Spiller enjoying Heisman spotlight

CLEMSON - The campaign trail for C.J. Spiller's Heisman Trophy push had taken a slight detour before he racked up another big-time all-purpose day last weekend.

Spiller set a school record by picking up 310 all-purpose yards in Saturday's 40-37 win at Miami. He had 125 yards on kick off returns, 104 yards on six receptions and 81 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns. The all-purpose output tied the FBS season-high for one game and started turning the heads of some Heisman voters across the country.

It's not that Spiller's year hasn't been consistent week in and week out. He leads the nation with 208 all-purpose yards per game. He's also had a play for over 60 yards in each game.

Unable to ignore the talk and the life-sized poster, Spiller's got friends, family, classmates, teammates, media and fans--somebody is always wanting to talk Heisman.

A modest individual, he's not modest in admitting what he wants.

"I'm not going to shy away from the opportunity," Spiller said. "I'm not going to sit here and act like it's not important to me. It's very important to not only me, but to my team. That's not to sound cocky. I'm just confident in my ability to perform."

Spiller believes that anyone who plays the game of football with the love and passion that he does should believe they're the best.

"Each week, I try to go out and prove that I'm the best player in the country," he said.

Coach Dabo Swinney believes no one is more deserving of the Heisman. He doesn't care if Spiller doesn't play another snap this year. His resume through seven games speaks for itself, in Swinney's opinion.

"I don't know of anybody in the country who has played better than C.J. Spiller," Swinney said. "If we can have the type of team success we need, certainly that will help him in that regard.

"That's not C.J. Spiller's focus. Not one time he's mentioned the words Heisman Trophy to me."

Swinney said Spiller wants to win the division, beat South Carolina, win the conference title, and win the bowl game--the four remaining goals for the Tigers this year.

"All he cares about is winning," Swinney said.

That's why he implores his players to watch how Spiller goes about his business, both on and off the field.

"He's the kind of role model we should all look up to," Swinney said.

If Clemson is able to successfully mark those four goals off this year's list, chances are Spiller could have an invite to New York this December.

"Hopefully, all the individual stuff will come for everyone that's on this team that is up for awards. The main thing for us to do is just go out and have fun," he said.

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