We're two days from National Signing Day, and that also means the start of spring practice is just around the corner. Starting with the ACC, here's a look at the start dates for all 120 FBS teams plus the overriding problem each program must deal with during spring drills.[details]
Personal: Had 541 carries for 5,511 yards (10.2 average) in his career at Union County High...First-Team USA Today All-American, the first running back to come to Clemson with that honor since 1989 (Rudy Harris)...First-Team Parade All-American; also the first Parade All-America running back to come to Clemson since Harris...#8 player in the nation by Rivals.com, including the #1 all-purpose running back; also the #1 player in Florida...#43 player and #6 running back in the nation according to CollegeFootballNews.com...#12 player in the nation by Tom Lemming...#23 player and #4 running back in the nation according to SuperPrep...#47 player in the nation according to ESPN.com...EA Sports Second-Team All-American...first-team All-South by Countdown to Signing Day...U.S. Army All-American; he played in the U.S. Army All-Star game in San Antonio, TX...selected for the California-Florida High School All-Star Game...had 176 carries for 1,840 yards (10.5 average) as a senior; also had 30 rushing scores and one on a kickoff return; added 15 catches for 249 yards...scored 93 total touchdowns in his career, including 85 rushing, three receiving, three on kickoff returns, and two on punt returns...three-time all-state pick...one of the top track athletes in Florida...state AA 100m (10.42) and 200m champion...won the 100m at the Golden West Meet, a national meet held in June, 2006 in California; also finished second in the 200m...played shooting guard on the hardwood...coached by Buddy Nobles...selected Clemson over Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), and Southern California...born Clifford Spiller, Jr. on Aug. 5, 1987...majoring in sociology.
A dynamic athlete who possesses a rare blend of athleticism, balance and overall instincts as a runner, Spiller can change the game every time the ball is in his hands. He displays great vision and patience at the line of scrimmage with the burst to explode into daylight. He does a nice job feeling out his blocks and picking his way through the line of scrimmage. He possesses the lateral agility and footwork to consistently make the first man miss and does a good job changing directions at full speed. Spiller gets up to speed quickly and exhibits a second gear in the open field. He lacks ideal girth and isn't a guy who can carry the load at the next level, but he does a nice job lowering his pad level on contact and not absorbing many big hits. Spiller has that 'it' factor as a runner and is very instinctive in all areas of his game. He's a gifted receiver who possesses the ability to turn his routes up the field and make plays vertically. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and looks natural in the pass game. He's a jack-of-all-trades who can hurt you on the ground or through the air. He looks like a real playmaker at the next level.