TIGERS SWEEP! Etienne ACC POY, Ferrell Defensive POY

CUTrevor 2018-11-28 12:30:17

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson sophomore running back Travis Etienne has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday.

Clelin Ferrell, the Tigers’ junior defensive end, made it a Clemson sweep as he was recognized as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. 

The award winners were chosen by a vote of a select 46-member media panel and the league’s 14 head coaches.

Etienne enters this Saturday night’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game versus Pitt as the conference leader in rushing yards with 1,307 – the fourth-best single-season total in Clemson history. 

The Jennings, Louisiana, native also leads the ACC and ranks second in the nation with 19 rushing touchdowns, and he owns one scoring reception on the year for a total of 20 TDs.

Etienne’s 2018 season includes six 100-yard rushing games, and his 150-yard rushing performance against rival South Carolina in the Tigers’ regular-season finale pushed his two-year career total past the 2,000-yard mark.

Ferrell’s intimidating presence is another reason Clemson will carry a 12-0 record and a No. 2 national ranking into Saturday night’s Championship Game. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound native of Richmond, Virginia, leads the ACC and ranks eighth nationally with 10.5 quarterback sacks, and his 15.5 tackles for loss are the fourth-most among conference players.

Ferrell has helped the Tigers limit opponents to an average of just 14 points per game while netting a mere 82.7 rushing yards per game and 283 total yards per contest. The 2017 All-American was voted the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week on Sept. 10 and is a candidate for numerous national honors this season.

ACC Player of the Year voting:

ACC Player of the Year 
Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson - 22
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson - 14
Ryan Finley, QB, NC State - 8
AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College - 4
Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse - 4
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson - 3
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson - 2
Qadree Ollison, RB, Pitt - 1
Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest - 1
Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia - 1

ACC Offensive Player of the Year
Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson - 32
Ryan Finley, QB, NC State - 9
AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College - 6
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson - 5
Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse - 3
Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest - 2
Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia - 2
Qadree Ollison, RB, Pitt - 1

ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson - 28
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson - 20
Zach Allen, DE, Boston College - 5
Gerald Willis III, DT, Miami - 3
Brian Burns, DE, Florida State - 2
Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse - 2

CUTrevor 2018-11-28 12:48:40

That is the first time a school has swept Coach of the Year, offensive, defensive and overall Players of the Year since Maryland in 2001. I'm trying to find out if a team has ever swept with Rookie of the Year as well.

18 Tigers made All-ACC this week. That represents 22.2% of the selections for the 14-team league!

CUTrevor 2018-11-28 12:55:21

Last time a school has swept all 5 awards, including Rookie of the Year, was FSU in 1997! Pretty good indication of how rare the Tigers' dominance of the ACC has been this season.

Etienne leads the Power Five in rush TD's and is 2nd in the nation. He has 100 less carries than the national leader but only 3 fewer TD's. 100 carries is like 5 or 6 extra games!

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