Clemson dominates ACC postseason awards

On Wednesday Clemson QB Deshaun Watson was named the ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.
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After dominating the ACC in 2015, it should come as no surprise that Clemson dominated the conference’s postseason awards.

On Wednesday, the league announced its postseason awards as voted on by the coaches and the top-seeded Tigers (13-0) took home coach of the year, player of the year and offensive player of the year honors, while landing nine players on the all-ACC first-team alone.

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney was named the coach of the year by a vote of 11-3 over North Carolina’s Larry Fedora. Swinney, who on Saturday beat UNC, 45-37,in the ACC Championship, was also named the Home Depot Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

Tigers’ quarterback Deshaun Watson, one of three Heisman finalists, earned the ACC Player of the Year and the Offensive Player of the Year awards.

Watson leads the ACC with 3,512 passing yards and 30 touchdowns and has rushed for 850 yards this season to rank ninth nationally in total yards per game.

North Carolina QB Marquise Williams and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook tied for second in the player of the year voting with two votes each. Williams also received two votes for offensive player of the year, while Cook got one.

Duke safety Jeremy Cash edged out Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson for the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, getting six votes to Lawson’s five.

Cash racked up 101 tackles this season, while his 18 tackles for a loss ranks in the top 10 nationally and is the most by any defensive back.

Pitt’s freshmen duo of safety Jordan Whitehead and running back Qadree Ollison split the rookie of the year voting with five votes apiece. However, Whitehead would be named the defensive rookie of the year, while Ollison was voted the top offensive rookie.

Whitehead tallied 99 tackles for Panthers and helped guide them to their first eight-win season since 2010.

Ollison was thrust into action when star running back James Conner went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 and stepped up to the challenge. The freshman RB was fourth in the ACC with 1,041 rushing yards and reached the end zone 10 times.

Here’s a look at the all-ACC teams as voted on by the league’s coaches.

First Team Offense

WR      Tyler Boyd, Jr., Pitt (39)

WR      Artavis Scott, So., Clemson (34)

WR      Isaiah Ford, So., Virginia Tech (26)

TE       Jordan Leggett, Jr., Clemson (22)

T          Roderick Johnson, So., Florida State (33)

T          Adam Bisnowaty, Jr.-R, Pitt (30)

G         Landon Turner, Sr., North Carolina (36)

G         Eric Mac Lain, Sr.-R, Clemson (30)

C         Matt Skura, Sr.-R, Duke (35)

QB      Deshaun Watson, So., Clemson (37)

RB       Dalvin Cook, So., Florida State (38)

RB       Wayne Gallman, So.-R, Clemson (30)

K         Roberto Aguayo, Jr.-R, Florida State (32)

Sp.       Ryan Switzer, Jr., North Carolina (29)


Second Team Offense

WR      Stacy Coley, Jr., Miami (20)

WR      Kermit Whitfield, Jr., Florida State (20)

WR      Canaan Severin, Sr., Virginia (17)

TE(tie) Jaylen Samuels, So., NC State (         15)

TE(tie) Bucky Hodges, So.-R, Virginia Tech (15)

T          Jon Heck, Jr.-R, North Carolina (19)

T          Joe Thuney, Sr.-R, NC State (19)

G         Dorian Johnson, Jr., Pitt (19)

G         Caleb Peterson, Jr.-R, North Carolina (17)

C         Jay Guillermo, Jr.-R, Clemson (14)

QB      Marquise Williams, Sr., North Carolina (23)

RB       Elijah Hood, So., North Carolina (29)

RB       Qadree Ollison, Fr.-R, Pitt (20)

K         Ross Martin, Sr., Duke (14)

Sp.       DeVon Edwards, Jr.-R, Duke (23)


Third Team Offense

WR      Ryan Switzer, Jr., North Carolina (15)

WR      Rashawn Scott, Sr.-R, Miami (13)

WR      Mack Hollins, Jr.-R, North Carolina ( 13)

TE       J.P. Holtz, Sr., Pitt (11)

T          Joe Gore, Sr.-R, Clemson (14)

T          Mitch Hyatt, Fr., Clemson (14)

G         Ross Burbank, Sr.-R, Virginia (11)

G         Tyrone Crowder, So.-R, Clemson      (10)

C         Lucas Crowley, Jr., North Carolina    (13)

QB      Brad Kaaya, So., Miami (13)

RB       Taquan Mizzell, Jr., Virginia (14)

