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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor – In leading Tech to wins over Wake Forest, Duke and Georgia Tech, Taylor has completed 47 of 69 passes for 709 yards and seven touchdowns with just one interception. That result is an impressive pass efficiency rating of 185.01. (The national average is about 128.) He is also the leading rusher for the Hokies, having run for 584 yards and a 6.2 yards per-carry average. He moved into first place all-time in total offense at Virginia Tech during the 28-21 win over Georgia Tech, and he still leads the ACC in passing efficiency (163.3) and is second in total offense (258.1).
North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates – He’s coming off a player of the year-worthy performance in the 37-35 upset of Florida State. He completed 24 of 35 passes for a school-record 439 yards and three touchdowns. It was his fifth career 300-plus-yard game and his second career 400-plus-yard game. He is the first player in program history to pass for 400-plus yards twice in a career. Yates, who passed for 412 yards earlier this season against LSU, has the top two passing performances in the ACC this season.
Boston College running back Montel Harris – There was no slowing him down in the 23-13 win over Wake Forest. His 183-yard effort against the Deacs gave him 19 100- yard games, tying him with Virginia’s Tiki Barber for fifth most in league history and the most in school history. He also became the most productive junior in conference history. He passed North Carolina’s Amos Lawrence who rushed for 3,273 yards in his first three seasons. It was also the third time in his career he rushed for three touchdowns.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers – The nation’s leader in sacks recorded two more in a 14-13 win over the Wolfpack. Bowers is now tied for second place in school history for sacks in a season with Gaines Adams. Bowers is the first Clemson player to record 20 TFLs in a season since 2004 when LeRoy Hill had 27, and is the first Clemson defensive lineman to record 20 TFLs in a season since ‘96, when Trevor Pryce had 20 for 101 lost yards.
BC linebacker Luke Kuechly. He extended the nation’s longest streak of consecutive games with 10 or more tackles to 18 games. Kuechly, the nation’s leading tackler, finished with 14 tackles (eight solos, six assists), one-half TFL and an interception. Kuechly’s interception came on the first offensive play of the game.
FSU defensive end Brandon Jenkins. It was another impressive performance in a losing effort, as Jenkins recorded a sack in the second quarter to mark his fourth consecutive game with at least a half sack. Jenkins currently leads FSU with nine sacks this year.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen – He remains in the top spot despite the loss to Miami on Saturday because his team is bowl eligible following a 2-10 season. If the Terps can elbow their way to the top of the Atlantic Division standings this month, he’s the obvious choice.
North Carolina coach Butch Davis – If this award is based solely on what’s done on the field, Davis can’t be ignored in this race. He’s managed to keep his team in contention for the Coastal Division title despite losing a total of 31 players for at least one game because of injuries or the NCAA/UNC investigations.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer – He has the Hokies in position to become the ACC’s first undefeated team in league play in a decade. Beamer deserves credit for turning around his program’s 0-2 start.