'Hoos put three players on All-ACC first team

GREENSBORO, N.C. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia put eight players on the 2018 All-ACC football team, including three on the first team.

Wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, cornerback Bryce Hall and safety Juan Thornhill were the three Cavaliers to earn first-team honors on Monday. They were joined by linebacker Chris Peace and kickoff returner Joe Reed, who both made the third team.

The Cavaliers also had three players earn honorable mention: quarterback Bryce Perkins, running back Jordan Ellis and tight end Evan Butts.

Zaccheaus is the first UVA wide receiver to earn first-team honors since Billy McMullen in 2002. The senior ended UVA's regular season second in the league with 81 catches, and third in the conference with 958 receiving yards.

Hall leads the country with 22 passes defended and 20 pass breakups. He also finished the regular season with 59 tackles -- including 3 1/2 for a loss and two sacks -- and a pair of interceptions, plus two forced fumbles. The junior is the first UVA cornerback on the All-ACC first team since Chase Minnifield in 2011.

Thornhill leads the Cavaliers with 92 tackles, and his five interceptions rank third in the conference and fourth in the country. The senior also has six pass breakups, three tackles for loss and a blocked extra point.

UVA's eight total All-ACC selections are the most for the program since the Cavaliers had 10 players make the team in 2014. The three first-team selections match the 2016 and 2011 teams for the most from UVA over the past decade.

A panel of 46 media members and the league's 14 head coaches voted on the All-ACC team. Unbeaten Clemson led the league with 18 players selected, followed by Boston College with 11 and Syracuse with nine.

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