Clemson moved to 1-0 on the season with a 43-19 victory over Troy Saturday afternoon in Death Valley. A number of players had outstanding performance for the Tigers. Which players performed well enough to earn this week’s awards?
Time to hand out this week’s TCI Game Ball awards. Each week the TCI staff and the TCI members will hand out game balls for the best performances of the week.
Offensive Player of the Game
Coaching Staff – Tajh Boyd
Boyd went 20-30 for 264 yards with three touchdowns and 1 interception in his first start as a Tiger. Tajh completed 13 passes in a row in the second half as the Tigers put 30 points on the board.
TCI Staff, TCI Members – Sammy Watkins
This was a tough call this week. Dabo said Sunday night that if Tajh had not played so well in the second half the Tigers would not have won the game. We believe the same could be said for Watkins performance.
Watkins caught seven passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. Sammy’s touchdown came on the second play from scrimmage, just 26 seconds into the game. The receptions and yardage were the best in Clemson history for a freshman.
Defensive Player of the Game
Coaching Staff – Corico Hawkins
Corico had eight tackles in 50 snaps Saturday afternoon.
TCI Staff – Rashard Hall
Another tough call this week. TCI will go with Rashard Hall because of his impact on defense and special teams. Hall recoverd a fumbled punt that led to a Clemson field goal in the first quarter. Rashard also tied for the team high of eight tackles.
TCI Members – Malliciah Goodman
Malliciah had four tackles and three quarterback pressures in 54 play on Saturday. Goodman was the only defensive lineman to provide consistent pressure.
Special Teams Player of the Game
Coaching Staff, TCI Staff, TCI Members – Chandler Catanzaro
This one is unanimous. Catanzaro went 3-3 on field goals Saturday afternoon. That makes 9-10 going back to last season.
Catanzaro became only the Clemson kicker in history to boot three field goals of over 45 yards in a single game. Chandler his field goals of 46, 46 and 45 Saturday afternoon.