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AgSouth Homegrown Athlete of the Week – C.J. Spiller

AgSouth Homegrown Athlete of the Week – C.J. Spiller

Oct. 26, 2009

C.J. Spiller, Football, Senior, Lake Butler, FL

Spiller had a Clemson record 310 all-purpose yards in the Tigers’ 40-37 overtime victory at eighth-ranked Miami (FL) on Saturday. He recorded 125 yards on three kickoff returns, 104 yards on six receptions and 81 yards on 14 rushing attempts. He scored on a 90-yard kickoff return and a 56-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Parker.

Spiller’s 310 all-purpose yards tie for the most in a game by any player in FBS Division this year. Derrick Locke of Kentucky had 310 against Louisville on September 19 of this year. Spiller’s performance broke the previous Clemson record of 282 yards by Justin Miller at Florida State in 2004.

Spiller is now first in the nation in all-purpose running yards per game with an average of 208 yards per game. He is also third nationally in kickoff return average with a 38.2 figure and is tied for first in kickoff returns for touchdowns with three.

His 90-yard kickoff return at Miami was the sixth of his Clemson career, an ACC record, and it was his seventh total kick return for a score as a Tiger. That gave him the ACC record for overall kick returns for scores. He and Steve Suiter of Maryland had six apiece entering Saturday’s game.