in school history to be named first team All-ACC, and is the first lineman to earn first team accolades since Jamon Brown was named first team in the American Athletic Conference in 2014.

Becton, a 6-foot-8, 370-pound junior from Highland Springs, Virginia, has started 33 games at offensive tackle for the Cardinals and was named ACC “Offensive Lineman of the Week” on Oct. 7 after his performance in the 41-39 victory over Boston College. He graded out better than 80 percent in eight games and registered over 60 knockdown blocks to help the Cardinals finish the regular season at 7-5 and 5-3 in the ACC — a turnaround of five games from a year ago.

Hall, an Atlanta native, accounted for 1,276 all-purpose yards as a running back and one of the nation’s most explosive kick returners. The sophomore stands sixth in school history with 1,546 career kickoff return yards in only two seasons.

Averaging 106.3 all-purpose yards per game, Hall ranks fourth in the country and third in the ACC with a 31.7 return average and was one of only three kick returners in the league to return one for a touchdown. He returned a kickoff 100-yards on Oct. 12 in a 62-59 win over Wake Forest.

The sophomore recorded 728 kick return yards, which ranked fourth in the league and seventh nationally. As a running back, Hall was the team’s second-leading rusher with 497 yards and five touchdowns.

Hawkins, who only played four games in 2018, broke records in his first full season with the Cardinals.

Rushing for a UofL freshman record of 1,420 yards and eight touchdowns, Hawkins averaged 118.3 yards per game. His 1,420 yards rushing ranks fourth on the school’s single-season list and stands third in league history among freshmen.

He became the first 1,000-yard rusher since Lamar Jackson’s 2017 season, but was the first running back at UofL to accomplish the feat since Bilal Powell ran for 1,405 yards in 2010.

After 12 games, Hawkins ranks seventh in the country in rushing yards and first among freshmen nationally. The 5-foot-9 running back is second in the league in rushing yards, just 265 behind Boston College’s A.J. Dillon, who has rushed for 1,685 yards.

A native of Titusville, Fla., Hawkins registered seven 100-yards rushing games, including a career best 233 yards in a win over Syracuse on Nov. 23. It was the most rushing yards by a Cardinal since Anthony Allen rushed for 275 against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 6, 2007 and the seventh-most in program history.

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The complete 2019 All-ACC Football Team:

First-Team Offense
QB – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson; 150
RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson; 176
RB – AJ Dillon, Boston College; 168
WR – Sage Surratt, Wake Forest; 167
WR – Tee Higgins, Clemson; 153
WR – Tutu Atwell, Louisville; 153
TE – Brevin Jordan, Miami; 115
AP – Joe Reed, Virginia; 142
OT – Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson; 136
OT – Mehki Becton, Louisville; 126
OG – John Simpson, Clemson; 160
OG – John Phillips, Boston College; 114
C – Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt; 92

First-Team Defense
DE – Gregory Rousseau, Miami; 152
DE – Carlos Basham, Wake Forest; 142
DT – Jaylen Twyman, Pitt; 146
DT – Marvin Wilson, Florida State; 136
LB – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson; 157
LB – Chazz Surratt, North Carolina; 144
LB – Shaquille Quarterman, Miami; 129
CB – Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech; 136
CB – A.J. Terrell, Clemson; 100
S – Paris Ford, Pitt; 130
S – Tanner Muse, Clemson; 122

First-Team Specialists
PK – Nick Sciba, Wake Forest; 156
P – Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse; 103
SP – Joe Reed, Virginia; 156

Second-Team Offense
QB – Bryce Perkins, Virginia; 102
RB – Cam Akers, Florida State; 123
RB – Javian Hawkins, Louisville; 103
WR – Dazz Newsome, North Carolina; 96
WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State; 90
WR – Trishton Jackson, Syracuse; 86
TE – Noah Gray, Duke; 75
AP – Hassan Hall, Louisville; 59
OT – Charlie Heck, North Carolina; 117
OT – Ben Petrula, Boston College; 85
OG – Gage Cervenka, Clemson; 103
OG – Zion Johnson, Boston College; 98
C – Sean Pollard, Clemson; 90

