Maryland vs Clemson Game Notes


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Clemson vs. Maryland Series

•Clemson holds a 29-23-2 advantage

in the series with Maryland. The first game of

the series was played in 1952, one year before

both teams became charter members of the

ACC. Maryland won each of the first four

games in the series.

•Clemson has won each of the last

two games after Maryland won the first three of

the Ralph Friedgen era. Clemson has won 10

of the last 13, including each of the last two with

touchdowns inside the last three minutes of

play.

•Clemson had won eight in a row and

13 of 14 prior to Ralph Friedgen’s return to his

alma mater.

•Clemson held Maryland to just 12

total points in winning every game between

1993-98. Clemson recorded four shutouts,

including three in a row during that time period.

During Clemson’s eight-game winning streak in

the series from 1993-2000, Clemson held

Maryland to an average of 7.0 points per game,

while scoring 26.8 points per game

themselves.

•Clemson has not scored over 28

points against Maryland since the 2000 season

when the Tigers won at Clemson 35-14.

Clemson did score 28 last year in a 28-24 win,

but Clemson has averaged just 15.4 points per

game against Maryland since Ralph Friedgen

took over prior to the 2001 season.

•In 2002, Maryland defeated

Clemson in Death Valley, its first win at

Memorial Stadium since 1985. Clemson has

won nine of the last 10 between the two teams

in Death Valley. Clemson has a 16-11 lead in

the series in games played at Clemson a 12-11-

1 lead in games played in College Park.

•Saturday’s game will be a meeting of

two of the traditional powerhouses of the ACC.

Both Clemson and Maryland have been in the

ACC since its inception in the fall of 1953.

Both teams played their first ACC game against

each other on October 3, 1953 at Clemson, a

20-0 Maryland victory. Clemson has the

most ACC wins in the history of the league with

217 and Maryland is second with 190.

•Clemson and Maryland have both

won the National Championship, the Terps

during that first ACC season in 1953, and

Clemson in 1981. Clemson has the most ACC

championships with 13, while Maryland is third

with nine.

•The two teams played at the end of

the season in most years between 1978-88

and the game usually decided the ACC

championship. That was certainly the case in

1978 when the Tigers won 28-24 at College

Park, clinching an undefeated season in the

league over Maryland. It was 11th ranked

Maryland’s only league loss that season.

•Clemson also clinched the ACC

championship with a November victory or tie

over Maryland in 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987 and

1988. Maryland clinched the ACC

Championship in 2001 with a 37-20 victory over

Clemson in College Park. The Terps also

clinched the title in 1985 with a victory in Death

Valley.

•Clemson has a history of great return

performances against Maryland over the years.

In 2001, Derrick Hamilton had a 100-yard

kickoff return for a score in a game in College

Park. Darnell Stephens had an 89-yard punt

return for a score against the Terps in Death

Valley in 1991, one year after Doug Thomas

had a 98-yard kickoff return against Maryland in

Baltimore. The greatest return game in ACC

history was recorded by Clemson’s Don Kelley

against Maryland in 1970. he had 224 total

return yards on punt and interception returns in

that game.

Last Year vs. Maryland

Clemson 28, Maryland 24

Clemson, ranked #25 by AP, scored 14

points in the final 7:35 of the game to earn a comefrom-

behind 28-24 win at Maryland. Charlie

Whitehurst completed 18 of 22 passes for 178

yards and two touchdowns in leading Clemson to

its second straight fourth-quarter win. It was only

the fourth home loss for the Terrapins under Ralph

Friedgen, who became Maryland’s head coach

in 2001.

The Tigers opened the game with the

longest drive in terms of time of possession in

school history, capped by a Reggie Merriweather

one-yard touchdown run on fourth down. The

drive covered 75 yards in 17 plays and lasted 9:47.

Maryland answered with a scoring drive

of its own with the aid of a 44-yard pass from Sam

Hollenbach to tight end Vernon Davis. The Tiger

defense was able to hold the Terrapins out of the

endzone, and a 21-yard field goal by Dan Ennis

put Maryland on the board.

A snap over the head of punter Cole

Chason on Clemson’s next drive enabled the

Terrapins to start their next possession on the

Tiger two-yard line. Clemson kept Maryland out

of the endzone for three consecutive plays, but

Hollenbach dove over on a quarterback sneak

from the one-yard line on fourth down to give the

Terrapins their first lead of the day.

Clemson was forced to punt on its next

drive, and Maryland looked poised to score again

after Hollenbach hit Danny Melendez for a 41-

yard gain. However, Tiger linebacker Tramaine

Billie forced a fumble on second down and

Charles Bennett recovered the ball at the Clemson

15-yard line. Neither offense threatened for the

remainder of the half, and the two teams entered

halftime with Maryland leading 10-7.

Tye Hill recorded his first interception

since 2003 when he picked off Hollenbach three

minutes into the second half. Clemson quickly

moved down the field with the aid of two Terrapin

personal-foul penalties, and Whitehurst found a

wide-open Curtis Baham in the endzone on

second-and-goal from the six-yard line to give the

Tigers the lead.

The Terrapins came storming back, as

Hollenbach hit Davis for a 30-yard completion to

move the ball into Clemson territory. Three plays

later, Hollenbach again went to Davis, this time

for 29 yards and a touchdown, as Maryland

regained the lead 17-14.

Clemson gained a first down on its next

possession before it was forced to punt, and the

Terrapin offense again went to work. Hollenbach

was 5-for-5 on the ensuing drive, and it ended

with his three-yard touchdown pass to tight end

Joey Haynos, giving Maryland a 10-point lead.

In fhe fourth quarter, Clemson started

a comeback. Whitehurst hit Chansi Stuckey for

six yards on first down, and a personal-foul penalty

and 14-yard run by Merriweather moved the ball

to midfield. After two incompletions, Whitehurst

lofted a pass to Baham over the top of the

secondary for the duo’s second touchdown

connection of the game. The 51-yard scoring play

cut the Terrapin lead to 24-21.

An eight-yard run by Mario Merrills

opened the next drive for Maryland, but the

Clemson defense stood tough, stopping the

Terrapins for no gain on each of the next two

plays. Podlesh was forced to punt again, and

Chansi Stuckey returned the kick 13 yards to

the Tiger 39-yard line.

