Football Award Winners Announced

Clemson held its annual football banquet on Saturday, January 10 at The Madren Center on the Clemson campus. Head Coach Dabo Swinney and his staff presented many awards for the 2008 season.

Running back C.J. Spiller carried off the most hardware. The junior who was named first-team All-ACC was named the most valuable player on offense, was named a first-team Strength All-American and also was the co-recipient of the Vickery Hall Award for academic accomplishment.

Spiller made the Dean's List in addition to his first-team All-ACC honors on the field, the first Clemson player to do both in the same semester since Kyle Young in 2000. Brandon Maye, a first-team freshman All-America linebacker, also made the Dean's List and was a co-recipient with Spiller of the Vickery Hall Award.

Michael Hamlin was named the Most Valuable Player of the Defense. Hamlin finished he year with 110 tackles and six interceptions. He ranked 10th in the nation in interceptions.

Other Awards are listed below:

Offensive Awards:
Solid Rock Award—Quarterbacks: Cullen Harper
Solid Rock Award—Running Backs: James Davis
Solid Rock Award—Wide Receiver: Aaron Kelly
Solid Rock Award-Tight Ends: Michael Palmer
Solid Rock Award: Offensive Line Thomas Austin
Hustle Award: Tyler Grisham
12th Man Award: Bobby Hutchinson
Iron Man Award: Chad Diehl
Rookie of the Year: Mason Cloy
Special Teams: Nelson Faerber
Scout Team: Rennie Moore
Offensive MVP: C.J. Spiller

Defensive Awards:
Solid Rock Award Defensive Back Chris Chancellor
Solid Rock Award: Outside LB DeAndre McDaniel
Solid Rock Award: Inside LB Kavell Conner
Solid Rock Award: Defensive Line Dorell Scott
Hustle Award: Jock McKissic
12th Man Award: Byron Maxwell
Iron Man Award: Chris Clemons
Rookie of the Year: Da'Quan Bowers, Brandon Maye
Special Teams: Byron Maxwell
Scout Team Player of the Year: Preston Stone
Defensive MVP: Michael Hamlin
Specialist of the Year: Mark Buchholz

Academic Awards
Top GPA, Freshman Class: Dawson Zimmerman
Top GPA, Sophomore Class: Caleb Simmons
Top GPA, Junior: Michael Wade
Top GPA, Senior: Brian Hill
Top GPA, Team: Jimmy Maners

Vickery Hall Academic Award
C.J. Spiller, Brandon Maye

Strength All-Americans: C.J. Spiller, Chris Clemons

Strength Room Dedication Awards: Kavell Conner, Thomas Austin Top Stories