NEW YORK - Former Clemson Tiger Terry Kinard will be inducted in to
the College Football Hall of Fame and current senior center Kyle
Young will be honored as a National Football Foundation Postgraduate
Scholar at the 44th Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria.
Clemson is the only school with two honorees at the dinner.
Kinard, who played for the Tigers from 1978-82 and was named National
Defensive Player of the Year by CBS Sports as a senior, will be just
the second Clemson player in history to be honored by the College
Football Hall of Fame, and the first since Banks McFadden in 1959.
A native of Sumter, SC, Kinard was a first-team Associated Press
All-American in 1981 and 1982, the only two-time first-team AP
All-American in school history. He was a unanimous selection in 1982,
the only consensus first-team All-American in Clemson history. Kinard
recorded 17 interceptions during his Clemson career, still the high
mark in school history and second in ACC history. He ranked in the
top 15 in the nation in interceptions in 1981 and 1982 and was a
major reason Clemson had a combined record of 21-1-1 over those two
years. Clemson's defense ranked in the top-10 in the nation in
scoring defense each year. He was Clemson's second leading tackler on
the 1981 National Championship team and led the 1982 squad that
finished eighth in the final Associated Press poll.
At the conclusion of his Clemson career, Kinard was chosen in the
first round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants, the 10th overall
pick of the draft. He played seven years for the Giants, including
the team's 1986 Super Bowl Championship season. Kinard was named to
the NFL All-Rookie team in 1983 and to the Pro Bowl in 1988.
Since his retirement from the game, Kinard was named to Sports
Illustrated's All-1980s team that was released in conjunction with
the magazine's All-20th Century team of college football. In 2000 he
was named Clemson's top player of the 20th Century by CNNSI.com. He
was also chosen to the USA Today All-Decade team for the 1980s. In
1996, he was named to Clemson's Centennial Team and received more
votes than any other defensive player.
Kinard will also be honored at the Hall of Fame site in South Bend,
IN, in August of 2002.
Young was one of 16 recipients of a Postgraduate scholarship as
selected by the National Football Foundation and College Football
Hall of Fame. The Clemson graduate and starting center for the Tigers
the last three seasons is the first Clemson football player to
receive a scholarship from the National Football Foundation since
1978 when Steve Fuller was so honored.
Young is actually just the fifth Clemson football player to receive
the honor overall. In addition to Fuller, the others are Jimmy Bell,
a quarterback in 1964, Jimmy Addison, a quarterback in 1967, and Ben
Anderson, a defensive back in 1972.
Young graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clemson last May and is taking
graduate courses this year, his final year of eligibility. He had a
3.98 career GPA and had A's in every course but one over his four
On the field, Young leads the Clemson offensive line in knockdown
blocks this year with 145. He is a big reason Clemson has averaged
more than 400 yards per game in total offense and has had a positive
effect on the play of Woodrow Dantzler, who ranks eighth in the
nation in total. Young was a second-team All-American on the field
last year and became a three-time first-team Academic All-American
earlier on Tuesday.
Each scholar-athlete was awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.