Freshman James Davis had a 17-yard

run to move the ball into Maryland territory. A

Merriweather eight-yard run and four-yard

reception set up the play of the game. Facing

third-and-seven at the Terrapin 38, Clemson

called a running play to Merriweather, who

bounced outside and went untouched down the

sideline for a 38-yard touchdown run, which

proved to be the winning score. The junior gained

75 yards on 10 carries and scored twice.

The Terrapins had one final chance and

moved the ball as far as the Tiger 40. A holding

call moved the ball back to midfield, and on

second down, Gaines Adams recorded another

sack. A screen pass on third down was stopped

for a one-yard loss by Rashaad Jackson, and

Hollenbach’s fourth-down pass was incomplete,

as the Tigers were able to celebrate their first win

at Maryland since 1999.

Anthony Waters had a huge afternoon

for the Tiger defense, totaling 14 tackles, including

4.5 tackles for loss. Adams had eight tackles,

including his 2.5 sacks to earn ACC Defensive

Lineman-of-the-Week honors. Watkins also

garnered ACC Specialist-of-the-Week honors

thanks to his six special team tackles. The Tiger

defense had 12 tackles for loss on the day, and

yielded only 56 yards on the ground.

Whitehurst finished the day with an

81.8-percent completion mark and a pass

efficiency rating of 179.8. Davis ran for 82

yards on 20 attempts to compliment the 75-yard

day for Merriweather. Baham made the most of

his opportunities in the game, as both of his

receptions went for touchdowns.

Spence Coached at Maryland

Clemson offensive coordinator Rob

Spence served as an assistant coach at

Maryland from 1992-96 under Mark Duffner.

During that time Maryland established 70

school records for offensive production.

Spence’s first year, he helped the Maryland

offense score 53 points in a 53-23 Terps win

over Clemson. In 1994, Spence served as

Maryland’s quarterbacks coach and the Terps

ranked 10th in the nation in passing offense

behind Scott Milanovich.

Tiger Veterans vs. Maryland

•Gaines Adams (DE )—Had four

tackles, including a sack in 25 plays off the

bench in 2004. Had career high eight tackles,

including 2.5 sacks in 60 plays as a starter in

2005. Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the

Week for that performance in 2005 at Maryland.

•Nathan Bennett (OG )—Had

season high 12.5 knockdown blocks in 62 plays

at Maryland in 2005.

•Cole Chason (P )—Averaged 36.2

on six punts at Maryland in 2003. Averaged

45.0on eight punts in 2004 Clemson victory, the

second best game of his career. Averaged 36.5

on four punts at Maryland in 2005.

•Duane Coleman (CB)—Had 11-36

in 57 plays as a starting running back in 2003 at

Maryland. Had 9-27 rushing as a reserve in

2004. Had 3-55 on kickoff returns in win at

Maryland in 2005.

•James Davis (RB)—Had 20-82

rushing and 3-24 receiving at Maryland in 2005.

•Jad Dean (PK )—Had 21-yard field

goal in 10-7 Clemson win in 2004. Had 4-4

extra points in 28-24 Clemson win in 2005.

•C.J. Gaddis (CB )—Had career high

tying 11 tackles, including eight first hits, and

had 2-27 on kickoff returns at Maryland in 2005.

•Michael Hamlin (S)—Had four

tackles in 25 snaps as a reserve safety in 2005.

•Rashaad Jackson (DT)—Had four

tackles in 21 plays as a reserve in 2005. Had

first career tackle for loss.

•Aaron Kelly (WR)—Had 4-26

receiving at Maryland in 2005.

•Reggie Merriweather (RB)—Had

17-60 and game winning touchdown run with

23 seconds left in 10-7 Clemson win in 2004.

Had 10-75 and game winning 38-yard run with

2:58 left in 2005. Has three total touchdowns

against Maryland in his career.

•Will Proctor (QB)—Has never

played quarterback against Maryland.

•Chansi Stuckey (WR)—Had 1-7

receiving against Maryland in 2004. Had 2-15

receiving and 2-25 in punt returns in 2005

game.

•Nick Watkins (LB) —Had season

high eight tackles in 2004 win against Maryland.

Had 13 tackles, second highest total of his

career, at Maryland in 2005.

Tigers in Terps a Combined 13-4

Clemson and Maryland are both in

the middle of outstanding seasons. Clemson

has a 7-2 mark and is ranked 19th in the nation

in both major polls entering Saturday’s noon

game, while the Terps have won three games in

a row and are now 6-2. All three of those

Maryland wins have been by a touchdown or

less, so Ralph Friedgen’s team has been the

master of late game heroics. In fact, four of

their six wins have been by a touchdown or

less and each of the last five games they have

played have been decided by a touchdown or

less.

The combined 13-4 record and

combined.765 winning percentage is the best

by the two teams since the 2001 meeting when

Clemson was 5-3 and Maryland was 8-1

entering the late season game in College Park.

Those two records in 2001 combine to reach

the same 13-4 record and .765 winning

percentage. Maryland won that game and went

on to the ACC Championships.

However, this is the first time since

1983 that the teams have met at least four

games into the season with a winning

percentage of at least 75 percent by both

squads. In 1983 entering a game at Clemson,

the Tigers were 7-1-1, while Maryland was 7-2

for a 14-3-1 combined record and .805

percentage.

The top game in the series in terms of

hype due to strong records and bowl and

league championship implications took place in

1978 when 8-1 Clemson traveled to 9-1

Maryland. Clemson was 12th in the nation

entering the game and Maryland was 11th . The

winner was going to be the ACC Champion and

clinch a bowl bid to the Gator Bowl. The Tigers

came out on top 28-24 behind the play of

quarterback Steve Fuller and receivers Dwight

Clark and Jerry Butler, who both caught long

touchdown passes during the game.

The top combined record for the two

teams in the series took place in 1955 when a

6-1 Clemson team faced an 8-0 Maryland team.

Maryland won that game 25-12 at Clemson.

The Terps were ranked #2 in the nation

entering that game. Maryland has a 4-2 lead in

the series when the two teams combine for at

least a 70 percent winning percentage and both teams have at least a

winning record.

