The Atlantic Coast Conference named Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner its defensive player of the year on Wednesday. Werner, a junior, lead the nation with 13 sacks and helped anchor the second ranked defense in the country. He is the sixth Seminole to win the honor, the first in nine years.
He joins Derrick Brooks ('93), Derrick Alexander ('94), Peter Boulware ('96), Andre Wadsworth ('97) and Darnell Dockett ('03) as the Seminoles who have earned the honor.
The 6-4 255 end– who was born in Germany and still speaks with a noticeable accent– is an absolute titan on the field. Against Florida last Saturday he notched 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble. All season he has wreaked havoc on quarterbacks opposite Tank Carradine, the two teamed for more sacks than any other pair of players in the country.
On Wednesday the ACC named Werner it's defensive player of the year, he received 27 votes, the next closest player was Carradine with nine.
"It's an honor, especially for me, I come from Germany I always wanted the opportunity just to play here," said Werner when asked earlier this week about the honors that would inevitably be coming his way. "And to be considered like one of the top players is just crem de la crem, I just take it like 'wow thank you.'"
In his three years Werner has 23.5 sacks and has developed into one of the consensus top players in the country. Right now Mel Kiper has Werner ranked 10th on his draft board and should the Berlin-born junior choose to leave, he could be a very high pick come April.
Seminoles fans should probably enjoy Werner for the next two games because there's a very distinct possibility they will be his last in garnet and gold.