Even though the 2011 season ended on the wrong note for Clemson, there was a lot for the Tigers to feel good about in year three under Dabo Swinney.
MVP - Offense: QB Tajh Boyd
For all the questions we had about Boyd before the season, he certainly answered in impressive fashion.
The first-team All-ACC quarterback completed 298 of 499 passes for 3,828 yards with 33 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He finished second among Clemson ball carriers with four rushing touchdowns.
Boyd now owns the ACC record for touchdown responsibility. He broke the previous mark of 37, which Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson shared.
MVP - Defense: CB Coty Sensabaugh
The statistics don't necessarily tell the story of just how important Sensabaugh was to the Tigers' defense this season – it can be hard to record interceptions when quarterbacks aren't throwing your way, because the coverage is too good.
Throughout the course of an up and down season for Clemson's secondary, Sensabaugh was consistently up. He was the only Tiger defender to play over 900 snaps this season.
Sensabaugh finished the year with 38 tackles, 13 pass breakups and an interception.
Midseason: Brandon Thompson
Most Improved - Offense: LT Phillip Price
We learned just how critical Price's presence up front was when he was out for the N.C. State game and hobbled against South Carolina.
Offensive coordinator Chad Morris mentioned Price as one of the steadiest performers along the offensive line this season. Not bad for a former walk-on tight end.
He was ample with his run blocking throughout the season and tenacious as a pass blocker.
Most Improved - Defense: Coty Sensabaugh
We could have just as easily given him the nod for this award at the midway point. It's too hard to pass on him this time around.
The one-time Appalachian State commitment could be playing on Sundays next fall.
Midseason: Jonathan Willard
Rookie MVP - Offense: WR Sammy Watkins
Watkins caught 12 touchdown passes, breaking the school's single-season record of 11, previously held by Aaron Kelly. Watkins scored a total of 13 touchdowns on the season. C.J. Spiller held the previous Clemson freshman record .
Watkins had 205 all-purpose yards this evening, giving him 2,282 for the season, second most in ACC history for a season. Spiller's 2,680 is the highest total.
Lucky for Clemson, Watkins has two more years to re-writing the record books.
Midseason: Sammy Watkins
Rookie MVP - Defense: DT DeShawn Williams
This home-grown talent positioned himself to move into a starting role next season. He's our favorite in the clubhouse to start at defensive tackle beside Tyler Shatley.
Heading into the Orange Bowl, Williams had 20 tackles in just 114 snaps, two of which were behind the line of scrimmage.