Second-Team Defense
DE – Patrick Jones II, Pitt; 103
DE – Victor Dimukeje, Duke; 88
DT – Larrell Murchison, NC State; 89
DT – Tyler Davis, Clemson; 79
LB – Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech; 120
LB – Max Richardson, Boston College; 90
LB – Michael Pinckney, Miami (FL); 55
CB – Dane Jackson, Pitt; 87
CB – Derion Kendrick, Clemson; 77
S – Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State; 102
S – Andre Cisco, Syracuse; 99

Second-Team Specialists
PK – Christopher Dunn, NC State; 87
P – Dom Maggio, Wake Forest; 76
SP – Damond Philyaw-Johnson, Duke; 69

Third-Team Offense
QB – Sam Howell, North Carolina; 76
RB – Jordan Mason, Georgia Tech; 42
RB – Michael Carter, North Carolina; 39
WR – Kendall Hinton, Wake Forest; 64
WR – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt; 61
WR – Dyami Brown, North Carolina; 57
TE – Hunter Long, Boston College; 63
AP – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt; 34
OT – Justin Herron, Wake Forest; 83
OT – Jackson Carman, Clemson; 52
OG – Bryce Hargrove, Pitt; 88
OG – Nate Gillam, Wake Forest; 81
C – Alec Lindstrom, Boston College; 72

Third-Team Defense
DE – Xavier Thomas, Clemson; 49
DE – Chris Rumph II, Duke; 38
DT – Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina; 60
DT – Nyles Pinckney, Clemson; 59
LB – Jordan Mack, Virginia; 53
LB – Lakiem Williams, Syracuse; 51
LB – Koby Quansah, Duke; 49
CB – Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State; 74
CB – Essang Bassey, Wake Forest; 61
S – K’Von Wallace, Clemson; 80
S – Joey Blount, Virginia; 38

Third-Team Specialists
PK – Andre Szmyt, Syracuse; 59
P – Trenton Gill, NC State; 61
SP – Hassan Hall, Louisville; 68

Honorable Mention Offense
QB – Jamie Newman, Wake Forest; 27
RB – Javonte Williams, North Carolina; 22
RB – David Bailey, Boston College; 20
WR – Justyn Ross, Clemson; 48
WR – Hasise Dubois, Virginia; 24
WR – Amari Rodgers, Clemson; 20
WR – Damon Hazelton, Virginia Tech; 20
TE – Cary Angeline, NC State; 32
TE – Jack Freudenthal, Wake Forest; 23
AP – Michael Carter, North Carolina; 32
AP – Amari Rodgers, Clemson; 31
OT – Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech; 36
OT – Tyler Vrabel, Boston College; 29
OT – Jake Benzinger, Wake Forest; 24
OG – Lecitus Smith, Virginia Tech; 38
OG – Jack DeFoor, Georgia Tech; 20
C – Zach Tom, Wake Forest; 40
C – Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke; 29
C – Olusegun Oluwatimi, Virginia; 25

Honorable Mention Defense
DE – Justin Foster, Clemson; 33
DE – Alton Robinson, Syracuse; 33
DE – Eli Hanback, Virginia; 21
DT – Aaron Crawford, North Carolina; 42
DT – Amir Watts, Pitt; 34
DT – Jarrod Hewitt, Virginia Tech; 33
LB – Justin Strnad, Wake Forest; 43
LB – Charles Snowden, Virginia; 38
LB – David Curry, Georgia Tech; 25
LB – Zane Zandier, Virginia; 23
LB – Kylan Johnson, Pitt; 23
CB – Tre Swilling, Georgia Tech; 55
CB – Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech; 54
CB – Stanford Samuels III, Florida State; 32
CB – Trajan Bandy, Miami (FL); 30
S – Myles Dorn, North Carolina; 23
S – Nasir Greer, Wake Forest; 23

Honorable Mention Specialists
P – Oscar Bradburn, Virginia Tech; 59
P – Austin Parker, Duke; 29
SP – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt; 28
PK – Brian Delaney, Virginia; 22
PK – AJ Reed, Duke; 21

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