Tyrod Taylor was named the ACC Player of the Year today, becoming the second Hokie to win the award since Virginia Tech joined the conference in 2004. Taylor was also named Offensive Player of the Year. Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers won Defensive Player of the Year, with Tech’s Jayron Hosley finishing #3 for that award.
In Player of the Year voting, Taylor received 27 of 57 votes, ahead of NC State’s Russell Wilson, who received 19 votes. Bowers received eight votes, and Boston College running back Montel Harris, the league’s leading rusher, received three votes.
Taylor follows Bryan Randall as the second Hokie to receive Player of the Year honors. Randall won it in 2004 after leading the Hokies to the ACC championship in their first year in the league. Taylor hopes to do the same as he leads the Hokies into Saturday night’s ACC Championship Game against Florida State.
Taylor was also selected as first team All-ACC quarterback. He was one of 11 Hokies to receive All-ACC honors, the most for one team since expansion in 2004.
In Offensive Player of the Year voting, Taylor received 31 votes, and Wilson received 23. Harris received four votes, and one vote each went to North Carolina quarterback TJ Yates, Maryland QB Danny O’Brien, and Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson.
Bowers won Defensive Player of the Year with 36 votes, far ahead of Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly (14 votes). Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosely received three votes, and NC State linebacker Nate Irving got two votes.