Georgia Tech Football: KirVonte Benson and Parker Braun named to AP All-ACC Second Team

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: KirVonte Benson
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: KirVonte Benson /

Georgia Tech Football B-Back KirVonte Benson and offensive guard Parker Braun were named to the Associated Press’s All-ACC Second team on Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press announced it’s All-ACC teams for the 2017 season. While no Georgia Tech football player was named to the All-ACC first team, two Yellow Jackets were named to the All-ACC Second Team.

Those two players were sophomore B-Back KirVonte Benson and sophomore offensive lineman Parker Braun.

Benson was the Jackets starting B-back in all 11 games for the Jackets this season and had a tremendous season as a first-time starter. The 5-foot-9 b-back took over Dedrick Mills spot and made Techs fans forget about Mills who was kicked off the team for breaking team rules.

In his 11 games, Benson rushed for 1,053-yards and six touchdowns on 204 rushing attempts, an average of 5.2 yards per game. Benson rushed for 100+ yards five different times for the Yellow Jackets this season including a 196-yard performance against Pittsburgh. He struggled down the stretch failing to pick up 100-yards in each of the Jackets last four games.

Benson will return for his junior season in 2018 and should be the Jackets starting B-Back barring injury or disciplinary reasons.

Sophomore guard Parker Braun can now add “All-ACC Second Team 2017” to his list of achievements. The Texas native was named a Freshman All-American last season by three different sports news outlets last season. This season, Braun followed up his sophomore campaign starting in all 11 of the Jackets games this season.

Braun was a major part of the Jackets success this season, being the Jackets best offensive lineman. He was part of an offensive line that allowed the Jackets to rush for 3,381-yards this season including four different games that the team rushed for 400 or more yards.

Braun will return for his junior season which could be his last as he could be a potential NFL Draft prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.

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One name that wasn’t included on any of the All-ACC teams but was freshman punter Pressley Harvin III. The South Carolina native was consistent for the Jackets this season and cemented himself as one of the best punters in college football. Harvin had 50 punts this season for 2,205-yards an average of 44.1 yards per punt.