GAME 1: CLEMSON (0-0) VS. WOFFORD (0-0)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015Frank Howard Field
Memorial Stadium (81,500) Clemson, S.C. Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.
TV: ACC NETWORK(Tim Brant, Dave Archer, Roddy Jones)
CLEMSON RADIO NETWORK(Don Munson, Rodney Williams, Patrick Sapp)
SATELLITE RADIOSirius Ch. 84, XM Ch. 84
SERIES HISTORYOverall Record: Clemson leads 11-3
at Clemson: Clemson leads 7-0 at Wofford: Clemson leads 4-3 First Meeting: Clemson 16-0 in 1896
Last Clemson Win: 35-27 in 2011 Last Wofford Win: 14-13 in 1933
Date Opponent TV W-L Score/Time Sept. 5 Wofford ACCN 12:30 p.m. Sept. 12 Appalachian St. ESPN3 12:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Louisville ESPN 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 Notre Dame
Oct. 10 Georgia Tech Oct. 17 Boston College Oct. 24 at NC State Oct. 31 at Miami (Fla.) Nov. 7 Florida State Nov. 14 at Syracuse Nov. 21 Wake Forest Nov. 28 at South Carolina
2015 SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Assistant AD / Football Communications
Tim Bourret (Notre Dame ‘77)
Assistant AD / Director of Athletic Communications
Joe Galbraith (Mississippi State ‘01)
Associate Communications Director / Secondary
Philip Sikes (Clemson ‘02)
Sr. Associate Communications Director / Credentials
Sam Blackman (Clemson ‘85)
Athletic Communications: 864-656-2114
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31, Clemson, SC 29633
Overnight: 100 Perimeter Rd, Clemson, SC 29633
CLEMSON ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
DABO SWINNEY PRESS CONFERENCE
Head Coach Dabo Swinney will hold his weekly press conference at the Team Room on the second floor of the West Endzone at Memorial Stadium each Tuesday at 11 a.m. There will be no press conference on Tuesday, September 22nd when Clemson has an open date.
Clemson players will be available after Swinney’s press conference on the fourth floor of the West End-zone.
Coach Swinney’s press conference will be available over clemsontigers.com. An abbreviated transcript of his press conference also will be available.
The ACC holds a teleconference for the media every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. throughout the season. The first session is September 2 and the final session is November 24 (Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving).
Each coach has a 10 minute period on the confer-emce. Each teleconference available at theacc.com. Contact the ACC for the teleconference phone number.
Head Coach, School Time
#Brian Kelly, Notre Dame 10:20 a.m.
Dabo Swinney, Clemson 10:30 a.m.
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State 10:40 a.m. Bobby Petrino, Louisville 10:50 a.m. Scott Shafer, Syracuse 11:00 a.m. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest 11:10 a.m. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech 11:20 a.m Larry Fedora, North Carolina 11:30 a.m. Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh 11:40 a.m. Al Golden, Miami (FL) 11:50 a.m. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech Noon Mike London, Virginia 12:10 p.m. Steve Addazio, Boston College 12:20 p.m. David Cutcliffe, Duke 12:30 p.m. Dave Doeren, NC State 12:40 p.m. #Coach Kelly on call when Notre Dame playing an ACC opponent.
2015 Record 0-0, 0-0 ACC
Location Clemson, S.C.
Colors Clemson Orange & Regalia
Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich (Indiana (Pa.) ‘80)
Head Coach Dabo Swinney (Alabama ‘93) Clemson Record (7th full season) 61-26 (.701) Home Record 39-6 (.867) Away & Neutral Record 22-20 (524) vs. ACC regular season 39-14 (.736)
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Clemson Rankings 12th AP, 12th USA Today
Co-Offensive Coordinators Tony Elliott , Jeff Scott
Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables
Twitter / Instagram @ClemsonFB
2015 Record 0-0, 0-0 SoCon
Location Spartanburg, S.C.
