2001 Football Depth Chart Released


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CLEMSON, SC -- Here are some notes on the Clemson post Spring Practice
Depth Chart, which was released to the media on Tuesday, May 1, 2001:


Two positions are listed as co-starters heading into the
August practices, offensive right guard on offense and free safety on
defense...Will Merritt, a returning starter, and Greg Walker, a
sophomore who showed great improvement in the Spring, are the
co-starters at right guard, while Eric Meekins and Marcus Houskin are
the co-starters at free safety...Clemson officially has seven
positions on offense that have returning starters from 2000, but the
roster of offensive players includes 10 players who have been
starters for at least four games during a season...Matt Bailey and
Kevin Youngblood go into the books as co-starters for the 2000 season
at a wide receiver position because they both started five games at a
wide receiver slot...Akil Smith sat out last year, but started 11
games at tackle in 1999...Gary Byrd, listed as the starting left
tackle heading into August, started four games in 2000, including
each of the last three...Clemson's defense has just four returning
starters in Nick Eason, Chad Carson, Charles Hafley and Braxton K.
Williams...Eason, who is recovering from a torn achilles tendon
suffered in practice last December, played a defensive end position
last year, but will play tackle this year...Clemson's MVP on defense
for the 2000 season has gained 20 pounds and is listed at 275...the
defense does have 20 returning lettermen...the offense has 29
returning lettermen and there are three special teams returning
lettermen, giving Tommy Bowden 52 returning lettermen for the 2001
season...only five of the top 22 players on defense are seniors,
while eight of the top 22 on offense are seniors...five red-shirt
freshmen are listed on the two-deep, Derrick Hamilton (WR), Cedric
Johnson (LG), Donnell Washington (LT), Rony Delusme (SS), and Ryan
Hemby (CB)....by May 12th, four of Clemson's 11 starters on offense
will have their degrees...Will Merritt earned his degree last
December, while Matt Bailey, Kyle Young and T.J. Watkins will receive
their degrees from Clemson on May 11th and play the 2001 season as
graduate students...Woodrow Dantzler and Nick Eason are both expected
to earn their degrees in August, giving Clemson six graduate students
when the Tigers begin the season against Central Florida on
September 1.


Offense
WR 82  Jackie Robinson 6-1  190  *Jr. 
   80  Matt Bailey  6-4  220 *Gr. 
   21  Derrick Hamilton  6-4  190 *Fr 
   84  J.J. McKelvey  6-4  215 Jr. 
LT 79  Gary Byrd  6-4  305 *Jr. 
   61  Akil Smith  6-4  290 *Jr. 
LG 73  T.J. Watkins 6-3  275  *Gr. 
   65  Cedric Johnson 6-4  317 *Fr 
C  59  Kyle Young  6-3 280 *Gr. 
   51  Brian Outlaw 6-2  245  *Sr. 
RG 50  Will Merritt 6-3  260  *Gr. 
or 78  Greg Walker 6-5  315  *So. 
RT 71  Derrick Brantley 6-5  287 *Jr. 
   75  Nate Gillespie  6-3  271 *So. 
TE 83  Morgan Woodward  6-0 212  *Sr. 
   88  Todd McClinton  6-6  275  So. 
QB  1  Woodrow Dantzler 5-11  200 *Sr. 
    7  Willie Simmons 6-1  190 *So. 
TB  8  Travis Zachery 6-0  190  *Sr. 
   20  Bernard Rambert 6-0 200  Jr. 
    5  Keith Kelly  6-0  215  So. 
FB 10  Chad Jasmin  5-10 214  *So. 
   44  Britt Sherman  5-7  221  So. 
WR 17  Kevin Youngblood  6-5  210  *So. 
   16  Joe Don Reames  5-10  185  Jr. 
   85  Ronnie Thomas  5-11 190 So. 
   12  Jeff Scott 6-1  190  So. 

Bold face denotes starters in four-receiver set.

Defense
DE  91 Bryant McNeal 6-5 235  *Jr. 
    58 J.J. Howard  6-3  220 *So. 
LT  98 Nick Eason 6-4 275 *Jr. 
    96 Donnell Washington 6-6  320  *Fr 
RT  95 Jovon Bush 6-5  305 *Sr. 
    97 DeJuan Polk 6-2 265 *So. 
RE  56 Khaleed Vaughan  6-4  260  *So. 
    44 David Ellis  6-1  240 Jr. 
SLB 42 Altroy Bodrick  6-1 208  *Sr. 
    47 Rodney Feaster 6-0  210  Jr. 
WLB 46 Chad Carson  6-3  235  Sr. 
    41 Rodney Thomas 6-0 215 Jr. 
Str 48 Braxton K. Williams 6-2  203  Sr. 
    45 John Leake  6-2  210 So. 
SS  40 Charles Hafley 6-1  195  *Sr. 
    33 Rony Delusme 6-2  185  *Fr. 
FS   3 Eric Meekins 6-2  190  Jr. 
or  25 Marcus Houskin  6-0  200  *So. 
LC   2 Brian Mance 5-11 185 Jr. 
    36 Toure Francis 5-10  184 So. 
RC  27 Kevin Johnson 6-0  185 *So. 
    22 Ryan Hemby  5-10  175  *Fr. 

Star - denotes weak safety position

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