Carswell Thorpe Award Candidate
Oklahoma City, OK -- Clemson safety Robert Carswell is one of 40 players
named to this year's preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award. The
Thorpe Award has been presented annually since 1986 to the best defensive
back in college football.
This is the second straight year Carswell has been named to the
preseason list. Carswell was a first-team All-ACC selection last year and
has been named a first-team All-American by eight different services this
A native of Stone Mountain, GA, Carswell needs just 13 tackles to
break Terry Kinard's Clemson record for tackles by a defensive back. He
has 282 heading into this season. A year ago, Carswell had six
interceptions to rank in a tie for 10th in the nation.
Other ACC defensive backs on the list include Tay Cody of Florida
State, Derrick Gibson of Florida State, and Errol Hood of North Carolina.
Glover Advances in US Amateur
Springfield, NJ -- Clemson rising senior Lucas Glover advanced to the final
32 of the United States Amateur with a 6-and-5 victory over Parker Foster
of Tulsa, OK. Glover now advances to play Georgia Tech rising sophomore
Matt Weibring in the second round.
The US Amateur is being played at Baltusrol Golf Club in New
Jersey. The competition culminates with the 36-hole championship on
Sunday. Glover, a native of Greenville, SC, is trying to be the first
Clemson golfer since Chris Patton in 1989 to win this event.
Two players with ties to Clemson were defeated on Wednesday. D.J.
Trahan, a rising sophomore at Clemson, was defeated by Nick Watney of
Dixon, CA and Fresno State University, four-and-three. Trahan earlier this
summer won the United States Public Links Championship and will play in the
Recent Clemson graduate Jonathan Byrd was defeated by David Eger of
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, three and two. It was the second straight year that
Byrd had made the match play portion of the national competition, then lost
in the first round. Byrd will turn professional soon.