Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ESPN-DINICH: SPILLER SIXTH IN HEISMAN VOTING

ESPN’s top notch ACC blogger, Heather Dinich tell us that Clemson’s C.J. Spiller wasn’t completely ignored by the Heisman voters. Maybe that makes him feel a little better…

Accordign to Dinich: He finished sixth, tied for the highest finish by a Clemson football player. Steve Fuller finished in a tie for sixth with Ted Brown of NC State in 1978 and that is the only other top 10 Heisman finish by a Clemson player.

Spiller had 26 first-place votes, 31 second-place votes and 83 third-place votes in recording 223 total Heisman points. He was named to 140 of the 925 ballots. He was 167 points behind Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. The 26 first-place votes and 223 voting points were also the most ever by a Clemson player.

A few more quick notes on the Heisman voting for you, from a league-wide perspective:
• Spiller was the first ACC player to finish in the top six of the Heisman race since 2000 when Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke won the award. Since 1992, the only other ACC players (in the league the year of the voting) to finish in the top six were Joe Hamilton of Georgia Tech (2nd in 1999), Warrick Dunn of Florida State (5th in 1996), and Charlie Ward of Florida State (first in 1993).

• Spiller’s 26 first-place votes and 223 voting points were also the most by an ACC player since Weinke won the award in 2000.

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