Nov. 28, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest redshirt freshman quarterback Riley Skinner was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference's Rookie of the Year, the league announced on Tuesday. Skinner, who led the ACC in three passing categories, received 48 of a possible 80 votes from the league's media.
"I'm excited about it, but I can't really dwell on it too much right now," Skinner said. "Maybe after the season I can think about it, but we've got a pretty task ahead of us right now that I'm looking forward to.'`
Through the regular season, the native of Jacksonville, Fla., leads the ACC in passing efficiency (142.1), completion percentage (67.3) and interception rate (1 per 51 pass attempts). Skinner's completion percentage ranks ninth nationally and his interception rate ranks 15th nationally.
Skinner, 9-2 as as starter, is one of just two freshman quarterbacks to have won nine games as a starter this season, joining Colt McCoy of Texas, 9-3.
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller was the runner-up with 25 votes. Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland, North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks and Myron Rolle of Miami each received two votes. Jeffrey Fitzgerald of Virginia received one.
"I don't see how I could win over C.J. Spiller. You put me next to C.J. Spiller, and I'd pick C.J. Spiller as well,'` Skinner said. "But it's a huge honor. It really is. I couldn't ask for anything more, and it really is humbling to know that I've received that award.'`
Six of Skinner's nine wins have come away from Groves Stadium. Against ACC opponents on the road, Skinner completed 72 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and one interception. Wake Forest won all four of those games.
Skinner has completed 136 of 202 attempts (67.3 percent) for 1,579 yards, eight touchdowns and only four interceptions.
Skinner becomes the third Wake Forest player to win the ACC's Rookie of the Year award. He joins James McDougald (1976) and Michael Ramseur (1982).
The Demon Deacons take on Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday in Skinner's hometown, Jacksonville, Fla.
Wake Forest's Riley Skinner was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference's Rookie of the Year.