Dantzler Listed Among Top Contenders for Heisman


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Dantzler nearly became the first college football player in history to pass for 2000 yards and rush for 1000 in the same season.

Clemson, SC-Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler is listed as the
number-two candidate for the 2001 Heisman Trophy according to two
preseason media outlets. The Tiger signal caller, who is slated to
graduate in August, is ranked second for the award by Lindy's
Preseason Magazine and by CBS Sportsline.com.


Lindy's also ranks Dantzler as the top quarterback in the
nation and as its first-team All-America quarterback. Dantzler's
starting center and classmate, Kyle Young, is ranked as the fourth
best center in the nation by the publication. Also from the
offensive line, Will Merritt is ranked seventh among guards in the
nation. It also lists Chad Carson as the nation's 15th best outside
linebacker and Travis Zachery as the country's 25th best running back.


Dantzler led the Tigers to a 9-3 record last year, Clemson's
best mark since the 1993 season. Clemson was ranked 14th in the
final USA Today poll, its highest final ranking since 1991. He set
16 Clemson records last year and now holds 19 overall in his Clemson
career. Last year, Dantzler completed 137 of 244 passes for 1871
yards and 11 scores. He also rushed for 1028 yards to lead the
Tigers, and scored 13 touchdowns. His 24 touchdowns rushing and
passing established a Clemson single season record. His rushing
yardage total was an ACC record for a single season.


He nearly became the first college football player in history
to pass for 2000 yards and rush for 1000 in the same season. He
played the equivalent nine games a year ago due to injury and large
scoring differentials. It is a realistic goal for a healthy
Dantzler in 2001.


Lindy's Preseason Magazine, 2001

Top Contenders for 2001 Heisman Trophy

Rk Player               Pos	Yr	School
1. Damien Anderson   	RB	Sr.	Northwestern
2. Woodrow Dantzler	QB	Gr.	Clemson
3. Ken Dorsey       	QB	Jr.	Miami (FL)
4. Antwaan Randle El	QB-WR	Sr.	Indiana
5. Ken Simonton       	RB	Sr.	Oregon State
6. Chris Simms     	QB	Jr.	Texas
7. Eric Crouch      	QB	Sr.	Nebraska
8. John Henderson       DT	Sr.	Tennessee
9. Rocky Calmus       	LB	Sr.	Oklahoma
10.Jason Thomas       	QB	Jr.	UNLV


CBS Sportsline.com

Top Contenders for 2001 Heisman Trophy

Rk Player         	Pos	Yr.	School
1. Damien Anderson	RB	Sr.	Northwestern
2. Woodrow Dantzler	QB	Gr.	Clemson
3. Antwaan Randle El	QB-WR	Sr.	Indiana

Rest listed in alphabetical order
   Antonio Bryant	WR	Jr.	Pittsburgh
   Cedric Cobbs 	RB	Jr.	Arkansas
   Eric Crouch  	QB	Sr.	Nebraska
   Ken Dorsey     	QB	Jr.	Miami (FL)
   T.J.Duckett      	RB	Jr.	Michigan State
   DeShaun Foster	RB	Sr.	UCLA
   Jabar Gaffney 	WR	So.	Florida
   George Godsey 	QB	Sr.	Georgia Tech
   Rex Grossman 	QB	So.	Florida
   Joey Harrington	QB	Sr.	Oregon
   Ken Simonton 	RB	Sr.	Oregon State
   Chris Simms      	QB	Jr.	Texas
   Lee Suggs    	RB	Jr.	Virginia Tech
   Jason Thomas 	QB	Jr.	UNLV

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