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UNC Football: Sam Howell named ACC Rookie of the Year

The true freshman earns the top conference overall and offensive freshman honors.

NCAA Football: Virginia at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell earned ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. This comes as no surprise as the true freshman finished the regular season with 3,347 passing yards and 35 touchdowns.

Howell is the fifth UNC player to win ACC Rookie of the Year honors. He will join Amos Lawrence, Darrell Nicholson, Leon Johnson, and Dre’ Bly with this special award.

Those 35 touchdowns are an impressive statistic. Via UNC Athletics, here is how those numbers stack up this year and historically:

His 3,347 passing yards rank 12th in the nation and best in the ACC. As mentioned above, his 35 touchdowns were 4th in the nation and best in the league. Here is Howell’s final stat line for the regular season, along with national and conference ranks for each:

Sam Howell 2019 Regular Season Statistics

Rankings Completions Attempts Yards Completion Percentage Average Long Touchdowns Interceptions Passer Rating
Rankings Completions Attempts Yards Completion Percentage Average Long Touchdowns Interceptions Passer Rating
2019 Stats 234 388 3347 60.3 8.6 68 35 7 158.9
National Rank T-29th 24th T-12th 63rd 17th 108th 4th T-67th 14th
ACC Rank 3rd 3rd 1st 7th 2nd 6th 1st T-4th 2nd

Voting was submitted by the ACC’s 14 head coaches and a 46-member select media panel. As seen below, it was not a close race. Howell was the clear favorite. Here are the complete voting results:

ACC Rookie of the Year

  • Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina - 49
  • Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami - 7
  • Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville - 4

ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year

  • Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina - 54
  • Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville - 4
  • Tyler Vrabel, OT, Boston College - 1
  • Jarren Williams, QB, Miami - 1

Congratulations to Sam Howell!