Game Notes: Clemson vs Georgia


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Roscoe Crosby is one of four players on the active roster for Georgia that did not figure to be with the program in 2003.

Clemson vs. Georgia Football Game Sold Out


The season opening game between
Clemson and Georgia at Clemson Memorial
Stadium on August 30 is a sellout. Clemson
Associate Athletic Director and Ticket Manager
Van Hilderbrand made the announcement on
August 22nd.

A crowd of over 83,000 is expected
for the contest. The largest Clemson vs.
Georgia attendance in Death Valley was the
1990 game when 83,127 fans attended a 34-3
Clemson victory. This year’s game with
Georgia will be the largest crowd for a home
opener in Clemson history. The current record
for an opening day home game is a crowd of
81,482 for the Central Florida game on
September 1, 2001.

The record crowd for a game in
Clemson Memorial Stadium is 86,092 set in
1999 when Clemson met Florida State in
Bowden Bowl I, the first meeting of father and
son head coaches in Division I history. That
record will not be threatened at this game or
this year. Clemson administrators have
reduced the number of general admission seats
for games at Clemson Memorial Stadium this
year in order to enhance security efforts.

Howards on Both Sides Saturday

Howard will be a prominent name in
Clemson Memorial Stadium on Saturday when
Clemson meets Georgia. First, the game will
be played on Frank Howard Field. It is named
in honor of the legendary Clemson coach who
led the Tigers to eight conference
championships and six bowl games from 1940-
69.

Both teams have a Howard on their
roster, brothers J.J. Howard of Clemson and
Marcus Howard of Georgia. J.J. Howard is a
starting defensive end for the Tigers and a
graduate student who will be looking to make
his first college start in the Georgia game. He
has played 37 consecutive games as a reserve
and special teams player, but is ready to move
into a starting role this year. He has been one
of Clemson’s top defensive players in the
preseason. He had 34 tackles, including four
tackles for loss in 13 games and 269 snaps last
year.

Marcus Howard, who was recruited
by Clemson, is a linebacker who comes to
Georgia this year with outstanding credentials.
The first-year freshman was the Class AA
Defensive Player of the Year in South Carolina
a year ago when he had 89 tackles, three
interceptions and nine tackles for loss. He also
gained nearly 1000 yards as a running back. It
is not known at this time whether or not Marcus
Howard will red-shirt this year, but he is
expected to be at Death Valley on Saturday.
Both Howards played at Hanahan
High School for Jeff Cruce, a former Clemson
offensive lineman who was a member of
Clemson’s National Championship team of
1981.

It is the first time brothers have been
on opposing sidelines n Death Valley since
1980 when Mark Richardson played for
Clemson and brother John played for North
Carolina. They also faced each other in the
1981 game in Chapel Hill. John was a senior in
1981 and Mark a junior. Both now work for the
Carolina Panthers under their father, owner
Jerry Richardson.

This has happened in other sports at
Clemson. As recently as last spring, Colin
Mahoney played for Clemson and Ryan
Mahoney played for South Carolina on the
baseball diamond. In 1996-97 Clemson golfer
Jonathan Byrd, and his brother, Jordan Byrd,
who played for Furman, competed against each
other in the same golf tournaments. Jonathan
is now on the PGA Tour.

Clemson vs. Georgia Series

•Georgia holds a 40-17-4 advantage
in the series that dates to the 1897 season.
Georgia won that first meeting 24-0 in Athens in
the season opener that year. It was the fourth
game in Clemson history and the first time
Clemson played a game outside the state of
South Carolina. Georgia’s football history
dates to 1892 and that first meeting with
Clemson was the 25th in Bulldog history.

•Georgia holds a 26-7-1 advantage in
the series in games played at Georgia,
including a 20-2 lead in games played at
Sanford Stadium.


•Georgia has a 7-6-2 lead in games
played in Clemson Memorial Stadium, one of
just three opposing schools with a winning
record over the Tigers in Death Valley, given a
minimum of three games played. The others
are Florida State (7-0) and Auburn (4-2).
Obviously, a win by the Tigers will get them
back to .500 against the Bulldogs in games
played in Death Valley. Georgia has the most
wins in Death Valley among non-ACC teams.


•Georgia won the first three games of
the series, all in Athens between 1897 and
1899. Clemson’s first win was a 39-5 triumph in
Athens in 1900 behind head coach John
Heisman. The victory gave Heisman a 4-0
record to open his first season. Heisman was a
perfect 4-0 against Georgia as Clemson coach.
Clemson actually won seven games in a row in
the series between 1900-06.


•Clemson won at Georgia in 1914 by
a 35-13 count and then did not post a win in
Athens again until 1977 when Charley Pell led
the Tigers to victory 7-6.


•The two teams were 8-8-1 against
each other from 1897-1914, then Georgia went
on a 21-1-2 run in the series between 1915-73.
Clemson’s only win during that time was a 26-7
win in 1955. Clemson broke an eight-game
losing streak in 1974 with a 28-24 win at Death
Valley.


•The two teams tied in a 1963 game
played in Death Valley, 7-7. That game is
noteworthy because it was played in a
hailstorm, an event that delayed the game for
20 minutes. The temperature at kickoff was 83
degrees, but it dropped to 57 degrees just
before intermission.


•The two teams split 11 games
between 1977-87. The 11 games were
separated by 12 total points as Georgia
outscored Clemson 171-159 in those 12
games. When Danny Ford and Vince Dooley
coached against each other nine times in that
period the aggregate score was 153 for
Georgia and 152 for Clemson. Ford and
Dooley were 4-4-1against each other in that
time span.


•Georgia has now won the last four
meetings, in 1991, 1994, 1995 and 2002. The
last two meetings, although separated by seven
years, were classics. The 1995 contest was a
19-17 Georgia win at Death Valley. Both
teams went on to bowl games that year. Torin
Kirtsey led Georgia with 38 carries for 195
yards in that game. It is the second most
carries ever in a game against Clemson. Last
year Georgia won 31-28. Clemson had a 46-
yard field goal attempt to tie the game with a
minute left, but Aaron Hunt’s attempt was just
short. Clemson held the Bulldogs to 203 yards
of total offense in the game, a season low for
the 13-1 Bulldogs of 2002.

•Clemson last defeated Georgia in
1990 by a 34-3 score under first-year head
coach Ken Hatfield. Clemson’s defense, led by
future pros Levon Kirkland, Ed McDaniel,
Brentson Buckner, Chester McGlockton and
Robert O’Neal, held the Bulldogs out of the
endzone all day.


