Tyrod Taylor named ACC player of the year
Though this year began in heartbreaking fashion for Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the senior got a form of redemption Wednesday. After leading the Hokies to ten 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, 20 touchdowns and just 4 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 record at Virginia Tech, including 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 ever win ACC player of the year honors 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 through the athletic department. "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 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. A full rundown of the voting is available after the jump:
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTING
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech (27)
Russell Wilson, QB, NC State (19)
Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (8)
Montel Harris, RB, Boston College (3)
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech (31)
Russell Wilson, QB, NC State (23)
Montel Harris, RB, Boston College (4)
T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina (1)
Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland (1)
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (1)
Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (36)
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (14)
Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech (3)
Nate Irving, LB, NC State (2)
| December 1, 2010; 1:52 PM ET
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