Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was voted the ACC Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Bowers, who led the nation with 15½ sacks, received 36 of 55 votes to finish ahead of Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, the nation’s leading tackler, who had 14 votes.
Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who has led the No. 12 Hokies to 10 consecutive victories and his third berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game following an 0-2 start, is the ACC Player of the Year for 2010.
Taylor, a senior, was the choice of 27 of the 57 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) that voted. Russell Wilson of NC State was second with 19 votes.
Taylor, also the offensive player of the year and the league’s first-team All-ACC quarterback, has played for four years, and set himself up for a big finish this summer.
“I think I put in the work this offseason and previous years to come out and have a big season and I think it just paid off,” Taylor said of his All-ACC selection.
The Hokies will play No. 20 Florida State for the championship on Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., with the winner earning the conference’s berth in the Orange Bowl.
Taylor said he will approach this game like any other – with high expectations.
“I challenge myself every week to be the best player on the field,” he said. “That’s my mindset going into the week and when I step onto the field, I want to let it be known that I was the best player on the field in that game.”
Taylor was the MVP of the 2008 ACC Football Championship Game against Boston College. He is the first Hokies player to win the ACC Player of the Year honor since quarterback Bryan Randall in 2004.
Taylor leads the ACC in passing efficiency, having completed better than 60 percent of his attempts while throwing for 20 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also is the Hokies’ second-leading rusher with 613 yards, and has two runs of more than 70 yards.
Voting for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year awards, as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA)
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTING
Tyrod Taylor, qb, Virginia Tech (27)
Russell Wilson, qb, NC State (19)
Da’Quan Bowers, de, Clemson (8)
Montel Harris, rb, Boston College (3)
Tyrod Taylor, qb, Virginia Tech (31)
Russell Wilson, qb, NC State (23)
Montel Harris, rb, Boston College (4)
T.J. Yates, qb, North Carolina (1)
Danny O’Brien, qb, Maryland (1)
Leonard Hankerson, wr, Miami (1)
Da’Quan Bowers, de, Clemson (36)
Luke Kuechly, lb, Boston College (14)
Jayron Hosley, cb, Virginia Tech (3)
Nate Irving, lb, NC State (2)