David Blackwell Leaves Clemson for USF

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CLEMSON – South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt announced the hiring of David Blackwell to the position of co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach on Thursday.

“We are going to get him going immediately,” said Leavitt. “He is a great addition to our staff. He has a proven track record on the field and in recruiting. I have tremendous confidence in the assets he will bring to this program.”

Blackwell just completed his sixth season coaching linebackers at Clemson.

"I am happy for David and this opportunity that he has to be a coordinator at a program like South Florida," said Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. "I am thankful for the job he did at Clemson in his six years with us. He had a tremendous impact on our coaching staff and in recruiting. We wish him the best."

In 2008, Clemson finished No. 10 in pass efficiency defense, No. 12 in pass defense, No. 13 in scoring defense and No. 18 in total defense.

Clemson finished in the top 25 in the four major defensive categories each of the last four years, the first time in history Clemson has been in all four stat categories four straight years. Clemson also had a top-20 finish in scoring defense in 2003, meaning the Tigers have been in the top 25 in the most important defensive category four of the five years Blackwell has been on the staff.

Blackwell directed Clemson's recruiting efforts during his first three years. Both his 2005 and 2006 recruiting classes were ranked in the top 20 by nearly every service. The 2006 recruiting class had the most Parade and USA Today All-Americans for the Tiger program in 16 years.

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