GREENSBORO, N.C. — Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s overall and offensive player of the year, and Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner is the league’s top defensive player.
The league released its players of the year Wednesday.
Boyd won both of his awards by one vote over North Carolina running back Gio Bernard. Boyd received 20 of a possible 46 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association while Bernard had 19. Boyd had 22 votes for the offensive award to Bernard’s 21.
“One point?” Boyd said, smiling. “I’ll take it.”
Werner had 27 votes for the defensive award and teammate Tank Carradine had nine.
Boyd averaged nearly 337 total yards per game and led the league with a pass-efficiency rating of 168.5 with a school-record 34 TD passes while operating the league’s top offense.
It marks the eighth time the player of the year award went to a Tiger and first since C.J. Spiller won it in 2009.
“As a kid, you work your whole career to get to an accomplishment of this magnitude,” Boyd said. “It’s definitely a blessing. This program, we put a lot of work into it. I think this award speaks volumes about where this program is and where it’s going.”
Boyd, a junior, has a decision ahead about whether he’ll continue as part of Clemson’s rise or jump to the NFL draft. He says he’s focused on Clemson’s bowl game. He’ll figure things out with his family and coaches after the Tigers season.
Bernard averaged league bests of 122.8 yards rushing, 11.4 points, 16.4 yards per punt return and 198.1 all-purpose yards despite missing two early season games with a knee injury.
Werner is the league’s career active leader with 23.5 sacks and matched a career-high with 3.5 sacks in last week’s loss to Florida. He became the sixth Florida State player to win the defensive award and first since Darnell Docket in 2003.