Archive for May, 2010

C.J. SpillerMaking the comparison between C.J. Spiller and Reggie Bush is the natural tendency for many pundits and football aficionados. It is simply the easiest  comparison to make considering Spiller is the only athlete in college football history to equal Bush’s career numbers: 3000 rushing yards, 1500 yards in kickoff returns, 1000 receiving yards, and 500 yards in punt returns. Normally, such a comparison to an athlete once thought of as the clear-cut number one NFL draft pick would seem like the ultimate football compliment. Unfortunately for Spiller, Bush has failed to live up to the hype surrounding him since his selection at the number two overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the current-champion New Orleans Saints.

No one should question Spiller’s decision to return to Clemson for his senior season, which he ended as the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and amassed a total of 2508 yards from scrimmage on 264 touches – an astonishing 9.5 yards every time he touched the football. Perhaps the most impressive statistic for Spiller’s final season was his average of 270 yards-per-game in Clemson’s four games against top-15 opponents. Considering his lingering injuries throughout the 2009 season, his numbers appear even more impressive. A nagging turf toe injury hampered his play during the entire season, yet he continued to impress every week which allowed him to finish sixth place in the Heisman Trophy voting.