The event held at the Clemson Indoor Football Facility recognized the achievements of Clemson’s 2015 team that finished No. 2 in the nation with a 14-1 record, captured the ACC Atlantic Division title, the overall ACC Championship, the Orange Bowl Championship, and a trip to the National Championship game.
Watson and Gallman won Tiger Pride Awards (Most Valuable Player) for the offense, while Lawson won the same honor for the defense. Kicker Greg Huegel won the Tiger Pride Award for the special teams. Watson became the first player in FBS history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season. Gallman set a Clemson record with 1,527 yards rushing. Lawson led the nation in total tackles for loss from his defensive end position with 25.5, and Huegel led the nation in field goals with 27.
A total of 44 different players won awards during the program. Charone Peake, Eric Mac Lain, Stanton Seckinger, Adam Choice, B.J. Goodson and Travis Blanks took home three each.
Former Clemson All-American Jerry Butler was the recipient of the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award, an award presented each year to a former Clemson football letterman for outstanding achievement after graduating from Clemson.
The evening concluded with the presentation of the permanent captains for the 2015 season. Those players are Eric Mac Lain, Travis Blanks, Charone Peake, D.J. Reader, Stanton Seckinger and B.J. Goodson.
The Award winners are listed below:
Tiger Pride Awards (MVP): Deshaun Watson (QB), Wayne Gallman (RB), Shaq Lawson (DE), Greg Huegel (PK)
Solid Rock Position Awards: Wayne Gallman (RB), Jordan Leggett (TE), Charone Peake (WR), Eric Mac Lain (OL), Deshaun Watson (QB), Cordrea Tankersley (DB), MacKensie Alexander (DB), Kevin Dodd (DE), Shaq Lawson (DE), Carlos Watkins (DT), B.J. Goodson (LB).
Hustle Awards: Hunter Renfrow (WR), ZacBrooks (RB), T.J. Green (DB)
12th Man Awards: Maverick Morris (OL), Christian Wilkins (DT), Dorian O’Daniel (LB).
Iron Man Awards: Artavis Scott (WR), Stanton Seckinger (TE), Ben Boulware (LB), Kevin Dodd (DE)
Most Improved Awards: Jay Guillermo (C), T.J. Green (DB), Scott Pagano (DT), Cordrea Tankerlsey (DB).
Rookie of the Year: Mitch Hyatt (OT), Hunter Renfrow (WR), Deon Cain (WR), Christian Wilkins (DT)
Special Teams Players of the Year: Garrett Williams (TE), Dorial O’Daniel (LB), Jadar Johnson (DB)
Future Impact Player Awards: Adam Choice (RB), Ray Ray McCloud (WR), Van Smith (DB), Austin Bryant (DE).
PAW Awards: Zak Brooks (RB), Ryan Norton (C), Scott Pagano (DT), Rod Byers (DT).
Spiritual Leadership Awards: Travis Blanks, Stanton Seckinger
P.A.T. Award Winner of the Year: Travis Blanks
Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerry Butler
Highest GPA Awards: Judah Davis (Freshmen), Adam Choice (Sophomores), David Estes (Juniors), Quintin Hall (Seniors). Overall Team: Alex Spence
Vickery Hall Awards: Kelly Bryant, Jordan Leggett, Jabril Robinson, Richard Yeargin
Strength All-Americans: Eric Mac Lain, B.J. Goodson
Strength Dedication Awards: Ben Boulware, Charone Peake
2015 Permanent Captains: Travis Blanks, Eric Mac Lain, Charone Peake, D.J. Reader, Stanton Seckinger, B.J. Goodson