UNC Baseball: Vance Honeycutt earns second Defensive Player of the Year Award

The Diamond Heels' star centerfielder once again is viewed as the ACC's top defensive player.
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Was there even a doubt?!

On Monday, Vance Honeycutt was named the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year. It marks the second consecutive season that the UNC baseball program's star centerfielder took home this award.

Not only is Honeycutt one of the best offensive players in the country, but has earned the reputation as an elite defensive player as well.

I mean, who doesn't love highlight-reel plays like the one below?!

This season, Honeycutt posted a .987 fielding percentage on the season with a ton of SportsCenter Top 10 worthy catches. He tallied 148 putouts while adding four outfield assists while patrolling centerfield for the Diamond Heels.

We know how much of an impact Honeycutt makes at the plate, as his power and speed have been very difficult for opposing pitching staffs to control. However, Honeycutt provides much more than just offensive starpower, as he has solidified himself as one of the country's top defensive players.

The UNC baseball program did very well in terms of postseason recognition from the conference, as the Tar Heels saw 11 players make the All-ACC squads. In addition to Honeycutt's ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award, head coach Scott Forbes was also tabbed as the ACC's Coach of the Year.

Sure, Honeycutt will be remembered for his program record for most career home runs, but it's very safe to say that fans of the UNC baseball program will remember his web gem plays that he made just as fondly once his Tar Heel career comes to a close.