Friday, December 5, 2008


According to the league office: Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer was named both the ACC’s player of the year and its top offensive player Wednesday after a regular season in which he led the league in rushing as the featured back in Johnson's spread-option offense. Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich was the ACC's defensive player of the year.

Dwyer collected 30 of 67 votes for the overall honor, with Florida State defensive end Everette Brown finishing with nine votes and North Carolina State redshirt freshman quarterback Russell Wilson receiving eight. Dwyer also had 42 votes for the offensive award to outdistance Wilson (11), while North Carolina receiver Hakeem Nicks and Clemson multipurpose threat C.J. Spiller each receiving six votes.

Herzlich had 20 votes to 16 for Brown in voting for the defensive award. Duke linebacker Michael Tauiliili had 12 votes and Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry had seven.

But the runaway choice for top honors was Dwyer, who ran out of the B-back position - the spot in Johnson's scheme most similar to a fullback - for 100 yards in nine of 12 games this season while helping the Yellow Jackets to a 9-3 record, a 4-3 mark in league play and a share of the Coastal Division title with Virginia Tech.
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