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Clemson Holds Banquet

Clemson Holds Banquet

Clemson, S.C.—Clemson’s National Championship Football program held its season ending banquet on Saturday night at the Betty Sheppard Poe and William Maxwell Poe Indoor Football Facility.

Awards were presented in a number of categories ranging from on field excellence to academics and strength training.

The Tiger Pride Awards (MVP) were presented to Deshaun Watson and Mike Williams on the offensive side of the ball, and Carlos Watkins, Ben Boulware and Jadar Johnson on the defensive side.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeff Davis. Davis is now an assistant athletic director in the Clemson football program.   He was the captain of the 1981 Clemson team that won the school’s first national championship.

The festive celebration concluded with remarks from the six permanent captains of the 2016 team, Deshaun Watson, Jay Guillermo, Jordan Leggett, Carlos Watkins, Ben Boulware and Jadar Johnson.

      Offense Awards

      Solid Rock Award (most solid, consistent and dependable player at each position)

      Position                                                   Recipient

      Running Back                                          Wayne Gallman

      Wide Receiver                                          Mike Williams and Artavis Scott

      Tight End                                                Jordan Leggett

      Offensive Line                                          Jay Guillermo

      Quarterback                                             Deshaun Watson


      Hustle Award                                            Mitch Hyatt and Hunter Renfrow

      12th Man Award                                       Deon Cain and Maverick Morris

      Iron Man Award                                       Jordan Leggett and Jay Guillermo

      Most Improved                                         Tyrone Crowder, C.J. Fuller, Nick Schuessler

      Rookie of the Year                                   Sean Pollard and Tremayne Anchrum

      Scout Team POY                                      Nyles Pinckney and Regan Upshaw

      Special Teams POY                                  Artavis Scott

      Tiger Pride (MVP)                                    Deshaun Watson and Mike Williams


      Defensive Awards

      Solid Rock Award

      Position                                                   Recipient

      Defensive Backs                                     Cordrea Tankersely and Jadar Johnson

      Defensive Tackles                                   Carlos Watkins

      Defensive Ends                                       Christian Wilkins

      Linebackers                                             Ben Boulware


      Hustle Award                                           Jadar Johnson

      12th Man Award                                       Scott Pagano, Austin Bryant and Marcus Edmond

      Iron Man Award                                       Ryan Carter

      Most Improved                                         Kendall Joseph

      Rookie of the Year                                   Dexter Lawrence and Clelin Ferrell

      Scout Team POY                                      Pat Godfrey and Darien Rencher

      Special Teams POY                                  Tanner Muse and Chad Smith

      Tiger Pride MVP                                       Carlos Watkins, Ben Boulware and Jadar Johnson


      Special Awards

      Specialist of the Year                                Greg Huegel and Andy Teasdall

      P.A.W Award of the Year                            Taylor Hearn, Hunter Renfrow and Van Smith

      Future Impact Players                               Tavien Feaster and John Simpson

                                                                         Tanner Muse and Tre Lamar

      Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement         Jeff Davis


      Academic Awards

      Highest GPA Freshman              Carson King

      Highest GPA Sophomore            Judah Davis

      Highest GPA Junior                    Maverick Morris

      Highest GPA Senior                   David Estes

      Highest GPA Team                     Alex Spence

      Vickery Hall Awards:                  Trevion Thompson, Artavis Scott, Tucker Israel, Chad Smith


      Spiritual Leadership Award                   Hunter Renfrow

      P.A.T. Award                                        Deshaun Watson

      Strength Training All-Americans            Wayne Gallman, Deshaun Watson, Ben Boulware, Jay Guillermo

      Strength Dedication Awards                  Ben Boulware, Wayne Gallman, Jay Guillermo

      All-In Accountability Award                   Captains (Ben Boulware and Jadar Johnson)

      Team Members (Michael Batson, Zach Giella, Noah Green, Xavier Kelly, Carson King, Hall Morton, Grant Radakovich, Seth Ryan, Cam Scott, Van Smith, Cade Stewart, Richard Yeargin)

      Captains Awards                                   Deshaun Watson, Jay Guillermo, Jordan Leggett, Carlos Watkins, Ben Boulware, Jadar Johnson