Bjoern Werner earns ACC Defensive POTY
Werner, who as an exchange student played only two years of US high school football, was named on 27 of 46 ballots. Fellow Seminoles' defensive end Cornellius Carradine finished second in the balloting with nine votes, while Maryland tackle Joe Vellano and Boston College linebacker Nick Clancy each had three, and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes had two. Seminoles' safety Lamarcus Joyner and Duke cornerback Russ Cockrell each had one. Werner was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week, the first and last weeks of the regular season. In the Seminoles' final game of the regular season, Werner matched his career high with 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble. He is the ACC's career active leader in sacks with 23.5 and is one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, announced last week by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. He is the sixth Seminole to win the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year award (Derrick Brooks – 1993, Derrick Alexander – 1994, Peter Boulware – 1996, Andre Wadsworth – 1997, Darnell Docket – 2003) Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said, "There is not a more well-deserving award than this one for Bjoern, who's had an unbelievable year for us and his statistics prove it…but his worth goes well beyond his statistics." "The value he has to his team…the effect he has on his teammates, off the field and in the classroom and as a team leader is tremendous, and the things he's sacrificed to give up for other guys to make plays on our defense. He's a tremendous team player, he's a tremendous leader and he's a tremendous winner and I think he'll go down as one of the great football players in Florida State football history. He has had a tremendous year this year and I can't be happier for him," Fisher said. Werner joins an elite class of FSU defensive standouts to have earned the award: Derrick Brooks (1993), Derrick Alexander (1994), Peter Boulware (1996), Andre Wadsworth (1997), Darnell Dockett (2003). The previous five Seminoles to earn the award have combined to make 20 pro bowl appearances
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