Clemson's Bowers earns defensive award

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Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who has led the No. 12 Hokies to 10 consecutive victories and his third berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game following an 0-2 start, is the ACC's player of the year.

Taylor, a senior, was the choice of 27 of the 57 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association that voted. Russell Wilso n, of North Carolina State, was second with 19 votes.

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who led the nation in sacks, was named the defensive player of the year. He finished third in the player of the year race with eight votes.

Bowers, who has 15 1/2 sacks, received 36 of 55 votes to finish ahead of Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, the nation's leading tackler, who had 14 votes.

MIAMI: It appears Jon Gruden isn't as interested in the Miami job as the school's fans and boosters are in him.

Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt met Wednesday with Gruden in Tampa, Fla. But according to several Miami sources, a job offer was not made. It was purely an exploratory conversation.

According to a Miami Board of Trustee member, "Gruden was cordial, he listened to everything UM had to say but no offer was made. He said he didn't want to go further because he is keeping all his options open, including the NFL.

"He didn't say yes. He didn't so no. But in effect, it's probably a no because it will take months before the NFL jobs come open and UM can't wait that long."

NEW MEXICO BOWL: Brigham Young University has accepted an invitation to play in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 18 in Albuquerque.

Bowl officials made the announcement Wednesday. The Cougars' opponent has yet to be selected.

BYU (6-6) won five of its last seven games to tie Air Force and San Diego State for third place in the Mountain West Conference.


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