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Top ACC defensive honors for Werner

Werner beat out teammate Cornelius Carradine for the honor.

Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, a 6-4, 255-pound defensive end from Berlin, Germany, whose 13 sacks lead the ACC, and 1.08 sacks per game are third-best nationally, is the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year in the conference for 2012 in balloting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Werner, who as an exchange student played only two years of US high school football, was named on 27 of 46 ballots. Fellow Seminoles’ defensive end Cornellius Carradine finished second in the balloting with nine votes, while Maryland tackle Joe Vellano and Boston College linebacker Nick Clancy each had three, and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes had two. Seminoles’ safety Lamarcus Joyner and Duke cornerback Russ Cockrell each had one.

Werner was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week, the first and last weeks of the regular season. In the Seminoles’ final game of the regular season, Werner matched his career high with 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble. He is the ACC’s career active leader in sacks with 23.5 and is one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, announced last week by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. He is the sixth Seminole to win the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year award (Derrick Brooks – 1993, Derrick Alexander – 1994, Peter Boulware – 1996, Andre Wadsworth – 1997, Darnell Docket – 2003)

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said, “There is not a more well-deserving award than this one for Bjoern, who’s had an unbelievable year for us and his statistics prove it…but his worth goes well beyond his statistics.”

“The value he has to his team…the effect he has on his teammates, off the field and in the classroom and as a team leader is tremendous, and the things he’s sacrificed to give up for other guys to make plays on our defense. He’s a tremendous team player, he’s a tremendous leader and he’s a tremendous winner and I think he’ll go down as one of the great football players in Florida State football history. He has had a tremendous year this year and I can’t be happier for him,” Fisher said.

Voting for the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Rookie of the Year award, as voted on by 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (27)
Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State (9)

Joe Vellano , DT, Maryland (3)
Nick Clancy, LB, Boston College (3)
Xavier Rhodes , CB, Florida State (2)
Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State (1)

Russ Cockrell, CB, Duke (1)

  • Chris Nee

    Tajh Boyd was named the ACC Player of the Year and Offense Player of the Year

    By a one-point margin on both ballots, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, the ACC’s total offense leader, nipped North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard to be named the conference’s 2012 Offensive and overall Player of the Year, in balloting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

    In overall Player of the Year voting, Boyd received 20 votes to Bernard’s 19. In Offensive Player of the Year voting, Boyd beat Bernard by a 22-21 margin.

    Boyd, a junior from Hampton, Virginia, averaged 336.8 yards of total offense per game, while rushing for nine touchdowns and one two-point conversion. He also led the ACC in pass efficiency and touchdown passes (34), which broke his own school record. Boyd’s numbers were a big reason why Clemson scored the most points in the ACC during the regular season. It is the eighth time a Clemson player has won the Player of the Year honor (Buddy Gore – 1967, Steve Fuller – 1977 & 1978, Jeff Davis – 1981, William Perry – 1984, Michael Perry – 1987, C. J. Spiller – 2009) and second time a Tiger has won the Offensive Player of the Year award (C. J. Spiller – 2009).

    Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said of Boyd, who is the ACC’s career active leader with 71 touchdown passes, “I can’t tell you how proud I am of Tajh Boyd. He has had a terrific year in leading us to a second straight 10-win season. It has been 25 years since a starting quarterback has done that.”

    “He has broken just about every record out there to the point where he is breaking his own records. I really believe he is the best quarterback in the nation and I am glad to see the American Football Coaches agreed with that today. This award means a lot to him because he has great respect for the players and teams in this league. He has also been a great leader all season. He is very deserving,” said Swinney.

    Bernard, a sophomore from Davie, Florida, led the ACC in rushing (122.8 yards per game), scoring average (11.4 points per game), punt return average (16.4 yards per game) and all-purpose yardage (198.1 yards per game). He missed two games with a knee injury early in the season.

    Voting for the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year award, as voted on by 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

    ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (20)
    Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (19)
    DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (2)
    Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State (2)
    Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (1)

    Voting for the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year award, as voted on by 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

    ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (22)
    Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (21)
    EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State (2)
    DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (1)

    Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.

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