Expect Miami football producing more All-ACC under Mario Cristobal

Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

In four seasons as Oregon’s head coach, Mario Cristobal produced 37 all-conference players in the Pac-12. The Miami football team produced 20 All-ACC players from 2018-2021. The biggest problems for Miami in the last four seasons were a lack of development and production, not talent on the ros

Oregon had seven first-team All-Pac 12 players in 2021 with five on defense. Kicker Jose Borregales was the last first-team all-conference player for Miami in 2020. Tight end Brevin Jordan, defensive end Greg Rousseau and linebacker Shaq Quarterman were the last offensive and defensive first-team All-ACC for Miami.

Miami TE Will Mallory, offensive tackle Zion Nelson and punter Lou Hedley were named preseason first-team All-ACC in voting by the media released in July. Cristobal has produced a first-round pick in the NFL Draft in each of the last three seasons. Miami has produced only two first-round picks in the last five NFL Drafts.

Rousseau and fellow DE Jaelan Phillips were first-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Phillips was the 18th overall pick by the Dolphins and Rousseau was the 30th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills. Oregon produced Quarterback Justin Herbert in 2020, offensive tackle Penei Sewell in 2021 and DE Kayvon Thibodeaux in 2022.

Miami has not produced a QB in the NFL Draft since Brad Kayaa was selected in the seventh round in 2017 by the Detroit Lions. Steve Walsh was the last Miami QB selected in the first round in 1989 by the Dallas Cowboys in the supplemental draft. Miami could change that in the 2023 NFL Draft with Tyler Van Dyke.

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Van Dyke will have a difficult challenge earning All-ACC at QB in 2022. North Carolina State QB Devin Leary earned the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. Sam Hartman of Wake Forest who will miss the beginning of the season was second and Van Dyke third. Brennan Armstrong of Virginia will also challenge for All-ACC QB.