2004 Clemson Football Prospectus


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Senior Airese Currie is the Clemson leading returning receiver and finished 10th in the ACC in receptions (4.3) last year.
Senior Airese Currie is the Clemson leading returning receiver and finished 10th in the ACC in receptions (4.3) last year.

NOTE: To view the prospectus for every school in the ACC check out the 2004 ACC Football Prospectus.


2003 -- Clemson finished 9-4 overall and
third in the ACC with a 5-3 league mark ... the
Tigers made their fifth-straight bowl appearance,
and 27th overall, defeating Tennessee
27-14 in the Peach Bowl ... Clemson finished
the season ranked 22nd in both polls.


Fast Finish -- The Tigers won their final
four games of the season by an average margin
of 27.0 points ... three of the wins were over
No. 3 Florida State, arch-rival South Carolina
and sixth-ranked Tennessee.


Honors -- Clemson had one first-team and
three second-team All-ACC selections ... Tommy
Bowden was named ACC Coach of the Year for
the second time in his five years with the Tigers
... Bowden is the only coach in ACC history
to take a league team to a bowl game in
each of his first five seasons with the program.



Whitehurst -- With 246 yards passing in
the Peach Bowl, Charlie Whitehurst joined NC
State’s Philip Rivers as only the second sophomore
in ACC history to reach the 5,000-yard plateau
... already third on the school career passing
list with 5,115 yards, Whitehurst has thrown
for over 200 yards in 15 of his 18 career starts,
including five games of 300 yards or more ..
19th on the ACC career passing efficiency chart
with a 132.8 rating ... missed earning 2nd-team
All-ACC honors by one vote a year ago ... already
owns 29 school records.


Tailback Tandem -- The Tigers return
both of their leading rushers of the past two
seasons ... Duane Coleman led the team and
finished ninth in the ACC in rushing a year ago
with 619 yards and two TDs and was fourth on
the team with 34 catches for 309 yards and
three TDs ... Yusef Kelly led the team in rushing
as a sophomore in 2002 with 520 yards
rushing but injuries limited him to five games
and 125 yards rushing in 2003.


O Line -- Senior guard Cedric Johnson, a twoyear
starter and honorable-mention All-ACC in
2003, heads up a trio of returning starters on
the offensive line ... Tommy Sharpe, a former
walk-on, has started at center in 16 of the last
18 games for the Tigers.


Airese -- With two of the top five pass catchers
in school history - Derrick Hamilton and
Kevin Youngblood - departing, senior Airese
Currie is the team’s leading returning receiver
... despite an injury-plagued year in 2003,
Currie totaled 43 catches for 560 yards and four
TDs and finished 10th in the ACC in receptions
(4.3).


King of the Hill -- Senior LB Leroy Hill is
the top returning tackler in the ACC ... a firstteam
All-ACC selection and an honorable mention
All-American last fall, Hill averaged 11.2
tackles per game and led the ACC with 27 tackles
for loss, including eight QB sacks ... had 10
or more tackles in all but three games ... was
third in voting for ACC Defensive Player of the
Year.


Miller Memo -- A second-team All-ACC selection
as a freshman in 2002 and an honorable
mention All-ACC defensive back as a sophomore,
Justin Miller was named to Sports Illustrated’s
2003 All-Bowl team this past season ... the Tigers’
top cover corner, Miller has 10 career interceptions
and is averaging 29.1 yards on 30
career kickoff returns ... 21 career starts.


Fudge Facts -- Honorable mention All-ACC
in 2003, rover Jamaal Fudge was the secondleading
tackler among sophomores in the ACC a
year ago (128), averaged 9.8 tackles per contest.

                                   Career    2004 
OFFENSE                 Class      Starts   Starts
QB Charlie Whitehurst .. Jr. ....... 18 ......13
TB Duane Coleman ....... Jr. .......  7 ...... 7
WR Airese Currie ....... Sr. ....... 17 ...... 8
TE Bobby Williamson .... Sr. ....... 12 ......11
OG Cedric Johnson ...... Sr. ....... 25 ......13
OG Nathan Bennett ...... So. .......  7 ...... 7
C Tommy Sharpe ......... Sr. ....... 16 ......12

Starters lost
WR Derrick Hamilton (2nd-team All-ACC)
WR Kevin Youngblood (70-897, 2 TDs)
OT William Henry (2-year starter)
OT Gregory Walker (2nd-team All-ACC)

                                   Career    2004 
DEFENSE                 Class      Starts   Starts
DE Maurice Fountain .... Sr. .......  8 ......  8
LB Leroy Hill .......... Sr. ....... 13 ...... 13
LB Eric Sampson ........ Sr. ....... 20 ......  8
CB Tye Hill ............ Jr. ....... 11 ...... 11
CB Justin Miller ....... Jr. ....... 21 ...... 13
Rov Jamaal Fudge ....... Jr. ....... 13 ...... 13
FS Travis Pugh ......... Sr. ....... 13 ...... 13

Starters lost
DE Khaleed Vaughn (3-year starter)
DT Donnell Washington (2nd-team All-ACC)
DT DeJuan Polk (13 starts, 33 tackles, 6 TFLs)
LB John Leake (3-year starter, 440 tackles)


2004 Schedule
Sept. 4 ........ Wake Forest
Sept. 11 ....... Georgia Tech
Sept. 18 ....... at Texas A&M
Sept. 25 ....... at Florida State
Oct. 7 ......... at Virginia
Oct. 16 ........ Utah State
Oct. 23 ........ Maryland
Oct. 30 ........ NC State
Nov. 6 ......... at Miami
Nov. 13 ........ at Duke
Nov. 20 ........ South Carolina	 

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