- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams is the ACC's Rookie of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday.
He received 34 votes from 40 voting members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association to edge out Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, who had 29. Separate votes were held for the offensive and defensive rookie of the year awards, and those vote counts were combined to determine the overall award winner.
"This is something that is totally unexpected, but feels great," Williams said in a prepared statement. "I have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line and the wide receivers and the fullbacks because they helped pave the way for a lot of the stats I got this year."
Williams tied the ACC season record with 19 rushing touchdowns. His 20 overall touchdowns set the league's scoring record for freshmen.
Williams has rushed for 1,538 yards this year, shattering the ACC’s freshman rushing record of 1,265 yards set last year by his teammate, Darren Evans, who is sitting out 2009 with a knee injury suffered in preseason practice. It is also the fourth-best single-season rushing total in ACC history.
Here are the final votes:
Rookie of the Year
Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech (34)
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (29)
Greg Reid, CB, Florida State (4)
Kyle Parker, QB, Clemson (4)
Steve Greer, LB, Virginia (3)
Conner Vernon, WR, Duke (2)
Kenny Okoro, CB, Wake Forest (2)
Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina (1)
Jacobbi McDaniel, DT, Florida State (1)