CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Trevor Lawrence put together one of the best freshman campaigns of all time in 2018.
Trevor Lawrence put together one of the best freshman campaigns of all time in 2018.

ESPN ranks four Clemson players in top freshmen of all time


by -

ESPN ranked the top-50 freshman seasons of all time and four Tigers made the list ($).

Trevor Lawrence topped the Clemson products on the list at No. 4 overall and the top QB.

"One of the most highly touted recruits in history, Lawrence somehow lived up to the hype. He threw for 3,280 yards, 30 touchdowns and just four interceptions," ESPN's Bill Connelly wrote, "and he somehow improved down the stretch: In his last four games, he completed 66% of his passes and threw for 1,185 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions as the Tigers charged to a 15-0 record and their second national title in three years."

The top-3 on the list were Pitt's Hugh Green (1977), Georgia's Herschel Walker (1980) and Ohio State's Orlando Pace (1994).

Two former Tiger defenders also cracked the top-20 with Anthony Simmons in 1995 (16) and Robert O'Neal in 1989 (19).

Simmons ranks third-best among freshman linebacker campaigns and O'Neal is third-best among defensive back seasons.

Ranking seventh among defensive linemen, William Perry in 1981 made the list at No. 40 overall.

"At 6-foot-3, 320 pounds, the player who would eventually be known as the Fridge was a game-changer. Danny Ford's Tigers went from allowing 20.2 points per game in 1980 to 8.8 in 1981 thanks in part to the space-eater up front, who neutralized Nebraska's Dan Rimington -- the namesake of the award that goes to college football's best center -- in a 22-15 Orange Bowl win that clinched the school's first national title," Connelly wrote.

Comment on this story
Print   
Send Feedback to TigerNet Staff: Email | Comment
WATCH: Dabo Swinney updates injuries, players talk camp practice in interviews
WATCH: Dabo Swinney updates injuries, players talk camp practice in interviews
Where Clemson falls in ESPN's 'Position U' rankings
Where Clemson falls in ESPN's 'Position U' rankings
Clemson ranked in top four of Preseason USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll
Clemson ranked in top four of Preseason USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll
Peach State cornerback commits to Clemson
Peach State cornerback commits to Clemson
Post your comments!

Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest