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Spiller drafted by the Buffalo Bills
Posted Apr 22, 2010
Former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller was the first running back taken in the 2010 NFL Draft when the Buffalo Bills selected him with the ninth pick.
The 2009 ACC Player of the Year joins a Bills backfield that already includes Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch.
Buffalo was 16th in the NFL in rushing in 2009 with 116.7 yards per game. The Bills scored just six touchdowns on the ground last season, fourth worst in the NFL.
Buffalo didn’t have a carry longer than 47 yards in 2009.
Spiller finished sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and was named the ACC Player of the Year during his senior season.
The unanimous first-team All-American set an ACC record for all-purpose running yards overall (2,680) and on a per game basis (191.4). He was the only player in college football to score a touchdown in every one of his team’s games last year.
During his senior season, Spiller had career highs in every offensive statistical category – carries (216), rushing yards (1,212), rushing touchdowns (12), receptions (36), receiving yards (503) and touchdown receptions (4).
He is the highest drafted offensive player from Clemson since Jerry Butler was the fifth selection of the 1979 draft by the same Buffalo Bills. Spiller was the first running back selected and the first ACC player chosen.
The December 2009 Clemson graduate was the first Clemson running back selected in the first round since Terrence Flager in 1987 when he was the No. 25 selection of the first round by the San Francisco 49ers.
Spiller is the third player from Clemson taken in the first round over the last five years. Tye Hill was the number 15 in the first round by St. Louis in 2006 and Adams was the number-four selection of the draft by Tampa Bay in 2007.
Spiller is the first Clems on player drafted by the Buffalo Bills since1982 when Perry Tuttle was their first round selection, the No. 19 pick of the draft. Butler was the last Clemson player taken by the Bills prior to that, so the last three Tigers drafted by the Bills have been first round selections.
In an examination of 20 mock drafts on Wednesday by the Clemson SID office, just one had Spiller going to Buffalo (Alan Caplan of Fox Sports). The selection should not have been a total surprise to Spiller because the Bills flew him to Buffalo for a visit in mid-March, just three days prior to the Clemson basketball team’s visit to Buffalo for the NCAA tournament.
Clemson has had five former players play for the Bills over the years, including Butler, who was a starting wide receiver for the franchise from 1979-87. He was the AFC Rookie of the Year with the Bills in 1979 and is still seventh in Bills history in reception yards and 10th in total receptions.
Spiller was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2009 when he led the Tigers to the Atlantic Division championship of the ACC, and a No. 24 final AP ranking.
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