C.J. Spiller: Clemson's Heisman Contender

Jacqueline KirbyContributor IIINovember 10, 2009

The famous Heisman has made its way back to Death Valley. I learned about the history of John Heisman as Clemson's football coach from 1900-1903 during a pep rally during homecoming.

Now Clemson has a Heisman Trophy contender on the field.

C.J. Spiller has become a household name in the past few years. He recently set the NCAA record for all-purpose yards at 300 yards in the game against Miami, but broke his own record this past Saturday against Florida State with 312 yards.  

C.J. said this is a pretty special thing, especially since they beat both Florida teams, but says he could not have done it without the other 11 men on the field.  

C.J. will be graduating this year, so I wanted to know what his fondest memory has been playing Clemson football.

"Probably the FSU game we just played, and just playing any game in Death Valley over the years."  

As far as asking about the Heisman Trophy goes, C.J. is not concerned.

"I'm trying to get to the ACC Championship game with my team and just get better as a player. I want to play each game better than the last, I'm not worried about the Heisman."

He seems pretty modest on this subject and said that his teammates have been encouraging him in the Heisman race. However, C.J. says all of his credit goes to the offensive linemen. 

With two ACC games left including this Saturday's away game at N.C. State, C.J. says it will just get harder.

"Saturday is a big game for both teams and the closer we get, the harder it is going to get."

C.J. has moved up to the No. 2 spot in the Heisman race and I feel sure that between his incredible performances on the field and his support from teammates he is a real contender.