Dec. 11, 2009
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson senior running back C.J. Spiller has been named a first-team kick returner and second-team All-American running back by the Walter Camp Foundation. This is the oldest of the All-America teams and is named after the former legendary college coach.
Spiller was the only ACC player named to the first team and was the only player honored at two positions over the two teams.
Spiller is now three-for-three as far as making first team All-America teams this year. Earlier he was named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and CBS Sportsline. The Football Writers team will be announced on Saturday and the Associated Press team and Sporting News teams will be announced next week.
Spiller was named the ACC Player of the Year last week, the first Tiger to receive that honor since Michael Dean Perry in 1987. He ranks fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards with 194 yards per game. He is the only player in the nation to score at least one touchdown in every game this year and has 20 overall, an all-time Clemson record.
A finalist for the Doak Walker Award, Spiller had 233 yards rushing in 20 attempts and scored a career high four touchdowns in the ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech on December 5. He has 50 career touchdowns and needs just one to become Clemson’s career leader.
This year he has accounted for a touchdown five different ways, 11 rushing, four receiving, four on kickoff returns, one on a punt return and one by throwing a touchdown pass. He has already established an NCAA record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career with seven. He has 7416 all-purpose yards for his career, third best in NCAA history.
Spiller, who will graduate from Clemson on December 17 with a degree in sociology, has 21 career touchdowns of 50 yards or more, including nine this year.
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