Jan. 11, 2010
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.
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:
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 YearC.J. Spiller
Scout Team Player of the Year Tajh Boyd and Caleb Simmons
Most Valuable PlayerC.J. Spiller
Solid Rock Award DB — Marcus Gilchrist DT — Jarvis Jenkins DE — Kevin Alexander LB — Kavell Conner
Hustle Award Chris Chancellor and Crezdon Butler
12th Man AwardAndre Branch
Iron Man Award Ricky Sapp
Rookie of the Year AwardMalliciah 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
Highest GPA (Freshmen) – Matt Skinner Highest GPA (Sophomores) – Dawson Zimmerman Highest GPA (Juniors) – Byron Clear Highest GPA (Seniors) – Michael Wade Highest GPA (Team) – Caleb Simmons
Vickery Hall Award – to individuals that exemplify the values of Vickery Hall: DeAndre McDaniel, Michael Palmer, Jaron Brown
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING AWARDS
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: Kavell Conner
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