RALEIGH, N.C., NOV. 20 -- Shawn Moore, a graduate student who returned to school and led Virginia to the No. 1 ranking as the nation's most efficient passer, was named ACC player of the year today by the Associated Press. Bobby Ross of Georgia Tech was named ACC coach of the year.

"It's really hard to pick one guy that stands out," Moore said. "I take it as a great honor because this conference is up and coming and one of the best in the country."

Moore received 71 1/2 votes in balloting conducted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association. Teammate Herman Moore got 9 1/2 votes and Clemson kicker Chris Gardocki received one.

Moore is a big part of the ACC's newly found prominence in football. He helped the Cavaliers start 7-0 before Georgia Tech upset them and toppled them from their reign as No. 1.

Ross captured 70 of the 84 votes, two more than were submitted for the player of the year award. He is the first to win the award at two of the league's schools, honored at Maryland in 1982.

"I think any award is really just kind of symbolic of a team effort, because it isn't just one individual," Ross said. "I'm simply one spoke in a very large wheel."