Tyler Boyd gets respect from ACC voters but catches tough break

Streeter Lecka

Tyler Boyd had an excellent year as I recapped earlier. But while he didn't take home any hardware from the ACC at the end of the season, he did get some respect from voters.

One interesting thing was that Tyler Boyd, not Jameis Winston, was apparently the choice of two voters for ACC Rookie of the Year. Winston wasn't even that close to being a unanimous choice, receiving 56 of the 65 votes. You've really got to think that his off-field issue had a hand in that because, with all due respect to Boyd who had a phenomenal year, he was by far and away the best freshman in the conference.

Boyd is also up for ACC Moment of the Year with this catch against North Carolina.

Boyd really caught a bit of a tough break this year. Any other season, he likely would have gotten a bit more attention for freshman of the year. Not only was the only freshman in the conference with 1,000 receiving OR rushing yards, he was the only underclassman who accomplished that feat. Factor in that he's a true freshman, and his season was even more remarkable. In other conferences, Boyd could have been the freshman of the year, but with Winston around, he just caught a bad break.

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