Clemson junior quarterback Tajh Boyd earned ACC Player of the Year honors Wednesday. Boyd edged North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard. Tigers wide receiver DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins finished third in the voting.
Boyd is the first Clemson player to win the award since C.J. Spiller did it in 2009. He’s the first Tiger quarterback to win the ACC’s top honor since Steve Fuller in 1978.
Boyd put up video game numbers this season, passing for 3550 yards and and ACC leading 34 touchdowns. He added another nine scores on the ground. Boyd also led the league in passing efficiency, and total offense.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney has spent all season touting Boyd as one of the best quarterbacks in the country and nothing has changed that stance. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of Tajh Boyd,” said Swinney.. “He has had a terrific year in leading us to a second straight 10-win season. It has been 25 years since a starting quarterback has done that.
“He has broken just about every record out there to the point where he is breaking his own records. I really believe he is the best quarterback in the nation. This award means a lot to him because he has great respect for the players and teams in this league. He has also been a great leader all season. He is very deserving.”
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (20)
- Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (19)
- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (2)
- Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State (2)
- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (1)