Top 10 Clemson athletes in 2013

With just a few days left on the calendar in 2013, CUTigers takes a look at the top 10 Clemson athletes we've covered this year.

Players from the 2012-13 basketball team, 2013 baseball team, 2013 football team and 2013-14 basketball team were considered for the inaugural list.

1

Sammy Watkins
After a pretty rough 2012, Watkins was back to his usual spectacular self in just about every game he appeared in this year. One of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Watkins was named first-team All-American by AFCA and second-team by AP, Athlon, CBSSports.com, Lindy's, USA Today and Walter Camp. Watkins was selected to the All-ACC first-team by both the coaches and media. He's had seven 100-yard receiving games this season and caught touchdown passes in eight games. Though 12 games, he has 85 catches for 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns.

2

Tajh Boyd
Boyd came back to Clemson for his senior season with sky-high expectations. While his goals of a Heisman Trophy and National Championship won't come true, he had a strong final year at Clemson. Boyd was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Manning Award and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award. Voted second-team All-ACC by the coaches and media, Boyd has completed 253 of 373 passes for 3,473 yards with 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also has 273 yards rushing and nine rushing touchdowns.


McDaniels is playing at an All-ACC first-team leavel so far this season.

3

K.J. McDaniels
The year started off well for McDaniels, who finished last season second among Clemson scorers with 10.9 per game and third with 5.0 rebounds. He was also first on the team with blocked shots and second in the ACC with 2.0 per game. McDaniels parlayed his strong sophomore season into summer trips to the LeBron James and Kevin Durant skills camps. During Clemson's summer tour in Italy, McDaniels averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. His junior season has started of well, too. McDaniels leads Clemson with 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest, ranking ninth and 16th in the respective categories among ACC players. He leads the league in blocks per game with 2.9.

4

Garrett Boulware
Boulware nearly won the team Triple Crown by leading Clemson with homers, RBI and batting average. He did hit two of the marks, leading the Tigers in homers [eight] and RBI [45]. Boulware finished second in batting average at .308. Named team MVP, Boulware was voted to the ACC's Tournament team.

5

Vic Beasley
Beasley was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award and a semifinalist for the Lombardi and Bednarik Awards. Named first-team All-American by Athlon, CBSSports.com, SI, The Sporting News, USA Today and Walter Camp, he was also a second-team pick by AP. Voted to the All-ACC first-team by the coaches and media, Beasley has 39 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 10 quarterback pressures, six pass breakups, four forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery this season.

6

Daniel Gossett
Clemson's pitchers posted a 3.21 ERA last season, the Tigers' best number since 1996, and Gossett was a big reason why. The Friday starter, Gossett was named second-team All-ACC after posting 10-4 record with a 2.56 ERA. He gave up 78 hits [.213 opponents' batting average] and 38 walks with 91 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings pitched over 16 starts.

7

Roderick McDowell
McDowell has made the most of his first season as the starting running back for Dabo Swinney. A third-team All-ACC pick by the coaches and media, McDowell has rushed for 956 yards and five touchdowns on 177 caries. He's also caught 25 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

8

Devin Booker
Booker certainly saved his best for last at Clemson. As a senior, he led Clemson in scoring and rebounding during the 2012-13 season with 13.1 points and 7.5 boards. Named to the All-ACC third-team after last season, Booker signed to the Washington Wizards' summer league team, Booker is now playing in France for SLUC.

9

Steven Duggar
The starter in rightfield for all 62 games last season, Duggar was named Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He had a team-high nine outfield assists and 124 putouts with just one error. At the plate, Duggar hit .300 with 10 doubles, two triples, two homers, 30 RBI and 39 runs.

10

Rod Hall
Hall was second on the team with 29.8 minutes per game last season. He led the team with 110 assists and was first with a 1.83 assist-to-turnover ratio and was third with 29 steals. His shooting has improved this season. Second on the team with 10.5 points per game, Hall is shooting 52 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free-throw line.

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