There is a new name on this list, and you’ll find it in the Coach of the Year section. Welcome to the show, Mike London.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: Despite his underwhelming performance last weekend at Georgia Tech, Boyd is a major reason the Tigers are leading the Atlantic Division. His accomplishments as a first-year starter grasping a new offense have been critical. Boyd leads the ACC in passing average per game with 297.1 yards and is fourth in passing efficiency (154.8). He has 25 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins: He’s had a phenomenal first season, and leads the ACC with 7.1 receptions per game and is second with 108.7 yards per game. He’s also tied for second in the ACC in touchdowns scored with 11, is second in the league in kick return average, and first in all-purpose yards.
Virginia Tech running back David Wilson: He leads the ACC in rushing yards per game with 131.8, and has seven touchdowns. He has surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark eight times in nine games this season. His 1,185 yards are the most of any running back in the FBS.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Miami linebacker Sean Spence: He is the ACC’s active career leader in tackles for loss, and ranks 12th nationally in tackles with 10.71 per game. He also has three sacks and is second in the ACC with 1.43 tackles for loss.
Clemson defensive end Andre Branch: He leads the ACC with 8.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. He also has one pass breakup, a forced fumble, and 12 quarterback pressures.
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly: He has had 30 straight games of at least 10 tackles, the longest current streak in the FBS. He also has two interceptions, a team-best 8.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney: The Tigers are 8-1, the ACC’s highest-ranked team in the BCS standings, and the leader in the Atlantic Division standings.
Virginia coach Mike London: The Hoos are one win away from bowl eligibility, in contention to win the Coastal Division, and look ahead of schedule in just the second season under London.
Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe: It’s hard to believe this team was 3-9 a year ago, as Grobe has the Deacs in a position to win the Atlantic Division.