CUTigers midseason awards

Halfway through the 2013 campaign, Clemson sits at a perfect 6-0 [4-0 ACC] with a No. 3 ranking. Here are the players who've made their presence known.

MVP - Offense

QB Tajh Boyd - Who else would it be?

The reigning ACC Player of the Year is off to yet another solid start in what will be his final season in a Clemson uniform. He's completed 123 of 185 passes for 1,783 yards with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. On the ground, Boyd is second on the team with 187 yards rushing. But he's first with five rushing touchdowns.

More importantly, his team is 6-0 heading into this weekend's Top 5 showdown with division rival Florida State.

After Saturday's win over Boston College, Boyd is now the all-time leader in passing yards in Clemson history with 9,836 yards. He's fourth in ACC history in that category. Also second in total offense in ACC history, Boyd has 10,788 yards in his career, trailing only Philip Rivers.

MVP - Defense

DE Vic Beasley - As expected, the nation's sack leader plays his college ball in the state of South Carolina. And his name isn't Jadeveon Clowney.

Beasley made a big splash in 2012, leading Clemson with eight sacks. Through six games in 2013, he's already got nine.

And he's not just a pass rushing specialist anymore. Beasley has evolved into a true, every-down defensive end. He's sixth among all Tiger defenders with 20 tackles.

Grady Jarrett warrants a mention here, too. Last year's co-MVP, according to the Clemson coaches, continues to play at a very high level.

Most Improved - Offense

RB Zac Brooks - The project of converting Brooks from high school wide receiver to college running back continues to be a work in progress, but he's shown flashes this season.

Aside from his fumble against Boston College, Brooks has taken care of the football, which has been a point of emphasis for him since arriving to Clemson in January of 2012.

Brooks has 34 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He's also caught four passes for 75 yards and a score.

Most Improved - Defense

MLB Stephone Anthony - There's no doubt about it: Anthony is playing the best ball of his Clemson career.

The man Brent Venables once called a "prototypical middle linebacker" is second among Clemson defenders with 42 tackles. He's also second on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

If Anthony isn't playing at an All-ACC level right now, he's knocking on the door.

Rookie MVP - Offense

WR Mike Williams - Germone Hopper is a worthy candidate for this award, but a bulk of his production was against S.C. State. Plus, he's missed two games, one of which was a suspension.

Williams has caught eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown. And he continues to push Martavis Bryant for snaps at the 9-position.

Williams will continue to play an important role in the wide receiver rotation, so he has staying power as the Rookie MVP.

Rookie MVP - Defense

DE Shaquille Lawson - Though Anthony got the nod for the Most Improved defensive player, Corey Crawford was in the conversation. His improved play could, in part, have something to do with Lawson making a push for playing time the day he stepped on campus.

Lawson, who suffered a dislocated shoulder against Boston College, ¬has 16 tackles and two sacks this season. Top Stories