Tajh Boyd edges UNC RB Giovani Bernard for ACC Player of the Year

Clemson quarterback wins both offensive and overall awards by one vote

Tajh Boyd runs 9-yards for a touchdown in the second quarter

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Tajh Boyd runs 9-yards for a touchdown in the second quarter

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP, ACSMA) – 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)

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BigBud52 writes:

Congrats Tajh! You earned it.

tigerdh writes:

Congratulations for your performance this year. Go get whom ever we play in the bowl game. You can do it.

MoncksTater writes:

I saw some comments on here blaming Tajh for the last two Coot game losses...and some saying he only performs well against lesser defenses. in other words some folks are bitter losers and really dont understand football talent when they see it. Way to go Tajh...please come back for 2013!

TUN writes:

in response to MoncksTater:

I saw some comments on here blaming Tajh for the last two Coot game losses...and some saying he only performs well against lesser defenses. in other words some folks are bitter losers and really dont understand football talent when they see it. Way to go Tajh...please come back for 2013!

Football is a team game. You win as a team, you lose as a team but great players play great in great games pure and simple. It may not always look pretty but the truly great ones find a way to get it done. We have not gotten it done over the last 4 years against SCAR and Tajh is not to blame for that. With that being said he did make some costly turnovers and that has got to stop. Our biggest problem however has not been Boyd's turnovers but our own lack of a punishing defense and one that itself creates turnovers. Congrats Tajh, you deserve it. You are the best QB in college football, no doubt.

MoncksTater writes:

Tun ...

I agree that he made some costly mistakes against Scar , but because they posess an elite defense we were not able to overcome the couple that he made. Against Wake and NC State yes... Scar no. I agree with you about our defense ..until that side of the ball is top 25 caliber we will crush the Dukes and struggle with the SC's and FSU type teams. I think Venables is a players coach ...and i expect vast improvement heading into the 2013 schedule . Go Tigers...we get an SEC team most probably in the Peach Fil A so we are looking at a 2-1 record vs the SEC with a bowl win...I would like that.

cuGIZ82 writes:

Congratulations!!!!

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