Just thinking about himself being in the same category as former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor is enough to thrill David Wilson, but he's within reach of being in a few impressive categories all his own.

Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 205 pound junior running back, was named Wednesday the Atlantic Coast Conference's Offensive Player of the Year and the conference's overall Player of the Year by a panel of 45 voting members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Going into Saturday's ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C. against No. 21 Clemson (9-3), he leads the ACC with 1,595 rushing yards, which is also third in the nation.

He follows in the footsteps of Taylor, a Hampton High graduate who won the same two awards last season. Like Wilson, Taylor helped lead Tech to a Coastal Division title last season in the ACC.

"I think Tyrod won the (overall Player of the Year) award last year," said Wilson on Tuesday, before he knew he'd earned the player of the year distinctions. "What he's done for this program – that was a movement. A lot of great players have won that award. I'd feel real accomplished by winning that award."

Wilson, a graduate of George Washington High in Danville who has also scored nine rushing touchdowns this season, needs just 61 more yards to become No. 5 Tech's single-season rushing yardage leader. Ryan Williams established the school mark in 2009 with 1,655 yards.

If Wilson can get 204 more yards in his last two games, he'll surpass former Virginia running back Thomas Jones for most rushing yards in a single season by any ACC back. In 1999, Jones had 1,798 yards on 334 carries in just 11 games. Wilson has gained his yards in 12 games played thus far, but he's had only 255 carries.

On Monday, Wilson joined Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly this year as the ACC's only unanimous first team selections. Kuechly, who leads the nation with 191 tackles, earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, but he was edged out by Wilson in voting for overall Player of the Year.

Wilson took over the starting role this season after Williams and Darren Evans both left Tech (11-1) after their junior seasons to try their hands in the National Football League. After rushing for a combined 953 yards and nine touchdowns on 172 carries as a backup in his freshman and sophomore seasons, Wilson didn't need much time to build momentum as a starter.

From a Sept. 24 victory at Marshall through a Nov. 10 win at Georgia Tech this season, he had a streak of seven consecutive games with 100-plus rushing yards. In addition to his rushing yards, he has 18 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown, plus he's averaging 18.8 yards per return on 20 kickoff returns.

Wilson, who also earned All-America status last spring as a triple jumper on Tech's outdoor track & field team, leads the nation with 21 runs of 20-plus yards this season. For his career, he's averaging 8.1 yards per touch.

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