Top Combined Records of Maryland and Clemson in Series

(Min 5 games each team and at least winning record by both teams)


Year Clem  Mary Combined  %    CU-MD

1955 6-0 8-0 14-1 .933 12-25

1978 8-1 9-1 17-2 .895 28-24

1983 7-1-1 7-2 14-3-1 .805 52-27

2006 7-2 6-2 13-4 .765

2001 5-3 8-1 13-4 .765 20-37

1984 7-2 6-3 13-5 .722 23-41

2002 6-4 8-2 14-6 .700 12-30

Davis Seeks 1000 Yards for Season, 2000 for Career

Clemson sophomore running back James Davis has 991 yards

in 2006 and obviously needs just nine yards against Maryland to reach

1000 for the season. He has reached the 991 mark on just 151 carries,

giving him a 6.6 average for the season. He is averaging 16.8 carries for

110.1 yards per game and has scored 17 touchdowns, an average of

almost two touchdowns per game.

The ACC record for fewest rushing attempt to reach 1,000

rushing yards in a season is held by former Clemson All-American

Terrence Flagler, who reached 1000 yards in 1986 on just 140 rushing

attempts. Warrick Dunn of Florida State did in 141 attempts during the

1995 season, a year in which he averaged 7.5 yards per carry, an ACC

record for a 1000-yard season. Dais has 151 carries so far this year and

will be the third fastest to 1000 if he reaches nine yards by his third carry

against the Terps.

Clemson has had 11 1000-yard rushing seasons by nine

different players over the years. Raymond Priester (1996-97) and

Woodrow Dantzler (2000-01) are the only players to reach it twice.

Dantzler is the last Clemson player to reach 1,000 yards, as he had 1061

in his senior season of 2001. The last running back to do it is Travis

Zachery, who had 1027 rushing in 2000. However, Zachery was not

Clemson’s leading rusher that year, as Dantzler gained 1028 from the

quarterback position.

Davis had 879 yards rushing last year and with the 991 so far

this year, stands at 1870 for his career. He needs just 130 rushing yards

against Maryland to reach the 2000-yard mark for his Clemson career.

He would become just the 16th player in Clemson history to reach 2,000

yards in a career. The last to reach it was Woody Dantzler who went

over the 2,000 yard mark in his senior year, 2001. Davis is currently 18th

in Clemson history with his 1870 yards.

Thus nine more yards by Davis will make him the 10th different

player to reach 1,000 yards in a season. His 17 rushing touchdowns

have already tied the Clemson single season mark. Lester Brown, who

has a son on the Clemson track team this year, had 17 rushing

touchdowns in 1978. One more touchdown will tie the overall

Clemson touchdown record held by Travis Zachery, who had 18 in 2000

on 13 rushing touchdowns and five receiving.

Davis is creeping up on some ACC standards. The ACC

record for rushing touchdowns in a season is 19 held by Robert Lavette

of Georgia Tech in 1982, his sophomore year, and 19 by Don McCauley

of North Carolina in 1970, his senior year. McCauley holds the total

touchdowns record with 21 in that same 1970 season (19 rushing and

two receiving).

Clemson 1000-yard Rushing Seasons


Rk Player 		Ps Year Att Avg Yards

1. Raymond Priester RB 1996 257 5.23 1345

2. Raymond Priester RB 1995 238 5.55 1322

3. Terrence Flagler RB 1986 192 6.55 1258

4. Kenny Flowers RB 1985 227 5.29 1200

5. Terry Allen RB 1988 216 5.52 1192

6. Cliff Austin RB 1982 197 5.40 1064

7. Woodrow Dantzler QB 2001 221 4.80 1061

8. Buddy Gore RB 1967 230 4.54 1045

9. Woodrow Dantzler QB 2000 190 5.41 1028

10. Travis Zachery RB 2000 206 4,99 1027

11. Lester Brown RB 1978 202 5.06 1022

12. James Davis RB 2006 151 6.56 991

Clemson Season Total Touchdown Bests


Rk Player 		Year Rush Rec Ret Tot

1. Travis Zachery 2000 13 5 0 18

2. Lester Brown 1978 17 0 0 17

James Davis 2006 17 0 0 17

Travis Zachery 1999 16 0 0 16

5. Fred Cone 1950 14 1 0 15

Emory Smith 1995 14 1 0 15

7. Cliff Austin 1982 14 0 0 14

Clemson Defense among Nation’s Best

Clemson’s defense has been outstanding all season. Vic

Koenning’s group leads the ACC in pass efficiency defense and

quarterback sacks, and is second in total defense, pass defense, and

scoring defense. Even with the loss at Virginia Tech, Clemson is still fifth

in the nation in total defense, allowing just 241.7 yards per game, and

12th in scoring defense, allowing 13.8 points per game. The Tigers are

also 11th pass defense and eighth in pass efficiency defense and 15th in

rushing defense. Clemson has not finished the season in the top 20 in

all four major defensive categories since 1991.

It has been an amazing accomplishment considering

Clemson’s top two tacklers from last year, Anthony Waters and Tramaine

Billie, have been lost for the season and played a combined one game.

But, many players have stepped up to fill in the void left by those players.

Nick Watkins, a junior linebacker from New Orleans, LA, is the

top tackler with 70 stops, including nine last week against Virginia Tech.

Duane Coleman has been among the top defensive backs in the ACC

and has 61 tackles and three fumble recoveries. Antonio Clay, Waters

replacement at middle linebacker, is second on the club in tackles with

67 . He has had 28 tackles in his last two games combined. He had 13

in the win over Georgia Tech and was named ACC Defensive Lineman

of the week. His 15 tackles at Virginia Tech were the most by a Clemson

player since 2003.

Of course, Gaines Adams receives the most notoriety among

the defenders as the senior leads the ACC and ranks in the top 10 in the

nation in sacks with 9.5 and he is also second in the ACC in tackles for

loss with 13.5. He has 19 quarterback pressures, six more than any

other Clemson player.

How good has this Clemson defense been this year? The unit

has given up more than 260 yards just twice all year, at Boston College

and at Virginia Tech.

Clemson’s top defense in the last 20 years would be the 1990

unit that led the nation in total defense allowing just 219 yards per game.

That team started seven players who went on to play in the NFL.

Here is a comparison of the numbers for the 1990 Clemson

defense and the 2006 Clemson defense:

Comparison of Clemson Defenses


Category 		1990  2006

Total Defense 219.2 241.7

Yards Per Play 3.5 3.8

Rushing Yards/G 70.9 88.9

Yards/Rush Attempts 2.1 2.5

Passing Yards Allowed 148.5 152.8

Points Per Game 9.9 13.8

Adams Semifinalist for at Least three Awards

All-America candidate Gaines Adams has been named a

semifinalist for three different national awards. Last week, he was

named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, which is given to

the top linemen in college football, was named one of 18 semifinalists for

the Bednarik Award, which is given to the top defensive player in college

football, and was named a semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Award,

which is given to the top defensive end in college football.

