Dantzler Emerges as Heisman Candidate
In light of his 374-yard total offense performance
against Virginia, many members of the media have proclaimed
Woodrow Dantzler a 2000 Heisman candidate. The junior from
Orangeburg, SC certainly has some impressive and unusual
numbers (see below), data that is in line with those of a Heisman
Clemson has had just one player rank in the final top
10 of the Heisman Trophy voting. That was Steve Fuller, who
finished tied for sixth in the voting with fellow ACC player Ted
Brown of NC State in 1978. The only Clemson player to win a
National Award is Terry Kinard, who was named National
Defensive Player of the Year by CBS and Chevrolet in 1982.
Dantzler Ranked in Top 15 Nationally in Four Areas
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler is ranked in
the top 15 in the nation in four different statistical categories, a
testimony to his all-around abilities. Dantlzer ranks third in the
nation in passing efficiency with a 166.0 figure. He is ranked
seventh in total offense with a 296.5 figure and is also seventh in
points responsible for with 18.0 per game. Finally, Dantzler is
13th in the nation in rushing with an average of 123.8 yards per
game. It is safe to say that this is the highest a Clemson
quarterback has ever ranked in rushing at any time in a season.
Dantzler is the prime reason that Clemson is ranked
first in the nation in total offense with an average of 510.8 yards
per game. The Tigers are also tied for first in the country in
scoring offense and fifth in rushing.
Dantzler on Pace for 2000-1000 Season
Heisman Trophy voters are usually attracted to an
unusual and extraordinary statistical accomplishment. Clemson
quarterback Woodrow Dantzler has a realistic chance of doing
something that no other Division I quarterback in history has
accomplished. Prior to the season Clemson Head Coach
Tommy Bowden told Sports Illustrated’s Ivan Maisel that
Dantzler had a chance to become the first quarterback in NCAA
history to record 1000 yards rushing and 2000 yards passing in
the same season.
A look to the chart below tells us that Bowden did his
research. Ten different quarterbacks on 11 occasions have had
at least 1000 of each in the same season, but none of the 1000-
yard rushers have reached 2000 yards passing. The closest to
reaching both levels is Brian Mitchell, who had 1311 rushing and
1966 passing in 1989 at Louisiana-Lafayette. Mitchell has gone
on to an NFL career as one of the top kick returners in the
league and he is still playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.
NCAA backs who Have Accumulated at least 1000
yards rushing and 1000 yards passing in the same season:
Player Team Year Rush Pass
Johnny Bright Drake 1950 1232 1168
Reggie Collier S. Mississippi 1981 1005 1004
Bart Weiss Air Force 1985 1032 1449
Darian Hagan Colorado 1989 1004 1002
Dee Dowis Air Force 1989 1286 1285
Brian Mitchell LA-Lafayette 1989 1311 1966
Michael Carter Hawaii 1991 1092 1172
Beau Morgan Air Force 1995 1285 1165
Beau Morgan Air Force 1996 1494 1210
Chris McCoy Navy 1997 1370 1203
Scott Frost Nebraska 1997 1095 1237
Dantzler has 495 yards rushing and 691 yards passing
through four games this year. He is on pace for a 1361-yard
rushing season and a 1900-yard passing season. He leads the
ACC and ranks 13th in the nation in rushing and is ranked third
in the nation in passing efficiency with a 166.0 mark.
For those of your who might doubt Dantzler’s ability to
accomplish the 2000, 1000 double, check the chart below.
Dantzler has played the majority of Clemson’s plays in 11
games in his career, the number of games for a normal season.
In those 11 games he has passed for 2095 yards and rushed for
1039. He has had at least 200 yards total offense in 10 of those
11 games and has completed 59 percent of his passes.
Dantzler as Clemson’s Quarterback (11 Games)
Date Opp Passing Rushing Total Offense
C-A-Yds-TD-I Att-Yds-TD Plays-Yards
10-2-99 UNC 7-15-131-1-0 11-82-1 26-213
10-9-99 NCS 23-41-284-2-2 13-3-0 54-287
10-16-99 MD 16-23-252-0-0 22-183-1 45-435
10-23-99 FSU 9-24-102-1-1 24-86-1 48-188
10-30-99 WF 22-32-201-0-1 18-51-0 50-252
11-13-99 GT 13-24-185-2-0 26-120-1 50-305
11-20-99 USC 14-26-249-2-1 15-17-0 41-266
9-2-00 Cit 16-17-192-3-0 12-44-0 29-236
9-9-00 MO 12-19-188-2-0 13-65-1 32-253
9-16-00 WF 9-19-157-1-0 15-166-2 34-323
9-23-00 VA 15-24-154-1-1 18-220-2 33-374
Totals 156-264-2095-15-6 187-1039-9 442-3134
(.591) (190.4) (94.5) (285.0)
Items on Dantzler’s Big Day in Charlottesville
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler had another
outstanding game in the victory over Virginia on September
23rd. The junior signal caller rushed for 220 yards and passed
for 154, leading the Tigers to a 31-10 victory. He was named
National Player of the Week by CNNSI.com for his performance
against Virginia. Here are a few items on his performance that
*Gained 220 yards rushing, fifth highest total in
Clemson history regardless of position.
*The 220 yards rushing set a Clemson and ACC record
for rushing yards by a Tiger quarterback. Broke his own record
in terms of rushing yards by a Clemson quarterback.
*Gained 374 yards of total offense, tied for second
highest figure in Clemson history.
