The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that offensive tackle Jordan McFadden has been named the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually the conference’s most outstanding blocker as determined by the league’s head coaches and defensive coordinators.
McFadden’s selection marks the 10th time since the league’s inception in 1953 that a Clemson player has earned the honor. McFadden joins fullback Doug Cline (1959), tackle Wayne Mass (1966), guard Harry Olszewski (1967), guard Joe Bostic (1977), tackle Lee Nanney (1981) and guard James Farr (1983), guard John Phillips (1987) and tackle Mitch Hyatt (2017 and 2018) as Clemson’s all-time honorees.
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson offensive tackle Jordan McFadden has been voted the winner of the 2022 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Monday.
The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player selected most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league’s head coaches and defensive coordinators. The trophy is given in memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as president of Presbyterian College from 1935 to 1945.
McFadden, a 6-2, 305-pound graduate from Spartanburg, South Carolina, heads into Saturday night’s Subway ACC Football Championship Game having played more than 2,800 career snaps in 54 college games. He has started every game this season while leading the Tigers to a 10-2 overall record and an unbeaten mark in ACC play.
With McFadden paving the way, Clemson boasts one of three ACC 1,000-yard rushers (Will Shipley) and has amassed close to 5,000 yards in total offense. McFadden was voted the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice during the 2022 season.
“Jordan is so deserving,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “He has obviously been our best player and most consistent player for the last couple of years. He is a guy that football is very important to. His craft is very important to him. He’s become an incredibly disciplined and technically savvy offensive lineman. He’s one of the strongest kids we’ve got, and he is a complete player in every aspect.
“I’m very thankful that he’s getting this recognition because he has worked his tail off to become a great offensive lineman. And it’s not just what he’s done on the field; off the field as well, he embodies everything about this award.”
This marks the 10th time that a Clemson player has claimed the Jacobs Blocking Trophy and the first since Mitch Hyatt claimed the award in both 2017 and 2018.
Winners of the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy1953: Bill Wohrman, FB, South Carolina1954: Bill Wohrman, FB, South Carolina1955: Bob Pellegrini, C, Maryland1956: Hal McElhaney, FB, Duke1957: Hal McElhaney, FB, Duke1958: John Saunders, FB, South Carolina1959: Doug Cline, FB, Clemson1960: Dwight Bumgarner, T, Duke1961: Art Gregory, T, Duke; Jim LeCompte, G, North Carolina1962: Art Gregory, T, Duke1963: Chuck Walker, T, Duke1964: Eddie Kesler, FB, North Carolina1965: John McNabb, G, Duke1966: Wayne Mass, T, Clemson1967: Harry Olszewski, G, Clemson1968: Greg Shelly, T, Virginia1969: Ralph Sonntag, T, Maryland1970: Dan Ryczek, C, Virginia1971: Geoff Hamlin, FB, North Carolina1972: Ron Rusnak, G, North Carolina1973: Bill Yoest, G, NC State1974: Ken Huff, G, North Carolina1975: Billy Bryan, C, Duke1976: Billy Bryan, C, Duke1977: Joe Bostic, G, Clemson1978: Jim Ritcher, C, NC State1979: Jim Ritcher, C, NC State1980: Ron Wooten, G, North Carolina1981: Lee Nanney, T, Clemson1982: Dave Pacella, T, Maryland1983: James Farr, G, Clemson1984: Jim Dombrowski, T, Virginia1985: Jim Dombrowski, T, Virginia1986: Paul Kiser, G, Wake Forest1987: John Phillips, G, Clemson1988: Jeff Garnica, C, North Carolina1989: Chris Port, T, Duke1990: Ray Roberts, T, Virginia1991: Ray Roberts, T, Virginia1992: Ben Coleman, T, Wake Forest1993: Mark Dixon, G, Virginia1994: Clay Shiver, C, Florida State1995: Clay Shiver, C, Florida State1996: no recipient1997: Tra Thomas, T, Florida State1998: Craig Page, C, Georgia Tech1999: John St. Clair, C, Virginia2000: Tarlos Thomas, T, Florida State2001: Brett Williams, T, Florida State2002: Brett Williams, T, Florida State2003: Elton Brown, G, Virginia2004: Elton Brown, G, Virginia2005: Eric Winston, T, Miami2006: Josh Beekman, G-C, Boston College2007: Steve Justice, C, Wake Forest2008: Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia2009: Rodney Hudson, G, Florida State2010: Rodney Hudson, G, Florida State2011: Blake DeChristopher, T, Virginia Tech2012: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina2013: Cameron Erving, T, Florida State2014: Cameron Erving, T-C, Florida State2015: Roderick Johnson, T, Florida State2016: Roderick Johnson, T, Florida State2017: Mitch Hyatt, T, Clemson2018: Mitch Hyatt, T, Clemson2019: Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville2020: Liam Eichenberg, T, Notre Dame2021: Ikem Ekwonu, T, NC State2022: Jordan McFadden, T, Clemson