All three awards will announce three finalists some time in mid

to late November. Last year Clemson had two position award finalists in

Jad Dean (Lou Groza Award for top kicker) and Tye Hill (finalist for Jim

Thorpe Award, the top defensive back).

Adams has led the ACC in sacks all year and has9.5 in nine

games so far this season. He ranks sixth in the nation on a per game

basis with 1.06. Adams has had at least one sack in seven straight

games, breaking the existing Clemson record for consecutive games with

a sack by two games. The previous mark was five straight games with

a sack by Chester McGlockton, Keith Adams and Leroy Hill, all of whom

played or are still playing in the NFL.

Adams needs just three sacks to tie Michael Dean Perry’s

Clemson career record for sacks. Michael Dean had 28 between 1984-

87, one more than his brother William, who had 27 between 1981-84.

Michael Dean broke his brother’s record in his final regular season game

at South Carolina in 1987. Adams might do the same thing to him with

three home games left, including his senior day game against South

Carolina on November 25.

Adams hopes to enhance his sack total against Maryland,

which he has done in his career. He has 3.5 sacks in his career against

the Terps, including 2.5 last year when he had a career high eight tackles

in the win at Maryland. Adams was named ACC Defensive Lineman of

the Week for that performance last year.

Clemson Career Sack Leaders


Rk Player, Pos 			Years Sacks

1. Michael Dean Perry, DT 1984-87 28

2. William Perry, MG 1981-84 27

3. Gaines Adams, BAN 2003-06 25

4. Adrian Dingle, DT 1995-98 23

Keith Adams, LB 1998-00 23

6. Brentson Buckner, DT 1990-93 22

Bryant McNeal, DE 1999-02 22

8. Chester McGlockton, DT 1989-91 20.5

9. Levon Kirkland, OLB 1988-91 19

Wayne Simmons, OLB 1995-97 19

Three Tigers on Football Coaches All-America ballot

Three Clemson players are listed on the Football Coaches

Association All-America ballot. The list of candidates was released last

week. The Clemson players on the list include defensive end Gaines

Adams, running back James Davis and offensive guard, Roman Fry.

Adams is leading the ACC in sacks with 9.5 and he has 13.5

tackles for loss to rank second in the ACC. He has two recovered

fumbles, including the 66-yard return at Wake Forest that was named the

national game changing moment of the day in college football by ESPN.

Davis is second in the ACC and13th in the nation in rushing

yards per game with 110.1 yards per game. Davis gained 216 yards

rushing in Clemson’s victory over 13th ranked Georgia Tech two weeks

ago, the most yards rushing by a Clemson running back since Raymond

Priester had a record 263 yards against Duke in 1995. Davis has 17

touchdowns this year with three regular season games remaining.

Fry started each of the first eight games this year, but his

season ended on the third play of the Georgia Tech game when he

suffered a torn ACL. He had led the team in knockdown blocks through

the first seven games. Fry was a second-team All-ACC player last year

and was listed as a preseason candidate for the Outland Trophy.

Injuries Mounting for Tigers

Clemson has had 11 different players miss a total of 39 playergames

so far in 2006. Seven of the 11 who have missed time would be

considered starters, including four of the seven who are out for the year.

Thus, the 39 total player-games so far are going to increase over the last

three regular season games. This will be the most player games missed

due to injury in the Tommy Bowden era.

The run of injuries began August 18 when starting linebacker

Tramaine Billie suffered a broken ankle. He is out for the year and will

red-shirt this season. He has one more year of eligibility. Returning

leading tackler Anthony Waters suffered a torn ACL in the season opener

against Florida Atlantic and is out for the season. He had 109 tackles

last season to lead the Tigers and was a preseason candidate for the

Butkus and Bednarik Awards.

Starter Rendrick Taylor(WR) suffered a broken arm at Wake

Forest, an injury that has required season ending surgery. Starting

offensive guard Roman Fry, a preseason candidate for the Outland

Trophy and a mid-season first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated,

suffered a season ending torn ACL against Georgia Tech. He will have

surgery on Wednesday, November 1.

Starters Michael Hamlin and Chansi Stuckey have also missed

three games due to foot injuries, but have returned. Stuckey’s first game

back was at Virginia Tech.

Clemson Injury Summary for 2006


Player, Pos 		Injury GM

*Tramaine Billie, LB Broken Ankle #9

Demerick Chancellor, RB Shoulder 1

Etta Etta-Tawo, DT Heart Abnormality #4

*Roman Fry, OG Torn ACL #1

Jamarcus Grant, OT Broken Foot 3

*Michael Hamlin, S Broken Foot 3

*Thomas Hunter, TE Shoulder 1

Reggie Merriweather, RB Sprained ankle 3

*Chansi Stuckey, WR Broken Foot 3

*Rendrick Taylor, WR Broken Arm #3

*Anthony Waters, LB Torn ACL #8

11 players 7 starters 39

GM—Games missed, *starter

Games Missed by Clemson Players under Tommy Bowden

Starters All Players

Year Players-Games Players-Games

1999 2-9 4-18

2000 6-10 10-17

2001 3-14 4-15

2002 6-38 10-45

2003 2-8 7-37

2004 3-5 4-13

2005 2-2 8-31

2006 7-28 11-39

Merriweather Has Scored Game Winner vs. Terps last Two Years

Clemson running back Reggie Merriweather holds a distinction

in Clemson football history. The senior is the only player in Clemson

history to score a game winning touchdown inside the last three minutes

against the same team twice in a career. In 2004, Merriweather scored

on a two-yard run with just 23 seconds left to give Clemson a 10-7 victory

at Death Valley.

Last year, Merriweather sped 38 yards for a touchdown with

just 2:58 left to give Clemson a 28-24 victory at Maryland. The Tigers

overcame a 10 point deficit in the fourth period to claim that victory.

Merriweather has been limited by a sprained ankle so far this

year, but has a 5.8 yards per carry and has gained 144 yards rushing so

far this year. He is over 1500 career rushing yards and ranks in the top

25 in Clemson history in career rushing.

