College football analyst Phil Steele has named his All-ACC teams and All-Americans from the recently completed season, which include several Hokies.
Antwaun Powell-Ryland made the second team All-ACC defense, while Bhayshul Tuten was on the second team as a kick returner and Tucker Holloway as a punt returner. Dorian Strong was selected for the fourth team defense. Kaden Moore and Parker Clements made Steele’s fourth team all-conference squad on the offensive line, while kicker John Love and punter Peter Moore were fourth team specialists.
In addition, Tuten was recognized as a fourth team All-American kick returner, while Powell-Ryland garnered an honorable mention.
Tuten is one of two Power Five kick returners who co-lead the nation in touchdowns and one of five players overall in the FBS ranks. The North Carolina A&T transfer was selected to the 2023 All-ACC Second Team as an all-purpose back, ranking third nationally in average kick return yardage (30.6).
Among Tuten’s 16 kick returns this season, eight have qualified as explosive plays totaling 20 yards or more, including returns of 99, 94, 50 and 35 yards. The Paulsboro, New Jersey native registered 489 return yards on the season.
Powell-Ryland led the Hokies with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He recorded 39 tackles on the season, forcing three fumbles and recovering two. APR also tallied seven quarterback hurries.
Holloway was eighth in the country in average yards per punt return (13.6) and ranked first in the ACC.
Strong allowed completions on just nine of the 32 passes (28%) thrown his way for 83 yards. He intercepted three passes and broke up seven more.
Moore played 791 snaps, including 412 pass-blocking snaps, while allowing just one sack this season. Clements registered 764 snaps, including 405 pass-blocking snaps, allowing just three sacks.
Love had a breakout season as a redshirt freshman, connecting on 20 of his 22 field goals, including a career-long 47 yards against Virginia. He also made all 39 of his PATs.
Moore punted 58 times this season for 2,508 yards, an average of 43.2 yards per punt. Eighteen punts were for 50 yards or more, and 16 were downed inside the 20-yard line.
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