Johnson City native Will Craig ACC player of the year

Johnson City native Will Craig ACC player of the year (Image 1)

Sophomore Will Craig of Wake Forest was named the ACC Player of the Year on Monday afternoon, one of four Deacons to receive All-ACC honors.

  

Craig is the sixth Deacon to receive player of the year honors, and the first to do so since Jamie D’Antona won it in 2003.

Fairchild was also selected to the All-Freshman team, along with fellow newcomer Justin Yurchak.

Wake Forest also has at least three players on the All-ACC first team for the first time since 2003, when D’Antona, Adam Bourassa, Ryan Johnson and Kyle Sleeth were named to the team.

Craig wrapped up 2015 near the top of the ACC in almost every offensive category, including a .382 batting average, 13 home runs and 58 runs batted in.

Mondou also ranked among ACC and national leaders on offense. He hit .338 with 10 home runs and 57 RBIs, leading the team with 75 hits, most for a Deacon since J.B. Tucker had 79 in 2005.

Fairchild put together one of the best rookie campaigns in Wake Forest history. All-time among freshmen, he ranks tied for fourth in hits (68) and stolen bases (12), ninth in doubles (14), and 10th in batting average (.349). He becomes just the third Wake Forest freshman to receive first team honors, the first since Bill Merrifield in 1982.

Yurchak finished second on the team with 30 walks, hitting .313 to go along with five homers, 33 RBIs and a .424 on-base percentage.

BY: THE WINSTON SALEM JOURNAL

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