Wednesday, December 3, 2008

JOHNSON, SMITH EARN POST SEASON HONORS

Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson was named the ACC coach of the year Tuesday following a regular season in which his players managed to figure out his modified option offense. In doing so, the Ramblin’ Wreck shared the league lead in wins, remained in contention for the ACC title longer than aybody expected and defeated instate rival South Carolina in the season finale.

Johnson received 46 of a possible 67 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Boston College's Jeff Jagodzinski was second with 12 votes, followed by Duke's David Cutcliffe (4). Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and North Carolina's Butch Davis had two votes apiece, and North Carolina State's Tom O'Brien had one vote.

If TAH had a vote, we would have cast a split vote – half for the Wolfpack’s O’Brien and the other half for Dabo Swinney. Both men brought moribund teams back from the dead for late season winning streaks.

To absolutely no one’s surprise, one day after becoming the first freshman quarterback picked to the all-conference team, Russell Wilson was named the ACC rookie of the year after leading the Wolfpack to four straight wins to end the regular season.

The redshirt freshman earned 62 of 67 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, easily outdistancing Virginia Tech tailback Darren Evans and Miami linebacker Sean Spence.
Wilson has thrown for 1,769 passing yards, second to NFL quarterback Philip Rivers in school history by a freshman. He also leads the league in touchdown passes and in passing efficiency, and has run for four touchdowns for the Wolfpack (6-6, 4-4 ACC).

But perhaps most impressively, Wilson has thrown only one interception all year. In his last eight starts, Wilson has thrown 16 touchdowns with no interceptions and has a national-best 226 straight passes without a pick, a school record.

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