The last No. 28 at Clemson

CLEMSON - C.J. Spiller will be the last player in Clemson football history to wear No. 28.

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That news came on the Wednesday, the same day he was named ACC Player and Offensive Player of the Year. Coach Dabo Swinney said Spiller will also be inducted in the ring of honor.

"We will have him back sometime next year to officially retire his jersey," Swinney said. "We look forward to seeing him finish strong because he's not done yet."

Spiller admitted that he was emotional upon reading the text message sent from Clemson sports information director Tim Bourrett.

The memory of this past January flooded Spiller's thoughts as he remembered what kind of dedication it took for him to get to that moment. Mulling between early entry in the NFL Draft and a senior season, there's nothing he can speak of that's made him regret his decision.

The award adds to that, but for him, it's not an individual accomplishment.

"I couldn't have done it without my teammates. I've got 10 other guys, no I've got 21 other guys, including my defense," he said.

Plus, there's all the former teammates he shed plenty of blood and sweat with to get the award.

Already named to the ACC first-team as a specialist and the second team as a running back a day earlier, Spiller believes he's an example to younger players how to be successful on and off the field.

And for him, the season's not complete without an ACC title and a berth in the Orange Bowl.

"I've been so focused on trying to make sure I'm preparing the best way I can to help my team win on Saturday," Spiller said.

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