Tigers Still With Chance for Atlantic Division Crown

Clemson saw its six-game winning streak end a week ago last

Thursday when the Tigers lost at Virginia Tech by a 24-7 score. The

Tigers are now 4-2 in the ACC and 7-2 overall. The ACC schedule is out

of balance when it comes to games played throughout the season

because teams play four non-conference games. As a result, Clemson

has played six conference games, while others in the same division

have played just four. Clemson will finish its conference season on

November 11. There will still be nine conference games to played after

the Tigers are finished that day.

If Clemson concludes the season in a tie with Boston College,

the Eagles will represent the Atlantic Division in the December 2 ACC

Championship game in Jacksonville. However, if there is a three-way tie

between Clemson, Boston College and either Wake Forest or Maryland,

there will be a series of tie breakers to review. Obviously Saturday’s

game between Wake Forest and Boston College will be a huge game for

the winner of the Clemson vs. Maryland game.

In a three-way tie, the records of the teams involved in a tie will

be reviewed head to head. If three teams are all 1-1 against each other,

then the next tie breaker is record within the division. That is why you

hear coaches tell the media that games within the division are so

important.

Tigers Don’t Leave Campus in November

Clemson will not leave campus the remainder of the regular

season. Clemson and Florida State are the only two teams out of 119

Division I programs that will not play a game away from their home

stadium the remainder of the regular season. The Tigers finish with

home conference games against Maryland and NC State before the

annual rivalry game with South Carolina at Clemson on November 25.

Clemson has played well at home this year, winning all four

contests by an average score of 47-5. The Tigers have out-gained the

opposition in the four home games by an average of 457-219.

The home field advantage has been important in the Tommy

Bowden era. Clemson is 36-12 at home under Bowden, a 75 percent

winning percentage. That includes a 20-10 record in home ACC games.

The Tigers have a 71.4 winning percentage (235-90-7) at Clemson

Memorial Stadium over the years. This year marks the first time since

1998 that the Tigers play their last three games of the regular season at

home. The October 26 date for the final road game is the earliest

conclusion to the road schedule since 1998 when Clemson played its last

road game on October 24.

Proctor First on Clemson Career Efficiency List

Clemson quarterback Will Proctor was just 11-28 at Virginia

Tech, but he is still Clemson’s career leader in passing efficiency with a

136.8 career passing efficiency. He is ahead of Woodrow Dantzler, who

had a 132.5 career passing efficiency. For the season, Proctor has

completed 114-195 passes for 1493 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has

seven interceptions.

For his career, Proctor is 132-229 for 1774 yards and 14

touchdowns against just seven interceptions. That computes to the

136.8 passing efficiency. His margin ahead of Dantzler is equal to the

distance between Dantzler and fourth ranked Chris Morocco. The list

below takes into account quarterbacks with at least 100 career attempts.

Proctor has a 57.64 career completion percentage, which is

third in school history behind Charlie Whitehurst and Woody Dantzler.

Proctor’s 7.75 yards per attempt ranks fifth best in school history and his

3.05 interception percentage is fourth best.

So far this season, Proctor is second in the ACC in passing

efficiency with a 134.2 figure. Only Drew Weatherford is higher with a

135.2 figure. Proctor’s 134.2 efficiency would be sixth best in Clemson

history given a minimum of 100 attempts, if the season ended today.

Clemson Career Passing Efficiency Leaders

Rk Name Years Com Att Yds TD-Int Eff

1. Will Proctor 2003-06 132 229 1774 14-7 136.8

2. Woodrow Dantzler 1998-01 460 796 6037 41-24 132.5

3. Mark Fellers 1972-74 58 124 943 12-7 131.3

4. Chris Morocco 1986-89 89 157 1238 6-4 130.4

5. Mike Eppley 1980-84 252 449 3354 28-26 127.9

6. Bobby Gage 1945-48 123 278 2448 24-27 127.3

7. Nealon Greene 1994-97 458 805 5719 35-26 124.5

8. Charlie Whitehurst 2002-05 817 1368 9665 49-46 124.2

Clemson Single Season Passing Efficiency Bests


Rk Name 		Year Com Att Yds  TD-Int Eff

1. Mike Eppley 1983 99 166 1410 13-9 146.0

2. Chris Morocco 1989 79 134 1131 6-2 141.7

3. Woody Dantzler 2001 203 334 2578 21-11 139.8

4. Nealon Greene 1997 180 290 2212 16-9 138.1

5. Charlie Whitehurst 2003 288 465 3561 21-13 135.6

6. Will Proctor 2006 114 195 1493 11-7 134.2

7. Charlie Whitehurst 2005 229 340 2483 11-10 133.5

8. Homer Jordan 1981 107 196 1630 9-9 130.5

Min. 100 attempts

Clay Coming on Strong

It hasn’t taken Antonio Clay long to become a prominent player

on Clemson’s fifth-ranked (total) defense. Clay, a sophomore from

Jeffersonville, GA, moved into the starting lineup at weakside linebacker

when Tramaine Billie suffered a broken ankle during the preseason.

When Anthony Waters suffered a torn ACL in the first game of the year,

he moved again this time to Waters middle linebacker position.

Despite the moving around, Clay is now second on the

Clemson team in tackles with 67, including 28 over the last two games.

He had 13 in the win over Georgia Tech on October 21 and was named

the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week. He followed that up with 15

stops at Virginia Tech, the high tackle game by a Clemson player since

Leroy Hill had 15 tackles in the 63-17 Clemson win at South Carolina in

2003.

Clay has had three double figure tackle games this year, the

two listed previously and 12 stops in the second game of the year at

Boston College. Clay is not too far behind the pace set by Waters last

year. Waters averaged 9.9 tackles per game a year ago and had 13.5

tackles for loss. Clay has 8.5 tackles for loss and 7.7 tackles per game

through nine contests. Over the last two games he has 28 tackles in 111

total plays, a tackle every 3.96 plays.

Watkins Top Tackler

Nick Watkins is Clemson’s leading tackler this year with 70

tackles, including six tackles for loss. He has been one of the more

consistent players on the team with at least five tackles in every game

and a season high 11 in the win at Florida State. He also had 10 n the

win at Wake Forest.

Watkins was suppose to be one of three returning starters on

Clemson’s second line of defense this year, but he is now the only one

standing from last year. Tramaine Billie and Anthony Waters are both

out for the year with injuries. Watkins has played 411 snaps this season,

second on the team to Chris Clemons. Six of Watkins tackles have come

on special teams, tied for second on the team.

