Last week I gave you my awards for the 2016 CFB Season in the SEC… Let’s move on to the ACC and hand out some hardware…
Player of the Year: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
While the season didn’t end as Louisville had hoped, Jackson had a monster year…51 total TDs, led ACC in Rush TDs, 2nd in rush yds, and on and on…Would be surprised if he’s not the Heisman winner this year.
Defensive Player of the Year: Harold Landry DE Boston College
Let’s talk about Landry’s production… 45% of his total tackles were for a loss (2nd most TFL in Conf), 33% of his tackles resulted in a QB sack (Tied for Conf lead in Sacks), and he led the Conf in Forced Fumbles… And let’s be honest… The cast around Landry isn’t the same as Demarcus Walker at FSU.
Coach of the Year: Bobby Petrino
Not a popular pick I know, but Louisville within the ACC had a terrific year… Their only loss being a dogfight at Clemson by a TD. Certainly, losses at the end to Houston and Kentucky don’t look so good but this is also what you do in Conf and they were 2nd in the 2nd or 3rd best division in all of CFB.
Best Surprise Team of the Year: Wake Forest
Getting to 6-6 and a bowl game for a program that over the last few years has barely even been a competent FBS program says something… Good job by Dave Clawson.
Biggest Disappointment Team of the Year: Florida State
Things looked good with a big come from behind win to start the year vs Ole Miss, but in hindsight, Ole Miss wasn’t very good. Add that FSU only went 5-3 in Conference, it was a year where they never really challenged for the ACC Title.
Breakout Player of the Year: Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina
Trubisky had HUGE shoes to fill after the remarkable season Marquise Williams had last year. He arguably finished as the 3rd best QB in the Conference, leading the Conf in Comp %, 2nd in Pass Yds, and a stellar 7-1 TD/INT ratio. Let’s see if he decides to go to the NFL.