November 28, 2007
Cavalier Defensive End Chris Long is the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The senior received 69 of a possible 71 votes. Maryland's Erin Henderson and Georgia Tech's Philip Wheeler each received one vote.
Long was clearly the most dominant defensive player in the ACC this season. He led the conference in sacks with 14, averaging 1.13 per game, and also led the ACC in tackles among defensive lineman with 6.2 per game. The senior is the second Cavalier in history to win the award, as current running backs coach Anthony Poindexter won it as a safety in 1998.
Long was the only unanimous selection for the All- ACC First Team, and is the ninth Cavalier named a conference player of the year. He is a finalist for several national awards including the Lombardi Award, the Nagurski Award, and the Hendricks Award, as well as the Lott Trophy.
The senior defensive end also finished second in ACC Player of the Year voting. Long received 18 votes, a distant second behind Boston College's Matt Ryan, who received 50. Ryan also earned Offensive Player of the Year honors.