Top Five Candidates for ACC Offensive Player of the Year

Jared KimmelContributor IOctober 20, 2008

Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer

He is ahead of the pack, as he is third in all-purpose yards behind Brandon Tate (out for the season) and NC State kick returner T.J. Graham. Dwyer leads the ACC in rushing with 97.7 yards per game, and he also has 104 receiving yards and 171 kick return yards. He has rushed for four touchdowns and received one. Dwyer is a big-time playmaker—his shortest touchdown is from 21 yards out.


Florida State's Antoine Smith

He is averaging over 80 yards per game rushing. He leads the ACC with 10 total touchdowns, all rushing in his case. Smith is a horse that the Seminoles depend on.


Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor

He is a dual threat and really the only threat on the anemic Virginia Tech offense. He has passed for about 100 yards per game with three touchdowns to one interception. Taylor's legs are the key for the Hokies, though, as he is fifth in the conference in rushing with about 75 yards per game.


Maryland's Da'Rel Scott

He is second in the league in rushing with 92.5 yards per game and has scored four touchdowns. Maryland is still in the chase for the Atlantic Division, and Scott is a big reason why.


Wake Forest's Riley Skinner

He is the ACC's best passing quarterback. He is the only one in the league averaging over 200 yards per game in the air. He has seven touchdowns to four interceptions and is passing at a 65 percent completion rate.  The problem for Skinner is that his Demon Deacons seem to be slipping a bit, with losing to Navy and being shut out by Maryland.


Wild Cards

FSU's Christian Ponder, BC's Chris Crane, Duke's Thaddeus Lewis, Virginia's Cedric Peerman, GT's Josh Nesbitt