CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) — The Clemson Tigers held their annual awards banquet on Saturday.

    Patrick Sapp – a former Clemson and NFL standout – received the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Each year, head coach Dabo Swinney presents the award to honor a former Clemson player who “has consistently demonstrated the qualities of leadership, community service and other high qualities that are consistent with excellence since graduating of his graduation from the Clemson program”.

    Recipients must be out of school for at least 10 years to be eligible for the award.

    Dawkins played 16 years in the NFL – and was named to nine Pro Bowls. He was also a finalist for numerous public service awards – and was the first recipient of the award.

    Officials say Sapp was a highly recruited quarterback from Jacksonville, Florida in the early 1990s. He is one of six players to start in a season on both sides of the ball in the past 50 last years.

    Sapp also played on the Clemson basketball team for Rick Barnes during the 1994-95 season.

    Sapp led Clemson to a 33-point victory over a top-20 North Carolina team as a rookie in 1992 and then threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Terry Smith in the 1993 Peach Bowl – beating Kentucky by a point.

    During his professional career – Sapp moved to defensive end, where he started 12 games for the Tigers’ Gator Bowl team.

    He finished that season fifth on the team in tackles and in the spring of 1996 – despite only playing one season on defense – the San Diego Chargers selected Sapp as their defensive end with the 50th overall selection of the NFL Draft.

    He played four seasons in the NFL.

    Today – Sapp is the Vice President of Development for Skore Hotels at Rosemont Holdings.

    He is also chief operating officer of Universal Therapeutic Services in Greenville – a company that partners with the community to provide human resource services, including mental health.

    Sapp is involved in many community service projects.

    He served as chairman of the board of the Leaders R Us Foundation in Greenville and is the co-founder of the Greenville Red Raider Youth Organization and founder of the One Clemson Board.

    Sapp was also a board member of Greenville Technical College and chairman of the board of Brian Dawkins’s Impact Foundation.

    Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

    2013: Brian Dawkins, 1992-95

    2014: Bill Smith, 1977-81

    2015: Warren Forney, 1991-95

    2016: Jerry Butler, 1975-78

    2017: Jeff Davis, 1978-81

    2018: Mark Richardson, 1979-82

    2019: Michael Allen, 1995-98

    2020: Michael Dean Perry, 1984-87

    2021: Carl Martin, 1979-82

    2022: Dexter Davis, 1988-90

    2023: Patrick Sapp, 1992-95

    Below is a list of the awards presented at the banquet.

    OFFENSIVE PRIZES

    Solid Rock Awards

    Most solid, consistent and reliable player(s) in each position

    QB DJ Uiagalelei

    RB Phil Mafah

    RB Will Shipley

    WR Fine Collins

    WR Joseph Dog

    TE Davis Allen

    OL Jordan McFadden

    OL Will Putnam

    Bustle Price

    Constant effort and source of inspiration for teammates

    RB Phil Mafah

    OL Walker Parks

    OL Will Putnam

    WR Drew Swinney

    12th Man Award

    TE Jake Bringingstool

    QB Cade Klubnik

    RB Phil Mafah

    OL Mitchell Mayes

    WR Brannon Spector

    Iron Man Award

    Reliable player with resilient persistence and leadership

    TE Davis Allen

    OL Mac Cranford

    WR Tye Herbstreit

    OL Jordan McFadden

    RB Will Shipley

    Most Improved Offensive Players of the Year

    TE Jake Bringingstool

    TE Sage Ennis

    RB Phil Mafah

    WR Drew Swinney

    OLMarcus Tate

    rookies of the year

    QB Cade Klubnik

    OL Blake Miller

    WR Antonio Williams

    Scout Team Defensive Players of the Year

    LB Jesiah Carlton

    S Jacob Hendricks

    BY Evan McCutchen

    Tiger Pride Award (MVP)

    TE Davis Allen

    OL Jordan McFadden

    RB Will Shipley

    WR Antonio Williams

    Future Impact players

    RB Keith Adams Jr.

    TE Sage Ennis

    Collin Sadler

    TE Josh Sapp

    WR Cole Turner

    WR Adam Randall

    PAW Award

    Most Blue Collar/Disinterested Players

    WR Hampton Earle

    OL Walker Parks

    TE Luke Price

    OL Will Putnam

    DEFENSIVE PRIZES

    Solid Rock Awards

    Most solid, consistent and reliable player(s) in each position

    BY KJ Henry

    BY Myles Murphy

    DT Tyler Davis

    DT Ruke Orhorhoro

    LB Barrett CarterLB

    Jeremy Trotter Jr.

