ACC Football Top 25 Players of 2012: #1, Tajh Boyd

Without Question, Tajh Boyd Was the Top Player in the ACC During the 2012 Season

Without Question, Tajh Boyd Was the Top Player in the ACC During the 2012 Season

As part of our 2012 season review, we’re counting down the top 25 players in the ACC this season, from no. 25 to no. 1. Obviously these lists are always completely subjective — and thus completely bulletproof, obviously — so feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments, too.

No. 1, Tajh Boyd, QB/Clemson (Preseason Rank: 1)

Sure, there’s debate around it, but the opinion around here was that Boyd was the league’s best player last season as well. And yet, despite the accolades and performance accompanying the 2011 season, Boyd still felt the need to improve during the offseason. The result? A quarterback that was dead-set on being a more accurate, more athletic passer — and pulled it off. That Heisman hype mostly alluded the junior all season is nothing short of puzzling. Boyd manged to increase his accuracy by 7.5-percent overall, throwing for 70 more yards this year on 72 less passes (and one less game). He threw for the same amount of touchdowns (38) as he did last year — again in one less game — and with a new, more mobile frame, tacked on 10 more rushing scores. And in a season of fantastic performances (seven games throwing for 300 yards or more, and another seven throwing three or more TDs), maybe none stands out more than Boyd’s efforts in teh team’s bowl game against LSU. Faced with a 24-13 deficit heading into the fourth quarter of the Chick-fil-a Bowl, Boyd put the team on his back and led them to a resounding come-from-behind win; the peak of his illustrious career to this point. Best of all, the quarterback has elected to come back for his senior season, setting up the Tigers for what should be a very special 2013 season.


#2, Giovani Bernard, RB/North Carolina

#3, DeAndre Hopkins, WR/Clemson

#4, Bjoern Werner, DE/Florida State

#5, Ryan Nassib, QB/Syracuse

#6, Tank Carradine, DE/Florida State

#7, EJ Manuel, QB/Florida State

#8, Mike Glennon, QB/NC State

#9, Duke Johnson, RB/Miami

#10, Antone Exum, CB/Virginia Tech

#11, Conner Vernon, WR/Duke

#12, Jonathan Cooper, G/North Carolina

#13, Bryn Renner, QB/North Carolina

#14, Joe Vellano, DL/Maryland

#15, Alec Lemon, WR/Syracuse

#16, Earl Wolff, SS/NC State

#17, Kevin Reddick, LB/North Carolina

#18, Ross Cockrell, CB/Duke

#19, Jack Tyler, LB/Virginia Tech

#20, Dalton Freeman, C/Clemson

#21, Ray Graham, RB/Pittsburgh

#22, Oday Aboushi, OT/Virginia

#23, Andre Ellington, RB/Clemson

#24, Nick Clancy, LB/Boston College

#25, Aaron Donald, DT/Pittsburgh

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