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    2021 ACC Awards

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    --Greensboro, NC


    The coaches of the Atlantic Coast Conference, have chosen their individual player awards for the 2021 CFBHC season.


    ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Thompson, Quarterback, Duke



    Bryce Thompson, the 2020 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year dominated the ACC in 2021


    The race for ACC Offensive Player of the Year ended up not being a close race. Duke QB Bryce Thompson dominated the field in of 5 other players, including Louisville RB Desean Dockery, who was the Offensive Player of the Year in 2020.

    Thompson, the 2020 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, finished the 2021 season with over 4,000 passing yards, 31 pass TDS, 8 Interceptions, a completion percentage of nearly 69%, and a passer rating of 161.46. He also finished the year with 677 rush yards and 11 rush TDS, and led his team to a conference championship and appearance in the CFBHC Playoff.

    Also receiving votes were GT QB Josh Beckett, who led the ACC in passing yards (4478) and Passing TDs (45) and Desean Dockery, who led the ACC in rush yards with 1798 rushing yards and also had 23 rushing touchdowns.


    ACC Defensive Player of the Year: Grant Applegate, Defensive End, Pittsburgh


    Applegate surprised many by winning this award


    The ACC DPotY race was a blow out as well, and had a winner that would not have seen possible at the beginning of the year. None of the players on the ballot were on the 2020 ACC All American Team this year, and only 1 (Louisville CB Logan Swain) was on the 2021 Preseason ACC All American Team.

    Our winner by a large margin as voted by the coaches, was Pittsburgh Defensive End Grant Applegate. Applegate, a surprise star this year, led the ACC in sacks with 15.0, and added 45 tackles and 7 Tackles for Loss for good measure.

    Pitt had lost a lot of their playoff team of 2020, and getting this massive production from Applegate was a pleasant surprise.

    Also receiving votes were Miami FS Devin Hawkins, Louisville CB Logan Swain, and Georgia Tech ILB Tanner Madison.


    ACC Special Teams Player of the Year: Derek LeBlanc, Kicker, Miami


    LeBlanc's strong leg led him to winning this award

    Kicker Derek LeBlanc finished the 2021 season with the best combination of volume and efficiency in the ACC. He finished the season tied for 3rd in FG attempts, but he converted the most field goals in the ACC with 25. He was second in the ACC in field goal percentage for the 2021 season at 92.59%. LeBlanc was steady from different field goal lengths, but also displayed a strong leg, converting on an ACC high 4 field goals from 50 yards and longer.


    ACC Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year: Messiah Winston, Quarterback, Pittsburgh




    Pittsburgh has high hopes for Winston after a stellar first year

    Messiah Winston came into a Pittsburgh program with a lot of history at the QB position. While he showed some rookie mistakes from time to time, Messiah more often than not, put his team in a position to compete in games. Winston finished the season ranked 4th in the ACC in passing yards and touchdowns and showed a lot of promise for seasons to come.


    ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year: Dominique Baptiste, Cornerback, Pittsburgh


    Maybe the breakout athlete of the Year, Baptiste dominated

    Another Pitt Panther on the awards list, Baptiste had one of the most impressive performances of any player in the conference. Baptiste was tied for second in the ACC in interceptions, coming up with 8 of them during the 2021 season. He was also tied for second in pass deflections, proving that any ball thrown near him would be contested.




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