*Now has 386 yards rushing in the last two games,
second highest two-game total in Clemson history. Terrence
Flagler had 387 in consecutive games in 1986.
*Set Clemson record for consecutive 200-yard total
offense games. The Virginia game was his fourth straight game
of at least 200 yards.
*Became first Clemson player in history to gain at least
300 yards total offense in consecutive games.
*His 220 yards rushing against Virginia included a 75-
yard touchdown run, tied for the longest run in history by a
Clemson quarterback. Steve Fuller had a 75-yard run against
Virginia Tech at Clemson in 1978.
*The 75-yard run was the longest by any Clemson
player since 1993 when Derrick Witherspoon raced 89 yards for
a touchdown against Maryland.
*The 75-yard run was the longest on an opponent’s
home field since Terrence Flagler ran 88 yards at Wake Forest
*Became just the second Clemson quarterback in
history to have consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Louis
Solomon did it against Virginia and Duke in 1992.
*Had 223 yards of all-purpose running (yes, he even
caught a pass for three yards), 13th highest figure in Clemson
history, most since Tony Horne had 225 against UTEP in 1997.
Dantzler Already 11th in Total Offense in Clemson History
Even though Woodrow Dantzler has started just 10
games at quarterback in his Clemson career, he is already 11th
in school history in total offense. He has accumulated 1186
yards this year and now has 3446 for his career. That total is
broken down to 1167 rushing and 2279 passing. He has
played just 19 total games, meaning he averages 181.4 yards
per game, an all-time Clemson record on a career basis.
Dantzler still has a long way to go to catch career
record holder Nealon Greene, who had 6786 career total offense
yards. But, he still has the rest of this season and all of next
season. Dantzler’s 3446 career yards of total offense are just
18 away from Billy Hair's and into the top 10 in school history.
When Dantzler goes ahead of Hair this Saturday, he
will be just behind former teammate Brandon Streeter, who had
3556 for his career that ended last season. A 311-yard total
offense day against Duke will move Dantzler all the way to
seventh in school history. He began the year 26th.
Dantzler the Passer
Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler gets a lot of
attention for his running ability. And he should, he leads all
quarterbacks nationally in rushing and is first in the ACC overall
with 124 yards per game. But, not only does he lead the ACC
in rushing, he also paces the conference in passing efficiency.
Dantzler is also a fine passer as his 66 percent
completion rate and 166 passing efficiency rating shows. He
has completed 52-79 passes for 691 yards and seven touch-downs.
He has thrown just one interception this year (a pass
that was tipped) and had a streak of 79 straight passes without
an interception to open the season.
For his career Dantzler is now first in career passing
efficiency (135.44), first in completion percentage (.579) and first
in interception avoidance (2.36 %). Dantzler is also fifth in
yards per attempt and eighth in total touchdown passes.
Clemson Career Leaders in Passing Efficiency
(Minimum of 100 attempts)
Rk Player Years Com Att Yds Int TD Eff
1. Woodrow Dantzler 1998-00 172 297 2279 7 16 135.4
2. Mark Fellers 1972-74 58 124 943 7 12 131.3
3. Chris Morocco 1986-89 89 157 1238 4 6 130.4
4. Mike Eppley 1980-84 252 449 3354 26 28 127.9
5. Bobby Gage 1945-48 123 278 2448 27 24 127.3
6. Nealon Greene 1994-97 458 805 5719 26 35 124.6
Big Day for Reames Family
Clemson receiver and punt returner Joe Don Reames
returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter
of Clemson’s 31-10 victory over Virginia. It was an important
score, bringing the Tigers to a 10-10 tie at the time.
That was the first kick return for a touchdown in the
Tommy Bowden era at Clemson(16 games). It was the first
Clemson punt return for a score since the last regular season
game of 1997 when Tony Horne raced 40 yards for a score at
South Carolina. Clemson has not had a kickoff return for a
touchdown since 1990.
Reames had 9 punt returns for 59 yards this season
prior to that return, then exeeded his return yardage in that one
return in Charlottesville. It was an entertaining run in that he
changed directions four times. The return was featured on
ESPN's Plays of the Week on September 24. He resembled the
cartoon character “The Roadrunner” on that return. It is a fitting
comparison because Reames has a tatoo of the character on his
Reames was one of two members of his family to
receive headlines in the sports page on Sunday morning. His
brother, Britt Reames, pitched the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5
win over the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field on Saturday. The
Cardinals final out and Joe Don’s punt return took place within a
half hour of each other. Britt Reames is now 2-1 this year for the
Cardinals and is a candidate to make the team’s playoff roster.
Clemson Seeks Fifth Win in September
Clemson will be seeking its fifth win in the month of
September when it travels to Duke this weekend. The Tigers
have never had five wins in the month of September and have
had just three months in which it has won five games in its 105-
Clemson last had a 5-0 month in November of 1991.
Clemson used the perfect November to finish the regular season
9-1-1 and capture the ACC Championship. That was the last
time Clemson won the ACC title.
Overall, Clemson has had three 5-0 months. The
others are October of 1977 and October of 1981. Clemson
ended the 1977 season with an 8-3-1 record and advanced to
the Gator Bowl, Clemson’s first bowl season in 18 years.
Clemson won the National Championship in 1981.
