Kuechly makes ACC Greatest Player final; Taylor, Johnson vie to join him

North Carolina's Lawrence Taylor and Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson meet in a clash of former ACC Players of the Year.

Luke Kuechly has reached the ACC Gridiron LIVE Greatest Player Tournament championship, but will it be Lawrence Taylor or Calvin Johnson joining him?

Kuechly, the third-seeded former Boston College linebacker, knocked off Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, the No. 14 seed, to make the final. Now, we turn our attention to the matchup of Taylor and Johnson.


North Carolina’s Taylor, the No. 1 seed out of the Bobby Dodd Region, takes on Johnson, the Georgia Tech product, who is the fifth seed out of the Bobby Bowden Region.

Originally recruited as a defensive lineman, Taylor switched to linebacker before the 1979 season and would go on to be a consensus All-American in 1980 as a junior when he racked up 16 sacks. He was just the second full-time defender in ACC history to claim the Player of the Year honors.

In three years with the Yellow Jackets, Johnson caught 178 balls for 2,927 yards and 28 TDs. He won two league receiving-yardage titles and once led the ACC in TD receptions. As a junior he was an All-American, the ACC Player of the Year and won the Biletnikoff Award.

Voting for Taylor vs. Johnson is open through Monday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. ET, with the final coming next week. Be sure to watch ACC Gridiron LIVE on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET (click here for local listings) for the latest involving the tournament.

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