Clemson running back Will Shipley received praise from anonymous ACC coaches.

ESPN college football writer Adam Rittenberg reached out to coaches across college football and asked them about the best players in their conferences. Rittenberg talked to ACC coaches about some of the best players and Shipley’s name was mentioned.

One coach complimented Shipley for his toughness and physicality.

“So tough,” a defensive coordinator described Shipley. “… A big, physical kid who can catch the football.”

After 12 games, Shipley clearly left an impression on the opposing coaches. When defensive coordinators planned to go up against Clemson, they had to figure out a way to slow down Shipley.

Shipley enters the ACC Championship Game with 1,092 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. In Week 13, Shipley rushed for 132 yards and 1 touchdown. That was Shipley’s 5th 100-yard rushing game of the season.

As the defensive coordinator mentioned, Shipley is a versatile back. He ended the regular season with 30 receptions and 195 receiving yards.

Clemson finished the regular season with a 10-2 record. The team fell short of making the College Football Playoff, but there were some bright spots throughout the season. Shipley’s emergence as the leading rusher was a positive takeaway from the season.

Clemson will face North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday.