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Watson and Guillermo Named ACC Players of the Week

Watson and Guillermo Named ACC Players of the Week

Clemson, S.C.—The Clemson quarterback and center combination of Deshaun Watson and Jay Guillermo were both honored Monday with ACC Player of the Week accolades for their performances in Clemson’s win over Boston College. 

Watson was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the first time this year and for the third time in his career, while Guillermo was named Offensive Lineman of the Week for the second straight week.

Watson completed 27-41 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers 34-17 victory over the Eagles.  It was his second career 400-yard passing game, but just the sixth in Clemson history.  He joined Tajh Boyd as the only Clemson quarterbacks with more than one 400-yard passing game.

Watson also ran for 32 yards, giving him 452 yards of total offense, just the eighth 450-yard total offense game in Clemson history. Watson had 435 yards passing and 28 yards rushing for 463 total offense yards last year in a win over North Carolina.  He was named ACC Back of the Week for that performance as well.

Guillermo graded 88 percent on 78 plays and had three knockdown blocks in Clemson’s 34-17 win over Boston College on Saturday.  He was Clemson’s highest graded offensive lineman according to the Tigers coaches for the second straight week. 

He was a significant reason Clemson gained 532 yards of total offense against a Boston College team that was number-one in the nation in total defense allowing just 140 yards a game.  (Boston College is still number one in the nation after that game.)

Guillermo won the same award last Monday for his performance against Georgia Tech and is the first Clemson offensive lineman to be named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for consecutive games since Barry Richardson did it against Maryland and Duke in 2007.    The only other offensive linemen to win the honor in consecutive games are Lee Nanney (1980), John Phillips (1987), and Stacy Long (1989 and 1990).