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12/05/18 - (DT) - Christian Wilkins, Sr, 6-3, 315
2018 William V. Campbell Trophy Award Winner: Clemson star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins won the William V. Campbell Trophy on Tuesday night, an award honoring college football's top scholar-athlete. Wilkins earned a degree in communications last year, becoming the first scholarship football player from Clemson to graduate in 2 years. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in athletic leadership. He received an $18,000 in postgraduate scholarship by being one of 13 finalists and an additional $7,000 in scholarship money for winning the Campbell Trophy.

The other finalists were Army linebacker Kenneth Brinson; South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion; Grambling State linebacker De'Arius Christmas; Wisconsin safety D'Cota Dixon; North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley; St. Francis, Indiana, linebacker Piercen Harnish; Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley; Kansas State tackle Dalton Risner; Northern Illinois tackle Max Scharping; Wheaten linebacker Eric Stevenson; North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick; and Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill. - AP College Football

12/05/18 - (WR) - Hunter Renfrow, rSr, 5-10, 185
2018 BURLSWORTH TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow has won the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the top college football who began his career as a walk-on. Renfrow was chosen over finalists California running back Patrick Laird and Wyoming safety Marcus Epps. Renfrow has been a key contributor on four Clemson teams that have made the College Football Playoff. This season he has 41 receptions for 472 yards and a touchdown. In four seasons, Renfrow has 180 receptions for 2,061 yards and 15 touchdowns. The trophy is named in honor of former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who went from walk-on to All-American and was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the NFL draft by the Colts in 1999. Burlsworth was killed in a car accident 11 days after being drafted. - AP College Football


11/27/18 - (OT) - Mitch Hyatt, Sr, 6-5, 310
2018 JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Clemson senior offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt has been voted the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the second consecutive year, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Sunday. The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player selected the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league's head coaches and defensive coordinators. Hyatt becomes 13th repeat recipient of the award in league history and the first Clemson player to be recognized multiple times. This marks the ninth time in league history that a Tiger has claimed the trophy.

Hyatt, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound native of Suwanee, Georgia, is a four-year starter for the Tigers and has played more snaps from scrimmage than any player in program history. A third-team All-ACC selection as a freshman three years ago and a first-team honoree each of the previous two seasons, Hyatt won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy this year for his role in a Clemson offense leads the ACC and ranks among the nation's top 10 in scoring (45.7 ppg) and total yards per game (539.1). "I'm really proud of Mitch and really happy for him" Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "First of all, he came here with a lot of goals in mind. He came here to make Clemson better, and he's done that. He's leaving here being a part of four ACC Championship Games. He's a three-time champion, hopefully a four-time champion." Hyatt tackle has earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors three times this season. - Clemson Football

11/27/18 - (WR) - Tee Higgins, So, 6-3, 210
NOV 26 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Tee Higgins, Clemson, So., WR; Oak Ridge, Tenn.,...Higgins gained a season-high 142 yards on six receptions, including a 22-yard touchdown catch, in Saturday night's 56-35 win over rival South Carolina ... It marked his third 100-yard receiving performance of the season ... Second ACC Receiver of the Week accolade of 2018 for Higgins, who was previously recognized Sept. 10. - ACC Football


11/27/18 - (C) - Justin Falcinelli, rSr, 6-3, 315
NOV 26 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Justin Falcinelli, Clemson, Gr., C; Middletown, Md.,...Graded out at 93 percent with four knockdown blocks in the Tigers' 56-35 win over South Carolina ... Helped power Clemson to its third-highest single-game yardage total in school history, eclipsing 350 yards both passing and rushing in the contest. - ACC Football


11/27/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215
NOV 26 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., QB, Cartersville, Ga.,...Lawrence earned his fifth ACC Rookie of the Week honor after he completed 27-of-36 passes for a career-high 393 yards with one touchdown in Saturday night's 56-35 win over South Carolina ... Recorded the most passing yards by any Clemson player in its 116-game all-time series against the Gamecocks ... Become the first player in school history to engineer three touchdown drives of 95 yards or more in a single game. - ACC Football


11/27/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200
No. 2 Clemson placed five players on the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-league team. Running back Travis Etienne received a league-best 174 points in results announced Monday and determined by a vote of 46 media members and the league's 14 head coaches. Players received three points for a first-team vote, two for a second-team vote and one for a third-team selection. Etienne, who leads the conference with 1,307 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns, was joined by four repeat selections from 2017: offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt and defensive linemen Clelen Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence. North Carolina State's Ryan Finley was the first-team selection at quarterback and was joined in the backfield by Etienne and Boston College's AJ Dillon. - AP College Football


