Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor named ACC player of the year
Thursday, December 2, 2010; 12:46 AM
BLACKSBURG, VA. - Though the season began in heartbreaking fashion for Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor, with losses to Boise State and division I-AA James Madison, the senior gained a form of redemption Wednesday. After leading the Hokies to 10 consecutive wins and an undefeated record in conference play this season, Taylor was named ACC player of the year by a panel of reporters.
Taylor received 27 of the 57 first-place votes. North Carolina State's Russell Wilson finished in second place with 19 votes. Taylor was also named the league's offensive player of the year, and on Monday was named first-team all-ACC.
This season, he has thrown for 2,258 yards, with 20 touchdowns and just four interceptions. In addition, Taylor is completing a career-high 60.2 percent of his passes and also ran for 613 yards and four touchdowns.
Taylor holds just about every quarterback career record at Virginia Tech, including yards of total offense, passing yards, rushing yards and wins. He's also just two touchdown passes shy of setting the single-season record in that category.
The only other Virginia Tech player to win the ACC player of the year honor was quarterback Bryan Randall in 2004.
"First off, I have to thank the Lord for blessing me with the ability to play football," Taylor said in a statement. "I also have to thank my parents, my family, the coaches, my teammates and all of the Virginia Tech fans. It's an honor to be recognized as the ACC's Player of the Year and to see all of my hard work pay off.
"I'm more proud, though, of how this team responded from an 0-2 start, but now we have to finish things off Saturday in Charlotte against a tough Florida State team."
Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers was named the ACC defensive player of the year, earning 36 of a possible 55 votes. Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley finished in third place with three votes.
Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien received one vote in the offensive player of the year race.