Atlantic Coast Conference Well Represented at ESPYs

League nominated for eight ESPY awards

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Seven former and current Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes, in addition to one team are among the finalists for recognition in ESPN’s annual awards show.

Two current student-athletes (Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Virginia's Morgan Brian), five former student-athletes (Boston College’s Luke Kuechly and Johnny Gaudreau, Louisville’s Angel McCoughtry, NC State’s Russell Wilson, and Pittsburgh’s LeSean McCoy.) and one program (the 2013 Florida State football team) fill out the ballot representing the ACC and its 15 member schools. 

Winston (football) and Gaudreau (ice hockey) are nominated for Best Male College Athlete, while Brian (women’s soccer) is up for Best Female College Athlete. Kuechly, McCoy and Wilson are nominated for Best NFL Player and McCoughtry is up for Best WNBA Player. The 2013 Florida State football team is nominated for Best Team. 

In addition, three Notre Dame student-athletes – Max Lachowecki (men’s soccer), Steve O’Hara (men’s lacrosse) and Garrett McGrath (men’s fencing) – who helped the Irish claim the 2013-14 Capital One Cup men’s sports title will be honored. Lachowecki will appear on stage during the telecast (along with a representative from the University of Florida, winner of the women’s portion of the Capital One Cup) to be honored for Notre Dame’s first-place finish.

Also on hand will be incoming Virginia football freshman Andrew Brown, who has been enrolled at the university since January and is a finalist for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award. On the women’s side, Notre Dame incoming basketball freshman Brianna Turner, will be in attendance as finalist for the Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award.

An ESPY is an award presented by ESPN to recognize excellence in sports performance and achievement during the calendar year. 

Fans can vote online for the ESPY’s at The show will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 16. 

ESPY Award Nominees:

Best Team – Florida State Football
Best NFL Player – Boston College’s Luke Kuechly, Pittsburgh’s LeSean McCoy, NC State’s Russell Wilson
Best WNBA Player – Louisville’s Angel McCoughtry
Best Male College Athlete – Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, Florida State’s Jameis Winston 
Best Female College Athlete – Virginia’s Morgan Brian

About the ACC 
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 62nd year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity.  For more information, visit and follow @theACC on Twitter and on