CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia football player Anthony Harris was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) football first team, announced by the league on Monday. Running back Kevin Parks was named to the second team, offensive tackle Morgan Moses was named to the third team and defensive tackle Brent Urban was an honorable mention selection. Virginia has had at least one first-team honoree every campaign since 2007 and in 26 of the last 27 seasons.
The All-ACC accolades are the first career nods for Harris, Parks and Urban. Moses was an honorable mention honoree last season on the coaches’ inaugural All-ACC team. The coaches All-ACC team will be released on Wed., Dec 11.
Harris (Chesterfield, Va.) leads the nation with eight interceptions, which included a UVa record five-straight games with a pick. The eight interceptions place Harris in a three-way tie with Ronde Barber (1994) and Kevin Cook (1987) for No. 2 all-time at UVa for picks in a season. Harris finished the regular season No. 5 in the ACC with 1.2 passes defended per game and is No. 24 in the ACC overall in tackles. Harris started the season with a key block and second-half interception in UVa’s season-opening win over BYU. The effort earned Harris the accolade of the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.
Parks (Salisbury, N.C.) became the first Cavalier to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season since Alvin Pearman did so in 2004. The junior finished with 1,031 yards, which ranks No. 12 all-time at UVa for rushing yards in a season. Parks is No. 2 in the ACC with 1,031 total rushing yards and 85.9 rushing yards per game, while he ranks No. 2 among ACC running backs with 113.5 all-purpose yards per game. Parks concludes his junior season ranked No. 8 all-time at UVa with 2,474 career rushing yards and No. 7 all-time at UVa with 25 career rushing touchdowns.
Moses (Richmond, Va.), an early invite to the 2014 Senior Bowl, started all 12 games at left tackle and finished his UVa career with 43 starts between both tackles positions and right guard. Moses was a key blocking component to help Parks became UVa’s first 1,000-yard rusher in a season since 2004. The senior graded out over 90 percent in every game and averaged eight knockdowns per contest. Moses yielded only two sacks in 506 pass attempts, which included limiting Clemson’s Vic Beasley (Bednarik and Lombardi Award semifinalists) to one tackle and zero sacks.
Urban (Mississauga, Ontario) an early invite to the 2014 Senior Bowl, led the nation’s linemen with nine pass breakups despite missing 4.5 games with a high ankle sprain. The senior made 40 tackles in eight games and was second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss. Urban became the first Cavalier to have 4.0 tackles for loss in a game since Chris Long in 2007 when the defensive tackle recorded his at Pitt, a game where UVa held the Panthers to 199 yards of total offense