Year St Winner Summary

1977 GA CU, 7-6 Georgia fails on 2-point play with 20 seconds left

1978 GA GA, 12-0 Georgia shuts out Clemson offense that had 6 future NFL starters

1979 CU CU, 12-7 Tigers rush for 306 yards, shut GA out until final minute

1980 GA GA, 20-16 CU outgains GA 351-157, runs 90 plays, yet loses. GA Wins Nat. Title

1981 CU CU, 13-3 Tigers force record 9 turnovers and defeats #4 GA on way to Nat. Title

1982 GA GA, 13-7 Georgia wins battle of 1980 and 1981 National Champions on blocked FG

1983 CU 16-16 Tie Both teams attempt 60-yard+ field goals on last two plays of the game.

1984 GA GA 26-23 Kevin Butler boots 60-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.

1985 CU GA, 20-13 First National network TV game from Clemson, GA rushes for 360

1986 GA CU, 31-28 David Treadwell boots 46-yard field goal on last play of the game

1987 CU CU, 21-20 Treadwell boots 21-yarder with two seconds left to win game.


Tigers from Georgia


Georgia has been a top recruiting
area for Clemson for many years. The school
is just 20 miles from the Georgia/South
Carolina state line and, the distance between
the Clemson campus and the Georgia campus
is just about an 80-minute drive.


Clemson’s National Championship
team of 1981 had 22 players from the state of
Georgia and 23 from South Carolina. Recent
Clemson All-Americans who came to Tigertown
from the state of Georgia are Robert Carswell,
Keith Adams (now with the Philadelphia
Eagles), and Chris Gardocki (now with the
Cleveland Browns). Carswell and Gardocki
were from Stone Mountain, while Adams was
from College Park. Nick Eason, Clemson’s
only first-team All-ACC player last year, is now
with the Denver Broncos and is from Lyons,
GA.


This year is no exception when it
comes to finding many Georgia natives on the
Clemson roster. In fact, there are 23 players,
four more than last year, including 22 currently
on scholarship. Seven of the players are
starters (including punter Cole Chason) and
seven more are second team players.
Fourteen of the players are freshmen.
This year’s list of Tigers from Georgia
includes starting offensive tackle Nathan
Bennett, starting punter Cole Chason, starting
linebacker Leroy Hill, starting offensive guard
Cedric Johnson, starting center Tommy Sharpe,
starting defensive end Khlaleed Vaughn and
starting quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.


Clemson Players from Georgia

Name Yr Pos Hometown High School

@Nathan Bennett Fr. OG Dallas Paulding County

Brandon Cannon Fr. DT Stone Mountain Stephenson

Brian Carr So. FS Conyers Heritage

Cole Chason Fr. PK Roswell Gr. Atlanta Christian

Donnell Clark Fr. DT Griffin Griffin

Michael Collins So. WR Commerce Commerce

Tim DeBeer Fr. OT Atlanta Marist

Zach Green Fr. TE Conyers Salem

@LeRoy Hill So. LB Haddock Baldwin

@Cedric Johnson So. OG Barwick Thomas County Cent.

Brad Lee Fr. OT Hephzibah Hephzibah

Chip Myrick Fr. OT Atlanta Lovett

Gene Pate Jr. WR Tucker Tucker

Brandon Pilgrim Fr OG Lilburn Parkview

Robert Reese Fr. CB Temple Temple

@Tommy Sharpe So. C Albany Westover

Chansi Stuckey Fr. QB Warner Robbins Northside

Kyle Tucker Sr. P Cartersville Cartersville

@Khaleed Vaughn Gr. DE Atlanta North Atlanta

Nigel Vaughn So. LB Atlanta North Atlanta

Roy Walker Fr. Saf Oglethorpe Macon County

@Charlie Whitehurst Fr. QB Duluth Chattahoochee

Kwam Williams Fr. LB Conley Westlake

@Denotes Starter


Four Players Return/Added to Roster


While many teams are losing players
during the preseason, Clemson has been
adding to its roster. Since the end of spring
practice, four players who did not figure to be
with the program are now on the active roster
for 2003.


Steven Jackson is a second-team
fullback who has transferred from East
Tennessee State. That program is dropping
the sport at the end of this season, so the
NCAA ruled he could play for Clemson
immediately. He was a member of the All-
Southern Conference rookie team last year as
a defensive lineman.


Eric Sampson was suspended at the
end of last season for a violation of team rules
related to academics. He did not participate in
the spring and it was not known if he would
return. But he is back on the squad and is
currently the second team WHIP linebacker.
He had 79 tackles to rank fourth on the team
and started all 12 regular season games.

Ben Hall was the starting tight end
last year, but over the second semester did not
go through spring practice and intended to
transfer to another school. But, he
reconsidered and is now back on the team. He
caught a touchdown pass in the Tangerine Bowl
and was a freshman All-American two years
ago.


Finally, Roscoe Crosby is eligible to
play this year. The red-shirt sophomore did not
play last year after he withdrew from school for
medical reasons. He received a medical
waiver from the ACC and returned to the team
on August 18. He has practiced since then,
but will have very limited hitting opportunities prior to the Georgia game.
He was a USA Today All-American in high school and started four
games for the Tigers in 2001 when he had 27 catches for 465 yards. He
was a second round draft choice by the Kansas City Royals out of high
school and is still with the Royals organization in the offseason.

Clemson Depth Chart Breakdown


Clemson has a balanced depth chart from a class standpoint.
A look to the 22 starters shows that there are eight seniors, seven
juniors, six sophomores and one freshman listed as first team players
heading into the week of the Georgia game. The only freshman on the
first team is offensive guard Nathan Bennett.

The second team is made up of eight freshmen, five
sophomores, eight juniors and one senior. Of the 22 starters listed for
the Georgia game, 11 started in the bowl game at the end of last season
against Texas Tech. However, just seven started in last year’s game at
Georgia.

The two-deep includes a pair of first-year freshmen on second
team offensive line slots. Brandon Pilgrim is a first-year freshman listed
second team behind Cedric Johnson at left guard, while Marion Dukes is
a first-year freshman listed behind Gregory Walker at right tackle.
Pilgrim is from Parkview High in Lilburn, GA, while Dukes is from
Pickens High in Pickens, SC.



