Clemson’s Watson, Swinney earn awards from ACC coaches

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference's coaches have picked Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson as their player of the year.

The league announced the coaches' all-ACC picks and individual award-winners Wednesday.

They also picked Duke safety Jeremy Cash as the defensive player of the year while a pair of Pittsburgh players – safety Jordan Whitehead and running back Qadree Ollison – as the rookies of the year.

Clemson's Dabo Swinney was voted coach of the year.

Watson and Swinney have led No. 1 Clemson (13-0) to the ACC title and a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Pittsburgh receiver Tyler Boyd was the only player chosen to the first team on all 13 possible ballots. Coaches were not allowed to vote for anyone on their teams.