The native of New Orleans has gone of the 200 mark in terms

of career tackles. He has 222 for his career, including 18 tackles for loss.

Another strong season in 2007 will move him among the top 20 tacklers

in Clemson history.

Watkins is a big reason Clemson is fifth in the nation in total

defense and 12th in scoring defense.

Coleman Having Strong Senior Year

Clemson ranks eighth in the nation in pass efficiency defense

and 11th in pass defense (yardage allowed) this season. Senior Duane

Coleman has been a big reason for those strong stats. The senior from

Naples, FL ranks third on the team in tackles with 61 and also has three

fumble recoveries to tie Gaines Adams for the team lead.

Coleman has had an interesting career against Maryland. He

started against the Terps in College Park in 2003 and had 11 carries for

36 yards in 57 plays. In 2004 he had 9-27 rushing as a reserve. In

2005, he did not play in the game as a running back. On the trip back,

he started meeting with Clemson coaches about switching positions.

That initial conversation after that game let to Coleman’s position as a

starting cornerback today.

Coleman now has 96 career tackles and 50 career receptions.

He is the only player in Clemson history with at least 50 receptions and

50 tackles in defense in a career.

Two Clemson Starters Products of 8-Man Football

Clemson has been noted for its outstanding recruiting in recent

years, but sometimes outstanding players appear from unusual sources.

Two of Clemson’s starting players, tight end Thomas Hunter, and

defensive end Gaines Adams, played eight-man football in high school in

South Carolina. In fact they played against each other at the eight-man

level.

Adams played at Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, SC for

Steve Tanneyhill, the former South Carolina quarterback. Adams was a

three-year starter and led his team to the 2000 state championship of

eight-man football. He had 158 career receptions for 4,394 yards and 65

touchdowns during his eight-man football career. Adams then went to

Fork Union Military where he played defensive end for the entire 2001

season.

Adams leads the ACC in sacks this year with 9.5 and is sixth in

the nation. He needs three sacks to tie the Clemson career record held

by Michael Dean Perry.

Hunter played his eight-man football at Pee Dee Academy in

Marion, SC. He caught 61 passes for 960 yards as a senior. The

biological sciences major came to Clemson as a walk-on and leads

Clemson tight ends in receptions so far this year with 8-176, a healthy

22.0 average. A veteran of 41 career games, he is still looking for his

first career touchdown reception.

Bowden Candidate for George Munger Award

Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is one of 15 semifinalist

for the George Munger National Coach of the Year award presented by

the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia. The award will be announced

in December and will be presented at the Maxwell Football Club’s Awards

dinner in Atlantic City, NJ on March 2, 2007.

Bowden is the only ACC coach on the list of semifinalists and is

joined by Mack Brown (Texas), Lloyd Carr (Michigan), Pete Carroll

(Southern Cal), Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Urban Meyer (Florida), Chris

Peterson (Boise State), Bobby Petrino (Louisville), Rich Rodriquez (West

Virginia), Greg Schiano (Rutgers), Jeff Tedford (California), Jim Tressel

(Ohio State), Tommy Tuberville (Auburn), Dave Wannstedt (Pittsburgh)

and Charlie Weis (Notre Dame).

Here are some of Bowden’s accomplishments so far this

season and for his career:

•Led Clemson to a 7-1 start and #10 national ranking through

eight games, Clemson’s best start in six years.

•Two of the seven wins have been against top 13 teams.

Tigers defeated #9 Florida State in Tallahassee on a one-yard touchdown

run by James Davis with eight seconds left, the second latest gamewinning

touchdown in Clemson history. Other top 13 win was a 31-7

victory over 13th ranked Georgia Tech on October 21.

•Bowden has moved into second place in Clemson history in

career victories over top 25 teams, he now has 12, one more than Frank

Howard. His 59 victories are now third best in Clemson history, trailing

only Howard (165) and Danny Ford (96).

•Clemson ranks in the 15 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed

(first), rushing offense (fourth),total defense (fifth), scoring offense (sixth),

pass efficiency defense (eighth), kickoff returns (seventh), total offense

(13th ), rushing defense (15th ), pass defense (11th ), tackles for loss (eighth)

sacks (12th ), and scoring defense (12th ).

•Bowden already defeated two coaches this year who are past

national championship coaches and has 12 wins over National

championship coaches as Clemson head coach, more than any coach in

Clemson history.

•Clemson’s #10 national ranking on October 22 was the top

ranking among ACC schools, the fourth straight week Clemson has been

the top ranked ACC team. It was Clemson’s highest ranking in six years.

•Led the Tigers from a 14-point deficit to gain a 27-17 victory at

Wake Forest on October 12.

•Has seven different players listed as preseason candidates for

various national position awards.

•Had the Tigers bowl eligible on October 12, second earliest

Clemson has been eligible in school history in terms of calendar date.

•Has achieved all of this in 2006 despite having 11 different

players, including seven different starters miss a total of 39 player

games. That includes the loss of senior leaders Anthony Waters, Roman

Fry and Tramaine Billie for the rest of the season.

•For his Clemson career he is 59-35 with six bowl

appearances.

•Has already established Clemson record for consecutive

winning seasons, he has active streak of seven in a row, including this

year.

Dean Outstanding at Home Over Career

Clemson placekicker Jad Dean got off to a difficult start this

year. He had a pair of kicks blocked at Florida State, one a field goal and

one an extra point, and both blocks were returned for scores, giving the

Seminoles nine of their 20 points in the Tigers 27-20 win.

Since then, Dean has been successful, making 5-6 field goals

and 30-31 extra points. He is 9-13 for the year on field goals, 9-11 inside

the 50. Dean has scored 67 points to rank second on the Clemson team

and fourth in the ACC overall.

Clemson will play its last three games at home and that should

bring a smile to Dean’s face. He has been outstanding in his career at

Death Valley over the last four years. His performance included a perfect

6-6 field goal game against Texas A&M in the season opener of 2004.

He scored a kick scoring record 19 of Clemson’s 25 points in that game,

including a 42-yard field goal with two seconds left to win the game.

In 14 career games as the kicker in Death Valley, Dean has

made 27-32 field goals and 53-56 extra points for 134 total points. He

has averaged 9.6 points per game in the 14 games in Death Valley, has

made 84.4 percent of his field goals and 95 percent of his extra points.

In 88 total kick attempts at home, he has missed just eight combined field

goals and extra points.