11/18/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200
Clemson finished perfect in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a less than perfect performance that still ended with another blowout. The No. 2 Tigers (11-0, 8-0, No. 2 CFP) beat Duke 35-6 on Saturday night, rebounding to win their six straight league game by at least 20 points after falling behind 6-0 and getting just one first down on their first three drives. The early struggles were almost refreshing for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who said he appreciated the challenge of making adjustments and motivating his team in the locker room at half. "You walk in, you win 35-6, and you have some people who are disappointed," Swinney said, smiling after the game.

Clemson finished the ACC season 8-0 for the second time in four seasons, The Tigers lost just one ACC game in 2016 and 2017, and will try to win a fourth straight conference title Dec. 1 against Pitt. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence was 0 for 7 on third downs in the first half and the Travis Etienne ran for just 4 yards as the Tigers led 14-6 at the break. But Etienne ran for 77 yards on four carries in the second half with touchdowns runs of 27 and 29 yards, and Lawrence broke it open with a 10-yard TD pass to T.J. Chase early in the fourth quarter - his final play in another Clemson blowout. Lawrence was 21 for 38 for 251 yards and two touchdowns. - AP College Football

11/12/18 - (DT) - Christian Wilkins, Sr, 6-3, 315
NOV 12 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Christian Wilkins, Clemson, Gr., DT; Springfield, Mass.,...Wilkins returned to his home state and played a key role as No. 2 Clemson nailed down its fourth straight ACC Atlantic Division title with Saturday night's 27-7 win at No. 17 Boston College ... Wilkins posted five tackles, including one for loss, as part of a defensive line that limited Boston College to nine rushing yards ... Also played on offense, appearing at running back on a play-action touchdown pass to tight end Milan Richard. - ACC Football


11/12/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215
NOV 12 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., QB; Cartersville, Ga.,...Fourth ACC Rookie of the Week selection for Lawrence, who posted career highs in completions (29) and pass attempts (40) in Clemson's 27-7 win at Boston College ... Accrued 295 passing yards and threw his ACC-leading 19th touchdown pass of the season in only his sixth start of the year. - ACC Football


11/11/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215
At the site of Dabo Swinney's first victory as the head coach of Clemson 10 years ago, the Tigers earned a milestone victory that shows what a superpower they have become. Trevor Lawrence threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score and No. 2 Clemson knocked Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown out of the game early on the way to routing the 17th-ranked Eagles 27-7 on Saturday night. The battle for first-place in the ACC Atlantic Division was not much of a fight. The Tigers (10-0, 7-0, No. 2 CFP) wrapped up a record fourth straight trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game as division champions and kept rolling toward another College Football Playoff appearance. "This group has kind of made history all year," Swinney said. Clemson's seniors have won 50 games, gone 23-1 in division play and 19-1 on the road. Boston College (7-3, 4-2) lost Brown on its first possession when the sophomore got off a third-and-9 pass, but was thrown to the turf by star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. Athletic trainers attended to Brown on the field and he walked to the sideline on his own. He wasn't there long before heading to the locker room. In the second quarter, it was announced he would not return. - AP College Football


11/03/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200
Travis Etienne rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns and 350-pound defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence add a 2-yard TD burst as No. 2 Clemson buried Louisville 77-16 on Saturday. The Tigers (6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 2 CFP) improved to 9-0 for the third time in four seasons and can wrap up their fourth ACC Atlantic Division title next week at Boston College. Trevor Lawrence threw a pair of early touchdowns for Clemson. Etienne went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark and scored his ACC-leading 15th touchdown. Tavien Feaster added 101 yards rushing for the Tigers. Freshman Lyn-J Dixon ran for 116 yards, the second time this season Clemson has had three runners with 100 or more yards. They finished with a season high 492 yards rushing. Etienne and Feaster put Clemson up 14-0 less than three minutes into the game and the Tigers never let up on Louisville (2-7, 0-6). - AP College Football


