Wednesday, December 2, 2009

JOHNSON, WILLIAMS COACH AND ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

To the surprise of nobody at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters (located not too many miles from the home of the world’s most famous undead White House gate crashers Tareq and whats-her-name Salahi – oh, and around here they pronounce it Tark, as in rhymes with bark, as opposed to Ta-wreck, which, coincidentally rhymes with turrets [as in the syndrome which causes unpredictable behavior among other things]), but, we digress -Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech has been named ACC Coach of the Year while Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams.

For the second year in a row, the Jackets’ Johnson has earned the top honor. Johnson received 24 of a possible 40 votes cast by ACSMA members, easily outdistancing his counterpart in this week's Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Clemson's Dabo Swinney who had 10 votes, followed by Duke's David Cutcliffe (4) and Boston College's Frank Spaziani (2).

This marks the sixth time a Georgia Tech coach has received the award, and the third time this decade after George O'Leary won it in 2000.

Johnson claimed the award last year after the Yellow Jackets burst onto the scene and ran his complex option-based offense with aplomb, and they one-upped themselves this year by winning the Coastal Division for the first time since 2006, claiming a spot in the league title game and vaulting into the top 10.
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The Hokies’ record-setting running back was named Tuesday as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Rookie of the Year after a season in which he broke Darren Evans’ 1-year-old school and conference mark for rushing yards by a freshman.

Williams was the overwhelming choice as the ACC’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, receiving 34 votes from 40 voting members. Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, who had 29 votes, was named the top newcomer on defense, and no other player on either side of the ball received more than four votes.
He rushed for 1,538 yards – the fourth-best single-season total in ACC history – to shatter Evans’ mark, and he enters his bowl game 110 yards shy of Jones’ 6-year-old school record for players from all classes.

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