Whitehurst Efficiency Passer


Charlie Whitehurst, a sophomore from Duluth, GA, will be
Clemson’s starting quarterback in the season opener against Georgia.
It marks the first time since 1995 that Clemson has started a sophomore
in the opening game. That year sophomore Nealon Greene called the
signals in the opener against Western Carolina.


Whitehurst started the last five games of 2002 and set 22
records in the process. Granted, 13 of the records were freshman
marks, but he did have some impressive performances. He threw for an
ACC high 420 yards in his first start at Duke and led the Tigers to a 34-
31 victory. He threw for four touchdown passes the next week in a win at
North Carolina, then led the Tigers to victory over South Carolina by
completing 27-38 passes in a 27-20 Clemson win.


For the season, Whitehurst completed 123-214 passes for
1554 yards and 10 touchdowns. He threw six interceptions and had an
efficiency rating of 128.3. He had at last 250 yards of total offense in
four of his five starts.


Whitehurst is the son of former Green Bay Packers
quarterback David Whitehurst. His sister Carrie will be a freshman on
the Clemson women’s basketball team this year.


Clemson vs. Georgia 1977-87


The Clemson vs. Georgia series reached its high point during
the 11 games played between 1977-87. The two teams were 5-5-1
against each other during that period and nine of the 11 contests were
decided by seven points or less. During that time, Georgia scored 171
points and Clemson scored 159 so there were just 12 total points
difference between the two teams over an 11-game period. In the nine
games involving Vince Dooley and Danny Ford as head coaches the
difference was just one point (153 for Georgia and 152 for Clemson).
The average margin of victory for the winner was just 4.7
points per game during those 11 years. The teams were fairly even in
other categories also. Clemson averaged 311 yards per game during
that period against Georgia and the Bulldogs averaged 286.3. Clemson
had 11 more first downs in the 11 games combined.


Leake Named to Butkus Watch List


Clemson linebacker John Leake has been named to the list of
preseason Butkus Award candidates as announced by the Butkus Award
committee. Leake is a senior from Plano, TX in his third season as a
starting linebacker for the Tigers. The Award is named after all-time great
college and pro linebacker Dick Butkus. The award will be presented to
the nation’s top linebacker on December 12, 2003 in Orlando.
Leake was one of nine ACC players named to the preseason
list. The others are Darryl Blackstock and Ahmad Brooks of Virginia,
Michael Bouleware and Kendyll Pope of Florida State, Daryl Smith and
Keyron Fox of Georgia Tech, Ryan Fowler of Duke and Joe Leon of
Maryland.


Leake has 312 career tackles, including 169 in 2002 when he
ranked fourth in the nation. His tackle total was fifth best in school
history for a single season. A starter in 25 consecutive games entering
the Georgia game on August 30, he is tied for 13th in Clemson history in
career tackles entering this season. He reached double figures in
tackles in 11 of the 13 games a year ago.


Leake is one of three Clemson players on preseason award
lists for 2003. Earlier, Justin Miller was named as a preseason candidate
for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the top defensive back in the
nation, and Aaron Hunt was named to the Lou Groza Award list, which is
given to the nation’s top placekicker.


Phillips to Broadcast 400th Game


Jim Phillips, the voice of Clemson athletics since 1968, will
broadcast his 400 th Clemson football game when the Tigers taken on
Georgia on August 30. Phillips first broadcast of a Clemson sporting
event was on September 21, 1968, a 20-20 tie against Wake Forest in a
game played in Winston-Salem, NC.


Phillips has missed just a few games in his career. The
majority of the missed games have been the result of national radio
contracts with bowls that did not allow local broadcasts in the 1970s and
1980s.


Phillips has a long resume of accomplishments. He broadcast
his 1000th Clemson men’s basketball game at the 2002 ACC Tournament.
He is a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame and is the dean of
all ACC broadcasters in any sport. In addition to his work with Clemson
football and men’s basketball, he also broadcasts over 40 baseball
games a year and as many as women’s basketball games as will fit his
schedule. He has done nearly 3000 Clemson athletic events over the
years.


Bowden 10th among Winningest Active Coaches


Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden is 10th among
winningest active Division I head coaches. According to NCAA policy,
coaches must have been a head coach for five years to appear on the
list. Bowden is in his seventh year as head coach, two at Tulane and his
fifth season at Clemson. He is currently just ahead of South Carolina
Head Coach Lou Holtz, who has a .6616 winning percentage compared
to Bowden’s .6620.


It is interesting to note that Bowdens hold down two of the top
10 positions on the list. Tommy’s father, Bobby Bowden of Florida State
who will be here on November 8 with the Seminoles, is ranked third with a .773 winning percentage.
Tommy Bowden has taken the Tigers to a bowl game each of
his first four years, the first coach in Clemson history to do that and just
the third in ACC history. The only other coaches to achieve that
distinction are Lou Holtz (NC State 1973-76) and Bobby Ross (Maryland
1983-86). No coach in ACC history has taken a team to a bowl game
each of his first five years with a program. Bowden obviously could be
the first to do it this year. Overall, Bowden has 29 wins in his first four
years, seventh in ACC history in coaching victories over the first four
years of a tenure.


Winningest Active Division I Coaches

Rk Coach School Yr Record Pct

1. Bob Pruett Marshall 7 80-13 .860

2. Phillip Fulmer Tennessee 11 103-25 .805

3. Bobby Bowden Florida State 37 332-96-4 .773

4. Joe Paterno Penn State 37 336-100-3 .769

5. Lloyd Carr Michigan 8 76-23 .768

6. Bill Snyder Kansas State 14 116-5-11 .693

7. Dennis Franchione Texas A&M 20 155-73-2 .678

8. Paul Pasqualoni Syracuse 17 129-64-1 .668

9. John Robinson UNLV 16 124-62-4 .663

10. Tommy Bowden Clemson 6 47-24 .6620

11. Lou Holtz South Carolina 31 238-120-7 .6616

12. Sonny Lubick Colorado State 14 105-57 .648

13. John Smith Michigan State 14 110-60 .647



Musburger Returns to Death Valley


ABC will broadcast the Clemson vs. Georgia game to over 40
percent of the nation. It will be shown on the Eastern seaboard
(including New York City) with the exception of the state of Pennsylvania,
which is Big Ten country and will get the Illinois vs. Missouri game.
Clemson was on ABC once last year and was victorious by a
31-23 score against Wake Forest. Clemson is 8-2 under Tommy Bowden
in games televised by ABC, including his first victory as a Clemson
coach, a 33-14 win over Virginia in 1999.


Providing the play by play of Saturday’s game will be Brent
Musburger. This will be the fifth time Musburger has done a game from
Death Valley, his second as a commentator for ABC. He did the 1985
and 1987 Clemson vs. Georgia games, and the 1988 Florida State
game for CBS, and also did the 1997 North Carolina game for ABC. He
also made a trip to Clemson for the 1998 men’s basketball game against
Georgia Tech, Greg Buckner’s Senior Night game, which also turned out
to be Rick Barnes final game at Clemson.


Clemson Preseason Honors 2003


Five different 2003 Clemson players are ranked among the top
20 players in the nation at their respective positions according to various
preseason publications. The list includes wide receivers Derrick
Hamilton and Kevin Youngblood, linebacker John Leake, placekicker
Aaron Hunt and cornerback Justin Miller.


The presence of Hamilton and Youngblood, along with
returning starter and All-America track athlete Airese Currie, and red-shirt
freshman Kelvin Grant, is a major reason Clemson’s receiving corps is
ranked among the best in the nation. That list also does not include
Roscoe Crosby, who had 27 catches in 2001 and just joined the team in
mid-August.



Miller is ranked as the number-two cornerback in the nation by
Sporting News and the number-four defensive back in the nation by
collegefootballnews.com. That internet site also selects Miller as a firstteam
All-American and as the number-one rising star among defensive
backs nationally. Collegefootballnews.com also ranks Miller as the 32nd
best college football player in the nation regardless of position. He is on
the Thorpe Award preseason list.


Miller, a native of Owensboro, KY, was a unanimous freshman
All-American last year after leading the ACC and ranking fifth in the
nation with eight interceptions. He tied the Clemson freshman record for
passes defensed with 17 and the overall record for interceptions in a
season, records set by Robert O’Neal in 1989. Miller also had 61
tackles and caused two fumbles during his freshman campaign. He led
the ACC in interceptions and kickoff return average (35.1). His kickoff
return average was the third highest in ACC history.


John Leake is ranked as the #17 outside linebacker in the
nation by Lindy’s and is 18th by Sporting News. Collegefootballnews.com
ranks Leake 22 nd among all linebackers nationally. The Sporting News
also says that Leake is the hardest hitting linebacker in the ACC. He is
on the Butkus Award preseason list.


Hamilton is ranked #16 nationally among wide receivers by
Sporting News, while Youngblood is ranked 19th among receivers
according to Lindy’s. Athlon ranks Clemson’s receiving corps fourth in
the nation, while collegefootballnews.com lists it fifth best, The Sporting
News ranks it eighth and Lindy’s sees it as the 10th best group of
receivers in the country.


Aaron Hunt is ranked s the 15th best placekicker in the nation
by Sporting News, while collegefootballnews.com ranks Hunt 14th among
all punters and placekickers in the nation. Charlie Whitehurst is listed as
the number-six rising star among quarterbacks nationally. He is on the
Lou Groza preseason list. He was a semifinalist for that honor last year.


Georgia Update



Georgia is ranked ninth by USA Today and 11th by Associated
Press in the two major preseason polls for 2003. The Bulldogs of Head
Coach Mark Richt are coming off a 13-1 season and a number-three final
ranking in both polls. They won the SEC Championship game in
December, giving Georgia its first conference championship since 1982.
Georgia returns some outstanding players on offense, defense
and special teams off that 2002 team that defeated Florida State in the
Sugar Bowl. Quarterback David Greene leads the offense. The junior
from Snellville, GA completed 218 of 379 passes for 2924 yards and 22
touchdowns against just eight interceptions last season. He led Georgia
to five fourth quarter comeback victories in 2002, including the 31-28 win
over Clemson. Twice he tied the school record for touchdown passes in
a game with four and his passing efficiency rating of 137.3 was best in
the SEC and 18 th in the nation.


One of Georgia’s top all-purpose players is wide receiver Fred
Gibson. The junior from Waycross, GA has been named to many
preseason All-America teams. He had 43 catches for 758 yards and four
scores last year, a 17.6 average. He had a 24.2 average on 19 kickoff
returns, including a 91 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the
Tigers last year. He has seven 100-yard receiving games in his career,
second in Georgia history.


The Georgia defense is anchored by junior defensive end
David Pollack. Georgia was number-one in the SEC in sacks and
tackles for loss and Pollack led the team in both areas with 14 sacks (7th
best in the nation) and 23.5 tackles for loss. He also had seven passes
broken up a very high figure for a defensive end. His pass deflection and
interception against South Carolina was one of the top defensive plays of
the year in college football.


Billy Bennett leads the Georgia special teams as the place
kicker. Last year he converted all 52 of his extra point attempts and
made 26-33 field goals. He converted 1-14 field goal attempts from
the 40-49, many in clutch situations. His 130 kick scoring points last
year broke the previous record of 94 set by Kevin Butler in 1981. Butler
was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame so, Bennett
is playing at quite a pace. He kicked game winners inside the last six
minutes against Clemson, Alabama and Tennessee last year.



Both Coaches Have Ties to Florida State


Both head coaches in this Saturday’s game have connections
to Florida State, but neither played for the Seminoles. Clemson Head
Coach Tommy Bowden is the son of Florida State Head Coach Bobby
Bowden and served as an assistant for the sports second winningest
Division I coach in 1978-79, 1981-82. He also played for his father at
West Virginia in 1973-75.


Georgia Coach Mark Richt, a graduate of the University of
Miami, served as a graduate assistant coach at Florida State from 1985-
86, was a volunteer coach in 1987-88 and served as offensive
coordinator from 1994-00. In fact, Richt replaced current Clemson
offensive coordinator Brad Scott, as Florida State’s offensive coordinator
when Scott left FSU to become the head coach at South Carolina. Scott
was the offensive coordinator of Florida State’s 1993 National
Championship team and Richt was the coordinator of the Seminoles
1999 National Championship team.


Richt started and ended last year with victories over Bowdens.
He defeated the Tigers in the opener 31-28, and downed Bobby Bowden
and Florida State in the Sugar Bowl, 26-13.



Clemson has Eight Graduates on Roster


The 2003 Clemson team has already tied a school record and
the kickoff of the season opener has not even taken place. This year’s
team has eight graduates on its roster, tying the Clemson record set by
last year’s team. Now in his fifth year as Clemson head coach, Tommy
Bowden has had 27 players earn degrees before the end of their
eligibility, more than any other five-year period in Clemson history.



The current list includes two players, Khaleed Vaughn and
William Henry, who have actually had their degrees for over a year.
They are playing their final two seasons as graduate students.
The current list is not filled with walk-ons. Seven of the eight players are
starters, and wide receiver Tony Elliott can be a starter when Clemson
goes to a four wide receiver lineup. He was among the team leaders in
yards per catch last year.



All eight graduate student-athletes on the Clemson roster this
year are African American. Each year the NCAA issues a graduation
rate report that breaks statistics down by race. In this year’s report, the
1996-97 academic year was used in its study. Clemson had a perfect 9-
9 in African American graduation rate from that class and an 82.4
percent overall.


Clemson Graduates on 2003 Team

Name Pos Graduation Degree

Khaleed Vaughn DE Aug. 2002 Marketing

William Henry OT Aug. 2002 Sociology

Tony Elliott WR Dec. 2002 Engineering

J.J. Howard DE May 2003 Human Resource Dev.

Chad Jasmin FB Aug. 2003 Human Resource Dev.

DeJuan Polk DT May 2003 Sports Management

Kevin Youngblood WR Aug. 2003 Human Resource Dev

Gregory Walker OT May 2003 Health Science


Clemson Openers vs. Ranked Opponent

This is the second straight year Clemson has opened the
season with a top 10 Georgia team. The Bulldogs are ranked ninth by
USA Today and 11th by Associated Press. This will mark just the
seventh time in history Clemson has opened a season against a top 20
foe. The Tigers are 1-5 in the previous season openers against a ranked
team.
Clemson had not faced a ranked team in a season opener
since 1982 prior to last year when Georgia was ranked eighth by AP in
the preseason poll. With the playing of Saturday’s game it will mean
each of the last three times Clemson has opened with a top 20 opponent
the opposing team has been Georgia.
Clemson’s only season opening win in history over a ranked
opponent took place at North Carolina in 1959, a 20-18 win over a 12th
ranked North Carolina team for Frank Howard’s Tigers. The highest
ranked opponent Clemson has faced in a season opener took place in
1963 when Frank Howard’s team lost at fourth ranked Oklahoma, 31-14.


Clemson Season Openers vs. Ranked Teams


Year Opponent Rk St Result

1959 North Carolina 12 A W, 20-18

1963 Oklahoma 4 A L, 14-31

1974 Texas A&M 20 A L, 0-24

1977 Maryland 10 H L, 14-21

1982 Georgia 7 A L, 7-13

2002 Georgia 8 A L, 28-31

2003 Georgia #9 H

#USA Today ranking


Clemson’s Highest Ranked Wins


A win for Clemson over ninth ranked (USA Today) Georgia
team would be the highest ranked Clemson win since the 2001 season
when Clemson won at ninth-ranked Georgia Tech 47-44 in overtime. It
would be Clemson’s highest ranked win at home since beating a fourthranked
Georgia team in 1981. That is the highest ranked Clemson
victory in Death Valley in history.


Regardless of site, Clemson has nine wins over top 10 teams
in its history, three in Death Valley. Clemson has had 21 wins over top
25 teams since 1986 and has had at least one ranked win in 14 of the
last 17 seasons. Clemson has 47 wins over Associated Press top 25
teams in its history.


Clemson’s Top 10 Victories


Year Opponent Site Rk Score

1981 Georgia Clemson, SC 4 13-3

1981 Nebraska Miami, FL 4 22-15

1959 Texas Christian Houston, TX 7 23-7

1981 North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 8 10-8
2001 Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA 9 #47-44

1967 NC State Clemson, SC 10 14-6

1983 North Carolina Clemson, SC 10 16-3

1988 Oklahoma Orlando, FL 10 13-6

1992 Virginia Charlottesville, VA 10 29-28

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Clemson in Openers


Clemson has won 15 of its last 19 season openers. The only
opening losses since 1983 took place in 1986 at Clemson when Virginia
Tech and Coach Bill Dooley upset the Tigers, 20-14, at North Carolina in
Chapel Hill in 1996, in 1999 at home against Marshall, Tommy
Bowden’s first game as Clemson head coach, and last year at Georgia.
That 1986 game with Virginia Tech was a battle of eventual
bowl teams, as the Tigers ended the year 8-2-2 and ranked 17th in the
nation, while Virginia Tech was 9-2-1 and ranked 20th in the final poll.
The 1999 13-10 loss to Marshall was also a battle of bowl teams.
Clemson 2-2 under Tommy Bowden in its first game of the season. As
stated above, he has faced a difficult opening game schedule. Georgia
was a top 10 team last year and Marshall, his first game as Clemson
coach, ended the 1999 season with a 13-0 record and ranked 10th in the
nation.


The Tigers are 79-20-8 (.781), regardless of site, in their first
game of the season in its previous 107 seasons. Even though this is
the 108th season of Clemson football, Clemson has had just 102 home
openers in its history because five seasons Clemson did not play a game
at home. In the 102 home openers Clemson has a 78-16-8 record
against 29 different opponents.


Clemson Opening Day Records


Below are Clemson’s top performances by individual category
in the opening game of the season, regardless of site. Some of the
records date back over 50 years.

Clemson Opening Day Individual Records


Total Offense: 297 by Billy Hair by Presbyterian, 1951

Rushing Yards: 204 by Buck George vs. Presbyterian, 1952

Passing Yards: 283 by Jimmy Addison vs. Virginia, 1966

Pass Attempts: 34 by Brandon Streeter vs. Marshall, 1999

Pass Completions: 23 by Brandon Streeter vs. Marshall, 1999

Completion Percentage: .941 (16-17) by Woodrow Dantzler vs. The
Citadel, 2000

Passing Efficiency: 247.1 by Woodrow Dantzler vs. The Citadel, 2000

Receptions: 11 by Rod Gardner vs. Marshall, 1999

Reception Yards: 145 by Perry Tuttle vs. Furman, 1979

All Purpose Yards: 246 by Buck George vs. Presyterian vs.
Presbyterian, 1952

Tackles: 18 by Jeff Davis vs. Rice, 1980

18 by Chad Carson vs. The Citadel, 2000


Clemson’s Postgame Field Policy


Clemson has modified its football postgame traditions in an
effort to improve safety while maintaining fan access to the field. Called
“Gathering at the Paw”, the new postgame tradition will begin at the
conclusion of the game on August 30. At the final horn, Tiger Band will
play the Clemson Alma Mater. Coaches and players will gather at the
tiger paw at midfield after shaking the hands of the Georgia players and
coaches. Clemson players will then meet with fans, as they have in
years past, while the band performs. Event staff will be on hand to
direct fans to designated field access areas near the east end zone.



