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Clemson Football vs. Louisville: Players of the Game

Each week, Clemson Wire picks an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Game after every Tigers matchup this season.

In his ninth win of the season, tenth-placed Clemson walked away with his seventh ACC win and secured the Atlantic Division for the Tigers.

Clemson had bright spots on both sides of the ball, highlighted by career nights for linebacker Barrett Carter and wide receiver Antonio Williams, and another impressive performance from DJ Uiagalelei at the Tigers’ lead.

Here are Clemson Wire’s picks for this week’s offensive and defensive players.

Attacking Player of the Match: Antonio Williams

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Antonio Williams is undoubtedly the offensive player of the game this week. The freshman wide receiver had a big game against the Cardinals, recording 10 receptions for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown. Williams was the offensive spark Clemson’s wide receiver core needed to open Saturday’s game wide, and the rookie still managed to walk away with the best night of his career. With his 10 receptions on Saturday night, Williams tied Clemson’s freshman program record for receptions in a single game.

Defensive Player of the Game: Barrett Carter

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With linebacker and starter Trenton Simpson out this week, Clemson’s defense had big shoes to fill, but linebacker Barrett Carter was more than up for the challenge. Carter had the best night of his career himself, easily walking away with the Tigers’ best defensive effort of the night while recording eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for losses, two sacks, a pass separation and an interception.

Honorable Mention: DJ Uiagalelei

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You can’t talk about Saturday’s win without mentioning quarterback DJ Uiagalelelei’s redeeming performance at the front of the Tigers. Despite two tough back-to-back games for the quarterback against Syracuse and Notre Dame, Uiagalelei seemed to settle down on his most recent performance at Death Valley. Uiagalelei completed 19-for-27 (70% completion rate) for 185 yards and a touchdown without a turnover, which proved costly in the Tigers’ loss at South Bend last weekend.

Honorable Mention: Will Shipley

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Will Shipley did what Will Shipley does best in another dominant performance on the spot for Clemson on Saturday. The running back had a whopping 19 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown, which he scored Shipley-style when he hopped over a Louisville defender en route to the end zone.

Honorable Mention: Wade Woodaz

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Freshman Wade Woodaz put on another impressive display for Wes Goodwin’s defense. The linebacker accumulated three tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, a sack and a forced fumble against a talented Louisville offense that had won their last four before they got into Saturday’s matchup.

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