GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson’s Dabo Swinney has been selected as the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Coach of the Year following the Tigers’ unbeaten regular season and fourth consecutive Atlantic Division title.
Swinney led the way in balloting among a select panel of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches. Swinney received 27 votes, followed by Syracuse’s Dino Babers with 22. Pat Narduzzi, who guided Pitt to its first ACC Coastal Division championship, placed third with nine votes.
It is the second ACC Coach of the Year honor for Swinney, who was first recognized in 2015. Swinney has led the Tigers to the best eight-year span in program history, and the 2018 regular season stands out as one of the finest during that stretch.
Clemson enters Saturday night’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game against Pitt with a 12-0 overall record and a No. 2 CFP ranking. The Tigers, who rank among the nation’s best in a number of offensive and defensive categories, are bidding for their fourth consecutive appearance in the College Football Playoff and their second national championship in three years.
A league-leading 18 Clemson players were voted first-, second- or third-team All-ACC, and three more were honorable mention selections.
With the Tigers’ 12-0 mark so far this season, Swinney owns 113 wins at Clemson in less than 11 full seasons, including 55 wins in the last 59 games.
ACC Coach of the Year voting:
Dabo Swinney, Clemson - 27
Dino Babers, Syracuse - 22
Pat Narduzzi, Pitt - 9
Steve Addazio, Boston College - 1
Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia - 1
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been selected as the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year.
Lawrence led the way in balloting among a select panel of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches. Syracuse safety Andre Cisco received the nod as the 2018 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Lawrence, who was also honored as the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, has held a steady hand since taking the reins as Clemson’s starting quarterback, helping to guide the three-time defending ACC champions to an unbeaten regular season, a fourth-straight Atlantic Division championship and a No. 2 national ranking.
A five-time ACC Rookie of the Week, Lawrence has thrown for 2,488 yards in his freshman season, and the Cartersville, Georgia, native’s 22 touchdown passes are tied for the ACC lead. Lawrence has thrown for at least 300 yards on three occasions, and his 393 passing yards in the regular-season finale against South Carolina were the most by a Clemson quarterback in the series’ 116-game history.
With a bowl game still remaining on Syracuse’s schedule, Cisco’s seven interceptions are tied with Boston College junior Hamp Cheevers for the national and ACC lead, and stand just one shy of the Syracuse school record of eight that has stood since 1971 .
Cisco’s 16 total passes defended ranks second among all ACC players and are a Syracuse true freshman record. Cisco and his backfield mates have helped the Orange lead the ACC in turnover margin at plus-14 for the season. In addition to his Defensive Rookie of the Year honor, Cisco was also voted 2018 First-Team All-ACC.
ACC Rookie of the Year voting:
ACC Rookie of the Year
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson - 57
Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson - 1
Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse - 1
Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State - 1
ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson - 57
Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State - 2
Tobias Oliver, QB, Georgia Tech - 1
ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year
Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse - 40
Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson - 10
Jaiden Woodbey, LB, Florida State - 5
Charlie Thomas, LB, Georgia Tech - 3
Trey Morrison, CB, North Carolina - 2