December 10, 2007
What a season to be Chris Long. His latest achievement of becoming only the fourth player in Virginia history to place in the Heisman Trophy voting is the most recent on a long list of accolades in 2007.
Long finished the Heisman voting with 17 points, good enough for tenth place in the voting. It proved to be the cap on an exciting week, as Long won the Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive lineman. He was also a finalist for the Nagurski, Lombardi, and Lott Awards.
The senior defensive end also found himself as a member of seven All-American First Teams, including the Sporting News, CBSsports.com, and the American Football Coaches Association. Long grabbed ACC Defensive Player of the Year Honors, and was the conference's lone All-ACC First Team unanimous selection. He also earned Defensive Lineman of the Week twice on the year.
Long's statistics this season speak for themselves. He leads the ACC with 14 sacks, which is also good enough for third in the country. He is also the conference's leader in tackles for loss with 19, which ranks tenth in the nation.