Ravens’ Jackson named top ACC male athlete

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passed for at least 3,500 yards and rushed for at least 1,500 yards in each of his last two seasons at Louisville.Photo Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson was named the ACC Male Athlete of the Year for 2017, the conference announced Thursday.

Jackson, a first-round pick (No. 32 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft, narrowly won the Anthony J. McKevlin Award over a field that included third-place finisher Bradley Chubb, this year’s No. 5 overall pick of the Denver Broncos.

The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner at Louisville, Jackson was the first player in FBS history to pass for at least 3,500 yards and rush for at least 1,500 yards — and he did it in back-to-back seasons.

Jackson earlier was named the ACC Football Player of the Year, becoming only the sixth player in league history to win the award in consecutive years.

During his Heisman-winning campaign, Jackson was beaten out for the ACC Athlete of the Year award by Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, now entering his second season with the Houston Texans.

Jackson actually produced better numbers last season than in 2016, passing for 3,660 yards and 27 touchdowns while amassing 1,601 yards and 18 scores on the ground.

Chubb, a former standout at North Carolina State, finished third in the balloting. Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart was second.

Widely considered as the best defensive player in this year’s draft, Chubb registered 72 tackles, including 23 for loss, and 10 sacks in 2017 for the Wolfpack.

Chubb also had 10 sacks in 2016, and notched 25 sacks and 54.5 tackles for loss in his career at North Carolina State.

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