Virginia Tech running back David Wilson has been named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and Overall Player of the Year for the 2011 season. Wilson, who is fifth nationally in yards per game, was named on 18 of 45 ballots cast by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas was fifth with three votes. Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly was second with nine votes, and he won the conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Wilson follows Tyrod Taylor as winner of the award, giving Virginia Tech consecutive POY winners, the first program to do so since Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward was honored in 1992 and 1993. It’s the fifth time that different players from the same school have won in consecutive years; that happened most recently with the selections of Virginia QBs Shawn Moore (1990) and Matt Blundin (1991).
Wilson currently has 1,595 yards rushing with two games remaining, putting him in reach of the ACC single-season record set by Virginia’s Thomas Jones in 1999, at 1,798 yards. Wilson ran for 100 or more yards in ten of the Hokies’ 12 regular-season games, tying an ACC record set by Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams in 2009.
2011 ACC Player of the Year Voting: