Clemson, SC-Four Clemson players have been named to the ACC
All-Freshman team as chosen by The Sporting News. Derrick Hamilton
(WR), Ben Hall (TE), Donnell Washington (DL) and Eric Sampson (LB)
were all named to the team. Clemson had more selections than any
Earlier, The Sporting News selected Derrick Hamilton and
Donnell Washington to its second-team Freshman All-America team, and
Hall was a third-team selection. It was the most Clemson players on
The Sporting News Freshman All-America teams since 1988.
Hamilton caught 53 passes for 684 yards this season, Clemson
freshman records in both categories. His reception total was the
third best in ACC history for a freshman, while his reception yardage
total was fourth best. Hall caught three touchdown passes, most ever
by a Clemson freshman tight end.
Washington had 44 tackles for the season, most among Clemson
freshmen. He also had eight tackles for loss and four sacks.
Sampson was right behind him with 35 tackles. He had 14 in the win
over Wake Forest when John Leake was injured.
Freshmen made significant contributions to Clemson's season in 2001.
Four different freshmen (Derrick Hamilton, Roscoe Crosby, Airese
Currie, and Ben Hall) scored touchdowns for the Tigers in the 49-24
Humanitarian Bowl victory over Louisiana Tech. It marked the first
time in Clemson history that four different freshmen scored a
touchdown in the same game.
Four different players on the 2001 Clemson team set rookie
receiving records. Derrick Hamilton set the overall freshman mark
for total receptions (53) and reception yards (684); Roscoe Crosby
set the true freshman record for total receptions (27) and reception
yards (465) and tied the record for touchdown receptions with
Hamilton (4); Airese Currie set the true freshman record for yards
per reception (17.8) and Ben Hall set the touchdown reception mark
for a freshman tight end (3).
Fourteen different freshmen played for the Tigers in 2001,
including 10 who played in 10 games and six who played in all 12
games. Six different freshmen started at one time or another in 2001.
Clemson freshman receivers combined to catch 106 passes for
1548 yards and 12 scores. That is the most productive freshman class
in Clemson history in terms of all three categories. A freshman
led Clemson in receiving in 10 of the 12 games in 2001.
Clemson freshman defensive players combined to make 173
tackles, 15 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks in 2001. At
the end of the year, 13 Clemson freshmen were listed on the 44-man
two-deep, more than any other final season depth chart in Clemson
history. Clemson played six freshmen at a time on defense during
games in the second half of the season.
The 14 freshmen who played in games for the Tigers this year
combined to appear in 3097 plays from scrimmage (not counting
special teams), an average of 221 plays per freshman over the course
of the season.