CLEMSON, SC - Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Spencer Shuey, Vic Beasley and Chandler Catanzaro all received most valuable player honors at Clemson's 2013 season football banquet. The event was held Saturday night, Jan. 11 at the Madren Center in Clemson.
Boyd and Watkins were named MVPs of the offense, Beasley and Shuey were named MVPs of the defense, and Catanzaro for the special teams. Boyd leaves Clemson as the ACC's career leader in touchdown passes (107), touchdowns rushing and passing (133) and passing efficiency (155.3). Watkins set Clemson records this year for receptions (101) and reception yards (1464), and was a first-team All-American for the third straight year.
Beasley ranked in the top three in the nation in sacks (13) and tackles for loss (23) and was named a consensus first-team All-American. Shuey was second on the team in tackles and ranked second in the nation in fumble recoveries with four, including one in the fourth quarter of the victory over Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl. Catanzaro finished his Clemson career with 405 points, second in ACC history and first in Clemson history. He made 39 of his last 41 field goals.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award. Dawkins, who retired two years ago after a 16-year NFL career that included nine selections to the Pro Bowl, was on hand to make the presentation to Bill Smith.
Smith was a starter on Clemson's 1981 National Championship team and had 10 tackles in the victory over Nebraska. He has gone on to a 30-year career in commercial real estate. He has been a member of the Clemson Board of Trustees since 1996. At the time of his selection he was just 36 years old, the youngest person selected to the board in its history.
Football 2013 Award Winners
Presented January 11, 2014
Specialist of the Year
Hustle Award (offense)
12th Man Award (offense)
12th Man Award (defense)
Iron Man Award (defense)
Most Improved (offense)
Rookie of the Year (offense)
Special Teams MVP (offense)
Special Teams MVP (defense)
Brian Dawkins Leadership Award
Spiritual Leadership Award
(Most consistent and dependable players by position)
Quarterbacks - Tajh Boyd
Running Backs - Roderick McDowell
Wide Receivers - Sammy Watkins
Tight Ends - Darrell Smith
Offensive Line - Brandon Thomas
Defensive Backs - Bashaud Breeland
Linebackers - Stephone Anthony
Defensive Line - Grady Jarrett
Defensive Ends - Corey Crawford
WEIGHT ROOM AWARDS