Clemson Spring Game Notes


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Whitehurst led the nation’s sophomore quarterbacks in passing yards last season.

Clemson Personnel Moves in the Spring


•Kyle Browning moved from running back to cornerback.


•Cole Downer moved from tight end to offensive tackle.


•C.J. Gaddis has played both quarterback and cornerback this
spring. He played the first nine practices at quarterback and will play the
last six at cornerback.


•Zach Green, tight end, who red-shirted last year, has missed
the entire spring with a broken leg


•Cory Groover is listed as a signee for 2004, but enrolled in
January and has gone through spring practice at defensive tackle.


•Steven Jackson has played linebacker and fullback in shortyardage
situations this spring. He was a fullback only last year.


•Gerald McCloud moved from roverback to wide receiver this
spring. He played wide receiver during practice when he red-shirted in
2002.


•Gene Pate,holder and wide receiver, has missed he entire
spring recovering from a broken leg suffered last fall.


•Chansi Stuckey has played wide receiver the entire spring.
He was the backup quarterback last year and played some wide receiver
at the end of the season.


•Nigel Vaughn has moved from linebacker to fullback.


•Kwam Williams has played both linebacker and defensive
end this spring.


Live Television


Comcast/Charter Sports (CSS) television will broadcast the
Clemson Spring Game Saturday afternoon. The game will be shown live
for the first time since ESPN televised the 1982 Clemson Spring Game.
That was the year after Clemson won the National Championship when
Sam Rosen and Paul McGuire did the game from Death Valley. Pete
Yanity and Will Merritt will provide the commentary this Saturday. The
game will also be broadcast live on WCCP Radio in Clemson (104.9 FM).
Kickoff is 1:06 PM.


Spring Game Format



The format for this year’s Clemson Spring Game will be similar
to last year. There will be practice kickoffs to start the day’s activities,
then the #1 offense will scrimmage against the #1 defense. Each drive
will start from the offense’s 30. There will be punting, but all punts will be
fair caught. Then the #2 offense will go against the #2 defense starting
from the offense’s 30-yard line. The first two quarters will be 15 minutes
each with normal stoppages in play.


There will be a 20-minute halftime to allow for various award
presentations. The second half will start with the #3 offense against the
#3 defense. They will start at the offense’s 30 and scrimmage for 12
plays. This segment will not be timed.


At the conclusion of the #3 vs. #3 segment, the #1s will go
against the #1s and the #2s will face the #2s . The last two quarters will
be running time except on kicking situations. The entire game should
take a little under two hours.


Each of the last two years the Spring Game has been held on
Riggs Field, but this year’s game will return to Clemson Memorial
Stadium.


Rigsby Displaced by Fire


Clemson snapper Geoff Rigsby and walk-on punter Chris Wiksell
were among 140 Clemson students who were displace after a fired
burned at their apartment in University Ridge Apartments near the
Clemson campus (across the street from Bowman field) on Feb. 25.
Rigsby is a rising senior who was an original walk-on, while Wiksell is a
sophomore punter who is yet to play in a game.


The fire began just two doors from Rigsby’s apartment. Rigsby
was in the apartment at the time the first started, while Wiksell was in
Anderson bowling. Both players lost all their Clemson memorabilia,
including letter jackets, bowl rings and other gear, not to mention
personal items, clothes, computer equipment and text books needed for
classes. Both players were helped by the NCAA’s student-athlete
emergency fund and moved in with friends at another apartment
complex for the rest of the semester.


Last Year’s Spring Game


The Clemson defense forced four turnovers and yielded just
two touchdowns and a field goal in the 2003 Spring Game at Historic
Riggs Field. Charlie Whitehurst led the offense by completing 14 of 20
passes for 160 yards and the game’s only passing touchdown as the
Tigers concluded their spring practice season.