Clemson last had a chance to go 5-0 in September in
1989. The Tigers were 4-0 to open the season, then traveled
to Duke to take on a 1-3 Blue Devil team. But, Steve Spurrier’s
team upset seventh ranked Clemson, 21-17, on a rainy day in
Adams on Display at College Football Hall of Fame
Clemson linebacker Keith Adams is one of 10 active
players featured in the “Race for the Pantheon 2000” exhibit at
the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana. The
display, located in the main exhibit hall, includes Adam’s jersey
and photos of the Clemson junior linebacker. It was unveiled
The “Race for the Pantheon Display” features what the
College Football Hall of Fame considers to be the top 10 players
in college football. Adams was the only linebacker listed and is
one of four juniors involved. He is a first-team preseason All-American
for 2000 after earning All-America honors last year as
a sophomore when he led the nation in tackles for loss and total
The 10 players Featured in the exhibit are:
Name Pos Yr. School
Keith Adams LB Jr. Clemson
Drew Brees QB Sr. Purdue
Alex Brown DT Jr. Florida
Jamar Fletcher DB Jr. Wisconsin
Casey Hampton DT Sr. Texas
Steve Hutchinson OG Sr. Michigan
Freddie Milons WR Jr. Alabama
LaDainian Tomlinson RB Sr. Texas Christian
Michael Vick QB So. Virginia Tech
Chris Weinke QB Sr. Florida State
Bowden Coached at Duke
Clemson head Coach Tommy Bowden has been to
Wallace Wade Stadium before....many times. Bowden was the
offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Duke from
1984-86. That was his third different school, but his first job as
a coordinator. During that time, Duke was 0-3 against Clemson,
including a 21-9 Tiger victory at Duke in 1985.
In Bowden’s first year as Clemson Head Coach, the
Tigers defeated Duke in Death Valley 58-7.
Clemson Has Struggled at Duke
And speaking of struggling in games at Duke, the
Tigers are just 3-3 at Wallace Wade Stadium since 1985. That
1989 upset win by Duke over Clemson is the most famous
example. The Tigers were 4-0, including a 34-23 win over a
Florida State team that would end the season ranked second in
the final Coach’s poll. The Tigers had five interceptions that
day on defense, but Clemson fumbled the return on two of those
occasions. That 1989 Clemson team that ended the year with a
10-2 record, featured future All-Pro players Levon Kirkland,
Chester McGlocton, Terry Allen, Chris Gardocki and Ed
As stated, Clemson has just a 3-3 record at Duke since
1985. The cumulative score of those six games is Clemson 100
and Duke 93. Clemson lost the last time it traveled to Duke, 28-
23. Prior to that, Clemson scored exactly 13 points in three
straight games at Duke, but won two of the three. Clemson
has averaged just 16.7 points a game at Duke in the last six
contests in Durham.
Clemson vs. Duke Series
*Clemson holds a 28-15-1 lead in the series with Duke,
a series that dates to a 20-6 Duke win in Durham in 1934. Duke
won the first four games of the series, all played at Duke.
*Duke never played at Clemson until 1959, a 6-0 Tiger
*While Clemson holds a commanding 15-4-1 lead in
the series at Clemson, the two teams are tied 11-11 in games
played at Duke
*Clemson has won eight of the last 10 overall and 15 of
the last 19.
*Duke last defeated Clemson in 1998 at Duke, 28-23.
*Duke has not won at Clemson since 1980, a 34-17
Blue Devil triumph that was led by Blue Devil quarterback Ben
*Duke defensive coordinator Bob Trott was Clemson’s
defensive coordinator in 1990, the year Clemson led the nation
in total defense. The Tigers finished that season with a 10-2
Last Year vs. Duke
Clemson had one of its finest all-around performances in
years in a 58-7 victory over Duke in Death Valley last season.
The 58 points were the most ever by Clemson (5-4, 5-2) against
Duke. The Tigers, who moved into second place in the ACC
with the win, outgained the Blue Devils 558-202, had more than
twice as many first downs (29-14), and scored eight touch-downs.
The 558 yards of total offense tied for the seventh most
in a game in Clemson history. The Tiger defense was also
outstanding, sacking Duke quarterbacks eight times, including a
record-setting four by Keith Adams, and forcing four intercep-tions.
Clemson had another 200-yard rushing and 200-yard
passing day, totaling 319 passing yards and 239 rushing yards.
Brandon Streeter had the finest “Senior Day” game by a
quarterback in Clemson history, completing 22 of 30 passes for
279 yards and two touchdowns. He played just three quarters
and led the Tigers to scoring drives on their first five posses-sions.
His favorite target was Rod Gardner, who caught 10
passes for 122 yards. Seniors Brian Wofford and Mal Lawyer
both caught touchdown passes in a fitting end to their last
games in Death Valley. With nine combined catches in the
game, they became the most prolific duo in Tiger history in
terms of receptions. They combined for 217 career catches
after Wofford’s 18-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Travis Zachery had his most productive day as a Tiger with
141 yards rushing on only 17 carries for an 8.3 average. He
also had four rushing touchdowns, becoming just the sixth Tiger
to score four touchdowns in a game. Freshman Bernard
Rambert added 49 rushing yards on 10 carries. Scottie
Montgomery led the Blue Devils with five catches for 94 yards,
a 44-yard punt return, and five kickoff returns for 99 yards (237
Clemson took its opening possession 66 yards in five plays
to take an early 7-0 lead. After Wofford out-muscled a Blue
Devil defender on a 42-yard pass from Streeter, Zachery took
an inside handoff 14 yards for six on the next play.
