Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor won the Dudley Award on Monday night for being the best football player in the state of Virginia this season. The Dudley Award is the latest of a number of major awards Taylor has won this season.
Tech’s senior quarterback completed 60.6% of his passes this season for 2,521 yards. He threw 23 touchdown passes and just four interceptions. He also ran for 637 yards and five touchdowns. He has set career highs in completions, attempts, yards, completion percentage and touchdown passes, and he still has one game remaining.
Taylor had already taken home a lot of hardware, even before he was announced as the Dudley Award winner. Last week he was named ACC Player of the Year, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, and was the MVP of the ACC Championship Game.
Gibson to Miss the Orange Bowl
Virginia Tech starting linebacker Lyndell Gibson will miss the next 6-8 months of action thanks to shoulder surgery that will be performed next week. Gibson suffered a left scapula fracture in the second quarter of Saturday night’s ACC Championship Game against Florida State.
For the season, Gibson was fourth on the team with 66 tackles. He also finished with six tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.
The loss of Gibson moves r-freshman Tariq Edwards into the #1 spot at backer. Edwards finished the season with 21 tackles and an interception. His playing time was increasing over the last several weeks of the regular season.
Boggs to Transfer
Virginia Tech sophomore guard Ben Boggs has decided to transfer from Virginia Tech in an effort to find more playing time. Boggs’ destination isn’t known at this point, but he will leave Tech at the end of the fall semester.
As a freshman last season, Boggs played in 25 games, averaging 2.2 points per game. He played in the first four games of this season, scoring five points against UNC-Greensboro. However, he did not play in any of the last four games, and overall he received just 11 minutes of playing time this season.
The departure of Boggs leaves the Hokies with just nine healthy scholarship players. They also have walk-ons Paul Debnam and Erik Sorenson.