Tigers have Been Strong Finishers under Bowden

Clemson heads into the final month of the 2006 regular season

on Saturday for a noon tilt with Maryland. Clemson has finished strong

since the current seniors were freshmen in 2003. The 2003 Tigers won

each of their last four games, including a victory over third ranked Florida

State and a win over sixth ranked Tennessee in the Peach Bowl.

The 2004 season ended with five wins in the last six outings to

finish the season 6-5. Last year the Tigers won six of their last seven for

the first time since the 1991 season. Clemson’s list of wins at the end of

2005 included wins over top 25 teams from Florida State and South

Carolina and a bowl victory over Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Clemson has won at least five of its last six games in each of

the last three years, or a 15-3 combined record over the last five games

each year. Clemson has three regular season games left and all three

are at home, games against Maryland, NC State and South Carolina.

Anniversary Season at Clemson

So far the 2006 Clemson football season has the makings of a

special year. The Tigers are 7-2 for the first time since 2000 and are still

in the hunt for an ACC title.

This is an anniversary season for the Clemson program in

many ways. First, this is the 25-year anniversary of Clemson’s 1981

national championship, the only national championship in the programs

history. That team finished 12-0 under Danny Ford and defeated

Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, 22-15.That anniversary was celebrated on

September 23 at the North Carolina game. That team was inducted as a

team into the Clemson Ring of Honor at Memorial Stadium.

This is also the 50-year anniversary of Clemson’s 1956 team

that went to the Orange Bowl. The last two seasons Clemson has been

to the Orange Bowl have been the 1981 and 1956 teams, squads

celebrating their 25th and 50th anniversaries, respectively. The 1956 team

will be honored at the Maryland game on November 4.

As far as Clemson tradition, this is the 40-year anniversary of

Howard’s Rock and its placement at the top of the hill at Clemson

Memorial Stadium. Clemson players rub Howard’s Rock before they run

down the hill prior to each game. It was first place on the pedestal for the

Virginia game in 1966.

From a campus standpoint, this is the 100th year of The Tiger

student newspaper, the 40-year anniversary of the Cooper Library, and

the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Thomas Green Clemson, the

university’s founder. Clemson just had its 50th Tigerama, the

homecoming celebration prior to the homecoming game. That

homecoming contest was October 21 against Georgia Tech.

Davis Named National Player of the Week by Walter Camp

Foundation

Clemson running back James Davis was named the national

offensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Foundation for his 216-

yard rushing game against Georgia Tech. Each week the foundation

names and offensive and defensive player of the week. The defensive

player of the week was Ameer Ismail of Western Michigan.

Davis rushed for a career-best 216 yards and two touchdowns

as 12th-ranked Clemson defeated 13th-ranked Georgia Tech, 31-7 on

Saturday evening at Death Valley. Davis scored on runs of two and five

yards and had a pair of runs over 50 yards in gaining the most yards

rushing by a Clemson running back since Raymond Priester gained a

school record 263 yards against Duke in 1995.

Thunder and Lightning

Clemson running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller have

both gone over 100 yards rushing in a game twice this year. The first

game was in the win over Louisiana Tech when Clemson actually had

three 100-yard rushers. Spiller and Davis combined for 270 yards in that

contest.

That combined 270 yards by Davis and Spiller was trumped in

the win over Georgia Tech when they combined for 332 on 37 carries and

scored a combined four touchdowns. Davis had 216 yards in the

contest, his career high, and had a pair of runs over 50 yards. Spiller

added 116 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run and added a 50-

yard touchdown reception off a shot pass in the flat from quarterback Will

Proctor. It marked the first time in Clemson history that the Tigers had

had a 200-yard rusher and 100-yard rusher in the same game. The

closest occurrence came in 1974 when Ken Callicutt had 197 and Mark

Fellers had 106 in a victory over South Carolina at Death Valley.

A The combined 332 yards rushing ranks by Spiller and Davis

against Georgia Tech ranks second in Clemson history for two Clemson

players in the same game, the most since Raymond Priester and Nealon

Greene had a combined 358 against Duke in 1995. It was quite an

accomplishment considering Georgia Tech was seventh in the nation in

rushing defense entering the game, allowing just 72 yards per game.

During the ESPN broadcast of the Georgia Tech game, color

commentator Todd Blackledge referred to Davis and Spiller as “Thunder

and Lightning” because of their respective running styles. Davis has

more of the power game and Spiller has lightning quick speed. The

players were interviewed on the ESPN Gameday set at Death Valley

immediately after the game.

So far this year, Davis and Spiller have combined for 1555

yards in nine games, an average of 172.8 yards per game. The duo has

those 1555 yards on just 238 attempts, for a per carry average of 6.53

yards per rush. They also have a combined 24 rushing touchdowns.

They are ahead of the Clemson record pace for combined yards rushing

per game by a duo over the course of a season. They are just two

touchdowns short of the rushing touchdown record for two backs

combined. Woody Dantzler and Travis Zachery combined for 26

touchdowns in 2000.

Top Single Game Combined Rushing Yards, Clemson History


Year Opponent       Site Players (total) Yards

1995 Duke H Priester (263), Greene (95) 358

2006 Georgia Tech H Davis (216), Spiller 116) 332

1982 Duke H Austin (260), McSwain (58) 318

1990 Appalachian St. H Williams (183), Witherspoon (123) 306

1974 South Carolina H Callicutt (197), Fellers (106) 303

1987 Virginia H Allen (183), McFadden (119) 302

Top Running Back Duos in Clemson History


(Yards/Game Basis)

Year Players GP Att Yds Avg TD Yds/G

2006 Davis-Spiller 9 238 1555 6.53 24 172.8

1995 Priester-Smith 12 383 2069 5.40 20 172.4

2000 Dantzler-Zachery 12 396 2055 5.19 26 171.3

1985 Flowers-Driver 12 408 2031 4.98 15 169.3

1982 Austin-McSwain 11 328 1705 5.20 21 155.0

1986 Flagler-Flowers 12 315 1853 5.88 15 154.4

1967 Gore-J. Jackson 10 331 1495 4.52 12 149.5

1983 Mack-Driver 11 297 1636 5.51 13 148.7

1987 Allen-McFadden 12 320 1760 5.50 14 146.2

Davis and Spiller Both over 6.5 yards per carry

Clemson running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller are both

averaging over 6.5 yards per carry so far this year. If the season ended

today, those yards per carry figures would both be among the top five in

Clemson history, given a minimum of 400 yards rushing. The record is

held by Billy Hair in 1950, one of the oldest records in the Clemson book.