Robert Carswell intercepted a Spencer Romine pass on
the ensuing drive to set up Clemson’s 12-play, 41-yard drive
capped by Zachery’s eight-yard rush on another inside handoff
play out of the shotgun. Clemson upped its lead to 21-0 on its
next possession when Streeter connected with Lawyer on a
fourth-and-10 from the 25. Wofford’s 28-yard reverse set up
Duke threatened on its next possession, driving as far as
the Clemson 16; but Carswell picked off a Romine pass in the
endzone. The Tigers then drove 71 yards in 10 plays capped by
Tony Lazzara’s 26-yard field goal. Streeter was 4-5 for 75
yards on the drive. Clemson scored on its fifth straight posses-sion
when Zachery scored from nine yards, capping a seven-play,
53-yard drive to give Clemson a 31-0 lead with 4:30 left in
the second quarter.
Duke scored on the ensuing drive when Letavious Wilks
rushed six yards to paydirt, capping a 74-yard, eight-play drive.
Richmond Flower’s 35-yard, “lying-on-his-back” catch on fourth
down set up the score. Both teams were 3-4 on fourth down
Zachery scored his fourth touchdown when he broke
several tackles and sprinted 44 yards for the score with 8:03 left
in the third quarter. It was the longest rush of his career. On the
next possession, Clemson drove 68 yards on nine plays capped
by Wofford’s 18-yard catch.
Two plays later, Terry Jolly picked off a deflected pass
and raced 20 yards to give Clemson a 51-7 lead. It was the first
interception return for a touchdown by a Tiger lineman in 35
years. Woodrow Dantzler led Clemson on its final scoring drive
(12 plays, 80 yards) in the fourth quarter. Dantzler connected
with Jackie Robinson for a 25-yard score.
Adams, who seemingly lived in the Duke backfield all
game, led the Tiger defense, as he posted 14 tackles, including
six for loss and four sacks, both Clemson single-game records,
to go along with a caused fumble. Thanks to Carswell and the
rest of the secondary, Duke was held to 171 yards passing and
no passing touchdowns despite entering the game averaging
304 yards per game over its last four games. Jolly added two
tackles-for-loss and a sack to go along with his interception.
Crutchfield Posts Top Game as a Tiger
Clemson cornerback Darrel Crutchfield had his best
game as a Clemson Tiger in the victory over Virginia. The
senior from Jacksonville, FL had a career best seven individual
tackles and a career best four passes broken up in keying a
secondary that held Virginia quarterback Dan Ellis to 17-39
passing for only 170 yards. Crutchfield’s pass broken up total
was just one off the Clemson single game record of five by Perry
Williams against Virginia Tech in 1985.
Crutchfield has made a great comeback after suffering
a torn ACL against Florida State last year. He is a big reason
Clemson ranks first in the nation in pass efficiency defense
(72.50). So far this season, Crutchfield has 12 tackles and five
passes broken up.
Clemson Looks for 5-0 Start
Clemson is off to a 4-0 start, its best start since 1989
when Clemson was also 4-0. Clemson’s hopes of a 5-0 start
ended that year on September 30, 1989 at Duke. This
weekend’s game will be played on September 30. Clemson
was ranked seventh in Associated Press entering that game in
1989 at Duke and the Blue Devils were just 1-3 entering the
contest. Clemson is ranked seventh in AP this week and is
facing an 0-4 Duke team.
Clemson was last 5-0 in 1987 when the Tigers actually
started the year 6-0. Clemson has been 5-0 just eight times in
history. Clemson got off to 6-0 starts in 1900, 1928, 1929 and
1930. Clemson got off to a 5-0 start in 1940, Frank Howard’s
first year, and of course was 6-0 in 1987. Clemson had an
undefeated 11-0 season in 1948 and was 12-0 in 1981,
Clemson’s only National Championship season in history.
In recent years Clemson has not gotten off to a great
start often, yet has been resilient, making improvement over the
course of the season. Clemson has been to a bowl game 16 of
the last 23 seasons, yet has been 2-0 just four times in that era.
Clemson had a 12-0 season in 1981 of course, and was 6-0 to
Adams Has Tackle for Loss in 16 Straight Games
Butkus Award candidate Keith Adams is back in the
lead on the Clemson team in total tackles with 50. The junior
has one more tackle than classmate Chad Carson, who has 49.
Both linebackers have 24 first hits. Adams leads the team in
tackles for loss with three and is tied with Nick Eason for the
team lead in sacks with three.
Adams has at least one tackle for loss in every game
this year and 16 in a row over two years. If he records a tackle
for loss at Duke he will tie the Clemson record for consecutive
games with at least one tackle for loss, a mark held by former
All-American Anthony Simmons. Simmons streak went over the
1996 and 1997 seasons.
Adams has been Clemson’s team leader in tackles in
each of the last three games, including a high of 16 against
Wake Forest in the third game of the season. His tackle total is
below what it was last year, but he is averaging a tackle every
4.0 plays, better than the 4.7 plays per tackle last year when he
led the nation with 186 total tackles.
Clemson Politically Correct Team
Clemson might be the most politically correct team in
the country. The Tigers are the only school in the nation with a
Gore and Bush on its roster. Buddy Gore III is a walk-on
placekicker who has never played in a game, while Jovon Bush
is a second team defensive tackle who has six tackles in the
first four games.
