2018 ACC Awards
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: CLELIN FERRELL, CLEMSON
Ferrell was part of an exceptional Tigers’ defense in 2018 – one of four Clemson defensive linemen who will be drafted this April. Ferrell lead the Tigers in tackles for loss with 15.5 and sacks with 10.5. He racked up 40 tackles on the season with 11 quarterback pressures.
Ferrell was also the 2018 Ted Hendricks Award winner.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TRAVIS ETIENNE CLEMSON
Etienne garnered AP ACC Offensive Player of the Year by turning out the most prolific rushing season in school history, producing a school-record 1,658 yards yards on 204 carries with a school-record 24 rushing touchdowns and 12 catches for 78 yards and two receiving touchdowns in 486 snaps over 15 games. He was a Doak Walker Award finalist.
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: ANDRE CISCO, SYRACUSE
Cisco was one of the bright spots in the Orange’s secondary this fall, starting 10 games at free safety and only coming off the field in early season 4-3 sets. His seven interceptions are tied for the national lead with Boston College’s Hamp Cheevers while his 16 passes defended are a program record among freshman defensive backs.
A Long Island native who transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his last two years of high school, Cisco racked up 51 tackles and a fumble recovery.
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: TREVOR LAWRENCE, CLEMSON
Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year despite not starting until Clemson’s fifth game of the season. A five-time ACC Rookie of the Week this season, Lawrence has completed 66.2 percent of his passes (200 of 302) for 2,488 yards with only four interceptions and is coming off the third 300-yard passing game of the season – a 393-yard outing in a win against South Carolina. He was also named ACC Rookie of the Year.
“He was amazing,” Swinney said of Lawrence, who has helped the Tigers win the National Championship. “To see Trevor go out and play like he did tonight, in that arena, that stage, was awesome. He made plays with his legs.”
COACH OF THE YEAR: DABO SWINNEY, CLEMSON
Swinney guided the Tigers to their fourth consecutive ACC title Saturday, a first since the league went to divisional play in 2005. He has guided Clemson to three consecutive College Football Playoff berths, eight consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories and the 2016 and 2018 National Championships.