Thursday, November 29, 2007

ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Virginia senior defensive end Chris Long was selected the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Long is the second Cavalier to win the league's top defensive player award; current UVa running backs coach Anthony Poindexter won it as a safety in 1998.

Long received 69 of 71 votes as Defensive Player of the Year. Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson and Georgia Tech linebacker Philip Wheeler each received one vote.
Long was the ACC leader this season in sacks (1.13/g) and tackles for loss (1.54/g). Long also leads conference defensive linemen in tackling with an average of 6.2 tackles per game.

(Photo courtesy of WCAV)

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