Gore is the son of former Clemson All-ACC running
back Buddy Gore, who was Clemson’s first 1000-yard rusher
back in 1967. He is still fourth in Clemson history in rushing and
still holds the career record for all-purpose running yards per
No word on whom Gore and Bush will vote for in the
Bradley’s Streak Reaches 500 Games Saturday at Duke
Clemson Sports Information Director Emeritas Bob
Bradley will work his 500th consecutive Tiger football game this
Saturday when Clemson meets Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Bradley’s streak started on October 20, 1955 when he was in
just his third week as Clemson SID. He would hold that position
for 35 years, and has served Clemson in an emeritas capacity
Bradley’s first game as SID was an October 1, 1955
contest against Georgia in Death Valley. The Tigers then
traveled to Rice the next week, but Bradley did not make the trip,
as his predessor, Brent Breedin attended the game. Breedin
was leaving Clemson for Houston, so he made the trip.
Bradley’s streak covers almost 50 percent of all
Clemson football games played in history (499 of 1001 entering
Saturday). When Clemson meets Maryland on October 14 the
streak will reach exactly 50 percent of all Clemson games in
Clemson’s record in the 499 games of the streak is
301-186-12 (.615). During Bradley’s streak he has seen 99.2
percent of Clemson’s first-team All-ACC players, 83 percent of
Clemson’s drafted players, 89 percent of Clemson’s wins over
Top 25 teams.
One note of interest is the fact that Bradley has never
watched Clemson play a game on live television. His streak
virtually spans the history of television. Clemson’s first game on
television took place in 1957 and since Bradley has been at
every game since 1955, he has never watched Clemson play in
the comfort of his living room.
Clemson Football During Mr.B’s 499-game Streak
Category #/History % in History
Games 499 of 1001 .499
ACC Games 265 of 272 .974
Bowl Games 19 of 23 .826
Top 25 Wins 41 of 46 .891
All-ACC Players 131 of 132 .992
All-Americans 41 of 48 .854
Future NFL Players 134 of 147 .912
Drafted Players 144 of 174 .828
1st Round Draft Picks 17 of 19 .895
Top 25 Seasons 15 of 19 .789
Games in Death Valley 246 of 292 .842
Individual game Records 74 of 85 .871
Games Seen on TV 0 of 180 .000
Clemson Records Second Greatest Total Offense Day
Clemson had its second most productive total offense
day in school history in the win over Wake Forest. The Tigers
gained 623 yards of total offense in the 55-7 win, 436 on the
ground and 187 in the air. The only total offense figure that is
higher is the 756 yards Clemson accumulated against Wake
Forest in 1981, Clemson’s National Championship season.
Clemson now has just four games of 600 yards or more.
The 436 yards rushing ranked in a tie for seventh best
single game total in school history. The record is 615 against
Georgia Tech in 1903. The modern record (since 1937) is 536
against Wake Forest in 1981. The 436 yards against Wake
Forest were the most by a Clemson team since 1992 when the
Tigers had 440 in a win over UT Chattanooga.
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden often states
that when Clemson is gaining a lot of yards on the grounds the
result is usually a victory. That has been the case for the
Clemson program overall. In the 105-year history of Clemson
football the Tigers are now 97-3-1 when gaining at least 300
yards rushing. The 436 yards against Wake Forest were a high
for the Tigers in the Tommy Bowden era. Clemson added 327
more rushing yards in the win at Virginia and now ranks fifth in
the nation in rushing offense with a 301.25 figure.
Clemson had 30 first downs in the win over Wake
Forest, most first downs by a Clemson team since the Tigers
had 30 against Maryland in a victory in 1983.
Clemson has 3 of top 8 Rushers in ACC
Clemson’s offense has the reputation of an attack that
likes to throw a lot of passes. Clemson did set many passing
records last year. But, Clemson has really excelled in terms of
rushing offense so far in 2000. Clemson has averaged 301
yards a game on the ground in the first four games, tops in the
ACC by a large margin. In fact, Clemson averages twice as
many rushing yards per game compared with any other team in
A look to the ACC stats shows that Clemson has three
of the top 8 rushers in the ACC. Woodrow Dantzler is first at
123.8 yards a game, while Travis Zachery is fourth at 74.2.
Keith Kelly, a freshman who is really Clemson’s third team
tailback, stands eighth.
Zachery a Key to Clemson Offense
Travis Zachery will be a key to Clemson’s rate of
success on offense this year. The junior running back is
Clemson’s top returning rusher with 1455 career yards, including
a team best 820 last year. He actually had 827 in 10 regular
season games last year, then had -7 in the Peach Bowl when he
suffered a dislocated elbow, allowing him to play just five snaps.
So far this year Zachery has rushed for 297 yards, an
average of 74.2 yards per game. He also has 154 more yards
receiving and 30 on punt returns, giving him 498 all-purpose
yards this year, fifth best in the ACC.
Zachery was significant in Clemson’s 38-point perfor-mance
against The Citadel in the opener. He gained 52 yards
on the first Clemson play of the game, his longest rush of the
year and longest run by a Clemson running back since 1996
when Raymond Priester went 65 yards against South Carolina.
Zachery had 86 yards rushing and 51 receiving, plus eight on
punt returns for 145 total. He continued his productivity with 67
yards and three touchdowns against Missouri.
