Randall Picks Up Two More Awards
Senior quarterback named ACC Player and Offensive Player of the Year
December 10, 2004

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall picked up two more individual awards Friday afternoon, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Randall was named both the ACC Player and Offensive Player of the Year, as voted on by members of the media. Linebacker Leroy Hill of Clemson was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

The latest awards cap off a busy week for the Williamsburg, Va., native. After leading the Hokies to an ACC-clinching win over Miami at the Orange Bowl last Saturday, he flew to New York City on Monday to be presented an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he flew to Richmond and was presented the Dudley Award, an award given to the state's top collegiate player.

"This is a great honor to be named both the ACC Player and Offensive Player of the Year, especially with all the great players in this league," Randall said. "It's special because I have worked so hard, not only this year, but over the past four years. To see all that hard work pay off is very satisfying.

"Winning this award never even crossed my mind until midway through the season when the media started talking about it. I knew I would have to have a phenomenal second-half of the season, and we'd have to win a lot of games for me to win it, though. My goal going into the season was to be one of the best players in the conference, but I never sat down and made [winning this award] one of my goals. I knew if I played well enough, and the team did well, honors would come."

Randall was a key cog in the Hokies' run to the title. He has completed 149-of-268 passes for 1,965 yards and a career-high 19 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 466 yards and three scores. Randall is Tech's all-time leader in consecutive starts by a quarterback, total offense and passing yards.

In the player of the year honors, Randall received 75 points, while Brock Berlin of Miami picked up 13. Alvin Pearman of Virginia was third with four points while Antrel Rolle of Miami was fourth with three points. Elton Brown of UVa, Jim Davis of Virginia Tech, Darian Durant of North Carolina and Hill of Clemson each received one point.

In the offensive player of the year race, Randall picked up 78 points while Berlin was second with 14 points. Pearman was third with four points. Brown (2 points), Chris Barclay of Wake Forest (1 point) and Durant (1 point) rounded out the voting.

Randall and the Hokies will be off until Saturday, Dec., 18, when they resume practices for Nokia Sugar Bowl against No. 3 Auburn on Jan. 3, 2005.