Hunt Has High Percentage


David Treadwell was inducted into the Clemson athletic Hall of
Fame five years ago and a big reason for his induction was his
performance against Georgia. Treadwell kicked a pair of game winning
field goals with two seconds to go or less, giving Clemson victories over
top 20 Georgia teams.


Aaron Hunt hopes he can continue Clemson’s tradition of
outstanding placekicking. Hunt enters his senior year with 37 field
goals in 50 attempts. He has also kicked 126-130 extra points for a total
of 237 career points. A year ago he was 17-22 on field goals. That was
average a 10-12 season as a sophomore, so he has made 27 of his last
34 field goals entering 2003. He has made just one extra point each of
the last two years.


Hunt has scored in each of the 36 games he has played in his
career, already a Clemson record for consecutive games scored. He did
not play against NC State last year when Clemson lost 38-6, as the
Tigers did not attempt a field goal or extra point. Entering this season,
Hunt is fifth in school history in scoring, fourth among kickers. He has
237 total points and needs 65 points to break Nelson Welch’s record.
He has scored at least 74 points in each of his first three seasons with
the Clemson program. He is also fifth in school history in career field
goals. Welch holds the record, an ACC mark as well, with 72.



Clemson Career Scoring Leaders

Rk Player Years TD PAT FGA Pts

1. Nelson Welch 1991-94 0 85-92 72-102 301

2. Travis Zachery 1998-01 50 300

3. Obed Ariri 1977-80 0 99-103 63-97 288

4. Chris Gardocki 1988-90 0 72-72 63-89 261

5. Aaron Hunt 2000-02 0 126-130 37-50 237

6. David Treadwell 1985-87 0 92-93 47-66 233

7. Bob Paulling 1979-83 0 107-109 23-41 209

8. Lester Brown 1976-79 32 192


Hamilton Already Sixth in All-purpose Running


Clemson junior wide receiver Derrick Hamilton is already sixth
in Clemson history in career all-purpose running yards with 3104. He
has 246 rushing, 1286 receiving, 1172 in kickoff returns and 400 in punt
returns halfway through his Clemson career. The record is 4391 by
Travis Zachery from 1998-2001. Hamilton, who had an ACC sophomore
record and league best 1883 yards last year, needs just 1288 all-purpose
yards to break Zachery’s record.


Hamilton led the ACC in kickoff returns as a freshman and led
the league in all-purpose running as a sophomore. He had a career high
256 all-purpose yards in just 14 touches in the win over Georgia Tech
last year at Death Valley. He also had games of at least 200 yards
against Florida State, Virginia and Texas Tech. He had a 101-yard
receiving game, a 97-yard rushing game, a 96-yard punt return game
and a 113-yard kickoff return game during the 2002 season.
Hamilton is the first Clemson receiver in history to have at least
100 catches through the end of his sophomore season. He has 105 after
getting 53 catches as a freshman and 52 last year. He is the only
Clemson receiver in history with at least 50 catches as a freshman and
sophomore.


As you can see by the list below, Hamilton needs just 170 allpurpose
yards to reach third place on the all-time Clemson list.


Clemson All-Purpose Running Leaders

Rk Player Years Rush Rec KOR PR Tot

1. Travis Zachery 1998-01 3058 1057 276 4391

2. Raymond Priester 1994-97 3966 316 4282

3. Buddy Gore 1966-68 2571 65 637 3273

4. Kenny Flowers 1983-86 2914 192 40 3146

5. Ray Mathews 1947-50 1886 650 294 298 3128

6. Derrick Hamilton 2001-02 246 1286 1172 400 3104

7. Terry Allen 1987-89 2778 243 80 3101

8. Ray Yauger 1968-70 2439 328 177 2944


Miller/Hamilton Kick Return Combo


Clemson has one of the top kick return duos in the nation.
Each of the last two ACC kickoff return champions have come from
Clemson. Derrick Hamilton won the ACC kickoff return championship in
2001, while Justin Miller won the title last year. Miller had a 35.1 yard
average last year on 13 returns. He did not have enough returns to rank
nationally, but had enough to lead the ACC.


Both players could be involved in the punt return game as well.
Hamilton averaged over 10 yards a return last year and has 400 career
punt return yards. Miller is yet to return a punt return in his career, but
has done it in practice this fall.


Active Tigers Among Clemson Career Leaders


Clemson has some active players who already hold some
school records and rank among the school’s career leaders in various
categories. The following is a recap:

Derrick Hamilton

•Clemson records Held:

•Most all-purpose running yards in a season (1883, in 2002)

•Most all-purpose running yards/game in career (124)

•Most 200-yard all-purpose running games in a season (3, in
2002)

•Most punt returns in a season (35, in 2002)

•Most kickoff returns in a season (32, in 2002)

•Most yards per rush in a season (9.9 in 2002)

•Most kickoff return yards in a season (696 in 2002)

•Career Rankings

•8th in total receptions (105)

ï12th in reception yardage (1286)

•3rd in kickoff return yards (1172)

•6th in all-purpose running yards (3104)


Kevin Youngblood

•Ranked 19th in Clemson history in receptions (72)


Charlie Whitehurst

Clemson Records Held:

•Most passing yards in a game (420 vs. Duke, 2002)

•Most completions in a game (34 vs. Duke, 2002)
•Highest single game passing efficiency (241 vs. North
Carolina, 2002)

•Most touchdown passes in a game, 4 vs. UNC and
vs. Duke, 2002.

•Most passing yards in first career start (420 vs. Duke, 2002)
Career Rankings

•Ranked second in Clemson history in career completion
percentage (.575)

•Ranked third in Clemson history in career interception
avoidance (2.8 percent)

•Ranked fourth in Clemson history in passing efficiency (128.3)
*Min of 20 attempts


John Leake

•Ranked 13th in Clemson history in career tackles (312)


Aaron Hunt

Clemson Records Held

•Most extra points in a career (126)

•Most extra points in a season (45 in 2000)

Career Ranking

•Ranked fifth in Clemson history in scoring (237 points)

•Ranked fourth in Clemson history in kick scoring (237 points)

•Fifth in career field goals (37)


Justin Miller

•Most interceptions in a season (8 in 2002)

•Highest kickoff return average in a season (35.1 in 2002)


Airese Currie ,WR

•Ranked fifth in Clemson history in yards per reception (17.7)

Clemson Overview on Offense


Clemson returns eight players who started over the last half of
the season, including four of the five starting offensive line. Balance has
been a hallmark of successful Clemson teams of the past. The program
has never lost a game in its history when gaining at least 200 yards
passing and 200 yards rushing in the same game. Improving the ground
attack, especially in short-yardage to attain that balance will be a
barometer Tommy Bowden will follow this year. He has stated
throughout the preseason that he has a goal of gaining at least 2000
yards rushing this year, something his team failed to do in 2002.
A more experienced and deeper offensive line could be the key
for the Tigers in that area. Clemson’s starting offensive linemen played
every snap in a combined 35 games last year.


