Monday, December 2, 2013
THE FLATS --- Georgia Tech junior guard Shaquille Mason and senior defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams announced Monday afternoon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
Mason was named first team All-ACC and Attaochu earned second team honors.
Three Yellow Jackets – senior running backs Robert Godhigh and David Sims, and senior guard Will Jackson -- were named honorable mention.
The Coaches’ All-ACC Team will be announced Dec. 11.
With Mason’s selection, Georgia Tech has been represented on the All-ACC first team for 18 consecutive seasons. This marks the seventh straight year that a Yellow Jacket offensive lineman has been named first team All-ACC.
Mason, who has started 25 consecutive games, was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week two times during the regular season. The Columbia (Tenn.) native helped the Georgia Tech offense rank sixth nationally in rushing offense, seventh in third-down percentage, 15th in fewest sacks allowed and 16th in red-zone offense.
Attaochu earned second team All-ACC honors after being selected honorable mention in both 2011 and 2012. The Washington (DC) product is the first Tech defender to earn All-ACC honors since linebacker Julian Burnett was named second team in 2011, and Attaochu is the first Yellow Jacket defensive end to be named to the team since Derrick Morgan was a first-team selection in 2009.
Attaochu enjoyed one of the best Novembers of any defensive player in college football. He has 10.0 sacks over the last five games, including a career-high 4.0 sacks against Georgia in the regular season finale – the third-most single-game sacks in Yellow Jacket history. His 12.0 sacks this season are the sixth-most in Tech history, and he enters the postseason tied with Greg Gathers (31.0 career sacks) for the most career sacks in school history.