This will fall in the category of “other things that happened to Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason in the last few days.” The All-ACC guard was named to the second team of SI.com’s preseason All-America team. The honor arrives five days after Mason became a first-time father. He and his girlfriend Sabrina Gonzalez welcomed Kamrie Maleah Mason to the family Aug. 7.
The honor presumably compensates for Mason being left off the preseason All-ACC team, despite being named to the media’s All-ACC first team last year. Tech will face eight of the players on the 30-member team.
Running back Todd Gurley, Georgia
Defensive end Vic Beasley, Clemson
Linebacker Ramik Wilson, Georgia
Cornerback Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
Returner Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Guard Laken Tomlinson, Duke
Linebacker Denzel Perryman, Miami
Safety Anthony Harris, Virginia
Fairly irrelevant, but interesting: Mason is one of two Shaq’s on the team, along with Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson. About the time of Mason’s birth (1993; he turns 21 on the 28th of August), there was a spike in babies named Shaquille.