Clemson Football Award Winners


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Clemson, SC—Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney announced award winners for the 2009 football season at the team’s awards banquet on Saturday evening. The Tigers concluded the season with a 9-5 record, Atlantic Division Champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and as the #24 ranked team in the nation by Associated Press.

C.J. Spiller brought home the most hardware as he was named the Solid Rock Award winner for the running backs, was the team’s MVP of the special teams, and was named the team’s MVP on offense. He was also presented with a special Award, the John Heisman Award. The John Heisman Award is presented to a Clemson football player who is named a unanimous first-team All-American.

Spiller was named the Most Valuable Player of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the first Clemson player to win that award since 1986. He was a first-team All-American by every service. He was the only player in the nation to score at least one touchdown in every one of his team’s games and he ranked fourth in the nation in all-purpose running (2588 yards) and fifth in total touchdowns with 21.

DeAndre McDaniel was named the MVP of the defense. McDaniel was a first-team All-American according to the Football Writers Association and a first-team All-ACC selection. He had eight interceptions to tie a Clemson record, and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 102. He became the first player in Clemson history with eight interceptions and at least 100 tackles in the same year.


The list of Award Winners Follows:



Offense Awards


Solid Rock Award—Most solid, consistent, and dependable player by position:

QB—Kyle Parker

RB—C.J. Spiller

WR—Jacoby Ford

TE—Michael Palmer

OL—Thomas Austin



Hustle Award—Player who gave consistent effort throughout the year and served as an inspiration to his teammates:

Terrance Ashe



12th Man Award—Contributed the most off the bench

Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington



Rookie of the Year

Kyle Parker and Dalton Freeman



Iron Man Award—Dependable player who played through injury

Chad Diehl



Special Teams Player of the Year

C.J. Spiller



Scout Team Player of the Year

Tajh Boyd and Caleb Simmons



Most Valuable Player

C.J. Spiller



Defensive Awards



Solid Rock Award

DB—Marcus Gilchrist

DT—Jarvis Jenkins

DE—Kevin Alexander

LB—Kavell Conner



Hustle Award

Chris Chancellor and Crezdon Butler



12th Man Award

Andre Branch



Iron Man Award

Ricky Sapp



Rookie of the Year Award

Mallaciah Goodman and Rashard Hall



Special Teams Player of the Year

Kevin Alexander



Scout Team Player of the Year

Tyler Shatley and Spencer Shuey



Specialist of the Year

Michael Wade



Defensive MVP

DeAndre McDaniel



Academic Awards



Highest GPA (Freshmen) Matt Skinner

Highest GPA (Sophomores) Dawson Zimmerman

Highest GPA (juniors) Byron Clear

Highest GPA (Seniors) Michael Clear

Highest GPA (Team) Caleb Simmons



Vickery Hall Award to individuals that exemplify the values of Vickery Hall:

Ronald Watson, DeAndre McDaniel, Michael Palmer, Jaron Brown



Weight Room Awards



Strength All-Americans:

Offense: Thomas Austin

Defense: Kevin Alexander



Dedication Award

Offense: Chad Diehl

Defense: Kavell Conner



Permanent Captains Awards


Offense: Michael Palmer, Thomas Austin, C.J. Spiller

Defense: Chris Chancellor, Ricky Sapp, Kavell Conner

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