National Champions

National Champions

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring Game Stat and Awards Recap

Spring Game Stats and Awards

The Orange defeated the White 23-20 Saturday afternoon in front of 28,000 fans in Memorial Stadium.

The Tigers were led in rushing by Mike Bellamy, who rushed for 55 yards on 8 carries. Junior Rod McDowell had 36 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Sophomore DJ Howard had 31 yards on 12 carries.

Tajh Boyd was 20-26 for 229 yards and two touchdowns to go along with one interception. Cole Stoudt, trying to nail down the backup QB position, was 14-23 for 99 yards and 1 touchdown to go along with 1 interception. Morgan Roberts was 14-24 for 149 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception.

Deandre Hopkins led the Tigers in receiving with 7 catches for 120 yards and 1 touchdown. The talented group of freshman receivers Clemson had last year are now moving into their Sophomore year and their roles appear to be expanding. Charone Peake had 5 catches for 75 yards, Martavis Bryant had 7 catches for 74 yards and a TD, and Adam Humphries had 5 catches for 30 yards. Sammy Watkins had 6 catches for 66 yards.

Bradley Pinion led the Tigers in punting with a 44.3 yard average. Spencer Benton averaged 38.2 yards per punt on Saturday.

Spencer Shuey, Garry Peters, Xavier Brewer all had interceptions for the Tigers. Jonathan Meeks added two interceptions to his performance on Saturday.

Robert Smith led the Tigers in tackles on Saturday with 10. Martin Jenkins, Bashaud Breeland, and Specer Shuey all had 8 tackles. Justin Parker and Travis Blanks had 7 tackles apiece.

Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett both had 2 sacks for the Tigers on Saturday.

Dabo Swinney announced the winners of Clemson Spring Game awards during halftime of the Spring Game on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Below is a list of the awards that were presented.

Most Improved Awards
Quarterback: Morgan Roberts
Running Back: Roderick McDowell
Wide Receiver: DeAndre Hopkins
Offensive Lineman: Gifford Timothy
Tight End: Stanton Seckinger
Defensive Tackle: Grady Jarrett
Defensive End: Vic Beasley
Linebacker: Lateek Townsend
Cornerback: Darius Robinson
Safety: Xavier Brewer
Impact Freshman of the Spring: Travis Blanks
Kicker/Specialist: Chandler Catanzaro
Offensive Walk-On: Matt Porter
Defensive Walk-On: Dante Stewart

Special Awards from 2011 Season
Joe Francis Football Leadership Award: Dwayne Allen
Renwick Flanders Most Improved Player: Chandler Catanzaro
Edisto Clemson Club Offensive MVP of USC Game: Andre Ellington
IFC Defensive Player of USC Game: Rashard Hall
Bank of America-Hamilton Offensive MVP: Tajh Boyd
Morrow Defensive MVP: Andre Branch
Danny Ford Scholarship Award: Dawson Zimmerman

Strength Training Awards
Top Performers
Offensve Guards and Centers: Kalon Davis
Offensive Tackles: Gifford Timothy
Tight Ends: Darrell Smith
Wide Receivers: DeAndre Hopkins
Running Backs: Rod McDowell
Quarterbacks: Morgan Roberts
Defensive Ends: Corey Crawford
Defensive Tackles: Josh Watson
Linebackers: Justin Parker
Defensive Backs: Jonathan Meeks
Snappers/Punters/Kickers: Michael Sobeski

Top Reserve Performers
Offense: Wes Forbush
Defense: Collins Mauldin

Next Level Performance Champions
Power Group: Patrick Destefano-Offensive Line
Big Skill Group: Spencer Shuey—Linebackers
Skill and Specialist Group: Sam Van Gieson—Snapper

Power Hour Dedication Award
Offensive Lineman: Ryan Norton

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