Vic Beasley continues to gain public-perception momentum as the leader of the nation's premier sack attack, as the Clemson junior has been named national defensive MVP of the first half of the season by ESPN's Mark Schlabach.
Beasley, who ranks second in the nation in sacks (1.5 per game) and leads the country in unassisted tackles for loss (12) tops a defensive top five that also includes Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland, and Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is listed No. 3 on the offensive MVP list, behind Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Also on the list are Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion.
Florida State's Jameis Winston was named first-half freshman of the year over Penn State quarterback Hackenburg, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield and Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.