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Virginia Tech football: Cornerback Dorian Strong named 2nd-team All-American

Yet, somehow, was named 3rd-team All-ACC.

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It was shocking when the ACC revealed its all-conference teams two weeks ago, and not one player from Virginia Tech received first-team honors.

Let’s start by saying we don’t think the Hokies should’ve had multiple first-team All-ACC performers. But running back Bhayshul Tuten should have been on the first team under the “all-purpose” category for his work as a kick returner. Defensive end Antwaun Powell-Ryland had a solid case to make the first team at defensive end, with 9.5 sacks. Both players were named to the second team.

However, the biggest snub may have cornerback Dorian Strong. The 6-foot-0, 182-pound redshirt junior from Upper Marlboro, Md., had an outstanding season, starting all 12 games, recording 21 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defended. It’s not all about stats with Strong. He was outstanding. And unless you watched Virginia Tech every week, you wouldn’t know.

Somehow, Strong was named third-team All-ACC. Essentially, the 51 media members and 14 head coaches who voted said four or five corners were better than Strong in 2023.

That is simply not true.

Well, this week, Strong received some national recognition as the Action Network named him a second-team All-American. While the Action Network isn’t the AP All-American team, it’s still quite the honor for Strong. It shows that some are paying attention.

Congrats to Dorian.

Strong has one more year of eligibility remaining, and the Hokies are working hard to bring him back for 2024.