In the win over Wake Forest, Zachery picked up 73
yards rushing and 86 receiving. He was closing in on a 100-
yard day in both areas, something no Clemson player has ever
done in the same game. He did not play the last 25 minutes of
Zachery scored 16 touchdowns a year ago, second
highest figure in Clemson history and he ranked ninth in the
nation in scoring. Only the 17 touchdowns scored by Lester
Brown in 1978 is more. Zachery has shown an ability to catch
the ball out of the backfield and has 40 catches for his career,
just 5 away from the Clemson career record for a running back.
Zachery now has 27 touchdowns for his career, five
away from tying the Clemson career record held by Lester
Brown, who had 32 between 1976-79. At Zachery’s rate he will
eclipse that record by midseason this year.
Clemson career Touchdown Leaders
Rk Player Years Rec
1. Lester Brown 1976-79 32
2. Fred Cone 1948-50 31
3. Ray Matthews 1947-50 28
Terry Allen 1987-89 28
Kenny Flowers 1983-86 28
6. Cliff Austin 1978-82 27
Travis Zachery 1998-00 27
8. Emory Smith 1993-96 25
Clemson Ranking Highest Since 1991
Clemson has been ranked in the top 20 in both major
polls for each of the first six rankings this year. Clemson’s 4-0
start has elevated the Tigers to seventh in AP and eighth in
ESPN/USA Today Coach’s Poll. Clemson was 17th in AP and
19th in the USA Today/ESPN Coach’s polls in the preseason.
This #7 ranking is the highest Clemson has been ranked since
October 1, 1991 when Clemson was sixth.
That year, Clemson got off to a 3-0 start and ranked
sixth in the nation. But, Georgia ended Clemson’s season
opening streak in resounding fashion (27-12), sending Clemson
to a #18 ranking on October 8th. That October 1, 1991 #6
ranking is also the last time Clemson was in the top 10.
The last time Clemson was ranked in the top five was
September 12, 1988, when Clemson was ranked third in the
nation.The Tigers were knocked out of that top five ranking by
Tommy Bowden's father. Bobby Bowden's Florida State team
defeated Clemson 24-21 in the famous "Puntrooskie Game" and
the Tigers have not been back in the top five since.
Clemson’s highest ranking ever is number-one. That
has taken place twice, November 30, 1981 and January 3, 1982
(the final poll for the 1981 season).
Clemson Has 186 Points in Four Games
Clemson is fourth in the nation in scoring with 186
points after just four games, a 46.5 average. Clemson opened
the season with a 38-0 win over The Citadel, then defeated
Missouri in the second game 62-9. Tommy Bowden’s team
followed that with a 55-7 win over Wake Forest, then defeated
Virginia in Charlottesville, 31-10. The 186 points is a school
record for the first four games of the season and tied for the
most in Clemson history in any four-game period.
Clemson had consecutive wins in November of 1950
over Duquesne (53-20), Boston College (35-14), Furman (57-2)
and Auburn (41-0) on the way to completing an undefeated
season under Frank Howard. That is the only time in school
history in which Clemson has scored at least 35 points in four
Clemson’s 62 points scored against Missouri in week
two rank as the most by a Tiger team in any game since the
National Championship 1981 season when the Tigers defeated
Wake Forest 82-24, still the highest point total by one team in
any game involving two ACC teams. Clemson’s 53-point victory
margin against Missouri was the best by a Tiger team since the
season opener of 1990 when Clemson defeated Long Beach
The Tigers scored at least 50 points in consecutive
games in wins over Missouri and Wake Forest, a first in school
history. Clemson had at least 38 points in three straight games
(first three games of the season), the first time that has hap-pened
since 1983 when Clemson defeated Georgia Tech (41-
14), Virginia (42-21) and Duke (38-31) in consecutive games.
Clemson also did it in 1982 and 1950.
Scoring Points Nothing New for Bowden Teams
Scoring a lot of points is not a new experience for
Tommy Bowden coached teams. Between his 22 games at
Tulane and his 16 games as Clemson head coach, he has had
17 games in which his team has scored at least 40 points in a
game. Even the 62 points the Tigers scored against Missouri
were not the most by a Bowden coached team. His Tulane
team of 1998 defeated Southwest Louisiana, 72-20. The last
game he coached at Tulane, the Green Wave scored 62 in a 62-
30 win over Louisiana Tech.
Overall, Bowden coached teams have scored in the
70s on one occasion, scored in the 60s three times, scored in
the 50s on five occasions and scored in the 40s eight times. For
his 38 games as a Division I head coach his teams have scored
1381 points, an average of 36.3 points per game.
Clemson on/close to Record Pace in Many Areas
It is still very early, but Clemson has been operating at
a record rate in many areas, especially on offense. Clemson
has averaged 46.5 points a game through four games, far ahead
of the 38.0 per game put up by Clemson’s 1901 team under
John Heisman. The 510.8 yards a game are nearly 100 yards a
game ahead of the standing record of 427.8 yards a game. The
same goes for passing efficiency. Below are some areas where
Clemson is operating at near or above the record rate:
Category 2000 Record
Points/Game 46.5 38.0 (1901)
Touchdowns/Game 6.3 4.8 (1948)
Total Offense/Game 510.8 427.8 (1978)
First downs/Game 24.5 22.75 (1978)
Passing Efficiency 151.3 148.2 (1950)
Scoring Defense 6.5 4.5 (1939)
Yards/Play Offense 6.6 6.1 6 (1950)
James Making Impact on Defensive Front
Clemson fifth-year senior Freddie James is making a
name for himself in his final year as a Tiger. The native of St.
