Orange Defeats White 26-7 in Clemson Spring Game

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<font class=caption>Bernard Rambert led the running backs with 14-108, including a 53-yard run to set up a score.<p><a href=/photos/2001/football/spring/orangeandwhite/index1.htm>Photo Gallery</a></font>
Bernard Rambert led the running backs with 14-108, including a 53-yard run to set up a score.

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Clemson, SC--Kevin Youngblood caught 11 passes for 142 yards to lead the offense, while rising sophomore John Leake had 10 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown to lead the defense in Clemson's annual Spring Football Game at Death Valley on Saturday afternoon. A sun-drenched crowd of over 15,000 viewed the contest that ended spring drills for Tommy Bowden's Tigers.

The scrimmage was an offense vs. defense format, the offense wore orange and the defense wore white. Each drive started at the 30-yard line. It was competitive in nature as the number-one offense faced the number-one defense, then the number-two offense would go against the number-two defense. It was that way throughout the two-hour scrimmage. The offense gained 159 yards rushing on 53 attempts, and connected on 33 of 68 passes for 404 yards. The defense did force six turnovers.

Three rushing touchdowns were scored on the day, one by Bernard Rambert, one by Chad Jasmin and one by Willie Simmons. Two field goals were kicked, one by Aaron Hunt (49 yards) and one by Tony Lazzara (22 yards)

Tommy Bowden post game comments. Wide receiver Kevin Youngblood post game comments.

Simmons quarterbacked the number-one offense to a field goal on the very first drive, a 49-yarder by rising sophomore Aaron Hunt. It was boot that was well received by the crowd. Simmons also quarterbacked the offense on a 70-yard drive later in the half, a drive he culminated with a nine-yard run of his own.

Simmons, who worked with the number-one offense all spring as Woodrow Dantzler worked on the sidelines recovering from an upper leg injury, completed 21 of 39 passes for 240 yards. He had six rushes for four yards. Many of his passes were to Youngblood, a rising sophomore who hopes to fill some of the void left by All-American Rod Gardner's graduation. Youngblood, who is from the same hometown and high school as Gardner (Jacksonville, FL, Raines) had 11-142 receiving, including a 47-yarder that set up a score.

Other receivers had fine days in addition to Youngblood. Tony Elliott, a walk-on, had three catches for 88 yards, including a 51-yard reception from Matt Schell. Matt Bailey, who was injured at the end of last season, had five catches for 75 yards. Derrick Hamilton, who red-shirted last year, had three catches for 37 yards.

Four other quarterbacks threw passes in the scrimmage. Matt Schell had his second straight impressive spring game and hit 8-14 passes for 143 yards. Last year he was 10-18 for 187 in the spring game. Freshman Brian Carr hit 3-8 for 17 yards. Joe Bever was 1-4 and Brandon Cantrell was 0-3.
Bernard Rambert led the running backs with 14-108, including a 53-yard run to set up a score. Chad Jasmin had 6-22 and a score.
Leake, a freshman who is playing the new $ (Star safety) position, had 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss. The sophomore from Texas also had an interception return of 57 yards for a score. He caught a pass from Matt Schell that had been tipped and ran it in for a touchdown, the only defensive score of the day.

Brian Mance also had 10 tackles in the secondary, while Altroy Bodrick had nine. Kevin Johnson had seven stops, while Braxton k. Williams added six stops. Freshman Donnell Washington had four tackles at defensive tackle, including a tackle for a loss, a caused fumble and a recovered fumble. Chad Carson, Clemson's top tackler last year, had five tackles, including an interception.

Overall, Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden was pleased with the performance this spring. "We accomplished about 90 percent of what we set out to do for the spring," said Bowden. "We had some injuries to some key players going in, but we didn't have any new injuries that will keep players out in the fall.

"We were able to get a lot of work for some younger players. I am always looking for consistencey. I thought Willie Simmons played well today, better than he has in previous scrimmages. We want competition at the quarterback position and every position.
'We still need depth in the defensive line and the secondary. We hopefully will get some help when the freshman class reports in the fall. There were quite a few zero yards running plays in the middle today and that tells me there were some plays made on the line today."