Colors Gold & Black
Director of Athletics Richard Johnson
Head Coach Mike Ayers (Georgetown, Ky’74) Wofford Record 181-126-1 (28th year) Overall 192-147-2 (31st year)
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Offensive Coordinator Wade Lang
Defensive Coordinator Nathan Fuqua
Football Communications Brent Williamson Phone (864) 597-4093 Email email@example.com
SWINNEY SUNDAY TELECONFERENCE
Coach Swinney will hold a short teleconference to review the previous day’s game each Sunday at 6 p.m. The teleconference after the September 17 Louisville game will be held on Monday, September 21. To access the call contact Tim Bourret at the Sports Information Office.
CLEMSON PLAYER INTERVIEWS
Clemson student-athlete interviews are held each Monday and Tuesday on the fourth floor of the West Endzone at Memorial Stadium.
Contact Tim Bourret each Sunday by 4 p.m. with your requests for the week. The first players on Mon-day usually start at 10:30 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. Players are available after Coach Swinney’s Tuesday press conference at the West Endzone.
A Clemson offensive coordinator, either Tony Elliott or Jeff Scott, will be available on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the fourth floor of the West Endzone. Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables will be available on Tuesdays some time after Dabo Swinney’s press conference.
BI-LO TIGER CALLS
Head Coach Dabo Swinney will hold his weekly BiLo Tiger Calls program each Monday night from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be available over radio stations on the Clemson Network and over clemsontigers.com.
CLEMSON PERSONNEL UPDATE
• Korin Wiggins, LB, torn ACL, out for year • D.J. Reader, DT, Personal reasons, out • Ammon Lakip, PK, Suspended, out
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Atlantic Division ACC Home Away Overall Boston College 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Clemson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Florida State 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Louisville 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 NC State 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Syracuse 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Wake Forest 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Coastal Division ACC Home Away Overall
Duke 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Georgia Tech 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Miami (Fla.) 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 North Carolina 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Pittsburgh 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Virginia 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Virginia Tech 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2015 STANDINGSThursday, September 3
North Carolina vs. South Carolina ESPN 6 p.m. Elon at Wake Forest ESPN3 7 p.m. Alcorn State at Georgia Tech RSN 7:30 p.m. Duke at Tulane CBSSN 9:30 p.m. Friday, September 4
Rhode Island at Syracuse ESPN3 7 p.m. Saturday, September 5
Wofford at Clemson ACCN 12:30 p.m. Maine at Boston College ESPN3 1 p.m. Youngstown State at Pittsburgh ESPN3 1 p.m. Louisville vs. Auburn (at Atlanta) CBS 3:30 p.m. Virginia at UCLA FOX 3:30 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Miami ESPN3 6 p.m. Troy at NC State ESPN3 6 p.m. Texas State at Florida State ESPNews 8 p.m. Ohio State at Virginia Tech ESPN 8 p.m.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
DaboSwinney DA-boh SWEE-nee Justin Falcinelli fal-sih-NEHL-ee
Clelin Ferrell CLEE-lihn
Zach Giella jee-EH-luh
Jay Guillermo gee-AYR-moh
Germone Hopper juhr-MAHN
Greg Huegel HYOO-guhl
Jadar Johnson juh-DAHR
AmmonLakip A-muhn LAY-kihp
Eric Mac Lain mack-LAYN
Cordrea Tankersley cohr-DRAY Andy Teasdall TEEZ-dahl
Trevion Thompson TRAY-vee-ahn
Korrin Wiggins kohr-RIHN
Clemson vs. Wofford Series
Clemson holds an 11-3 advantage in the series with Wofford. That includes a 35-27 Clemson victory over the Terriers on September 10, 2011, just the second game for the senior class of 2014. That was the second of 42 wins for that class, the winningest in Clemson history.
That was not an easy victory for the Tigers, who were playing just their second game since Chad Morris became offensive coordina-tor. Clemson led by just a point at 28-27 in the fourth quarter before Tajh Boyd connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 17-yard touchdown with 35 seconds gone in the fourth period. The Tigers held the Terriers off the scoreboard the rest of the game and came away with the eight-point win.
