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Russell Wilson named first team All-ACC

December 1, 2008

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Given how great Russell Wilson has played over the last month and a half and given the lack of any real contender throughout the rest of the league, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Wilson would win this honor. Thaddeus Lewis finished a distant second in the voting, garnering 28 points to Wilson’s 106 (67 voters/134 maximum total points).

This makes Wilson the first freshman quarterback in the ACC history to ever be named to the first-team. Pretty heady stuff when you consider all the great quarterbacks that have come from the league (Rivers at State, Boomer Esiason at Maryland, Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke at FSU, Michael Vick at VT).

Nate Irving, Willie Young and TJ Graham all earned honorable mentions for their contributions (Graham as a special teamer).

Coach of the year and rookie of the year will be announced tomorrow. Tom O’Brien will get a couple of votes for coach of the year but will likely miss out to either Paul Johnson or Jeff Jagodzinski at Boston College. Wilson’s first-team selection all but seals the Rookie of the Year award up for him, and he may have a shot at the Offensive Player of the Year award announced on Wednesday if he can beat out Jonathan Dwyer from Georgia Tech. It doesn’t look good, though, given Dwyer was a unanimous first-team selection.

Nevertheless, an incredible achievement for Wilson who spent most of the first part of the year injured in some fashion.

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