CORAL GABLES, Fla.- Junior offensive lineman Brandon Washington and senior linebacker Sean Spence have been named to SouthernPigskin.com’s All-Southern Preseason Team, as announced by the website on Tuesday.
Washington started all 13 games for the Canes at right guard as a sophomore last season. He recorded 56 pancakes, 11 lumberjacks and was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week on two occasions (at Duke, 10/16; vs. Virginia Tech, 11/20). His best performance - and the best performance of any UM offensive lineman all season - came at Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, when he graded out at 99 percent in a 31-3 victory for the Hurricanes.
Spence is a candidate for the Butkus, Lombardi, Nagurski and Bednarik Awards. The Miami native returns as the second-leading tackler in the ACC after recording 111 total tackles a season ago. The second-team All-ACC performer led the Canes with 16 tackles for loss in 2010 en route to being named the team’s defensive MVP. In his career, Spence has recorded 212 tackles in 36 games.
Here is what the site had to say about both….
OG - Brandon Washington, Miami - At 6’4”, 320 pounds, Washington is an interior force for the Hurricanes. His game of the year came against Pittsburgh, as he graded out at 99% against the Panthers. He is the ACC’s top blocker.
LB - Sean Spence, Miami - With 111 tackles and 17 tackles for loss, Spence was one of the nation’s most dynamic linebackers in 2010. He also broke up six passes. Is the leader of the Hurricane defense.
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