PLAYER OF THE YEAR & OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TRAVIS ETIENNE, CLEMSON
Clemson junior running back Travis Etienne has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He is the first running back since North Carolina’s Mike Voight (1975-76) to win the honor in multiple years. Etienne enters the Fiesta Bowl vs Ohio State as the conference’s all-time leader in career touchdowns (58) and rushing touchdowns (54). In 2019, Etienne rushed for 1,500 yards with an 8.2 yard per carry average.
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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: ISAIAH SIMMONS, CLEMSON
In only his second full year at the linebacker position after moving from safety following the 2017 season, Simmons owns a team-high 83 tackles and ranks sixth among ACC defenders with 14 tackles for loss. The athletic junior from Olathe, Kansas, has also registered six quarterback sacks as the leader of a Clemson unit that leads the nation in fewest points allowed per game (10.1) and ranks second in total defense.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR & OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: SAM HOWELL, NORTH CAROLINA
Howell leads the ACC in passing yards (3,347) and touchdowns (35) this season. His 35 passing touchdowns is an ACC and FBS single-season record for a true freshman. Of the seven ACC quarterbacks with at least 300 passing attempts, he has thrown the second-least interceptions with seven.
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: GREGORY ROUSSEAU, MIAMI
Among Rousseau’s top performances of the year came in his first-ever appearance versus rival Florida State on the road in Tallahassee on Nov. 2. Rousseau finished the game with a career-high five tackles-for-loss and four sacks in a dominant win, earning Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance.
COACH OF THE YEAR: SCOTT SATTERFIELD, LOUISVILLE
Satterfield took a team that last season went 2-10 without a conference win and led the Cardinals to a 7-5 record, a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division and a berth in the Music City Bowl against Mississippi State.
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