Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Our 2008 ACC Awards Ballot

furrer4heisman over at the Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country is hosting a season-ending ACC awards in which he's compiling a ballot from several of the ACC team bloggers. We'll publish the results when they are compiled later this week.

Our ballot is listed below. And just to miff furrer4heisman, and because the Hokies won the ACC (again), this ballot is 100% Hokie-free. (It's actually just a coincidence there are no turkeys on this list, but it seems fitting).

Three points for a first place vote, two for second, one for first.

Offensive Player of the Year
1. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
- Best offensive weapon on the best ACC team
2. C.J. Spiller, Clemson
- The guy does it all - 612 rushing yards, 430 receiving yards and a 556.0 passer rating
3. Graham Gano, Florida State
- Most valuable offensive player on the Seminoles and the No. 1 ranked PK in the country

Defensive Player of the Year
1. Everett Brown, Florida State
- His 12.5 sacks ranks 3rd nationally and 1st in the ACC
2. Mark Herzlich, Boston College
- Even though he was the real winner, doesn't deserve it given the supporting cast
3. Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech
- This was impressive enough to get some 3rd place love

Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. Russell Wilson, North Carolina State
- Say what? He plays baseball too?
2. Montel Harris, Boston College
- Hard to imagine BC at 9-4 without Montel's 832 yards on the ground
3. Jacory Harris, Miami
- Passed for over 1000 yards in his freshman campaign

Defensive Rookie of the Year
1. Brandon Maye, Clemson
- Led all freshmen with 66 tackles
2. Sean Spence, Miami
- The actual award winner, 2 sacks, 36 solo tackles, 26 assists, and a INT for a TD
3. Marcus Robinson, Miami
- 33 tackles and 4 sacks on the year (including going off on the Hokies and registering 3 sacks)

Coach of the Year
1. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
- Enjoyed tremendous success implementing a completely new offensive system, unlike, say, Rich Rodriguez
2. Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College
- Nearly won the conference despite an injury depleted roster
3. Tom O'Brien, North Carolina State
- King of North Carolina football (allegedly)

Beefs with our ballot go to the comments section.


BCMike said...

How about a 3rd place ballot for D frosh of the year for Mr. Donnie Fletcher? Started at times, had three picks, and sans one bad game, really played remarkably well.

Brian said...

BCMike - we originally had Fletcher at no. 2 for Defensive POY but I didn't want to be too much of a homer.

The rookie categories are weak IMO anyway.

Brian said...

Defensive ROY, that is. Not POY.

Raj said...

be a homer- Donnie is the man.

Dane said...

me: can i vote for a placekicker for OPOY?
furrer4heisman: thats like voting for nader

Brian said...

dane - Gano scored over 1/3 as many points as the champions - Virginia Tech - scored all year.

In a conference that is "offensively challenged," at best, I think it's fitting to vote for a player that scored a shit ton of points.

Certainly more rationale than voting Macho Harris D POY.