Boyd, Watkins, Beasley, Shuey, Catanzaro honored as 2013 MVPs

Bill Smith receives Brian Dawkins Lifttime Achievement Award at Tigers' recognition banquet

Football Awards - Head coach Dabo Swinney introduces the 2013 season permanent team captains: Quandon Christian, Spencer Shuey, Darius Robinson, Tyler Shatley, Brandon Thomas and Tajh Boyd

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Football Awards - Head coach Dabo Swinney introduces the 2013 season permanent team captains: Quandon Christian, Spencer Shuey, Darius Robinson, Tyler Shatley, Brandon Thomas and Tajh Boyd

Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Spencer Shuey, Vic Beasley and Chandler Catanzaro all received most valuable player honors at Clemson’s 2013 season football banquet. The event was held Saturday night, Jan. 11 at the Madren Center in Clemson.

Boyd and Watkins were named MVPs of the offense, Beasley and Shuey were named MVPs of the defense, and Catanzaro for the special teams. Boyd leaves Clemson as the ACC’s career leader in touchdown passes (107) , touchdowns rushing and passing (133) and passing efficiency (155.3). Watkins set Clemson records this year for receptions (101) and reception yards (1464), and was a first-team All-American for the third straight year.

Beasley ranked in the top three in the nation in sacks (13) and tackles for loss (23) and was named a consensus first-team All-American. Shuey was second on the team in tackles and ranked second in the nation in fumble recoveries with four, including one in the fourth quarter of the victory over Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl. Catanzaro finished his Clemson career with 405 points, second in ACC history and first in Clemson history. He made 39 of his last 41 field goals.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Smith. Dawkins, who retired two years ago after a 16-year NFL career that included nine selections to the Pro Bowl, was on hand to make the presentation.

Smith was a starter on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team and had 10 tackles in the victory over Nebraska. He has gone on to a 30-year career in commercial real estate. He has been a member of the Clemson Board of Trustees since 1996. At the time of his selection he was just 36 years old, the youngest person selected to the board in its history.

Special Awards

MVPs: Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Spencer Shuey, Vic Beasley

Specialist of the Year: Chandler Catanzaro

Hustle Awards: Adam Humphries, Spencer Shuey, Robert Smith

12th Man Awards: Cole Stoudt, Martin Jenkins

Iron Man Awards: Ryan Norton, Tyler Shatley, Grady Jarrett

Most Improved: Martavis Bryant, Stephone Anthony, Corey Crawford

Rookies of the Year: Mike Williams, Shaq Lawson, Jayron Kearse

Scout Team players of the year: Adrien Dunn, Nick Schuessler, Chad Richardson, Marcus Bullard

Special Teams MVPs: T.J. Green, Tony Steward

Future Impact Players: C.J. Davidson, Mike Williams, Jayron Kearse, Shaq Lawson

Brian Dawkins Leadership Award: Bill Smith

Spiritual Leadership: Chandler Catanzaro

P.A.T. Award: Tyler Shatley

2013 Permanent Captains: Tajh Boyd, Tyler Shatley, Brandon Thomas, Quandon Christian, Darius Robinson, Spencer Shuey

Solid Rock Awards

(Most consistent and dependable players by position)

QB: Tajh Boyd

RB: Rod McDowell

WR: Sammy Watkins

TE: Darrell Smith

OL: Brandon Thomas

LB: Stephone Anthony

DB: Bashaud Breeland

DL: Grady Jarrett

DE: Corey Crawford

>Academic Awards

Top GPA Freshmen: Quinton Hall

Top GPA Sophomores: Alex Burdette

Top GPA Juniors: Corbin Jenkins

Top GPA Seniors: Zach Fulmer

Top GPA Overall: Andrew Maass

Vickery Hall Awards: Rod Byers, Stephone Anthony, Isaiah Battle

Weight Room Awards

Strength All-American: Brandon Thomas

Dedication Awards: Spencer Shuey, Tyler Shatley

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Clemorange writes:

Thanks for being a tiger guys! Good luck in the pros and your future endeavors. Come back as successes and help us commit some other top players!!!

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