RB       Joe Yearby, So., Miami (13)

K(tie) Greg Huegel, Fr.-R, Clemson (10)

K(tie) Michael Badgley, So., Miami (10)

K(tie) Nick Weiler, Jr., North Carolina           (10)

Sp.       Kermit Whitfield, Jr., Florida State (13)


Honorable Mention: Offense (7 or more points):

QB–Jacoby Brissett, Sr.-R, NC State (8). RB–Matt Dayes, Jr., NC State (12); Travon McMillian, Fr.-R, Virginia Tech (7); WR–James Quick, Jr., Louisville (11); Travis Rudolph, So., Florida State (10); Quinshad Davis, Sr. ,North Carolina (10). TE–Cam Serigne, So.-R, Wake Forest (10). T-Danny Isidora, Jr., Miami (8); Lucas Patrick, Sr.-R, Duke (7); Kareem Are, Jr.-R, Florida State (7). C–Freddie Burden, Jr.-R, Georgia Tech (7). SP–Brisly Estime, Jr., Syracuse (12).


First Team Defense

DE       Shaq Lawson, Jr.-R, Clemson (35)

DE       Ejuan Price, Sr.-R, Pitt (25)

DT       Connor Wujciak, Sr., Boston College (28)

DT       Nile Lawrence-Stample, Sr.-R, Florida State (27)

LB       Steven Daniels, Sr., Boston College ( 28)

LB       Brandon Chubb, Sr.-R, Wake Forest (24)

LB       Ben Boulware, Jr., Clemson (24)

CB       Jalen Ramsey, Jr., Florida State (36)

CB       Mackensie Alexander, So.-R, Clemson (29)

S          Jeremy Cash, Sr.-R, Duke (36)

S          Jayron Kearse, Jr., Clemson (28)

P          Alex Kinal, Sr.-R, Wake Forest (19)


Second Team Defense

DE       Mike Rose, Sr.-R, NC State (16)

DE       Sheldon Rankins, Sr., Louisville (14)

DT       Luther Maddy, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (26)

DT       Carlos Watkins, Jr.-R, Clemson (17)

LB       Keith Kelsey, Jr., Louisville (20)

LB       Micah Kiser, So.-R, Virginia (19)

LB(tie) Dwayne Norman, Sr., Duke (17)

LB(tie) Reggie Northrup, Sr., Florida State (17)

CB       Artie Burns, Jr., Miami (26)

CB       Des Lawrence, Jr., North Carolina (11)

S          Quin Blanding, So., Virginia (21)

S          Justin Simmons, Sr., Boston College (            16)

P          Riley Dixon, Sr., Syracuse (17)


Third Team Defense

DE       Dadi Nicolas, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (13)

DE       DeMarcus Walker, Jr., Florida State   (13)

DT       Adam Gotsis, Sr., Georgia Tech (15)

DT       Darryl Render, Sr., Pitt (13)

LB       Matt Milano, Jr., Boston College (13)

LB       James Burgess, Sr., Louisville (11)

LB(tie) Shakeel Rashad, Sr., North Carolina (9)

LB(tie) Nicholas Grigsby, Sr.-R, Pitt (9)

LB(tie) Jeff Schoettmer, Sr.-R, North Carolina (9)

LB(tie) B.J. Goodson, Sr.-R, Clemson (9)

CB       Cordrea Tankersley, Jr., Clemson (10)

CB       Trumaine Washington, So., Louisville            (8)

S          Jordan Whitehead, Fr., Pitt (11)

S          (tie) Deon Bush, Sr., Miami (10)

S(tie) Josh Harvey-Clemons, Jr.-R, Louisville (10)

P          Will Monday, Sr.-R, Duke (14)


Honorable Mention: Defense: (7 or more points)

DE–Mehdi Addesmad, Sr.-R, Boston College (8); Harold Landry, So., Boston College (8); DT–DeAngelo Brown, Jr., Louisville (9); David Dean, Sr.-R, Virginia (8); Corey Marshall, Sr.-R (7). LB–Trevon Young, Jr., Louisville (7); Devonte Fields, Jr., Louisville (7). CB–Shaq Wiggins, So.-R, Louisville (7); Brad Watson, Jr., Wake Forest (7); M.J. Stewart, So., North Carolina (7). S–DeVon Edwards, Jr.-R, Duke (8). P–Nicholas Conte, Jr.-R, Virginia (13); Justin Vogel, Jr., Miami (8).