Clemson Football Award Winners Announced

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C.J. Spiller was named the most valuable player on offense.

Clemson, SC—Clemson held its annual football banquet on Saturday, January 10 at The Madren Center on the Clemson campus. Head Coach Dabo Swinney and his staff presented many awards for the 2008 season.

Running back C.J. Spiller carried off the most hardware. The junior who was named first-team All-ACC was named the most valuable player on offense, was named a first-team Strength All-American and also was the co-recipient of the Vickery Hall Award for academic accomplishment. Spiller made the Dean’s List in addition to his first-team All-ACC honors on the field, the first Clemson player to do both in the same semester since Kyle Young in 2000. Brandon Maye, a first-team freshman All-America linebacker, also made the Dean’s List and was a co-recipient with Spiller of the Vickery Hall Award.

Michael Hamlin was named the Most Valuable Player of the Defense. Hamlin finished he year with 110 tackles and six interceptions. He ranked 10th in the nation in interceptions.

Other Awards are listed below.

2008 Clemson Football Awards Summary

Offensive Awards
Solid Rock Award—Quarterbacks:		Cullen Harper
Solid Rock Award—Running Backs		James Davis
Solid Rock Award—Wide Receiver		Aaron Kelly
Solid Rock Award—Tight Ends			Michael Palmer
Solid Rock Award   Offensive Line		Thomas Austin
Hustle Award					Tyler Grisham
12th Man Award					Bobby Hutchinson
Iron Man Award					Chad Diehl
Rookie of the Year				Mason Cloy
Special Teams 					Nelson Faerber
Scout Team					Rennie Moore
Offensive MVP					C.J. Spiller

Defensive Awards
Solid Rock Award	Defensive Back		Chris Chancellor
Solid Rock Award	Outside LB		DeAndre McDaniel
Solid Rock Award	Inside LB		Kavell Conner
Solid Rock Award	Defensive Line		Dorell Scott
Hustle Award					Jock McKissic
12th Man Award					Byron Maxwell
Iron Man Award					Chris Clemons
Rookie of the Year				Da’Quan Bowers, Brandon Maye
Special Teams					Byron Maxwell
Scout Team Player of the Year			Preston Stone
Defensive MVP					Michael Hamlin

Specialist of the Year			Mark Buchholz

Academic Awards
Top GPA, Freshman Class			Dawson Zimmerman
Top GPA, Sophomore Class		Caleb Simmons
Top GPA, Junior				Michael Wade
Top GPA Senior				Brian Hill
Top GPA, Team				Jimmy Maners
Vickery Hall Academic Award		C.J. Spiller, Brandon Maye

Strength All-Americans:			C.J. Spiller, Chris Clemons
Strength Room Dedication Awards		Kavell Conner, Thomas Austin

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