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Virginia football notes: Harris on ACC coaches' first team

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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:16 pm

Virginia safety Anthony Harris was named to the All-ACC football coaches' first team on Wednesday. Running back Kevin Parks and offensive tackle Morgan Moses were both named to the second team.

The 2013 season is the second season the league’s coaches have selected their own all-conference team. UVa has placed at least one member on the first and second team each season.

Harris was named to the media’s All-ACC first team last week, while Parks took home second-team honors from the media. Moses was a third team honoree last week by the media and is a repeat recipient on the coaches team after being an honorable mention in 2012.

Harris leads the nation with eight interceptions, which included a UVa-record five straight games with a pick. The eight interceptions place Harris in a three-way tie with Ronde Barber (1994) and Kevin Cook (1987) for No. 2 all-time at UVa for picks in a season. Parks became the first Cavalier to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season since Alvin Pearman did so in 2004. The junior finished with 1,031 yards, which ranks No. 12 all-time at UVa for rushing yards in a season. Moses, an early invite to the 2014 Senior Bowl, started all 12 games at left tackle and finished his UVa career with 43 starts between both tackles positions and right guard.  

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was voted the league's player of the year, while Duke's David Cutcliffe was the coach of the year.

Winston, a Heisman Trophy favorite, also was voted the league's rookie of the year, the offensive player of the year and the first-team all-ACC quarterback by the coaches.

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald was the defensive player of the year and Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller was the defensive rookie of the year.

Harold, Smith honored

Eli Harold and Eric Smith were honored on postseason teams by College Football News. Harold was named a second-team honoree on the all-sophomore team at defensive end, while Smith was an honorable mention offensive lineman on the all-freshman team.

Harold led UVa with 15.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. His 15.0 tackles for loss rank No. 6 in the ACC and No. 7 all-time at UVa for a season.  The 8.5 sacks are the fourth most by an underclassman in the nation and rank No. 14 all-time at UVa for a season. Smith made his collegiate debut against VMI and started the last eight games for the Cavaliers at right tackle. Smith became only the fourth true freshman to start at a tackle position in UVa program history.

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