Clemson Football Award Winners for 2007

In December, Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper and safety Michael Hamlin were named permanent captains of the Clemson football team. On Saturday they were honored as the offensive and defensive most valuable players for the 2007 season.

Those were just two of the awards presented Saturday night at the football's 2007 team banquet at the Madren Center.

Harper was named the offensive MVP after establishing 22 school records last year. He threw 27 touchdown passes to establish a school record and completed 65 percent of his passes for 2991 yards. He led the ACC in passing efficiency, just the fourth quarterback in Clemson history to lead the ACC in passing. Hamlin was second on the team in tackles with 97 and led the team in turnovers forced with six. He was a big reason Clemson ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense and total defense.

C.J. Spiller was named the special teams MVP for 2007. Spiller finished the year 14th in the nation in kickoff returns with a 29-yard average. He became the first player in Clemson history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in consecutive games when he scored against Duke and Wake Forest. He became just the second Clemson player in history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season. Spiller led the Tigers in all-purpose yardage with 132.5 yards per game. He was named the offensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He had an 83-yard touchdown run in that game, the longest play of any kind in Clemson bowl game history.

Harper and Hamlin are juniors, while Spiller is a sophomore. All three will return next year to lead the Clemson team. The Tigers return 16 starters for next year, plus Spiller who was technically not a starter in 2007.

Clemson Football Award Winners for 2007
Presented January 12, 2008

Category Offense Defense
Hustle Award Tyler Grisham Chris Chancellor

12th Man Award
Brandon Pilgrim Jamie Cumbie

Iron Man Award
Michael Palmer Cortney Vincent

Rookie of the Year
Chris Hairston DeAndre McDaniel

Scout Team Player of Year
Jermaine Martin Brandon Clear

MVP
Cullen Harper Michael Hamlin

Special Teams MVP
C.J. Spiller

Solid Rock Award (Most consistent and dependable players by Position)
Quarterbacks Cullen Harper
Running Backs James Davis
Wide Receivers Aaron Kelly
Tight Ends Michael Palmer
Offensive Line Barry Richardson
Defensive Backs Chris Clemons
Outside Linebackers Tramaine Billie
Defensive Line Phillip Merling

Academic Awards
Top GPA (Freshmen) Caleb Simmons
Top GPA (Sophomores) Michael Wade
Top GPA (Juniors) Brian Hill
Top GPA (Seniors) Jimmy Maners
Top GPA (Team) Tyler Stone
Most Improved: Chris Chancellor, Crezdon Butler
Vickery Hall Award: C.J. Spiller, Darius Gaither

Weight Room Awards
Strength All-American Cullen Harper
Dedication Awards Michael Hamlin, Tyler Grisham

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