Thursday, December 3, 2009

SPILLER NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

C.J. Spiller, the Clemson all-purpose threat, was named ACC Player of the Year following a vote of 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Spiller received 29 votes to outdistance Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who had eight. Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, the league's rookie of the year, had two votes and Yellow Jackets defensive end Derrick Morgan had one.

Separate ballots were cast for the offensive, defensive and overall player of the year awards. Spiller had 24 votes in offensive player of the year voting to Nesbitt's 10. Morgan was the top defensive player with 21 votes in that category, and North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn and Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel had seven votes apiece.

Spiller was the nation's only player this season to account for touchdowns five different ways - rushing, passing, receiving, and on kick and punt returns. He returned four kickoffs and a punt for scores this year and has eight total returns for TDs during his career.

He scored at least once in every game this season while leading Clemson to the Atlantic Division title and a spot in the league title game against Georgia Tech.

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