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2009 S.C. players, coach of the year

University of South Carolina 40 Eric Norwood celebrates putting pressure on Clemson University QB Kyle Parker in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday. South Carolina won 34-17.
University of South Carolina 40 Eric Norwood celebrates putting pressure on Clemson University QB Kyle Parker in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday. South Carolina won 34-17.

OFFENSE: C.J. Spiller

SCHOOL: Clemson

HT.: 5-11 WT.: 195

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Running back

HOMETOWN: Lake Butler, Fla.

2009 SEASON: All-ACC running back and returner posted 1,145 rushing yards, 445 receiving yards, 210 punt return yards and 708 kickoff returns yards, and scored 20 touchdowns. ... Was the nation's only player to account for touchdowns rushing, passing, receiving and on kick and punt returns. ... Returned four kickoffs and a punt for scores. Led the ACC with an average of 193 all-purpose yards per game while leading Clemson to the Atlantic Division title.

CAREER: Has compiled an ACC-record 7,416 all-purpose yards and returned eight kicks for touchdowns.

HONORS: AP All-American first-team all-purpose player. ... ACC Player of the Year, 2009. ... Heisman Trophy sixth-place finisher, 2009. ... All-ACC, 2008.

QUOTE: "If you really sit down and put your arms around what he's accomplished, it's breathtaking." - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney

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DEFENSE: Eric Norwood

SCHOOL: South Carolina

HT.: 6-1 WT.: 252

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Linebacker

HOMETOWN: Acworth, Ga.

2009 SEASON: All-SEC honoree had 71 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, two interceptions, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and three blocked kicks. ... Returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown against Georgia.

CAREER: Has made 245 tackles in four seasons and holds the school's all-time marks with 54.5 tackles for loss and 29 sacks.

HONORS: AP All-American first team. ... All-SEC first team, 2007, '08, 09'. ... Butkus Award candidate, 2009.

QUOTE: "We definitely have to be aware of where he's at every play. ... He's so fast and so explosive. You can't say enough about how hard he plays the game. He plays the game the way you're supposed to play the game." - Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino

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COACH: Buddy Pough

SCHOOL: S.C. State

HOMETOWN: Orangeburg

2009 RECORD: 10-2, 8-0 MEAC

2009 SEASON: led the Bulldogs to the MEAC championship and an appearance in the FCS playoffs, in which they bowed out to Appalachian State 20-13 in the first round. ... Only other loss came to South Carolina.

CAREER: Has compiled a 67-26 record - a .720 winning percentage - in eight seasons at S.C. State. ... Has guided the program to consecutive MEAC titles and playoff appearances while winning a conference-record 19 consecutive MEAC games dating to 2007.

QUOTE: "I couldn't think of a better fellow (to break my record). I hope he stays around to become the winningest coach." - former S.C. State coach Willie Jeffries, whose 122 wins are the most in school history

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