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Clemson's Allen honored with national award

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CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Clemson football player was honored with a national award this week following his efforts in the Tigers' ACC Championship season.

Dwayne Allen received the John Mackey Award Thursday night in Orlando, FL, at the Home Depot College Football Awards show.

A junior tight end, Allen was the first Clemson offensive player to win a national position award, beating out finalists from Notre Dame and Georgia.

Allen had 48 receptions for 577 yards and eight touchdowns this season, setting Clemson single season records for a tight end. He had two touchdown receptions against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship win for the Tigers.

"This is a great honor," said Allen at the awards show."This is a dream come true.  Ever since I found out there was anaward for the best tight end it has been a goal to win the JohnMackey award. I want to thank HeadCoach Dabo Swinney, my position coach Danny Pearman, offensive coordinator ChadMorris and all of my teammates. They have all had a great impact onour success this year and they are the reason I am here (in Orlando)tonight."

For his career, Allen has 12 touchdown receptions, tying former Steeler tight end John McMakin for the school record.

Allen was the third Clemson player to win a national position award. In 1982 Terry Kinard was the CBS National DefensivePlayer of the Year. In 2010, Da'Quan Bowers won the Bronko Nagurski Award asthe top defensive player in the nation, and won the Ted Hendricks Awardas the top defensive end.

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