My vote: ACC's defensive player of the year

May, 17, 2011
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Last week, you guys had a chance to vote on the ACC's defensive player of the year. At last count, Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley and Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins were tied as the fan favorite. While both should be among the league's top defenders this season, neither were my top choice.

My vote: Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly

Making the case for Kuechly: Hosley is an outstanding player. There's no questioning that. But the odds of him getting nine interceptions again are slim. Just as former Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel. It's a tough performance to repeat. Kuechly will continue to rack up double-digit tackle performances. He will continue to get takeaways and somehow seem to be everywhere at once. And somehow, the unanimous All-American will find a way to be even better in 2011 and still remain one of the most unassuming players in the country.

Give the guy some credit: You guys all but ignored Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate. Why? Offensive coordinators in the league know better. He's an outstanding athlete who should flourish in his new "star" position of hybrid linebacker/safety under first-year coach Randy Edsall.

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