Defensive backs Jamaal Fudge, Tavaghn Monts and Tye Hill
each had interceptions and Monts also recovered a fumble. Gaines
Adams led the defensive line with two sacks as the defense racked up 15
tackles for loss. Travis Pugh led all Tigers with eight tackles, including
one for loss.


Head Coach Tommy Bowden’s emphasis on the running game
this spring was evident as the Tigers ran 73 running plays to 47 passing
plays. Red-shirt freshman running back Duane Coleman led the ground
attack with 15 carries for 42 yards. Fullback Clifford Harrell had a
touchdown run and wide receiver Airese Currie, who also participated in
the Clemson Invitational track meet before and after the game, had the
longest run from scrimmage when he took a reverse 19 yards.


Red-shirt freshman quarterback Chansi Stuckey showed his
mobility with some dazzling moves on his way to 35 yards rushing while
also throwing for 58 yards. Classmate Will Proctor completed 4-7 passes
for 44 yards and graduate student Willie Simmons went 7-10 for 74
yards.


Wide receiver Kevin Youngblood had five receptions for 57
yards and tight end Bobby Williamson had four receptions for 61 yards to
lead the pass catchers. Red-shirt freshman Kelvin Grant hauled in the
game’s longest toss, a 33-yard bomb from Stuckey and had 72 yards
receiving overall.


Whitehurst highlighted the scrimmage with an 11-play, 98-yard
touchdown drive in the closing minutes that also featured the play of the
day. He stepped up in the pocket and fired a pass that was deflected by
LeRoy Hill. The quarterback then grabbed the ball out of the air and ran
for a 26-yard gain. On the last play of the game, Whitehurst found
running back Kyle Browning, who dashed 20 yards for a touchdown while
shedding an attempted tackle at the goal line.


2003 Spring Game Statistics


Rushing (Att-Yds-TD)
D. Coleman 15-50, Browning 13-36, Stuckey 7-35, Merriweather 10-27,
Currie 1-19, Harrell 6-11-1, Thomas 1-10, Holmes 4-8, Jasmin 1-7, Kelly
3-7, Dunham 2-8, Proctor 3-2, Whitehurst 4-2, Lowther 2-(-13). Totals 73-
181-1


Passing (Com-Att-Yds-Int-TD)
Whitehurst 14-20-160-1-1, Simmons 7-1-74-1-0, Proctor 4-7-44-1-0,
Stuckey 3-7-58-0-0 Lowther 1-3-23-0-0 Totals 29-47-359-3-1

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD)
Youngblood 5-57, Williamson 4-61, Hamilton 4-40, Grant 3-72, Collins 3-
22, Browning 2-27-1, Jasmin 2- (-1), Whitehurst 1-26, Hunter 1-23,
Baham 1-15, Merriweather 1-8, Thomas 1-5, Coleman 1-4


Tackles
Pugh 8, Richardson 6, McCloud 6, Leake 7, Waters 5, Cannon 5,
Coleman 4, Vaughn 4, Adams 4, Washington 3, Tate 3, Clark 3, Miller 3,
Bennett 3, Howard 3, Fountain 3, Hill 3


Sacks
Adams 2-12, Vontrell Jamison 1-5, Cannon 1-5


Interceptions:
Fudge 1-31, Monts 1-0, Hill 1-0


Fumble Recovery: Monts


Whitehurst Led Nation’s Sophomores in Passing


Clemson rising junior quarterback Charlie Whitehurst threw for
273.9 yards per game in 2003, an all-time Clemson record. He threw for
3,561 yards in the 13 games and had 11 gams of at least 200 yards
passing. He led the nation’s sophomore quarterbacks in passing yards
per game, even ahead of Southern Cal sophomore Matt Leinart, who led
the Trojans to the Associated Press National Championship. Whitehurst
beat out Leinart by just five total yards over the course of the entire
season. They each played 13 games. They were the only two
sophomores to throw for over 3,200 yards in 2003, never mind eclipsing
the 3500-yard mark.


