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Who is the best walk-on to play football at Clemson?


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:05 PM
 

I don't know of many but on the top of my head I would say Catanzaro but I know there probably has been better. I'm sure some of you guys have a better memory than me and have a good list


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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:12 PM
 



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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 7:31 PM
 

Straight out of Benedictine in Savanah,Georgia. He was a funny guy who was really laid back and could put a punt into low earth orbit. I don't remember much else about him, but his humor was dry and quick!

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Re: Who is the best walk-on to play football at Clemson?


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:12 PM
 

probably one of the guys mentioned in this:
http://www.tigernet.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=1368527


Rob Bodine 1991 All American Middle Guard


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:29 PM
 

He had no d1 offers. He was so quick. I would rate him #3 in the middle behind William Perry and Grady Jarrett. I have followed the Tigers since the seventies. I don't think any position player is close to him. He was a dominant player.


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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:58 PM
 

Rob Bodine is the first name that came to my mind. Great career at Clemson and at the next level, too.

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:13 PM
 



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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:17 PM
 

Tommy Sharpe? Phillip Price?

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:18 PM
 

He still has an opportunity to be one of the best. He just has to hold on to that ball so the coaches can trust him


Someone'll need to jog my feeble memory, but wasn't


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:18 PM
 

Tommy Sharp (center) originally a walk-on?

Catanzaro certainly has far exceeded ANYONE'S initial expectations. He's been a credit to the university and Tiger football.

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:18 PM
 

Rob Bodine....and its not even close!!!


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Re: Who is the best walk-on to play football at Clemson?


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:20 PM
 

believe if you get technical, steve fuller was a w/o. he was on the"frank johnstone jervey" 'ship, an academic ship.

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Re: No doubt about it. I had the Fridge's older brother,


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:28 PM
 

tell me that pound for pound he was one of the best. The boy had grit.


Removing kickers(Iguebeke and Ariri) it may be


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:21 PM
 

Will Merritt. Merritt grew up in S.C. but moved to North Dakota. He went under the radar and was lightly recruited. He walked on at Clemson and was quickly awarded a scholly and started 3 years for Bowden.

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:23 PM
 

you are confusing merritt (from wren, family is life long residents of that area) and rob bodine.

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You are correct. Both were walk-ons but I got their

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:24 PM
 

stories mixed up. Bodine was a walk on that started for three years, as was Merritt.

Merritt was on the Oline while Bodine started on the DLine.

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Re: You are correct. Both were walk-ons but I got their


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:26 PM
 

pretty sure merritt came in as a 'ship player, not a w/o. there were complaints (imagine tha0 becasue some folks thought the ship was done as a favor to his family.

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rob bodine story (link)


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 7:11 PM
 

http://articles.dailypress.com/1991-08-23/sports/9108230172_1_rob-bodine-clemson-and-georgia-tigers-gator-bowl

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That was Rob Bodine not Merritt. Merritt was not in


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:33 PM
 

the same universe with Bodine. Played 1989-91. Check him out on YouTube.


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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:38 PM
 




I'm going to go with Phillip Priced because ...


Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:37 PM
 

... his absence from the critical LT spot toward the end of his senior season was absolutely devastating to our offensive efficiency. We literally could not function when Price couldn't play at 100% that year.

It may have been because he became so good at the job, or it may have been because we were just so thin in depth at the position that year, but ... to me, no other walk-on in Clemson history has had that sort of overall impact on the team.

Rob Bodine was certainly a similar contributor, but we had a lot more good players on the team when he was here.

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 6:56 PM
 

Jerry Butler

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 7:08 PM
 

Rob Bodine

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Posted: Dec 22, 2014 10:28 AM
 

I have to go with David Treadwell...Mr. Clutch...


Re: Who is the best walk-on to play football at Clemson?


Posted: Dec 22, 2014 12:31 PM
 

Danny and Dabo....
I know you were intending to focus on players, but both of those guys were "walk-on" coaches and both have done us well. Dabo keeps impressing me.


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