Stephens, SC made his first college start against Wake Forest
and had a lot to do with Clemson holding the Demon Deacons to
just seven points and 159 yards of total offense.
James played a career high 31 plays and made two
tackles, and caused a fumble. In the win over Missouri the
previous week, James had a career high five tackles, all first
hits. For the season, James has 12 tackles, 10 of which have
been first hits. He ranked 11th on the team in tackles. For his
career, he has played in 25 games and has 42 career tackles.
“Freddie James has been one of the heroes of our
defense this year,” said Clemson Defensive Coordinator Reggie
Herring. The Tigers are leading the nation in total defense and
scoring defense so far this year. The only chemical engineer-ing
major on the Clemson team, James is a strong team leader
who is vice president of Clemson’s LIFELINE organization, a
leadership group composed of Clemson football players. The
group is active in terms of team leadership and community
James is part of an athletic family. His cousin is Lance
Legree, starting defensive lineman at Notre Dame. Both are
fifth-year seniors, both wear #90, and they were born just eight
days apart. Legree was born three days before Christmas in
1977, while James was born five days after Christmas in 1977.
Carson Has Shown Improvement
Clemson’s leading tackler through three games was
not All-American linebacker Keith Adams. Adams, who was
featured in ESPN the Magazine the last issue in September, is
having another standout season.
But, classmate Chad Carson, a second-team Academic
All-American last year, has 49 tackles in four games, just one
behind Adams. Adams has played four more snaps. Carson
had a career high 18 tackles in the win over Missouri in the
second game of the year and had 11 against Wake Forest. He
added 10 more against Virginia.
Carson and Adams are quite a duo. Both are juniors
from Georgia. In fact, they used to tackle each other in high
school games. Carson was a running back most of his career
at Woodward Academy in Georgia. Adams was the top
linebacker at rival Westlake High School in College Park, GA.
Carson has his own weekly column on ESPN.com in
conjunction with the Bowl Championship Series site.
Clemson Outstanding in the Redzone
One of the reasons for Clemson’s success this year
has been scoring in the redzone. Clemson has been in the
opponent’s redzone 20 times already this season and has
scored 13 touchdowns and four field goals. One missed field
goal, and the end of the game when Clemson had a large lead,
are the only times Clemson has failed to convert when starting a
series inside the opponent’s 20.
Clemson Leads Nation in Three Categories
Clemson leads the nation, or is tied for the lead
nationally three different areas, total offense, scoring defense
and pass efficiency defense. Clemson is also ranked in the top
five in the nation in five other categories.
Clemson’s excellence on both sides of the ball is
shown in the NCAA stats. Clemson leads the nation in total
offense and is tied for first with Texas Tech in scoring defense
and pass efficiency defense. Clemson is fifth in rushing offense
and ninth in rushing defense. Clemson is fourth in scoring
offense and tied for first in scoring defense.
Clemson in the National Statistics Rankings
Total Offense 510.8 1st
Scoring Defense 6.5 1st
Pass Efficiency Defense 72.50 1st
Total Defense 190.3 2nd
Scoring Offense 46.5 4th
Fewest Passes Had Intercepted 1 4th
Rushing Offense 301.3 5th
Rushing Defense 85.5 9th
Turnovers Gained 11 10th
Pass Efficiency Offense 151.2 10th
Fumbles Recovered 6 11th
Turnover Margin +1.5 12th
Clemson 31-0-1 With 200 Yards Passing and Rushing
Clemson gained 236 yards rushing and 222 passing in
the win over The Citadel in the season opener. The Tigers had
206 rushing and 275 more passing in the win over Missouri.
That kind of balance, in particular gaining at least 200 yards
rushing and 200 yards passing in the same game, means a
Clemson victory. In history, Clemson has a 31-0-1 record when
it has at least 200 yards of each.
Clemson had three such games last year, wins over
North Carolina, Maryland and Duke. That means Clemson has
had five games of at least 200 yards of each in the 16 games
Tommy Bowden has coached at Clemson. The program had
just 28 such games in the first 103 years of Clemson football
prior to Bowden’s arrival.
Carswell Breaks Kinard’s Record
Senior safety Robert Carswell eclipsed a record held by
one of Clemson’s all-time greats in the Wake Forest game.
With his eight tackles, Carswell moved ahead of Terry Kinard to
set the school record for tackles in a career by a defensive back.
Carswell now has 309 career tackles, ahead of the 294 set by
Kinard from 1978-82. Kinard was a two-time consensus All-American
at Clemson, including a unanimous selection in 1982
when he was National Defensive Player of the Year. Kinard
was named Clemson’s greatest player of the 20th Century by
Sports Illustrated earlier this summer.
That said, Carswell certainly should take pride in this
record. He had 129 tackles last year to set the Clemson record
for stops by a Tiger defensive back. But, Carswell can do more
than just tackle, he had six interceptions last year to tie for the
ACC statistical championship in that category. He was named a
preseason first-team All-American by Playboy, Clemson’s first
Playboy All-American since Anthony Simmons.
Carswell now is ranked 10th in Clemson history in total
tackles regardless of position with his 309 total. He needs just
eight to jump all the way to seventh in Clemson history.
Top Career Tackle Totals by Clemson Defensive Backs
Rk Player Years Tot
1. Robert Carswell 1997-00 309
2. Terry Kinard 1978-82 294
3. Robert O’Neal 1989-92 252
4. Brian Dawkins 1992-95 251
5. Gene Beasley 1985-88 241
Clemson Leads ACC in Many Areas
Clemson leads the ACC in 10 different statistical
categories. Such dominance is usually something you see from
Florida State in the ACC stats, but the Tigers are off to quite a
start when it comes to offensive and defensive statistics.
