Rejoice, the 2019 NFL season is upon us! While we get through training camp and the preseason, let’s take a look at some of the teams nobody’s talking about. When it comes to all-conference teams, which college football conference could boast the best starting lineups of alumni on both sides of the ball? From Matt Ryan and DeAndre Hopkins to Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey… let’s take a look at the 2019 All-ACC NFL alumni team.
Starter: Matt Ryan (Boston College)
Years at School: 2004 – 2007
Team: Atlanta Falcons
2018 Stats: 4,924 passing yards / 35 TD / 7 INT / 69.4% completion
The #3 overall pick from the 2008 draft, Matt Ryan has developed into one of the NFL’s elite passers over the past decade. The NFL’s MVP in 2016, Ryan has made four Pro Bowls and has posted two separate years of at least 4,900 passing yards in his career. The former Boston College standout is likely to move into the top-10 in career passing yards before the 2019 regular season ends, and is still one of the league’s elite (yet still somehow underrated) signal callers at age 34.
Backup: Philip Rivers (NC State)
Years at School: 2000 – 2003
Current Team: Los Angeles Chargers
2018 Stats: 4,308 passing yards / 32 TD / 12 INT / 68.3% completion
On his way to the Hall of Fame regardless of whether or not he wins a Super Bowl, Philip Rivers has been a model of accuracy and consistency for the Chargers. One of only eight players in NFL history to pass for at least 54,000 yards in his career, Rivers also is one of the 10 most accurate quarterbacks to every play the game. An 8-time Pro Bowler, the NC State product has been as good as ever in his late 30s.
Deshaun Watson (Clemson), Mitchell Trubisky (UNC)
Starter: Devonta Freeman (Florida State)
Years at School: 2011 – 2013
Team: Atlanta Falcons
2018 Stats: 68 rush yards / 23 receiving yards (missed 14 games due to injury)
Just begging for his first healthy season since 2016, a 100% Devonta Freeman makes the Falcons one of the most dangerous teams in all of football. Freeman led the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns in 2015 and accounted for 27 total TDs from 2015 – 2016. Since then, he hasn’t been able to work a fully healthy season, missing 14 games in 2018 alone. He’s a 1,500 scrimmage yard threat when he’s healthy and can be one of the league’s premier backs in one of the NFL’s highest-flying offenses.
Backup: Lamar Miller (Miami)
Years at School: 2010 – 2011
Team: Houston Texans
2018 Stats: 973 rush yards / 5 rush TDs / 25 rec. / 163 rec. yards / 1 rec. TD
Averaging just under 1,000 rush yards per season over the course of the last five years, Lamar Miller has been a consistent presence in the backfield wherever he’s been. Miller has carved out a prosperous and successful NFL career since being a 4th round pick out of Miami in 2012. Just beating out 2018 breakout stud James Conner, oft-injured Dalvin Cook and an aging LeSean McCoy for the RB2 spot, the backfield for the All-ACC NFL Alumni Team is deep and full of talented all-around backs.
James Conner (Pittsburgh), Dalvin Cook (Florida State), LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh), Frank Gore (Miami), Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh), Duke Johnson (Miami)
Click ahead to Page 2 to see which wide receivers and tight ends make the roster for the All-ACC NFL Alumni Team!