The review of Clemson’s depth chart on offense starts at
quarterback. Charlie Whitehurst is number-one on the depth chart after a
record-setting freshman year. Whitehurst was the starter over the last
five games of the season when he led Clemson to a 3-2 record. He
joined Rodney Williams as the only freshmen in Clemson history to lead
the Tigers to at least three victories. He led the Tigers to victories over
Duke and North Carolina on the road and South Carolina at home in the
final month of the season, leading Clemson to a bowl bid.


The son of former Green Bay Packer quarterback David
Whitehurst, Charlie completed 34-52 passes for 420 yards and four
touchdowns at Duke in his first college start. He established Clemson
single game records for completions and passing yards in that first start,
a 34-31 Clemson victory. The performance included leading Clemson
to a game winning field goal with just eight seconds left. His second
week he threw for just 274 yards, but again threw for four scores in a
victory at North Carolina. His passing efficiency of 241 for that game was
a Clemson single game record.


For the season, Whitehurst set Clemson freshman records for
completions (123), attempts (214), passing yards (1554), and touchdown
passes (10). His most impressive and important performance came
against South Carolina in the regular season finale when he completed
27-38 passes for 287 yards. He did not throw an interception and scored
the tying touchdown on a nifty 11-yard run in the final period.


Perhaps the strongest and most deep area of the team will be
the receiver positions. Clemson set a school record for completions and
passing yardage in a season in 2002. Players who caught 175 of those
268 passes return for this season. Four publications have named
Clemson’s receiving corps among the top 10 units in the nation. Those
rankings were made when Roscoe Crosby was not a part of the
equation.


Leading the receiver group are veterans Kevin Youngblood and
Derrick Hamilton. Both caught at least 50 passes in 2002 and this will be
the first time in history Clemson has a pair of 50-catch receivers. The
combined for 111 catches for 1193 yards and four scores.
Both are already ranked in the top 20 in Clemson history in total
receptions and reception yards and are both ranked among the top 20
receivers in the nation by various preseason publications.
Youngblood led the way with 59 catches for 591 yards and two
scores in 2002. He began the year with a 6-66 game at Georgia on
ESPN and finished the year with a career best 134 receiving yards on
seven catches in an ESPN game against Texas Tech. The native of
Jacksonville, FL caught at least one pass in every game last year. It
was quite a comeback season for the native of Jacksonville because he
suffered a broken leg in preseason practice for 2001 and missed the
entire season.


Hamilton had 52 receptions for 602 yards and two scores in
2002. He now has 105 receptions in two seasons, the first player in
Clemson history to catch at least 100 balls by the end of his sophomore
year. He is more 60 percent of the way to Rod Gardner’s record of 166.
The junior is an all-purpose player for the Tigers. He was one
of just two players nationally to record at least 200 yards rushing,
receiving, in punt returns and kickoff returns in 2002. He led the ACC in
all-purpose running with a Clemson record 1883 yards, and ranked 20th
in the nation in that category with 144.8 yards per game. He had four
games of at least 200 all-purpose running yards, including the victory
over Georgia Tech when he had a 77-yard run and a 79-yard punt return.
Another big play performer is junior Airese Currie, a starter in
six of the 13 games a year ago. Ranked fifth in Clemson history in yards
per reception with a 17.7 figure, Currie caught an 83-yard game breaker
from Whitehurst at North Carolina last year, the longest pass play in the
history of Keenan Stadium. He has been top receiver in fall practice
according to Bowden.


Kelvin Grant was the most highly recruited member of
Clemson’s 2002 recruiting class. He was a USA Today All-American in
2001 who caught 59 passes for 1184 yards and 13 scores. He was
ranked as the number-four wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep.
Michael Collins is a gifted all-around athlete from Commerce, GA who is
eligible after sitting out a year after transferring from Tennessee.
Crosby started four games in 2001, and had 27 catches for 465
yards and four scores. He missed last year for medical reasons, but is
not healthy. He joined the team on August 18. Tony Elliott and Curtis
Bayam are two more receivers who will see playing time.
The tight end position is in good hands with the return of Ben
Hall and Bobby Williamson. Hall has been the starter each of the last two
years and has 20 catches for 240 yards and four touchdowns over the
two years. He was named a freshman All-American in 2001 when he
caught a Clemson freshman tight end record three TD passes.
Williamson had five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown last year. The
outstanding blocker had a solid spring including a 4-61 performance in
the spring game.


Bowden has a diverse roster of running backs. He is looking
for someone who can be a game breaker, something he has never had in
his four previous years at Clemson. He has some young players who
could fill that role, and still has tough veteran players who will give the
Tigers that needed change of pace. Heading into the Georgia game, he
still was not settled on the starter, nor the rotation. He probably won’t
name a starter until after Thursday practice, if then.
The top returning rusher from last year is junior Yusef Kelly.
The bullish all-around back gained 520 yards in 125 attempts and scored
eight touchdowns, fifth best in the ACC. He also showed his ability as a
receiver with 18 catches, fourth on the Clemson team. But, Kelly has
been slowed with a pulled groin muscle and has seen only limited
participation in preseason scrimmages.


Chad Jasmin is another veteran back who is capable of
contributing in the backfield in a number of areas. The graduate from
Louisiana has a 4.4 career rushing average and also has three career
touchdown receptions, including two in the win at North Carolina last
year. He is perhaps the best blocker among the Clemson running backs.
At the conclusion of one scrimmage this year, Bowden said Jasmin was
the best running back on the team.


The main candidates to start against Georgia are Duane
Coleman, Reggie Merriweather and Kyle Browning. Browning saw
limited action as a red-shirt freshman last year, but has shown that
ability in practice. Coleman sat out last year, but the native of Naples, FL
was regarded as the top running back in Florida two years ago when he
averaged an amazing 11.4 yards per rush and scored 40 touchdowns.
Merriweather was the top breakaway threat in the spring when he had
two runs of 75 yards during scrimmages.


