C.J. Spiller Named 2009 ACC Player of the Year
Dec. 2, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - C.J. Spiller ran away with the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year award.
The Clemson all-purpose threat was named Wednesday as the league's top player 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 - and had passing, rushing and receiving TDs in one game, a victory against North Carolina State.
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. Spiller led the ACC with an average of nearly 184 all-purpose yards and was the league's fourth-leading rusher, averaging 76 yards.
Spiller is the seventh Tiger to be named player of the year and the first since Michael Dean Perry in 1987.
2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Voting
C.J. Spiller, rb-spc, Clemson (29)
2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year Voting
C.J. Spiller, rb-spc, Clemson (24)
2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year Voting
Derrick Morgan, de, Georgia Tech (21)