    CB Sheridan Jones

    CB Nate Wiggins

    S RJ Mickens

    S Jalyn Phillips

    Bustle Price

    Constant effort and source of inspiration for teammates

    DT Tyler Davis

    S Jalyn Phillips

    LB Trenton Simpson

    LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr.

    S Tyler Venables

    12th Man Award

    BY Justin Mascoll

    S RJ Mickens

    S Tyler Venables

    LB Wade Woodaz

    Iron Man Award

    Reliable player with resilient persistence and leadership

    LB David Cote

    DT Tyler Davis

    Andrew Beat

    DT Ruke Orhorhoro

    S Jalyn Phillips

    Most Improved Defensive Players of the Year

    BY KJ Henry

    DT Ruke Orhorhoro

    S Tyler Venables

    CB Nate Wiggins

    rookies of the year

    CB Toriano Pride Jr.

    LB Wade Woodaz

    Scout Team Offensive Players of the Year

    OL Nathan Brooks

    WR Jackson Crosby

    WR Blackmon Huckabee Jr.

    QB Trent Pearman

    Tiger Pride Award (MVP)

    LB Barrett Carter

    DT Tyler Davis

    BY KJ Henry

    LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr

    Future Impact players

    DT DeMonte Capehart

    S Sherrod Covil Jr.

    By Cade Denhoff

    LB TJ Dudley

    C.B. Jeady Chapter

    DT Payton page

    CB Toriano Pride Jr.

    PAW Award

    Most Blue Collar/Disinterested Players

    LB LaVonta Bentley

    DT Bryan Bresee

    S Carson Donnelly

    LB Keith Maguire

    BY Justin Mascoll

    DT Ruke Orhorhoro

    SPECIAL TEAM AWARDS

    Most Improved Special Teams Players of the Year

    LS Holden Caspersen

    LS Philippe Florenzo

    P Aidan Swanson

    PK Jonathan Weitz

    Special Teams Offensive Player of the Year

    TE Davis Allen

    TE Luke Price

    WR Brannon Spector

    WR Drew Swinney

    WR Antonio Williams

    Special Teams Defensive Player of the Year

    S Carson Donnelly

    LB Keith Maguire

    LB Wade Woodaz

    Special Teams Appreciation Team Players of the Year

    WR Jackson Crosby

    S Pierre Nearn

    S Caleb Nix

    Specialist of the year

    PK BT Potter

    PRICE OF STRENGTH

    American NSCA Strength and Conditioning Candidates

    TE Davis Allen

    DT Tyler Davis

    OL Will Putnam

    Dedication Award

    TE Davis Allen

    PK BT Potter

    LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr.

    Power Hour Development Awards

    LB Reed Morrissey

    All-In Accountability Challenge Captain Champions

    WR Joseph Dog

    BY Xavier Thomas

    PK Jonathan Weitz

    All-In Accountability Challenge Champion Team Members

    TE Griffin Bat

    TE Will Blackston

    PK Liam Boyd

    LB Barrett Carter

    S/P Brodey Conn

    WR Ham Greene

    S Jacob Hendricks

    QB Cade Klubnik

    LB Reed Morrissey

    PK Hogan Morton

    RB Kobe Pace

    OL ChapmanPendergrass

    DT Etinosa Reuben

    S Tyler Venables

    LB Wade Woodaz

    ADDITIONAL PRIZES

    Most Inspirational Players of the Year

    BY KJ Henry

    QB DJ Uiagalelei

    GPA Awards

    Overall: LB David Cote and RB Will Shipley

    Senior: WR Drew Swinney

    Junior: WR Hamp Greene

    Second year: LB Joey Eddis

    Redshirt freshman: PK Hogan Morton

    Real Freshman: S/P Brodey Conn and S Caleb Nix

    Real Tigers of the Year

    Presented by the staff of the Nieri Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center

    QB Hunter Helmets

    BY KJ Henry

    OL Tristan Leigh

    BY Justin Mascoll

    Spiritual Leadership Award

    LB Riggs Faulkenberry

    Tim Bourret Award

    Player(s) who best represent themselves, their teammates and Clemson University in the media

    BY KJ Henry

    QB DJ Uiagalelei

    PAW Journey Professional of the Year

    PK BT Potter

    PAW Journey Service Above Self Award

    RB Will Shipley

    PAW Journey PAT Man of the Year

    TE Davis Allen

    team captains

    TE Davis Allen

    DT Tyler Davis

    BY KJ Henry

    OL Jordan McFadden

    S Jalyn Phillips

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