Clemson returns four of its five starters in the offensive line.
Plus, five red-shirts are ready to make an impact on the Tiger line.
Clemson must replace Gary Byrd, starting right tackle, who was
Clemson’s most highly rated offensive lineman last year.
Leading the returning starters is Gregory Walker, who will be in
his third season as a starter on the line. A guard the last three years,
Walker will be the starting right tackle this year. The 320-pounder led the
Tigers in knockdown blocks in five games and was the highest graded
Clemson offensive lineman in seven contests. He played every snap in
seven of the 13 games.


The other tackle will be graduate student William Henry.
Slated to be a backup last year, he was thrown into the fire when starter
Derrick Brantley torn an ACL in the second game of the year. Henry went
from not playing at all in the opener against Georgia, to serving as a
mainstay at left tackle. In fact, he played the complete game in nine of
the 13 games and played 797 snaps for the season.


Returning at guard is Cedric Johnson, a junior who played 887
snaps last year, second highest figure on the team. Johnson was the
team leader in average film grade in five games last year and led the
squad in knockdown blocks three times. Joining Johnson at guard will
be Nathan Bennett, who won a battle with returning letterman Chip
Myrick, at guard. Tommy Sharpe, who started the last five games with
Whitehurst, is the starter at center. He came to Clemson as a walk-on
from Albany, GA


Overview on Defense


Clemson returns just five starters from last year’s defense, but
there are nine other players returning who played at least 100 snaps from
scrimmage in 2002. The Tigers have also moved a couple of offensive
players over to defense in an effort to improve the team’s overall speed.
Similar to the case on offense, the return of many talented red-shirt
freshmen should help Clemson’s depth and hopefully overall defensive
performance in 2003.


Leading the Clemson defense will be three-year starter
Khaleed Vaughn, leading tackler John Leake, and 2002 freshman All-
American Justin Miller. All three are certainly capable of having a
breakout season.


Leake is one of the top returning tacklers in the nation. The
native of Plano, TX had 169 tackles last year and his 13.0 per game
figure ranked fourth best in the nation. A team leader, Leake now has
312 career tackles to rank 13th in Clemson history. His 169 stops last
year ranked fifth best for a single season. In his third year as a starter,
Leake combines quickness and toughness to be one of the top
linebackers in the nation. He is ranked among the top outside
linebackers in the nation by various preseason publications.
Clemson must replace Rodney Thomas, a senior in 2002 who
had 167 tackles a year ago. Leroy Hill will battle for the starting middle
linebacker position. Hill was the top special teams tackler on the
Clemson team by far last year with 21 stops. He played just 47 snaps
from scrimmage, but that figure will increase greatly this year. Red-shirt
freshman Anthony Waters, a highly regarded player during his first-year
freshman season,


Lionel Richardson and Eric Sampson will hold down the WHIP
linebacker position. Richardson is a walk-on who has been among the
team leaders in tackles in fall scrimmages. Sampson started 12 games
last year at a linebacker position and had 79 tackles, fourth highest figure
on the team. He had a season best 15 stops in the win at Duke.
The most talented player on the Clemson team may be
sophomore cornerback Justin Miller. The native of Kentucky tied a
Clemson record with eight interceptions last year. He was a first-team
freshman All-American according to the Football Writers Association and
the Sporting News. Miller led the ACC and ranked fifth in the nation in
interceptions, quite an accomplishment considering he started just seven
games on defense last year. He was the only first-year freshman to
appear in a game last year. He is ranked as a preseason first-team All-
American by Sporting News for 2003 and is on the preseason lists for the
Thorpe Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award.


Miller will hold down one of the cornerback positions. Last year
he teamed with senior Brian Mance to give Clemson one of the top
cornerback combos in the nation. Mance’s replacement will be a battle
between Tye Hill and Toure Francis. Hill was listed as the starter after
spring practice.


Hill was Clemson’s third leading rusher last year when he
averaged a team best 5.4 yards per carry. He had a 100-yard game at
North Carolina. But, Bowden wishes to make use of his speed on
defense and he played well in the secondary in the spring game when
he made a leaping interception. Hill is also a stalwart on the Clemson
track team.


Francis was a starting cornerback in the season opener against
Georgia, but he suffered a torn ACL just 12 plays into the season. He
should be back to 100 percent in the fall for the opener against the
Bulldogs. Williams is a highly regarded red-shirt freshman who will get a
strong opportunity in the spring and fall.


Jamaal Fudge and Travis Pugh look to hold down the safety
positions. They must replace 2002 starters Eric Meekins and Altroy
Bodrick. Fudge saw action as a cornerback last year and had 27 tackles
overall as a reserve. Pugh had 34 stops as Meekins’s backup a year ago
and has the range to be an outstanding free safety. He led all tacklers in
the spring game with eight stops.


Clemson’s deepest area on defense may be the defensive line.
Clemson has eight returning lettermen for the four positions. The group
is led by Khaleed Vaughn, who has started 25 of the last 26 Clemson
games, including three bowl games. He had 60 tackles last year and
had six tackles for loss, including four sacks. He was second on the
team in quarterback pressures with 18.


J.J. Howard, an athletic defensive end in his fifth year in the
program, should finally get his chance at a starting assignment. The
graduate had 34 tackles last year, including four tackles for loss. A
player who runs a 4.48 in the 40 and can bench press 450 pounds,
Howard can chase down an enemy quarterback and make the big play.


Maurice Fountain, who played in all 13 games as a reserve last
year, is another athletic defensive end. Fountain had two interceptions
as a defensive end in 2002, including one in the late stages of the
Louisiana Tech game that iced the victory in Clemson’s column. It was
the first time since 1985 that a Clemson lineman had two interceptions in
a season. Vontrell Jamison, who played on the offensive line last year,
and red-shirts Gaines Adams and Brandon Cannon, are also in the
defensive end race this year. Adams led all Clemson players in sacks in
spring scrimmages with 5.5 and has continued to pressure the
quarterback in the preseason.


The defensive tackle position is led by Donnell Washington and
DeJuan Polk. Washington started all 13 games last year and had 55
tackles. At 6-6 and 320 pounds, he has the potential to be Clemson’s
chief run-stopper on the inside in 2003. Polk had 25 tackles as a reserve
last year. He is a graduate student in his final year of eligibility.Eric
Coleman will also challenge for a starting position. Coleman had 31
tackles last year most among reserve defensive linemen.

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