First-Year Players Report at Clemson


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Tigers are still waiting on some paperwork for freshman receiver Kelvin Grant.

Clemson, SC-Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden welcomed 18 signees to
campus on Sunday afternoon. Monday will be a day of academic
meetings, then the Tiger rookies will open practice on Tuesday at
10:00 AM. The new players will also practice at 4:45 PM on Tuesday.
They will have two more practices on Wednesday. The four practices
for the freshmen will be held on the practice fields behind the
Jervey Athletic Center and will be open to the public.


The Clemson varsity reports on the evening of August 7th and the
first day of practice for the entire squad will take place on the
morning of August 9th. Once the varsity reports, the practices will
be closed to the public.


The team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day under the South
Stands (Press box side) at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Sunday, August
11 at 3:00 PM. The season opener is August 31 at Georgia at 7:45 PM.
Four of the 22 Clemson signees announced previously will report to
Clemson upon their approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse. All are
expected to attend Clemson.


"This is a large class of incoming freshmen, the second
straight year we have had a large group report," said Bowden, who
still has 22 of the 23 signees from last year in his program. "We
expect to see the players who are detained by the NCAA Clearinghouse
arrive at school shortly.


"I am anxious to see this group in action. We might not have as
many first-year freshmen contribute immediately as we did last year
when many of them were starters or at least second-team players early
in the season. But, in every class you have some surprises. I am
looking forward to seeing them on the practice fields on Tuesday.
They look to be in good physical condition."
Last year the freshmen began practice the day after they reported.
But this year the freshmen will spend Monday in academic meetings and
won't put on a football uniform on until Tuesday.


"These (meetings) are very important, we want to get everyone on the
right foot academically," said Bowden. "We have had great success in
that area in terms of team GPA, academic honor roll recipients and
players earning their degree the last three years. We certainly want
that to continue." Eighteen of the 22 seniors on the 2001 Clemson
team already have their degrees and more should join them this year.


2002 Clemson Signees who reported, Sunday, August 4th:

No.	Name               	Pos.	Hgt.	Wgt.	Cl.	Exp. Hometown	High School/JUCO
93	Gaines Adams    	DE	6-6	235	Fr.	HS   Greenwood, SC	Fork Union (VA) Prep
63	Nathan Bennett  	OG	6-5	300	Fr.	HS   Dallas, GA	Paulding County
95	Brandon Cannon  	DT	6-4	250	Fr.	HS   Stone Mountain, GA	Stephenson
89	Cole Chason     	P/PK	6-0	155	Fr.	HS   Roswell, GA	Greater Atlanta Christian
73	Tim DeBeer      	OT	6-6	270	Fr.	HS   Atlanta, GA	Marist
62	Dustin Fry      	OG	6-3	290	Fr.	HS   Summerville, SC	Summerville
72	Roman Fry       	C	6-4	260	Fr.	HS   Ironton, OH	Ironton
46	Brandon Jamison 	LB	6-2	215	Jr.	JC   Hopkins, SC	SW Mississippi JC
94	Vontrell Jamison	LB	6-8	260	Jr. 	JC   Holly Hill, SC	Mississippi Gulf Coast JC
77	Brad Lee        	OT	6-4	265	Fr.	HS   Hephzibah, GA	Hephzibah
80	Gerald McCloud  	WR	6-2	195	Fr.	HS   Jacksonville, FL	Arlington Country Day
37	Reggie Merriweather	RB	5-9	195	Fr. 	HS   North Augusta, SC	North Augusta
9	Justin Miller   	CB	5-11	180	Fr.	HS   Owensboro, KY	Owensboro
48	Kelvin Morris   	LB	6-4	220	Jr.	JC   Timmonsville, SC	SW Mississippi JC
14	Will Proctor    	QB	6-3	190	Fr.	HS   Winter Park, FL	Trinity Prep
15	Chansi Stuckey  	QB	6-0	170	Fr.	HS   Warner Robbins, GA	Warner Robbins
40	Anthony Waters  	LB	6-3	205	Fr.	HS   Lake View, SC	Lake View
39	Buddy Williams  	CB	5-11	175	Fr.	HS   Tallahassee, FL	Lincoln

Previously announced signees expected to come to school pending 
approval of the NCAA Clearinghouse:

No.	Name         	Pos.	Hgt.	Wgt.	Cl.	Exp.  	Hometown        	High School/JUCO
44	Donnell Clark	LB	6-2	245	Fr.	HS  	Griffin, GA     	Griffin
30	Duane Coleman	RB	5-10	185	Fr.	HS  	Naples, FL      	Naples
13	Kelvin Grant	WR	6-2	205	Fr.	HS 	Camden, SC      	Camden
16	Ty Zimmerman	WR	6-4	205	Fr.	HS 	Bennettsville, SC	Fork Union (VA) Prep

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