Hair had 525 yards rushing on just 71 attempts in 1950 for a 7.39

average.

Ronald Williams had a 7.13 average in 1991 before he suffered

a torn ACL on October 26, 1991 during pre-game warm-ups for the

Clemson vs. NC State game. Thursday night is the exact 15-year

anniversary of that game.

Davis and Spiller rank three/five on the list at the moment

since both have already reached the 500-yard qualifier. As you can see

by the list below two teams in Clemson history have had a pair of running

backs average at least 6.0 yards per carry, the 1939 team that was 9-1

and won the Cotton Bowl over Boston College, and the 1950 team that

was 9-0-1 and ranked ninth in the final AP poll.

Top Season Yards/Carry Figures in Clemson History


Rk Name 		Year Att-Yds  Avg

1. Billy Hair 1950 71-525 7.39

2. Ronald Williams 1991 82-585 7.13

3. James Davis 2006 151-991 6.56

4. Terrence Flagler 1986 192-1258 6.55

5. C.J. Spiller 2006 87-564 6.48

6. Jackie Calvert 1950 105-663 6.31

7. Ray Mathews 1949 118-728 6.17

8. Hal Davis 1964 87-533 6.13

9. Shad Bryant 1939 84-508 6.05

10. Banks McFadden 1939 78-468 6.01

Clemson Running Back Depth

Clemson ranks fourth in the nation in rushing offense with

nearly 240 yards per game. A strong senior led offensive line has a lot

to do with it, but so does the depth at running back for the Tigers. Much

has been written about the accomplishments of James Davis, who is

13th in the nation in rushing with 110.11 yards per game, close to the

record of 112 yards per game by Raymond Priester in 1996. C.J. Spiller

has 564 yards and a 6.5 yards per carry figure and has had three 100-

yard games in his last five contests.

But, Clemson’s third leading rusher, Demerick Chancellor has

been effective also. Chancellor has 276 yards on 45 attempts for a 6.1

average and has a pair of 100-yard rushing games so far this season.

Reggie Merriweather has been injured with an ankle problem,

originally suffered against Louisiana Tech. Merriweather has not carried

the ball in the last four games, but he has a 5.8 average on 25 attempts

and has two scores so far this year. Merriweather has 144 yards this

year and 1585 career rushing yards to rank 23rd in Clemson history. He

has had five career 100-yard rushing performances.

And, there is a fifth player on the Clemson roster who has had

a 100-yard rushing game in his career. Duane Coleman, now starting

cornerback and second leading tackler on the team, played running back

in 2003 and 2004. He had 13-111 against North Carolina in 2003.

This is the first Clemson team in history to have five different

running backs on the roster who have had a 100-yard rushing game.

Spiller Three Time ACC Rookie of the Week

Clemson running back C.J. Spiller certainly must be considered

one of the favorites for ACC Rookie of the Year honors. The native of

Florida has 564 yards rushing and 191 yards receiving and has scored

nine touchdowns. He had a 72-yard run against Wake Forest that

proved to be the winning touchdown. He had an 82-yard pass reception

at Boston College that is the longest reception in Clemson history by a

freshman and by a running back regardless of class. He had a pair of

50-yard touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, in the win over

Georgia Tech.

The Georgia Tech performance marked the third time this year

that Spiller has been named ACC Rookie of the Week. He is attempting

to duplicate the accomplishment of James Davis, who was named ACC

Rookie of the Year last year.

Spiller has already tied Davis’s freshman touchdown record.

Davis had nine last year, all rushing, and Spiller has nine in nine games

this year, seven rushing and two receiving.

Clemson has Won 11 of last 13

Clemson has won seven of nine games this year with the road

losses coming at Boston College and at Virginia Tech. The Tigers won

their last four games of 2005, meaning Tommy Bowden’s team has won

11 of its last 13. The Boston College game was a double overtime affair.

Prior to the 24-7 loss at Virginia Tech, Clemson had gone 26

consecutive games without a loss by seven points or more. Clemson

was 20-6 in those 26 games. Only Southern Cal had a longer streak

with 54 straight games, a streak that is now 55 in a row for the Trojans.

It is an odd record, but the 26-game streak without suffering a

loss by more than six points was the longest for the Clemson program

since a 33-game streak between 1899 and 1904. Much of the streak

took place during John Heisman’s 23-game tenure as head coach.

Heisman’s had a 19-3-2 record as Clemson head coach and his largest

defeat was by six points on two occasions.

When Clemson won 11 of 12 it marked the first time Clemson

had done that since the 1990-91 era. The Tigers won 12 of 13 games

between September 15, 1990 and September 28, 1991.

Chason Having Career Year

Clemson punter Cole Chason is coming off the finest game of

his Clemson career. The Clemson graduate had a 48-yard average on

five punts in the win over Georgia Tech, the ACC school closest to his

hometown of Roswell, GA. His net punting average of 42.2 was also a

career best given a minimum of three punts.

Not only was Chason’s 48.0 average a personal best it was

actually the third best single game performance in the post Chris

Gardocki era. Gardocki punted for the Tigers between 1988-90 and is

Clemson’s career leader with a 44.2 average. He is in his 16th year in the

NFL.

Since the 1991 season, or the first year after he left for the

NFL, only Chris McInally and Jamie Somaini have averaged at least 48

yards a punt given a minimum of three punts. McInally averaged 49.3 on

six punts against Syracuse in the 1996 Gator Bowl and Somaini

averaged 50.3 on three punts against Virginia in 2000.

Chason has improved his punting average from 36.4 last year

to 41.3 this season, an improvement of 4.9 yards per punt. If the season

ended today, that would be the best one season improvement in

Clemson history for someone who served as the starting punter in

consecutive seasons. The existing record is held by Kevin Laird, who

made a 5.6 yard improvement between 1996 and 1997.

Clemson’s Most Improved Punters


		First year 	Second Year

Name Year Avg Year Avg. Imp

Kevin Laird 1996 37.2 1997 42.8 +5.6

Cole Chason 2005 36.4 2006 41.3 +4.9

Butch Butler 1942 36.7 1943 41.1 +4.4

Eddie Werntz 1960 36.2 1961 40.2 +4.0

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