10/31/18 - (DT) - Christian Wilkins, Sr, 6-3, 315
Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill are among the 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to college football's top scholar-athlete. The finalists, chosen from all levels of the college football, receive $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The winner will be announced Dec. 4 at the National Football Foundation's and College Hall Fame's induction ceremony and awards dinner in New York. The winner receives an additional $7,000 in scholarship money. Past winners of the Campbell Trophy, which was established by the NFF in 1990, include Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow. - AP College Football


10/29/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215
OCT 29 ACC CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., QB, Cartersville, Ga.,...Lawrence earned his second consecutive ACC Rookie of the Week honor and his third of the season ... Lawrence completed 20 of 37 passes for a career-high 314 yards and tied his career high with four passing touchdowns in Saturday's 59-10 win at Florida State ... During the contest, he broke Deshaun Watson's school record for single-season passing yards and passing touchdowns by a true freshman, while also tying Watson's mark for wins as a starting quarterback by a first-year freshman with his four victories as a starter this season. - ACC Football


10/29/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200
Little changed when the top when the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll was released Sunday, but there were plenty of new entrants and plenty of movement. Alabama retained the top spot by getting all 60 first-place votes. Clemson remained No. 2 after its 59-10 thrashing at Florida State on Saturday. Notre Dame, LSU and Michigan retained spots three through five but seven teams entered the poll after being unranked, setting a record since the poll was expanded to 25 in 1989. Amongst the new entrants are No. 22 Syracuse, which is ranked for the first time since 2001. Syracuse's fellow ACC school Virginia entered the poll at No. 23 for its first ranking since 2011. Overall 11 ranked teams lost on Saturday, the most since the weekend of Nov. 26, 2016. Nine of the 11 ranked teams entering this weekend, creating room for upheaval among voters. Houston and Utah State entered the poll at 17th and 18th respectively. Ahead of Syracuse and Virginia are Fresno State and Mississippi St while Boston College returns to the at No. 24. - The Sports Xchange


10/22/18 - (OT) - Mitch Hyatt, Sr, 6-5, 310
OCT 22 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Mitch Hyatt, Clemson, Sr., OT, Suwanee, Ga.,...Hyatt earned his third ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honor of the season following his performance in the Tigers' 41-7 win over No. 16 NC State ... Graded out at 95 percent with two knockdowns blocks versus the Wolfpack ... Helped power Clemson to 471 yards of offense while tying the school record for most career starts by an offensive lineman (49). - ACC Football


10/22/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215
OCT 22 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., QB, Cartersville, Ga.,...Lawrence recorded career highs (and team season highs) in completions (26), attempts (39) and passing yards (308) with one touchdown in Saturday's 41-7 win over No. 16 NC State ... Posted Clemson's first 300-yard passing performance since Sept. 9, 2017 at Louisville ... Led Clemson to a 34-point victory that tied for the second-largest margin of victory against an AP Top 25 team in school history. - ACC Football


10/20/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215
Trevor Lawrence came in wanting to leave little doubt about No. 3 Clemson's championship goals this season and about his ability to take the Tigers there. He accomplished both Saturday in a 41-7 rout of No. 16 North Carolina State, helping Clemson dominate the showdown between the Atlantic Coast Conference's last remaining undefeated teams. "We just didn't want to leave any doubt that the game should've went a certain way," Lawrence said. "It was clear how we won the game by a good bit." And it was clear Lawrence, the strong-armed, long-haired freshman, has the goods to keep the Tigers out front.

He passed for a career best 308 yards including a 46-yard TD throw to Tee Higgins in his third college start. He directed three first-half drives of 50-plus yards as the Tigers took quick control of an expected tight contest. Travis Etienne ran for three touchdowns, increasing his ACC-leading total to 14 on the ground this season. Etienne said Clemson has adjusted well to Lawrence's leadership since he took over as starting quarterback. "Trevor is out there doing what he does," Etienne said. "We know what he can do and we're excited about it." The Tigers (7-0, 4-0) opened with seven straight wins for the third time in four seasons in topping the Wolfpack (5-1, 2-1) for the seventh consecutive season. - AP College Football

10/08/18 - (RB) - Lyn-J Dixon, Fr, 5-09, 195
OCT 8 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Lyn-J Dixon, Clemson, Fr., RB, Butler, Ga.,...Dixon gained a career-high 163 rushing yards on 10 carries in Saturday's 63-3 win over Wake Forest, including rushing touchdowns of 65 and 52 yards ... Helped Clemson post three rushers of 125-plus yards in a single game for the first time in program history. - ACC Football


10/06/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200
It didn't matter who took the handoffs for No. 4 Clemson. All those long touchdown runs added up to a historic day that would make their late teammate proud. Three Tigers rushed for at least 125 yards apiece, and the team rolled up 471 yards rushing in a 66-3 rout of Wake Forest on Saturday. They considered it a fitting tribute to C.J. Fuller, the running back on Clemson's national title team two years ago who died earlier in the week at age 22. "That's what coach (Dabo) Swinney was telling the team: 'C.J., I promise, was up there proud of his guys running the ball today," co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said. "Those guys wanted to honor him in the way that they play, and they did that today."

