0

Tech's Dwyer receives ACC's top honor
RB led league in rushing

ATLANTA - Like all of Georgia Tech's running backs, there were questions as to just how well Jonathan Dwyer would adjust to a radically different offense than anything he'd played in before when Paul Johnson was hired as coach last year.

The 6-foot, 228-pound sophomore from Marietta seems to have past whatever tests Johnson's option-based spread offense had for him.

He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's overall Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, earning 30 of 67 votes for the former award and 42 of 67 for the latter from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Dwyer beat out Everette Brown of Florida State and Russell Wilson of N.C. State for Player of the Year and Wilson, Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina and C.J. Spiller of Clemson after leading the ACC in rushing with 1,328 yards in helping the Yellow Jackets to a 9-3 season.

"It's a great honor," Dwyer said Wednesday. "It's kind of shocking because there are a lot of talented guys in this conference. A lot of people could've won this award."

But it went to Dwyer, who became the third Tech player to win the award, following Calvin Johnson in 2006 and Joe Hamilton in 1999.

The announcement of the award capped a good last five days for the Jackets' program.

It began with snapping a seven-year losing streak against in-state rival Georgia on Saturday and continued with eight players - including Dwyer - earning All-ACC honors Monday, Johnson being named ACC Coach of the Year on Tuesday and Dwyer's award coming on the heels of Tech's acceptance of a bid to the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Wednesday.

"Yeah, it's been good, hasn't it?" Johnson said. "It's been great. It's been a lot of fun. ... I think the individual honors, really it says more about the team than the individuals. ... Any time you have success, those things come."