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Heisman voters missed out on Spiller

There is nothing more Clemson running back C.J. Spiller could have possibly done.

  • The ACC's player of the year owns or is tied for 29 Clemson records, four ACC records and two NCAA.

  • He had 20 carries for a career-high 233 yards and four touchdowns rushing in the ACC championship game against Georgia Tech. He had 301 all-purpose running yards, his third 300-yard game of the year. Spiller is just one of just two players with three 300-yard games. No Clemson player had recorded a 300-yard game prior to this year.

  • He has a school-record 20 touchdowns this season and 50 for his career to tie the Clemson record. He and Tim Tebow are only active FBS players with at least 50 touchdowns.

  • He averaged an incredible 270 all-purpose yards per game in four games vs. top-15 teams this year.

  • And, most importantly, he will graduate in three-and-a-half years on Dec. 17.

Look, the list of Spiller's accomplishments is literally too long to list here (there are 31 bullet points on Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret's sheet of updated Spiller facts). And you don't have to read them all to know Spiller is one of the best players in the country. Just watch him play. The NFL will recognize that, even if the Heisman voters didn't. In this week's ESPN.com vote for Heisman I had Spiller behind Toby Gerhart and Ndamukong Suh. I'm not sure who the best player in the country is this year, but I'm sure Spiller deserved at least a trip to New York.

His No. 28 jersey will be retired.

Spiller, as usual, kept it classy:

“I certainly wanted to make it to New York for the Heisman presentation," he said in a prepared statement. "It would have been great for this football program and Clemson University in general. But, I have done the best I could in every game. I have no regrets.

“I want to especially thank the Clemson fans for their support. I know they came out in great numbers in the fan voting poll [Spiller finished second in that poll] and have been very supportive of me my entire career.

“I want to thank all my teammates, especially the offensive line.

“We have one game left. We have not won a bowl game since I have been at Clemson. The seniors want to go out with a win.”

With Spiller on the field, their chances automatically increase. It's just unfortunate the Heisman voters didn't recognize that.