Greenville, S.C.—Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson received the Jerry Richardson Community MVP Award Tuesday evening at the Seventh Annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville. The award is named in honor of former Baltimore Colts receiver and current Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
Fisher DeBerry, a South Carolina native and Hall of Fame former head football coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy, hosts the event through the Fisher DeBerry Foundation, which assists children of single parent families.
Football coaches from around the state were together for the evening, all in the name of charity. The list of college head coaches included Dabo Swinney, Will Muschamp, Brent Thompson, Mike Ayers, Bruce Fowler and Buddy Pough.
Each coach chose a charity that benefits from his participation, as well as his Jerry Richardson Community MVP Award honoree, who were recognized during the evening.
Each coach chose his Jerry Richardson Community MVP honoree and benefiting charity; all of which will be celebrated during the evening. They are listed below, respectively:
– Mike Ayers: Spartanburg FCA
– Bruce Fowler: Tim Sorrells and Chris & Kelly’s HOPE Foundation
– Will Muschamp: Sheldon Brown and Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center
– Buddy Pough: Doug Tourville and BCO Tri-County FCA
– Dabo Swinney: Deshaun Watson and Dabo’s All In Team Foundation
– Brent Thompson: Foster McKissick and Lowcountry FCA
Watson had an outstanding year on the field, helping the Tigers to a 14-1 record and the ACC Championship. The Tigers finished second in both wire service polls after reaching the national championship game against Alabama. Off the field, he received much acclaim for his work with Habitat for Humanity and was named to the ACC Academic honor roll. He is slated to graduate in December in just three years.
“The guy has no flaws,” said Swinney of his All-American quarterback. “He’s so talented, but he’s a better person than he is a football player.” Eric Mac Lain, one of the captains of Clemson’s 2015 team, was the recipient of the award last year.