2013 Defensive Awards

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Following up on yesterday’s article, here are my defensive award winners for the 2013 season.


Defensive Player of the Year

From start to finish, Jack Tyler (6-1, 230, r-Sr.) was Virginia Tech’s best defender this season. There were some other guys who had flashier games at times, or who played well in the first half of the season, but when you throw all 12 games together as a whole, Tyler was Tech’s best defensive player.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Tyler has been a very good and a very consistent player since he was a r-freshman back in 2010. Bud Foster calls him one of the best players he has ever coached, and that’s high praise coming from the best defensive coordinator in America.

For the regular season, he finished with 93 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Thanks in part to Tyler, the middle of Virginia Tech’s defense was stout all season long.

I was really considering picking Kyle Fuller , but it seemed odd to give the Defensive Player of the Year Award to a guy who didn’t play in the second half of the season. I just couldn’t pull the trigger, because he barely played in the final five games of the regular season. Despite missing so much time, he’s still my runner up.


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