Honor Roll: Catman delivers, Tajh dazzles, Nuk sizzles, Goodman dominates

Tigers step up on both sides of the line of scrimmage in 25-24 Clemson victory

Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey tackles LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. during the fourth quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

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Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey tackles LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. during the fourth quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

Honor Roll

Chandler Catanzaro: Catman refuses to be iced, nails 37-yarder to win the game as time expires. Finishes the season 18-of-19. Dabo Swinney told us so.

Tajh Boyd: One of the bowl season's 'wow' performances - 36-of-50 passing, 346 yards, two touchdowns, clutch all the way. He carried the football 29 times, took a beating, and kept rising to the occasion in a big-game breakthrough and a springboard for next year's Heisman.

DeAndre Hopkins: He delivered again and again - 13 catches, 191 yards, two touchdowns, and the fourth-and-16 play of the game (with a little help from Boyd). Not to mention records galore.

Brandon Ford: Nine catches for 69 yards. Is there a better tight end in America?

Adam Humphries: No big plays, but otherwise he played Sammy Watkins' role to perfection, with eight catches.

Andre Ellington: He finished with 50 hard-earned yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry against one of the nation's top defenses.

Spencer Benton: He gave the Tigers a bit of everything - two touchbacks, a 43.3 punting average, and a perfect spot on the game-winning field goal.

Rashard Hall: He finished the game as the Tigers' top tackler with nine.

Malliciah Goodman: He saved his best for last - three tackles, all sacks, and a crucial PBU bat-down.

Grady Jarrett: He's a tough man to block - four tackles and a pair of sacks.

Spencer Shuey: The Tigers' mainstay in the middle, he had seven tackles and a sack.

Tig Willard: Tough against the run, with strong pursuit, four tackles and a sack.

Travis Blanks: Solid play from start to finish, with an interception.

Isaiah Battle: He helped stop the bleeding after Gifford Timothy went down with an early injury.

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MoncksTater writes:

Probably the best Clemson game I have ever attended..and @ 43 there have been a few. Defense was spectacular and that offense is a force when they click. I hope Tajh has Nuk and Sammy both back this year...Brent Venables was a good hire by Dabo ...ive been waiting for a total effort by these kids...and we got one. Proud of these TIGERS

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