On their way to early exits to the National Football League, Da'Quan Bowers and Jamie Harper picked up Clemson's highest awards for the 2010 season during the Tigers' annual football awards banquet Saturday night at the Madren Center.
The event was held in conjunction with Clemson biggest official-visits weekend of the recruiting season.
Awards were presented for performance on the field, in the strength training facility and in the classroom.
Bowers was named MVP on defense and overall team MVP. The first-team unanimous All-American led the nation in quarterback sacks with 15.5 and was second in tackles for loss with 26. He established a school record with nine consecutive games with a sack and finished the season second on the team in tackles with 74.
Bowers, who won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player and the Ted Hendricks as the nation's best defensive end, is being widely projected as the likely No. 1 draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in April.
Harper – who, like Bowers, recently announced his intentions to enter the NFL draft - was honored as Clemson's offensive MVP. Harper led the team in rushing yards (760), yards from scrimmage (1088) and all-purpose yards (1131). He was second in touchdowns with 10 and had 35 receptions, second best in school history for a running back.
Punter Dawson Zimmerman was named specialist of the year, and Quandon Christian and DeAndre Hopkins were named rookies of the year. Joe Craig, Demont Buice, Bashaud Breeland and Ryan Pruitt were named scout team MVPs.
Marcus Gilchrist was honored as a Strength and Conditioning All-American and was named as a permanent team captain, as were Jarvis Jenkins, Chris Hairston, Mike Wade and DeAndre McDaniel.
Clemson Football Awards, 2010
Offensive Solid Rock Awards
Running Back - Andre Ellington
Wide Receiver - Jaron Brown
Tight End - Dwayne Allen
Quarterback - Kyle Parker
Offensive Line - Chris Hairston
Hustle Award - Chad Diehl
12th Man Award - Mason Cloy and Brandon Ford
Iron Man Award - Landon Walker
Rookie of the Year - DeAndre Hopkins
Future Impact Player - Tajh Boyd
Special Teams - Mike Wade
Scout Team Player - Joe Craig and Demont Buice
MVP - Jamie Harper
Defensive Solid Rock Awards
Defensive Back - Marcus Gilchrist
Defensive Tackle - Jarvis Jenkins
Defensive End - Andre Branch
Linebacker - Corico Hawkins
Hustle Award - Rashard Hall
12th Man Award - Xavier Brewer
Iron Man Award - DeAndre McDaniel
Rookie of the Year - Quandon Christian
Future Impact Player - Mallicah Goodman
Special Teams - Byron Maxwell
Scout Team - Bashaud Breeland and Ryan Pruitt
Most Valuable - Da’Quan Bowers
Specialist of the Year - Dawson Zimmerman, Punter
Overall Team MVP - Da’Quan Bowers
Highest GPA Freshman - Chandler Catanzaro
Highest GPA Sophomore - Matt Skinner
Highest GPA Junior - Brandon Maye
Highest GPA Senior - Caleb Simmons
Highest GPTA Team - Dawson Zimmerman
Vickery Hall Awards - Antoine McClain, Tyler Shatley, Tig Willard, Andre Ellington
Spiritual Leadership Award - Xavier Dye
Strength Training Awards
Strength All-American - Marcus Gilchrist
Strength Dedication Award - Marcus Gilchrist and Chad Diehl
Permanent Captains - Marcus Gilchrist, Chris Hairston, Jarvis Jenkins, DeAndre McDaniel, Mike Wade