Top Sophomore Quarterbacks of 2003

(Passing Yards/Game Basis, Min. 15 attempts/game)
Rk Player               School 		GP Yards Yds/G
1. Charlie Whitehurst 	Clemson 	13 3561 273.9
2. Matt Leinart 	Southern Cal 	13 3556 273.5
3. Bruce Gradkowski 	Toledo 		12 3210 267.5
4. Joel Klatt 		Colorado 	11 2614 237.6
5. Ryan Hart 		Rutgers 	12 2714 226.2
6. Alex Smith		Utah 		11 2247 204.3
7. Jay Cutler 		Vanderbilt 	12 2347 195.6


Hill, Currie and Gaddis Doing Double Duty this Spring


Three Clemson football players have performed double duty
this spring. Starting wide receiver Airese Currie and starting cornerback
Tye Hill have both been competing with the Clemson men’s track team,
while C.J. Gaddis is in his first year as a reserve outfielder with the
Clemson baseball program.


Hill and Currie have both already qualified for the 100 meters
at the NCAA East regional to be held in May. Hill ran a 10.48 and Currie
a 10.50 at the Clemson Invitational last Saturday to reach those
qualifying standards. Both are also members of the Clemson 4X100
meter relay team that has already qualified for the regional as well (39.83
time). Hill and Currie have not taken part in each of the two major
scrimmages in Death Valley so far this spring, but will be in the spring
game.


Both had strong seasons indoors as well. Hill was the ACC
champion in the 60 meters indoors in a time of 6.73. He also earned All-
ACC honors in the 200 meters by placing third in a time of 21.61. Currie
had a season best 6.86 in the 60 meters and finished fourth at the
conference meet in that event. Last year he was the 100 meter
champion at the NCAA East Regional, but was injured at the NCAA
national meet.


Gaddis has played in nine baseball games for the Tigers so far
this year, two as a starter. He is yet to get a hit in 10 at bats, but has
scored two runs, has three walks and a stolen base. He has no errors in
eight fielding chances.


Hill Named to Lombardi Award Watch List


Clemson linebacker Leroy Hill has been named to the 2004
Rotary Lombardi Preliminary Watch list. The award is presented at the
conclusion of the college football season to the top lineman in college
football. Offensive linemen, defensive linemen, tight ends and inside
linebackers are eligible for the award. This is the 35th year of the award,
which is presented by the Rotary Club of Houston, TX.


Hill was one of 54 players named to the preseason watch list,
one of six players from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The other ACC
players were Alex Barron of Florida State, C.J. Brooks of Maryland, Eric
Henderson of Georgia Tech, Heath Miller of Virginia, and Eric Winston of
Miami (FL).


Hill, who will be a senior in 2004, was a first-team All-ACC
selection last year when he ranked second in the nation in tackles for
loss with 27. He also ranked fifth in the nation in solo tackles (110) and
had 145 tackles overall in 13 games as a starter, 22nd in the nation on a
tackles per game basis. He had 43 tackles during Clemson’s four-game
winning streak to end the season, including double figure tackle games in
Clemson’s wins over top 10 Florida State and Tennessee teams. Hill was
named the Defensive Player of the Game in the 2004 Chick-Fil-A Peach
Bowl when he had 12 tackles, including a pair of sacks.
A Clemson player has never won the Lombardi Award.
William Perry was a finalist in 1984.


Clemson in Preseason Top 25 of Two Early Polls

National Champs.net ESPN.com (Maisel)
Rk Team Rk Team
1. Southern Cal 		1. Southern Cal
2. Oklahoma 			2. LSU
3. Georgia 			3. Oklahoma
4. LSU 				4. Georgia
5. Miami (FL) 			5. Miami (FL)
6. Michigan 			6. Florida State
7. Florida State 		7. Michigan
8. Texas 			8. Maryland
9. Ohio State 			9. Texas
10. Tennessee 			10. Iowa
11. Auburn 			11. California
12. Iowa 			12. West Virginia
13. Florida 			13. Clemson
14. Clemson 			14. Utah
15. Nebraska 			15. Ohio State
16. Wisconsin			16. Oregon State
17. Kansas State 		17. Tennessee
18. Virginia 			18. Auburn
19. Maryland 			19. Missouri
20. California 			20. Virginia
21. West Virginia 		21. Florida
22. Minnesota 			22. Nebraska
23. Oklahoma State 		23. Toledo
24. Purdue 			24. Purdue
25. Utah 			25. Colorado

