The vote wasn’t even close. In a landslide, C.J. Spiller was named the ACC player of the year Wednesday. The senior running back and all-purpose player picked up 29 of the 40 first place votes. Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who Spiller and the Tigers will play Saturday in the ACC Championship game in Tampa, finished second with eight votes.
Spiller is the first Clemson player to earn POY honors since Michael Dean Perry in 1987. Spiller was also named the league’s offensive player of the year.
Clemson junior saftey DeAndre McDaniel finished tied for second in the defensive player of the year voting. Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan was first. Former Fort Dorchester standout and North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn was tied with McDaniel in the voting.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced Wednesday night the school will retire Spiller’s number sometime next season.
AUDIO: Dabo Swinney & CJ Spiller News Conference