Clemson leads the ACC in scoring offense (46.5 PPG)
and scoring defense (6.5 PPG). The Tigers also rank first in
rushing offense, pass defense, total defense, pass efficiency
defense, first down defense, first down offense, 3rd down
conversion offense and defense.
Points Off Turnovers Impressive
While turnover margin is important, points off turnover
might be even more important. Clemson was about as
productive as you can get in terms of converting turnovers into
points in its 62-9 win over Missouri.
Clemson forced six turnovers in the game, most forced
by a Tiger team since 1995 when Clemson forced seven in a win
over NC State in Raleigh. Clemson scored 34 points off those
six Missouri turnovers. When you figure the maximum you can
score (assuming you try to kick the extra points and not go for
two) is 42 points, that is good production. Missouri scored just
three points off Clemson’s one turnover.
This year, Clemson has a 69-10 advantage when it
comes to points off turnovers. In the 16 games Tommy Bowden
has coached at Clemson the margin is 169-54. Clemson forced
six turnovers against Missouri, three fumbles and three intercep-tions.
Tiger Mascot Getting a Workout
After each Clemson score the Tiger mascot does
pushups equal to Clemson’s new point total. That has been a
tough job for Clemson mascot Jon Potter so far this year. The
senior from Anderson, SC tied one Clemson mascot pushup
record and set another in Clemson’s season opening win over
The Citadel. First, he tied the record for pushups in a first
quarter (42), then set the home night game record with 135.
Potter more than doubled that total in the Missouri
victory, a 62-9 Clemson triumph. He did 310 pushups on the
afternoon, a game that was played in 82 degree heat. That
was the most pushups by a Clemson mascot since 1981 when
Ricky Capps did 465 in Clemson’s 82-24 win over Wake Forest.
Potter, who had to get an IV in the Clemson locker
room after the Missouri game, now has 785 pushups in four
games this year. He has made a good start toward the single
season record of 1124 by Zack Mills in 1978. The tradition of
the mascot doing pushups dates to the 1978 season.
Potter follows the Clemson team very closely. He
actually lives with Clemson starting defensive lineman Jason
Holloman and starting punter Jamie Somaini.
Young Leads O-Line
Center Kyle Young has been Clemson’s highest graded
offensive lineman in each of the last three games. The junior
first-team Academic All-American had an 80 percent grade and
four knockdown blocks from the Clemson coaches for his 55
plays against Missouri. For his performance he was named
ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
He played his finest game as a Clemson Tiger in the
win at Virginia in the fourth game of the season. He registered a
career high 16 knockdown blocks, most by a Clemson lineman
in seven years. He graded 93 percent for his 65 plays and had
a 100 percent grade in terms of effort from the Tiger offensive
Young was Clemson’s highest graded lineman in eight
of the 12 games last year. The native of Clemson is the
grandson of Ed McClendon, who was a member of Clemson’s
1939 Southern Conference Championship team. His brother,
Will Young, was an All-ACC player for the Tigers in 1995.
The offensive line, which also features graduate
students Theo Mougros and John McDermott, had a strong
game against Virginia helping Clemson to 481 yards of total
Gardner Countdown to Clemson Records
Rod Gardner will be chasing a couple of Clemson
records this season. With his record 80 catches for a record
1084 yards last year, Gardner has vaulted from virtual obscurity
to a record challenger.
Gardner enters the Duke game with 125 receptions for
1673 yards. He ranks fifth in career receptions and 6th in
reception yardage. If Gardner has 55 catches for 1233 yards
this season, he will break both records, marks held by former
All-ACC receiver Terry Smith. Smith had 162 catches for 2681
yards in his career.
Coming into last year Gardner had just 28 catches for
364 yards. An 80-catch season will obviously put him over the
top, but the yardage record will be a challenge. Entering this
season, the native of Jacksonville, FL trails only Smith, Perry
Tuttle, Jerry Butler, Brian Wofford and Tony Horne in receptions.
Horne reached the final 10 of the Biletnikoff Award in
his senior year (1997) when he had 70 catches. Gardner broke
his record for a season last year. Horne, now the top kickoff
return player in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, is the only
Clemson receiver in school history to reach the final 10 of the
Biletnikoff Award voting. (The award did not exist when Butler
and Tuttle played).
Clemson career Reception Leaders
Rk Player Years Rec
1. Terry Smith 1990-93 162
2. Perry Tuttle 1978-81 150
3. Jerry Butler 1975-78 139
4. Brian Wofford 1996-99 138
5. Rod Gardner 1997-00 125
6. Tony Horne 1994-97 120
7. Phil Rogers 1965-67 106
8. Mal Lawyer 1996-99 99
9. John McMakin 1969-71 93
10. Terrance Roulhac 1983-86 92
Clemson career Reception Yardage Leaders
Rk Player Years Rec
1. Terry Smith 1990-93 2681
2. Perry Tuttle 1978-81 2534
3. Jerry Butler 1975-78 2223
4. Brian Wofford 1996-99 1857
5. Tony Horne 1994-97 1750
6. Rod Gardner 1997-00 1673
7. Gary Cooper 1985-89 1592
8. Glenn Smith 1949-51 1576
9. Terrance Roulhac 1983-86 1487