Austin had three NC State players on his first team, and Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson was the only Pack standout named offensively. The redshirt junior led the ACC in total offense, accounting for 3,682 yards of offense (307 yards per game) and 3,288 yards passing (274 yards per game), which also led the league.
Wilson finished the year with 26 passing touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and no other quarterback had more than 20 touchdown passes. He also added another nine touchdowns rushing, which was second in the conference among ACC quarterbacks behind Georgia Tech's Joshua Nesbitt. Wilson led the ACC and finished sixth nationally in points responsible for, as he averaged 17.5 points per game.
Wilson's 35 touchdowns led the conference and are just three short of breaking the team and ACC record established by Philip Rivers as a senior in 2003. Rivers capped his senior season with five passing touchdowns in the bowl win over Kansas to total 37 touchdowns. Wilson has a chance to break the record in the Wolfpack's upcoming bowl game.
Wilson paced one of the league's top offenses and played a huge role in NC State's turnaround season. The Wolfpack won eight regular season games and had five conference wins for the first time since 2002. For his efforts, Austin also named Wilson the league's Player of the Year and the conference's top offensive player.
Austin placed senior linebacker Nate Irving and sophomore safety Earl Wolff on his first-team defense.
Wolff quietly had a strong sophomore season. He led the Wolfpack and ranked eighth in the league in tackles (92) and tied for second in fumbles forced (3). Wolff chipped in two sacks and an interception. His improved play solidified a secondary that was vital to NC State's success defensively in 2010.
On Austin's second team he had four Wolfpackers. Offensively he tabbed junior tight end George Bryan, senior wide receiver Owen Spencer, and senior tackle Jake Vermiglio. Junior J.R. Sweezy was named second-team All-ACC defense at defensive tackle.
Overall, Austin named Russell Wilson his Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year. He tabbed Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers the league's top defensive player and named Maryland's Danny O'Brien the league's Rookie of the Year. Clemson's Xavier Rhodes was picked as the ACC's top defensive rookie.
Finally, Austin picked Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer as Coach of the Year. After losing his first two games, Beamer led the Hokies to ten straight wins including a perfect 8-0 record in league play.
Below is Austin Johnson and Pack Pride's official ballot.
QB: Russell Wilson, NC State
RB: Montel Harris, Boston College
RB: Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech
WR: Leonard Hankerson, Miami
WR: Torrey Smith, Maryland
TE: Cooper Helfet, Duke
OT: Orlando Franklin, Miami
OT-Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
OG-Rodney Hudson, Florida State
OG: Jaymes Brooks, Virginia Tech
C: Ryan McMahon, Florida State
K: Will Snyderwine, Duke
Spc: Torrey Smith, Maryland
DE: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
DE: Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
DT: Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson
DT: Quinton Coples, North Carolina
LB: Nate Irving, NC State
LB-Luke Kuechly, Boston College
LB-Alex Wujciak, Maryland
CB: Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
CB: Brandon Harris, Miami
S: DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
S: Earl Wolff, NC State
P: Matt Bosher, Miami
QB: Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
RB: Andre Ellington, Clemson
RB: Keith Payne, Virginia
WR: Connor Vernon, Duke
WR: Owen Spencer, NC State
TE: George Bryan, NC State
OT: Jake Vermiglio, NC State
OT: Chris Hairston, Clemson
OG: David Smith, Clemson
OG: Harland Gunn, Miami
C: Beau Warren, Virginia Tech
K: Chris Hazley, Virginia Tech
Spc- Andre Ellington, Clemson
DE: Markus White, Florida State
DE: Steven Friday, Virginia Tech
DT: John Graves, Virginia Tech
DT: J.R. Sweezy, NC State
LB: Abraham Kromah, Duke
LB: Colin McCarthy, Miami
LB: Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
CB: Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech
CB: Chase Minnifield, Virginia
S: Kenny Tate, Maryland
S: Davon Morgan, Virginia Tech
P: Shawn Powell, Florida State
Defensive Player of the Year: DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
Offensive Rookie of the Year: QB Danny O'Brien, Maryland
Defensive Rookie of the Year: DB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Player of the Year: QB Russell Wilson, NC State
Coach of the Year: Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech