Other Blue Devils to secure all-conference recognition were second team selections Thaddeus Lewis, Vincent Rey and Will Snyderwine and honorable mention choices Vince Oghobaase and Leon Wright. The 2009 Associated Press All-ACC football teams were voted on by 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
A sophomore wide receiver from Miami, Fla., Varner leads the league in pass receptions (65) and receptions per game (5.42) while ranking second in receiving yards per game (87.2) and touchdown receptions (8). He finished with 1,047 receiving yards on the year, marking the fifth-highest single-season total in school history, and registered five 100-yard games against ACC competition (N.C. State, Maryland, Virginia, Miami & Wake Forest). Varner is Duke's first first-team all-league pick at wide receiver since Clarkston Hines garnered first unit accolades in three straight seasons in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
Lewis, a senior quarterback from Opa-Locka, Fla., closed out an outstanding career with 48 school records including career marks for total offensive yards (9,987), passing yards (10,065), pass completions (877), pass attempts (1,510), touchdown passes (67), 300-yard passing games (11) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.68:1). In 2009, he completed 274-of-449 (.610) pass attempts for 3,330 yards with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions. One of just three quarterbacks in ACC history to throw for over 10,000 yards in a career, Lewis currently ranks second in the league in both total offensive yards per game (281.5) and passing yards per game (277.5), and his 3,330 passing yards rank as the second-highest single-season total in Duke history. Lewis, who earned second team All-ACC honors in 2008, is Duke's first two-time all-conference quarterback since Ben Bennett captured first squad honors in both 1982 and 1983.
Rey, a senior linebacker from Far Rockaway, N.Y., led the Blue Devils and ranks fourth in the ACC in tackles with 98. He added 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, two pass interceptions, three pass breakups, one quarterback pressure and one fumble return for a touchdown. Earlier this year, Rey became the 13th player in Duke history to record over 300 career tackles, finishing 11th on the school's all-time list with 330 stops including 28.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 quarterback sacks. He holds school records for fumble returns for touchdowns in both a single-season (2 in 2008) and career (3).
Snyderwine, a redshirt sophomore placekicker from Potomac, Md., paced Duke in scoring with 75 total points -- the highest single-season total by a Blue Devil kicker since Doug Peterson scored 79 points in 1987. Overall, the 75 points rank as the ninth-best single-season point total in school history. Snyderwine, who booted a school single-season record 17 field goals in 20 attempts while making all 24 of his PAT attempts, ranks third in the conference in field goals per game (1.55) and fourth in field goal percentage (.850). He is Duke's first all-league kicker since Sims Lenhardt received second team honors in 1999.
Oghobaase, a redshirt senior defensive tackle from Houston, Texas, logged 37 tackles, 7.5 tackle for loss and 2.5 quarterback sacks despite missing four games in 2009 due to injury. A two-time honorable mention all-league pick, he finished his Duke career with 165 tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks. On Duke's career charts, Oghobaase ranks fifth in sacks and sixth in tackles for loss.
Wright, a senior cornerback from St. Petersburg, Fla., paced the Blue Devils while ranking fourth in the league in both interceptions (5) and total passes defended (13). He earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Walter Camp Foundation after returning a school single-game record two interceptions for touchdowns in Duke's 35-19 victory over Army in week two. Wright, who finished with 10 career interceptions, closed the year with 58 tackles while his 146 interception return yards rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.