Nationalchamps.com top 10 Preseason Picks for Heisman
Rk Player 		PS School
1. Jason White 		QB Oklahoma
2. David Greene 	QB Georgia
3. Darren Sproles 	RB Kansas State
4. Matt Leinart 	QB Southern Cal
5. Carnell Williams 	RB Auburn
6. Cedrick Benson 	RB Texas
7. Anthony Davis 	RB Wisconsin
8. Charlie Whitehurst 	QB Clemson
9. Walter Reyes 	RB Syracuse
10. Brad Smith 		QB Missouri


Nationalchamps. com Preseason First-Team All-American Defense

Pos Name 		School
DE David Pollack 	Georgia
DT Shaun Cody 		Southern Cal
DT Anttaj Hawthorne 	Wisconsin
DE Dan Cody 		Oklahoma
LB Leroy Hill 		Clemson
LB Derrick Johnson 	Texas
LB Michael Boley 	Southern Miss.
CB Artrel Rolle 	Miami (FL)
CB Corey Webster 	LSU
SS Josh Bullocks 	Nebraska
SS Jim Leonhard 	Wisconsin


Top Offensive Performances in the Clemson Spring Game

100-Yard Rushers (Year, Att-Yds-TD)
Dymon Adams (1998 – 26 – 141-0)
Marvin Sims (1978 – 19 – 135)
Rick Gilstrap (1971 – 19 – 126 – 2)
Terry Witherspoon (1997 – 29 – 120 – 1)
Hugh Mauldin (1965 – 19 – 120)
Smiley Sanders (1971 – 19 – 118 – 1)
Travis Zachery (1998 – 25 – 111 – 1)
Raymond Priester (1997 – 14 – 110 – 2)
Jackie Jackson (1967 – 20 – 109 – 2)
Bernard Rambert (2001 – 14 – 108 – 1)
Antwuan Wyatt (1994 – 14 – 107 – 2)
Joel Wells (1955 – 5 – 106 – 1)
Tracy Johnson (1986 – 22 – 104 – 1)
George Usry (1958 – 22 – 103)
Greg Hood (1992 – 16 – 103)

200-Yard Passers (Year, Com – Att – Yds – Int – TD)
Willie Simmons (2001 – 21 – 39 – 240 – 2 – 0)
Woodrow Dantzler (2000 – 22 – 34 – 237 – 1 – 1)
Woodrow Dantzler (1999 – 11 – 25 – 220 – 1 – 2)
Patrick Sapp (1993 – 11 – 18 – 213 – 0 – 1)
Tommy Kendrick (1970 – 18 – 29 – 212 – 0 – 2)
Nealon Greene (1995 – 11 – 19 – 207 – 0 – 3)

100-Yard Receivers (Year, Rec – Yds – TD)
Jack Anderson (1970 – 10 – 150 – 2)
Perry Tuttle (1981 – 4 – 144)
Kevin Youngblood (2001 – 11 – 142)
Jerry Gaillard (1980 – 4 – 128)
Antwuan Wyatt (1995 – 6 – 110 – 2)
Charlie Waters (1969 – 8 – 108)
Brian Wofford (1999 – 4 – 106 – 1)
Dwayne Bryant (1993 – 6 – 105 – 1)
Jerry Gaillard (1979 – 6 – 104)
Frank Magwood (1980 – 2 – 104)
Jason Davis (1991 – 3 – 104 – 1)
Eric Young (1977 – 3 – 103 – 1)

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