CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia junior Nick Jackson (Atlanta, Ga.) was one on three linebackers included on the preseason All-ACC Team on Tuesday (July 27). The announcement was made live on ACC Network’s Packer & Durham show. The 2021 Preseason All-ACC Team was voted on by credentialed media members at last week’s ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte.

Jackson was a third team All-ACC selection as a sophomore in 2021. He started all 10 games at linebacker for the Cavaliers last season. His 105 tackles were the second most in the ACC and sixth-most in the nation. He averaged 5.5 solo tackles per game, the second most in the ACC and ranked No. 16 in the country.

On Monday, Jackson was one of 51 linebackers in college football featured on the Butkus Award watch list, presented to the nation’s best linebacker.

2021 Preseason All-ACC Football Team

(147 total votes; Total votes in parentheses)

QB         Sam Howell, North Carolina (118)
RB         Zonovan Knight, NC State (96)
RB         Mataeo Durant, Duke (49)
WR        Justyn Ross, Clemson (110)
WR        Zay Flowers, Boston College (101)
WR        Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest (80)
TE          James Mitchell, Virginia Tech (77)
AP         Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech (56)
OT         Ikem Ekwonu, NC State (83)
OT         Jordan McFadden, Clemson (53)
OG        Zion Johnson, Boston College (82)
OG        Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina (56)
C            Alec Lindstrom, Boston College (77)

DE         Myles Murphy, Clemson (108)
DE         Amare Barno, Virginia Tech (63)
DT         Bryan Bresee, Clemson (120)
DT         Tyler Davis, Clemson (53)
LB          Payton Wilson, NC State (99)
LB          James Skalski, Clemson (95)
LB          Nick Jackson, Virginia (37)
CB         Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson (86)
CB         Tony Grimes, North Carolina (55)
S            Bubba Bolden, Miami (100)
S            Nolan Turner, Clemson (85)

PK         Nick Sciba, Wake Forest (69)
P            Lou Hedley, Miami (84)
SP          Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech (60)


Preseason Player of the Year

  1. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina, 114
  2. D’Eriq King, QB, Miami, 11
  3. Bryan Bresee, DE, Clemson, 8
  4. D.J. Uiagaleli, QB, Clemson, 6
  5. Phil Jurkovec, QB, Boston College, 3
  6. Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College, 2
  7. Jahmyr Gibbs, AP, Georgia Tech, 2