It was the first time in school history that Clemson (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had three players with at least that many yards apiece, and the first time since 2006 that they three in triple figures. The team rushing total was the program's best since 1981 and the fourth-best in its history. Travis Etienne rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns, Lyn-J Dixon rushed for 163 yards and two scores, and Adam Choice had 128 yards and a TD. Etienne scored on runs of 59, 3 and 70 yards while Dixon had touchdown runs of 65 and 52 yards, and Choice had a 64-yard TD run. - AP College Football

10/05/18 - (RB) - C.J. Fuller, rSr, 5-09, 205
RB C.J. Fuller, who finished his Clemson career in 2017, reportedly had chest pains and a seizure before he died on Wednesday night, according to media reports. The Clemson Insider was the first media outlet to report that the 22-year-old Fuller passed away following the seizure. "Fuller's brother called 911 after the RB collapsed to the ground and told the operator it appeared he was having a seizure," according to TMZ.com, which added that Fuller attended a physical therapy session hours before his death. Fuller reportedly sustained a knee injury playing flag football two weeks ago and on Wednesday attended his first therapy session after undergoing surgery late last month. After returning home, the website said, he collapsed and asked for water. An ambulance was called and Fuller was rushed to a hospital, but died a short time later.


10/01/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200
OCT 1 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Travis Etienne, Clemson, So., RB, Jennings, La.,...Etienne repeated as the ACC Running Back of the Week after leading Clemson's come-from-behind win over visiting Syracuse...Posted career highs in rushing attempts (27), rushing yards (203) and rushing touchdowns (three)...Recorded Clemson's first 200-yard rushing performance since Andre Ellington in the 2012 season opener. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football


10/01/18 - (OT) - Mitch Hyatt, Sr, 6-5, 310
OCT 1 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Mitch Hyatt, Clemson, Sr., OT, Suwanee, Ga.,...Hyatt graded out at 92 percent with two knockdown blocks in the Tigers' 27-23 win over Syracuse...Helped power Clemson to 293 rushing yards...Hyatt, who earned his second ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honor for the 2018 season, has now played the second-most career snaps from scrimmage in Clemson history. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football


09/29/18 - (RB) - Travis Etienne, So, 5-10, 200
With new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence knocked out of the game, Travis Etienne scored on a 2-yard run with 41 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give No. 3 Clemson a 27-23 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. Etienne had three TDs and a career-high 203 yards rushing to bail out the quarterback-depleted Tigers (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). They went from having one too many starting-caliber QBs earlier in the week to not enough by the second half against the Orange (4-1, 1-1).

Lawrence left his first career start late in the second quarter with a possible concussion. Lawrence was promoted to starter earlier in the week by coach Dabo Swinney and that prompted senior Kelly Bryant, who had started the first four games and led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff last year, to leave the team. That left one-time third-stringer Chase Brice to lead the comeback - and it looked bleak when Syracuse's Eric Dungey bulled his way in for a 1-yard score with 12:58 remaining to make it 23-13. Etienne's 26-yard touchdown run with 11:08 to go drew Clemson within a field goal and Brice, a redshirt freshman with just eight career passes, directed a 94-yard scoring drive that included a 20-yard completion on fourth-and-6 to keep things going. - AP College Football

09/29/18 - (QB) - Trevor Lawrence, Fr, 6-5, 215
QB Trevor Lawrence exited Saturday's game against Syracuse with about five minutes remaining in the first half after absorbing a head shot while scrambling along the sideline. Lawrence dropped back to pass under center, avoiding two tackles before moving to his left and running down the sideline. As he gained a few yards, Syracuse defensive back Evan Foster hit him near the ride side of his helmet. Lawrence was down for a few minutes before walking off under his own power. He was evaluated in the medical tent where the Clemson training staff took away his helmet and Lawrence headed toward the locker room.


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