Gardner, Young Among Seven All-Americans to Graduate


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First round draft pick Rod Gardner earned his degree in Industrial Management.

Clemson, SC--Record setting football players Rod Gardner and Kyle
Young were among seven All-Americans who received diploma's from
Clemson University on Friday. Eight other All-ACC athletes were
among the 41 Clemson student-athletes who received their degrees over
the two sessions of graduation exercises held at Littlejohn Coliseum.


Gardner closed a memorable month of activities by receiving
his diploma in the afternoon session. The native of Jacksonville,
FL who earned his degree in Industrial Management, was the 15th
selection of the first round of the NFL draft by the Washington
Redskins in April. He concluded his Clemson career as the school's
career leader in total receptions (166).


Young graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in secondary
education. Clemson's starting center was a second-team All-American
on the field according to Football News and a first-team Academic
All-American last year. It was the second consecutive year he has
been named a first-team Academic All-American. Young will return to
Clemson for his final year of eligibility in 2001 as a graduate
student.


Young will be one of three starting offensive linemen for
Clemson next year who will play as graduate students. Starting
offensive guard T.J. Watkins received his diploma in marketing on
Friday, while starting guard Will Merritt had received his
undergraduate degree in December of 2000.


Matt Bailey was a third football player with a year of
eligibility remaining to receive a degree on Friday. Bailey earned
his degree in speech & communication and will return to the Tigers in
2001 as a starting wide receiver. Woodrow Dantzler, Nick Eason and
Charles Hafley are all on track to receive their degrees in August,
which will give the 2001 Tigers a record seven starting players who
will play as graduate students. Overall, 10 Clemson football
players graduated on Friday. The list included 2000 seniors Terry
Bryant, Jason Holloman, and Chad Speck.


In addition to Gardner and Young, five other Clemson
student-athletes who were All-Americans at one time in their Clemson
career, received degrees on Friday. The list includes ACC men's golf
champion John Engler, who was one of three members of Larry Penley's
third-ranked golf team to earn degrees on Friday. Men's soccer
All-American Mark Lisi, women's track All-Americans Shekera Weston
and Michelle Burgher, and men's track All-American Charles Allen were
four more All-Americans who earned degrees on Friday.


Lisi and Gardner have something in common. Lisi was a
number-four selection of the MSL draft by DC United and has already
started his professional career with that Washington, DC based team.
He scored the winning goal for DC United in each of his first two
professional games.


Eight other Clemson athletes who were All-ACC selections
during their careers received degrees on Friday. That list includes
Skye Frost (Volleyball), Carmina Giraldo (Women's Tennis), Tony Lloyd
(Men's Track), Charli Reasons (Women's Swimming), Will Rogers (Men's
Swimming), Lashonda Cutchin (Women's Track), Lauren Henne (Rowing)
and Benjamin Hess (Men's Track).


Clemson Student-Athletes Who Graduated May 11, 2001

	Name	                 Sport	                Major
	Charles Allen	         Men's Track	        Secondary Education
	Adam Allenspach	         Men's Basketball	Marketing
	Leslie Anderson	         Women's Swimming	Speech & Communication
	Matt Bailey	         Football          	Speech & Communication
	Terry Bryant             Football             	Industrial Education
	Michelle Burgher	 Women's Track	        Psychology
	Lashonda Cutchin	 Women's Track      	Psychology
	Jackie Dalleska	         Volleyball     	Psychology
	Alejandro Dubreuil	 Men's Swimming 	Psychology
	John Engler	         Golf                   Marketing
	Skye Frost	         Volleyball     	Visual Arts
	Andrea Gaines	         W. Basketball     	Marketing
	Rod Gardner	         Football       	Industrial Education
	Carmina Giraldo	         Women's Tennis  	Language & International Trade
	Duane Goodine	         Football       	Chemistry
	Andy Heck	         Men's Soccer        	Secondary Education
	Lauren Henne	         Rowing	Graphic         Communications
	Benjamin Hess	         Men's Track        	Health Science
	Jason Holloman	         Football           	Industrial Education
	Bill Hopke	         Men's Tennis        	Financial Management
	Brennen King	         Golf                	RPA
	Bradley Lecroy	         Baseball         	Industrial Education
	Aaron Leininger	         Men's Soccer        	Mechanical Engineering
	Christina Lindsey	 Rowing         	Construction Science
	Mark Lisi	         Men's Soccer       	Spanish
	Tony Lloyd	         Men's Track        	Packaging Science
	Jennifer Meador	         Women's Track       	Speech & Communication
	Wesley Morrow	         Men's Swimming  	Marketing
	Tenley Palisin	         Rowing           	Biological Science
	Adam Porter	         Men's Swimming   	Marketing
	Mike Pridemore	         Men's Swimming    	Accounting
	Charli Reasons	         Women's Swimming	Speech & Communication
	Will Rogers III	         Men's Swimming 	Speech & Communication
	Jani Saari	         Golf            	Management
	Chad Speck	         Football        	RPA
	John Strait	         Football         	Electrical Engineering
	T.J. Watkins	         Football         	Marketing
	Shekera Weston	         Women's Track       	Speech & Communication
	Matt Whinghter	         Football       	Marketing
	Courtney Wittstruck	 W. Basketball        	Language & International Trade
	Kyle Young	         Football        	Secondary Education

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