College Football Awards: Danny O'Brien Easily Wins ACC Rookie Of The Year Award

The redshirt freshman quarterback took first place on 54 of 61 ballots in easily winning the ACC Rookie of the Year award.

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College Football Awards: Danny O'Brien Easily Wins ACC Rookie Of The Year

As fun as Maryland's surprise 8-4 season has been for many reasons, the biggest joy has been seeing redshirt freshman Danny O'Brien emerge as one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC. Today, O'Brien got some much-needed recognition for his accomplishments, officially winning the ACC's Rookie of the Year award in a landslide.

O'Brien blitzed the competition, taking first place on 54 of the 61 ballots for Rookie of the Year and 58 of the 61 for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Patrick Stevens of D1Scourse has the full breakdown.

ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTING

54: Danny O'Brien, Maryland
3: Josh Harris, Wake Forest
3: Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
1: DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

ACC OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTING

58: Danny O'Brien, Maryland
2: Josh Harris, Wake Forest
1: DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

O'Brien is the first Maryland player to win Rookie of the Year since the conference started giving out the award in 1975. He threw for 2,257 yards, 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions on the season after earning the starting job for good in the fourth game of the season.

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College Football Awards: Torrey Smith Among Four Maryland Players On All-ACC First Team

Torrey Smith's 2010 season ended with a major bang, as the junior wide receiver put up a record-setting 14-catch, 224-yard, four-touchdown line in Saturday's win over N.C. State. That performance has officially propelled Smith to the all-ACC first team.

The team was announced today, and Smith was one of four Maryland players on it. The other three players on the first team were senior linebacker Alex Wujciak, junior safety Kenny Tate and junior returner Tony Logan. Wujciak and Smith were preseason all-ACC selections. Wujciak was an all-ACC first-team player in 2009 and a second-team all-ACC player in 2008, while Smith was a second-team all-ACC player in 2009.

Sophomore defensive lineman Joe Vellano was a second-team all-ACC player, while senior offensive lineman Paul Pinegar was an honorable-mention selection. Quarterback Danny O'Brien was nowhere to be found on the all-ACC teams, despite winning his fifth ACC Rookie of the Week award this week.

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