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Friedgen, O'Brien honored by ACC

Maryand's turnaround football season has landed coach Ralph Friedgen Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year.

Meanwhile, quarterback Danny O'Brien was named the conference's top first-year player.

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Friedgen (29 votes) finished first in the voting, ahead of Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech (19 votes).

It was Friedgen's second Coach of the Year award. He won it in 2001. Meanwhile, O'Brien is the first Terrapin to be ACC Rookie of the Year.

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The Terps were 2-10 a year. At this time a year ago, Friedgen was about to begin discussions with former athletic director Debbie Yow on whether he would retain his job.

This year's team is 8-4 (5-3 ACC) and is awaiting a bowl bid. Friedgen has one more season left on his contract.

O'Brien, a redshirt freshman, got 54 of the 61 votes for top rookie, He has 21 touchdown passes and six interceptions.

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