CLEMSON - Charlie Whitehurst has done everything the Clemson coaching staff
had hoped - and more - since taking over the starting quarterback duties two
He has shown patience in the pocket, he has made the correct reads, he has
delivered the ball accurately, and most importantly he has engineered two
consecutive victories which elevated the Tigers' status to that of bowl
One thing he's not doing, however, is calling his own plays.
There are virtually no audibles being called by the redshirt freshman, a move
the coaching staff made because of his inexperience.
"There is no leeway. We make all the calls," head coach Tommy Bowden said.
"After a couple of years maybe he will make some obvious decisions. We do a
little of that now, but most are still made from sidelines."
Maryland senior All-American linebacker E.J. Henderson was named a finalist this week
for both the Butkus and Lombardi Awards.
The Butkus Award, named after legendary Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus,
recognizes the player who is considered the top collegiate linebacker while
the Lombardi Award, named after coaching legend Vince Lombardi, honors the
top lineman or linebacker in Division I-A college football.
Henderson is the lone returnee from last year's list of Butkus Finalists and
this is his first time as a finalist for the Lombardi Award.
STREAK ON THE LINE
Though Maryland is the favorite heading into today's game at Death Valley,
there is one bit of history working against the Terps.
Clemson has won the last eight games between the two played in the Valley.
Maryland's last win here was 17 years ago, 35-31 in 1985.
Junior PK Aaron Hunt is sixth on Clemson's all-time scoring list with 215
points ... the Tigers are second in the ACC and 28th nationally in total
defense (329.7) ... Clemson leads the ACC with 16 interceptions ... freshman
Justin Miller and senior Brian Mance are tied for the lead in the ACC in
interceptions (0.50) ... in his first two college starts, freshman QB Charlie
Whitehurst has completed 64 percent of his passes for 694 yards, no
interceptions and eight touchdowns for a passing efficiency rating of 181.52.
Over the last seven games, QB Scott McBrien has completed 61 percent of his
passes for 1,372 yards and eight touchdowns, raising his passing efficiency
rating on the season from 92.1 to 145.5 ... McBrien leads the ACC in yards
per completion (16.2) ... Steve Suter leads the ACC and is 18th nationally in
punt returns (14.2) and has tied an NCAA single season record with his four
punt returns ... in the seven game winning streak, the Terp defense is
yielding only 11.1 points and 335.1 total yards per game ... senior Chris
Downs is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and leads the team in rushing (894
yards) and touchdowns (13) and is tied for second in the ACC in rushing yards
per game (89.4) ... Maryland is fifth in the ACC in total offense (387.2),
but leads leads the ACC in yards per play (6.1).
Clemson to Honor Military on Saturday
Clemson, SC--Clemson will honor its military history on Saturday
prior to and during the Clemson vs. Maryland football game at Death
Valley. The university was a military college (known as Clemson
College in those days) from its opening in 1889 to 1955.
The following is a list of activities planned for Saturday's Military
* The Clemson Scroll of Honor will be displayed on Pawvision,
listing 459 known Clemson alumni who have given their lives in
service during World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War,
Cuban Missile Crisis, Afghanistan, and peacetime operations.
* "Dotting the 'i'" will be the family of Daniel G. McCollum,
Clemson University class of 1996. McCollum's wife (Jennifer) and son
(Daniel) are joined by his parents and brother at Saturday's game.
* A game ball, American Flag (33' x 66'), and Tiger Paw flag
(10' x 15') will be parachuted into the stadium during pregame
ceremonies by a Green Beret Parachute team from the U.S. Army Special
Operations Command stationed at Fort Bragg, NC.
* Military hymns will be played at halftime, as we ask veterans
from each branch to stand and be recognized during their hymn.
* A Garrison flag will be unfurled at halftime.
* The Upstate United Pipe Band will perform "Amazing Grace"
after a 21-gun salute at halftime.
* Names of Clemson ROTC Scholarship cadets will be listed on Pawvision.
* The are static military displays on Bowman Field in front of
* All Clemson players have an American flag displayed on the
back of their helmets.
* Approximately 500 Junior ROTC cadets will be seated together
in the stadium.
* Over 10,000 Clemson alumni have served in military action.