Previewing today's ACC awards

November, 30, 2011
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The ACC is expected to announce the league's offensive, defensive, and overall player-of-the-year awards, beginning around 1 p.m. today. The list of candidates has been pretty narrow all season, and with the all-conference team already having been released, the pool has gotten even smaller. Here is your final superlative tracker of the season, taking a look at three candidates who could be front-runners for each award:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas: His stock has definitely risen, but he was named the second-team quarterback on the league's all-conference team. Still, Thomas needs one more rushing touchdown to tie Bruce Arians, who had 11 rushing touchdowns in 1974, for the single-season quarterback record for rushing scores. Thomas has thrown 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions since the regular-season loss to Clemson.

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson: He had 153 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the 38-0 victory over rival Virginia to clinch the Coastal Division title. It was his 10th 100-yard game of the season, tying former teammate Ryan Williams for the ACC single-season record. He enters the title game with 1,595 yards, just 61 yards away from a new school record for rushing yards in a season. Wilson ranks fifth nationally in rushing, averaging 132.9 yards per game.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: As the first-team choice on the all-conference ballot, it's clear many members of the media who voted have given more weight to Boyd's performances through the first eight games of the season than the final four. Boyd's overall resume is still impressive, as he set the school record for single-season touchdown passes with 28. He leads the ACC in passing yards per game and in total offense.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly: He ended his junior season leading the nation in tackles for the second consecutive year. Kuechly set ACC marks for most tackles in a season (191) and career (532) this year. He had 10 or more tackles in 32 consecutive games and led team with 11 tackles for loss this season. He also had three interceptions, including a 45-yard touchdown return against Miami.

NC State cornerback David Amerson: He leads the nation with 11 interceptions, and heading into the Maryland game last week, Amerson had more interceptions than 82 TEAMS in the FBS. He tied the ACC single-season mark and set the school single-season record, breaking a mark that had stood for 73 years.

Clemson defensive end Andre Branch: He leads the ACC in sacks with 7.5 and tackles for loss with 12. He had three sacks against Virginia Tech on Oct. 1 and ranks 10th nationally.

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