Clemson moved to 3-0 on the season with a 38-24 victory over Auburn 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, Sammy Watkins
Once again Tajh continued to impress and received this week’s offensive player of the game from the staff but he was joined by true freshman Sammy Watkins. Sammy caught 10 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 44 yards.
TCI Staff, TCI Members – Tajh Boyd
This was a tough call this week. There were a number of players that received serious consideration from the TCI staff and the members. Sammy Watkins, Dwayne Allen and the offensive line all were in the running.
Tajh went 30-42 with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Boyd’s ability to manage the game and convert on third downs where the Tigers were 10-14 were critical to the victory.
Defensive Player of the Game
Coaching Staff – Andre Branch
Andre Branch won this week’s defensive player of the game award from the staff. Branch had five tackles, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries.
TCI Staff – Jonathan Meeks
Another tough call this week. TCI will go with Jonathan Meeks who led the team with tackles with eight.
TCI Members – Brandon Thompson
It was a close call between Brandon Thompson, Coty Sensabaugh and Jonathan Meeks for the members, with Thompshon bringing home this week’s award. Thompson finished the game with four tackles and one tackle for loss along with one quarterback hit.
Special Teams Player of the Game
Coaching Staff – Phillip Fajgenbaum
This week the coaching staff gave the special teams player of the week to long snapper Phillip Fajgenbaum.
TCI Staff, TCI Members – Chandler Catanzaro
This one is unanimous. Catanzaro hit a critical field goal in the second half to stretch the Clemson lead to 14 points.