Clemson Football Team Honored by AFCA For Academics

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Fourth Achievement Award for Clemson Program

December 23, 2011

Clemson, SC—Clemson’s football team has been honored by the American Football Coaches Association for its Graduation Success Rate. Dabo Swinney’s program is one of 44 institutions nationally with a GSR of at least 75 percent in the latest study.

Each year the AFCA honors programs that have at least a 75 percent GSR. Boise State and Miami (OH) were the overall winners with a 100 percent ranking for the freshmen football student athletes who entered in the fall of 2004.

This is the fourth time Clemson has been honored as an honorable mention selection by the AFCA for its graduation rate. The other years were 1999, 2000 and 2006.

The ACC had six schools named, more than any other BCS conference. ACC teams who were listed were Boston College, Duke, Miami (FL), Clemson, North Carolina and Wake Forest.

This past Thursday, nine members of the Clemson football team received degrees during Clemson graduation ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum. Those players are Mansa JosephMansa Joseph
RS Sr. Running Back
#35 5-11, 210
Salters, SC

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, Andre BranchAndre Branch
RS Sr. Defensive End
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA

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, Rennie MooreRennie Moore
RS Sr. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 265
Saint Marys, GA

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, Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
RS Jr. Offensive Line
#55 6-5, 285
Pelion, SC

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, Jaron BrownJaron Brown
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#18 6-2, 200
Cheraw, SC

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, Chad DiehlChad Diehl
RS Sr. Fullback
#30 6-2, 260
Lyman, SC

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, Kantrell BrownKantrell Brown
RS Sr. Safety
#37 6-1, 195
Saint Matthews, SC

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, Phillip PricePhillip Price
RS Sr. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-5, 315
Dillon, SC

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, and Dawson ZimmermanDawson Zimmerman
Sr. Punter / Kicker
#96 6-2, 205
Lawrenceville, GA

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Fifteen players on the Clemson roster for the Discover Orange Bowl will have degrees, including nine starters. Coty SensabaughCoty Sensabaugh
Gr. Defensive Back
#15 6-0, 180
Kingsport, TN

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, Rashard HallRashard Hall
Gr. Safety
#31 6-1, 210
St. Augustine, FL

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, David SmithDavid Smith
RS Sr. Offensive Tackle
#73 6-5, 310
Greenville, SC

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, Mason CloyMason Cloy
RS Sr. Offensive Line
#62 6-3, 310
Columbia, SC

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, Landon WalkerLandon Walker
Gr. Offensive Tackle
#72 6-6, 305
North Wilkesboro, NC

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and Kourtnei BrownKourtnei Brown
Gr. Defensive End
#90 6-6, 255
Charlotte, NC

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all had their degrees prior to this season.

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