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October 25, 2009

Weekly awards: Spiller does it all for Clemson

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
BIG 12
Iowa State linebacker Jesse Smith had 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble in a 9-7 upset at Nebraska. The Cyclones forced eight turnovers.
BIG EAST
West Virginia running back Noel Devine rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in a 28-24 victory over Connecticut.
BIG TEN
Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman had 11 tackles, an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery in the victory at Michigan.
CONFERENCE USA
UTEP running back Donald Buckram rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in a 28-24 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday night. His second touchdown came in the final minute and provided the winning margin.
MAC
Ball State running back MiQuale Lewis rushed for 301 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries as the Cardinals got their first victory of the season, 29-27 over Eastern Michigan.
MOUNTAIN WEST
TCU quarterback Andy Dalton was 13-of-24 for 241 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-7 romp over host BYU.
PAC-10
USC running back Allen Bradford rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in a wild 42-36 win over Oregon State.
SEC
Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody blocked two fourth-quarter field goals and had two tackles in a 12-10 victory over Tennessee.
SUN BELT
Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith was 18-of-28 for 359 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-29 victory at Louisiana-Lafayette.
WAC
Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns in a 70-45 victory over Idaho. Kaepernick also was 13-of-21 for 178 yards and two touchdowns.
INDEPENDENTS
Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate caught 11 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-16 victory over Boston College.

The preseason Heisman Trophy contenders seem to drop week after week, so it might be time for voters to reach into the grab bag for worthy candidates.

How about the nation's leader in all-purpose yards? Clemson coach Dabo Swinney thinks it's a no-brainer. The Tigers' C.J. Spiller accounted for 310 total yards and three touchdowns in a 40-37 overtime victory at Miami to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week honors.

Through a running back, Spiller made a bigger impact in the passing game and on special teams; he had six receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score. He also ran for 81 yards.

"I hope the country watched him," Swinney said. "If people don't want to put him in the Heisman race, shame on them. This is the best player in college football, period. He has done it every week. This guy here has been unbelievable."

Spiller moved from sixth in the nation in all-purpose yards to first this week. He averages 207.9 yards per game.

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Clemson QB Kyle Parker

Spiller wasn't the only standout player from Clemson at Miami. Redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Parker was 25-of-37 for 326 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in the 40-37 win. He threw the game-winning score to Jacoby Ford on the last play of the game. Spiller (Lake Butler), Parker (Fruit Cove) and Ford (West Palm Beach) are Florida natives.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK: Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley

Penn State still needs Iowa to lose twice for a chance at the Big Ten title, but the Nittany Lions' defense did its part by dismantling Michigan. Tom Bradley's defense held the Wolverines to 250 total yards and came up with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and five sacks in the 35-10 rout in Ann Arbor.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com.



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