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Hamilton Named Atlantic Coast Conference's Top Athlete

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech football standout Joe Hamilton is the recipient of the Anthony J. McKevlin Award as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top male student-athlete for 1999-2000.

Hamilton, who finished ahead of Virginia swimmer Ed Moses and Clemson track performer Shawn Crawford, is the second Yellow Jacket to win the McKevlin Award and the first since all-conference football and baseball player Riccardo Ingram in 1987.

Hamilton, a 5-10, 189-pound quarterback from Alvin, S.C., was the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and winner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award while finishing as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. He led the Jackets to an 8-4 record and a berth in the Toyota Gator Bowl. The consensus first-team all-America passed for 3,060 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushed for 734 yards and six scores in 1999, ranking second in the nation in passing efficiency (175.0) and total offense (344.9).

Now in training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hamilton finished his career as the ACC’s all-time leader in total offense (10,460), touchdown responsibility (83), touchdown passes (65) and passing efficiency (148.2).

“I can’t imagine any athlete in any sport meaning more to his team than Joe Hamilton meant to our football program the last four years,” said Tech head coach George O’Leary. “He has been a great representative for Georgia Tech, the ACC and college athletics, and he is very deserving of this award.”

Maryland lacrosse player Jen Adams won the Mary Garber Award as the ACC’s top female student-athlete.

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