RALEIGH — N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb decided to come back for his senior season.
On Wednesday, the move paid off when the Wolfpack standout was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Chubb will be honored during the ACC Night of Legends at the Charlotte Convention Center on Friday.
“We’re so proud of Bradley and all that he’s accomplished this season and throughout his career,” Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said in a release on the team site.
“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.”
Chubb is just the second Wolfpack player to win the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year award since it was first awarded in 1993. Former linebacker Levar Fisher won the honor in 2000.
A season-long team captain, Chubb leads the ACC in sacks with 10 and tackles for loss at 26, tallying 10 more tackles for loss than any other league player. Those totals rank eighth and second in the FBS. He recorded at least a tackle for loss in every game this season but one, and in 18 of his last 19 games overall. His 75 total tackles also rank as the second-most among defensive linemen in the conference.
He enters the bowl game as the N.C. State career record holder with 60 tackles for loss and 26 career sacks.
Chubb is also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik award. He is a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was named ACC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He also earned the league’s offensive player of the year honor.
Jackson led the overall balloting with 51 votes. Chubb was named on six ballots, while Clemson defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins each received one vote.
The award winners were chosen by 45 members and the league’s head coaches.
Defensive end Bradley Chubb was named the ACC’s defensive player of the year on Wednesday. The senior led the league in sacks and tackles for loss.