Jan. 23, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – Former Clemson All-American C.J. Spiller was honored by his fellow students at halftime of Saturday night’s Clemson vs. Duke basketball game at Littlejohn Coliseum. Spiller, who graduated from Clemson on December 17 with a degree in sociology, was presented a plaque by Clemson Student Body President Abby Daniel.
In December, Daniel approached athletic department administration about honoring Spiller for his unique contributions to the school.
The award read, “On behalf of the Student Body of Clemson University Presented to C.J. Spiller in appreciation of your dedication to Clemson University through your athletic endeavors, commitment to academics and exceptional representation of Clemson University to our community, state and country.”
On the field this year Spiller was named a unanimous first-team All-American, just the third unanimous first-team All-American in Clemson history. He finished sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and was named ACC Player of the Year, the first Clemson selection for that award since 1987. He was also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award and was the MVP of the ACC Championship game even though Clemson lost the game.
Spiller leaves Clemson with 31 school records. He set an NCAA record for career kickoff returns for touchdowns with seven, and finished his career with 7588 all-purpose yards, second in the history of FBS Division college football.
It was an active day for Spiller, who appeared on the ESPN College Game Day as the designated shooter for a Clemson student in the State Farm Halfcourt Shot. He barely missed the shot from midcourt.
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