TigerNet Top-5: Who are the top Clemson QBs of the ACC era?
|Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:21 PM-|
The TigerNet Top-5 for Clemson football is analyzing the top players by position in the ACC era (1953-on).
How exactly do you judge nearly seven decades of gridiron action?
Our formula weighs a number of factors, including national awards, All-America and conference honors as well as school single-game, single-season and career records. An impact rating on that team success and the intangibles involved are also judged in that mix. And wrapping up the college aspect, we take how NFL scouts judged them with their draft position.
The No. 1 for QB in Clemson history isn’t too difficult currently, but there certainly could be some disagreement about the other four spots.
Here’s No.5 on the list:
TigerNet Top-5: QB
Notable career stats: 22-6-1 as starting QB, 4,614 career total yards, 26 total TDs in 34 games (29 as starter).
Why he’s here: Jordan was a first-team All-ACC selection and honorable-mention All-America in Clemson’s first national-title season (1981) and went on to total two conference crowns with the Tigers.
Against No. 4 Nebraska for the national championship, Jordan led the underdog No. 1 Tigers (4-points) in holding off the ‘Huskers, getting the ball back up 22-15 with 5:24 left and running the clock down to six seconds left before Nebraska had another chance.
In the run-geared scheme, Jordan was named an Orange Bowl MVP with 134 passing yards and 46 rushing yards, including the TD connection to Perry Tuttle that was forever immortalized in the Sports Illustrated cover.
The Athens, Georgia native led the ACC in yards per pass attempt in both 1980 and 1981 and pass efficiency in 1981. He was named a team MVP for the 1981 season by his teammates. He split time in his senior season with Mike Eppley after knee surgery before the campaign.
Jordan was inducted into the 2017 ACC football Legends class.
Who fills out your top-5 Clemson QBs in the ACC era?
TigerNet Top-5: QB
5. Homer Jordan
4. Steve Fuller
2. Tajh Boyd
(Stats compiled and written by Brandon Rink)