Clemson running back CJ. Spiller is one of 30 players on the Walter Camp Foundation “players to watch” list for its prestigious 2009 Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. The Walter Camp Foundation will announce 10 semifinalists in November and the recipient will be announce on ESPN on December 10. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual awards banquet on January 18, 2010 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
The award was won by Texas quarterback Colt McCoy last year and he is among the 30 players on the preseason list this year. Each of the 119 Division I coaches and each of the Division I sports information directors vote on the award.
Spiller and Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer are the only two ACC players on the list. Those two players will meet on the same field in Atlanta on September 10 when Clemson faces Georgia Tech in a nationally televised Thursday night game on ESPN.
Spiller was a first-team All-ACC kick returner and second-team All-ACC running back last year when he had 1065 yards from scrimmage. He led the ACC in all-purpose running with 1770 yards and needs just 921 all-purpose yards this year to become the ACC’s career leader. He is already the Clemson career record holder in that area with 4908.
Spiller holds 12 Clemson records, including most touchdowns of 50 yards or more (12) and most touchdowns of 80 yards or more (seven). He ranks ninth in Clemson history in career rushing yards with 2335. As a receiver he needs just 13 receptions to become the second running back in school history with at least 100 receptions.
Spiller and Dwyer were both named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list earlier in the week.
2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Watch List”
Jahvid Best, RB, Junior, California
Arrelious Benn, WR, Junior, Illinois
Eric Berry, DB, Junior, Tennessee
Sam Bradford, QB, Junior, Oklahoma
LaGarrette Blount, RB, Senior, Oregon
Dez Bryant, WR, Junior, Oklahoma State
Daryll Clark, QB, Senior, Penn State
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Junior, Georgia Tech
Mardy Gilyard, WR, Senior, Cincinnati
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Senior, Oklahoma
Max Hall, QB, Senior, Brigham Young
Tim Hiller, QB, Senior, Western Michigan
Jerry Hughes, DE, Senior, TCU
Kendell Hunter, RB, Junior, Oklahoma State
MiQuale Lewis, RB, Senior, Ball State
Taylor Mays, DB, Senior, USC
Colt McCoy, QB, Senior, Texas
Kellen Moore, QB, Sophomore, Boise State
Todd Reesing, QB, Senior, Kansas
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Sophomore, Oregon State
Evan Royster, RB, Senior, Penn State
George Selvie, DE, Senior, South Florida
Jordan Shipley, WR, Senior, Texas
Rusty Smith, QB, Senior, Florida Atlantic
Jevan Snead, QB, Junior, Mississippi
Brandon Spikes, LB, Senior, Florida
C.J. Spiller, RB, Senior, Clemson
Golden Tate, WR, Junior, Notre Dame
Tim Tebow, QB, Senior, Florida
Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Senior, Missouri