Oct. 25, 2009
Clemson, SC–Clemson running back C.J. Spiller has been named National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation for his performance at Miami (FL).
The Walter Camp Foundation selects a national offensive and defensive player of the week each week during the season, then names a national offensive and defensive player of the Year and an All-America team at the conclusion of the season.
Spiller received the honor for his performance in Clemson’s 40-37 overtime victory at eight-ranked Miami (FL) on Saturday. Spiller had a Clemson record 310 all-purpose yards, as he had 125 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.
In addition to his Walter Camp Award this week, Spiller was also named the National Kickoff Returner of the Week by College Football Performances Awards. It was the second time this year he had been honored by that website.
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