Bradley Chubb put an exclamation point on his record-setting NC State football career Wednesday by being named as the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year for 2017.
The senior defensive end is only the second player in school history to win the award and the first since linebacker Levar Fisher was the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2000.
Chubb, who is also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award, will receive his honor on Friday in Charlotte as part of the ACC’s annual Night of Legends dinner.
“We’re so proud of Bradley and all that he’s accomplished this season and throughout his career,” State coach Dave Doeren said in a statement announcing the award. “I believe that he is not only the best defensive player in the ACC, but in the entire country. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be his coach.”
A 6-foot-4, 275-pound native of Marietta, Ga., Chubb leads the ACC with 10 sacks and 26 tackles for loss, more than 10 more than any other player in the league. His 75 total tackles are the second most of any defensive lineman in the conference.
Chubb enters the Wolfpack’s upcoming bowl game as the school record holder in career sacks (26) and tackles for loss (60).
He easily won the Defensive Player of the Year balloting with 45 votes. Clemson’s Christian Wilkins and Clelin Farrell were the next closest with four votes each.
Chubb also finished second in the voting for the league’s overall Player of the Year Award. He received six votes to finish well behind winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner was named on 51 ballots to become the first back-to-back ACC Player of the Year since Florida State’s Charlie Ward in 1992-93.
Jackson was also named ACC Offensive Player of the Year voting, receiving all but two votes in the process. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant and NC State all-purpose back Jaylen Samuels received the other votes.