Florida State Seminoles defensive end Bjoern Werner has received the honor of being named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Werner led the nation with 13 sacks and was a key member of the nation’s second-ranked defensive unit.
Werner received 27 of the votes to take home the award. Second-place went to fellow Seminoles defensive end Tank Carradine, who earned nine votes.
“It’s an honor, especially for me, I come from Germany I always wanted the opportunity just to play here,” said Werner when he was asked about the award, per Patrik Nohe of the Miami Herald. “And to be considered like one of the top players is just crem de la crem, I just take it like ‘wow thank you.’”
According to Nohe’s research, Werner joins Derrick Brooks (’93), Derrick Alexander (’94), Peter Boulware (’96), Andre Wadsworth (’97) and Darnell Dockett (’03) as members of the Florida State defense to win the honor.
Werner could be gearing up for a run up NFL draft boards if he decides to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. He is one of the top defensive end prospects in the nation and could hear his name called in the first-round of the upcoming draft if he passes up on his final year of eligiblity.
If Werner returns, it will be bad news for quarterbacks in the ACC next season.