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Deshaun Watson will receive the inaugural Blanchard-Rogers South Carolina Hall of Fame award.
The award, formerly the Collegiate Player of the Year, will be presented April 20 at the enshrinement ceremonies in Greenville. The newly renamed award is for two Heisman Trophy winners, Felix “Doc” Blanchard and George Rogers.
Blanchard was the first football player with South Carolina ties to win the Heisman Trophy. He was born in McColl and won the Heisman in 1945 while playing for Army. Rogers, born in Georgia, won the award in 1980 playing for the University of South Carolina.
Blanchard will be inducted in the SCHOF this year and Roger was inducted in 2013.
Watson, from Gainesville, Ga., played at Clemson as a freshman in 2014. In his 2015 season he led Clemson to a 14-1 record, including an ACC Championship, Orange Bowl Championship and a National Championship game appearance. He finished as the first player in the history of college football to have over 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing, while having 47 total touchdowns.
Watson led Clemson to a 14-1 record and victories in the ACC Championship, the Fiesta Bowl, and the National Championship.
He completed 67 percent of his passes with 4,593 yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 629 yards rushing and nine rushing touchdowns. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting and won the Davey O’Brien Award for the best college quarterback in the country for the second consecutive year.
Watson is projected to be a high first round NFL draft pick.
Other enshrinements this year:
• Felix “Doc” Blanchard (Legacy Award)
• Charlie Brown
• Fisher DeBerry
• Levon Kirkland
• Dick Sheridan
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