- - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech running back David Wilson set out to do big things this season. So far, so good.

The junior from Danville, who is on pace to break the school and ACC single-season rushing mark, was named ACC player of the year Wednesday.

Wilson, the conference’s top offensive player and a unanimous first-team All-ACC selection, beat out Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, the ACC’s defensive player of the year, for top honors. Wilson received 18 votes to Kuechly’s nine.

Tech sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas was fifth with three votes.

The Hokies have now had the last two ACC players of the year. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor won it last year as a senior.

Tech, which has been in the ACC since 2004, has had three players of the year in the last eight seasons – quarterback Bryan Randall in 2004, Taylor last year and now Wilson.

“A lot of great players have won that award, and I would feel real accomplished by winning that award,” Wilson told reporters Tuesday before the results of the vote were revealed.

Wilson has rushed for 1,595 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He is 61 yards shy of breaking the Tech single-season rushing record of 1,655 set by Ryan Williams in 2009, and he needs 204 yards to break the ACC’s single-season mark of 1,798 set by UVa’s Thomas Jones in 1999.

Wilson joins a list of recent ACC player of the year winners that includes Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan and Clemson running back C.J. Spiller.

Those players are all starting in the NFL now. Wilson could join them soon. He hasn’t decided yet about a possible return to Tech next year, but he said Tuesday that he plans to send his paperwork to the NFL’s advisory committee to see where he is projected for this year’s draft.

“Regardless of my decision, I would like to see where I would end up if I was to take that route,” Wilson said.

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