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.
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
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
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