Clemson Spring Game Individual Leaders

Rushing (Att-Yds-TD) Rambert 14-108-1; Jasmin 6-22-1; Huey 8-18-0 White 2-13-0; Kelly 9-10-0; Robinson 1-6-0; Simmons 6-4-1; Harley 1-2-0; Carr 3- (-4); Schell 3-(-20) Totals 53-159-3

Passing (Com-Att-Yds-TD-Int) Simmons 21-39-240-0-2; Schell 8-14-0-1; Carr 3-8-0-0; Bever 1-4-0-0-0; Cantrell 0-3-0-0-0

Receiving (Rec-Yds); Youngblood 11-142; Bailey 5-75; Elliott 3-88; McKelvey 3-24; Hamilton 3-37; Gardner 2-5; Kelly 2-11; Robinson 1-4; Thomas 1-10; Reames 1-5; Rambert 1-3

Tackles: Leake 10, Mance 10, Bodrick 9, Johnson 7, Williams 6, Carson 5

Interceptions: Leake 1-57, Carson 1-0, Houskins 1-0

Fumble Return: Hafley 1-7


33 Awards given at annual Spring Football Game

CLEMSON, SC -- total of 33 awards were presented to student athletes,
managers, and trainers involved in Clemsonís fall and winter sports
at the annual Spring Football Game at Memorial Stadium Saturday

Basketball star Will Solomon was named the MVP in menís
basketball, while Tomas Nagys was named the squadís most improved
player. Solomon averaged 19.7 ppg., and was named second-team All

Erin Batth and Chrissy Floyd were named co-MVPs in womenís
basketball. Floyd led the team in scoring with a 16.9 ppg.
average, while Batth was the teamís leading rebounder with a 8.7 rpg.

Rod Gardner and Woodrow Dantzler were both named the
recipient of the Most Valuable Offensive Player Award in Football.
Both players were instrumental in Clemsonís 9-3 record in 2000 and
the Tigersí Gator Bowl berth. Nick Eason was named the Most
Valuable Defensive Football player for 2000 as well as winning the
Most Improved Football Player Award.

Mark Lisi was named the MVP in men's soccer, while Nancy
Augustyniak was named the MVP in womenís soccer. Both soccer teams
enjoyed NCAA Tournament appearances and final top 10 rankings.


Men's Basketball
Paul E. Bowie, Jr. Most Valuable Men's Basketball Player Award
Will Solomon

Lynch Most Improved Men's Basketball Player Award
Tomas Nagys

Women's Basketball
Dr. R. C. Edwards Most Valuable Women's Basketball Player Award
Erin Batth & Chrissy Floyd

Wachovia Bank Most Improved Women's Basketball Player Award
Nuria Forns

Joe Francis Football Leadership Award
Chad Carson & Kyle Young

Bank of America - Hamilton Offensive Most Valuable Football Player Award
Rod Gardner & Woodrow Dantzler

Renwick-Flanders Most Improved Football Player Award
Nick Eason

Morrow Defensive Most Valuable Football Player Award
Nick Eason

Edisto Clemson Club Offensive Football Player of the South Carolina Game Award
Rod Gardner

Men's Soccer
Allison Dalton Family Most Valuable Men's Soccer Player Award
Mark Lisi

Ratchford Men's Soccer Coach's Achievement  Award
Pablo Webster

Women's Soccer
Goodman Family Most Valuable Women's Soccer Player Award
Nancy Augustyniak

Campbell and Friar Family Most Improved Women's Soccer Player Award
Deliah Arrington & Tatum Clowney

Men's Swimming & Diving
Dr. P.S. McCollum Most Valuable Men's Swimming & Diving Athlete Award
Matt Wilson

McHugh Most Improved Men's Swimming & Diving Athlete Award
Adam Tepe

Women's Swimming & Diving
Coleman Most Valuable Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete Award
Mandy Commons

Dwight Most Improved Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete Award
Patty Hider & Elise Thieler

Men's Cross Country
Ellison Most Valuable Men's Cross Country Athlete Award
David Adams

Barrett-Clary Most Improved Men's Cross Country Athlete
Travis Alexander

Men's Indoor Track & Field
Turner Most Valuable Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete Award
Jacey Harper

Clemson Most Improved Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete Award
Otto Spain

Women's Cross Country
Major General William S. Coleman Most Valuable Women's Cross Country Athlete
Perry Fields

Clemson Most Improved Women's Cross Country Athlete Award
Renee Keydoszius

Women's Indoor Track & Field
Kellers Most Valuable Women's Indoor Track & Field Athlete Award
Jamine Moton

Clemson Most Improved Women's Indoor Track & Field Athlete Award
Mandy McLane

Dr. Bernard Caffrey Most Valuable Volleyball Player Award
Jodi Steffes

Lucia White Memorial Volleyball Rookie-of-the-Year Award
Kiki Dallao

Col. Rick Robbins Most Valuable Cheerleader Award
Jill Caldwell

C.M. and Fontanella Burdette Memorial Cheerleader Scholarship Award
Christina Deluca

Equipment Manager
Thomas W. Burton, Jr. Manager of the Year Award
Mike Wilson

Gough Family Equipment Manager Academic Achievement Award
Mike Work

McGee-Sutton Most Valuable Trainers Award co-sponsored by Bob Easley 
& Joe Franks
Jason Wilson & Shauna Cobb

Most Improved Trainer Award
Derek Forrest

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