That was quite a performance for the Terriers. That Clemson team had over 25 players go on to play in the NFL, the most of any Clemson team in history. It would win the ACC Championship at season’s end.
Clemson has actually won four in a row in the series. In addition to the 2011 victory, Clemson was led by Woody Dantzler in a 38-14 win in 2001. That game took place the Saturday before the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Clemson defeated Wofford 45-10 on September 5, 1981, exactly 34 years ago on Saturday. That was the season opener of Clemson’s National Championship season. The score was tied 3-3 at the end of the first period.
Wofford’s last win in the series took place in 1933, a 14-13 Terriers win in Spar-tanburg. Wofford also won consecutive games by shutout in 1925 and 1926.
The two teams first met in 1896, the first year of Clemson football. The Tigers won that game, 16-0, in Spartanburg in what was just the third game in Clemson football history. Clemson won the second meeting, 21-0, in 1900 in the second game of John Heisman’s coaching career at Clemson.
Brian Mance Returns to Clemson
One of the opposing coaches for Saturday’s game is Brian Mance, a 2005 Clemson graduate who played for the Tigers from 1999-2002. Mance is in his first year as cornerbacks coach for the Terriers after serving at Clemson as a player development coach and graduate assistant coach from 2010 to 2012. He worked at North Greenville University the last three years.
Mance was a starting defensive back and punt returner for the Tigers. He had an outstanding all-around career and is still tied for seventh in Clemson history in career interceptions with 12. He played 823 snaps as a cornerback in 2002, still the third most for a cornerback in Clemson history. He finished his career with 164 tackles, 23 passes broken up and once had an 88-yard punt return against Georgia Tech that is still the seventh longest in Clemson history. He was a first-team All-ACC selection by the Sporting News in 2002. Wofford Offensive Coordinator Played against Clemson
Wofford offensive coordinator Wade Lang played against Clemson 34 years ago on this exact date (September 5, 1981). When the Terriers came to Clemson as an NAIA school
in 1981, Lang was a running back. He led Wofford ball carriers that day with 17 carries for 76 yards. He also completed two passes for 30 yards. Lang achieved those 76 yards against a Clemson defense that ranked eighth in the nation in rushing defense that year allowing just 88 yards a game.
How good was Lang’s rushing total? Only Herschel Walker and Roger Craig had more rushing yards against the Tigers that year. Walker had 28-111 for Georgia against the Ti-gers in the third game of the season, and Craig had 10-87 in the Orange Bowl for Nebraska against the Tigers.
Mike Ayers was an assistant coach at Wofford when Clemson faced the Terriers in 1981. This will be the third time he has faced Clemson as the Terrier’s head coach.
Other Clemson and Wofford Ties
•One other player for Wofford that day in 1981 who has a tie to Clemson is Tim Renfrow. He had two kickoff returns for 40 yards, a pass broken up, five tackles and an interception of a Homer Jordan pass. Renfrow is the father of current Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, a freshman from Myrtle Beach, S.C.
*Wofford freshman quarterback Devin Watson is the cousin of Clemson starting quar-terback Deshaun Watson. Wofford’s Watson is also from Gainesville, Ga. and was a three-year starter at East Hall High School. He ran for 723 yards and passed for 1,755 last season.
•Wofford snapper Ross Hammond is the nephew of former Clemson All-ACC defen-sive lineman Vance Hammond. Ross is in his freshman year at Wofford. Vance played for the Tigers from 1987-90 and was part of a Clemson class that finished with a 40-8 record, the second most wins for a senior class in Clemson history.
•Jerry Richardson, the founder and owner of the Carolina Panthers, is a 1959 graduate of Wofford. His son Mark Richardson, played on Clemson’s 1981 National Champion-ship team and is now a member of the school’s Board of Trustees. Richardson’s Carolina Panthers played their home games in their first season in the NFL at Clemson in 1995.
*Two Clemson graduates have been the head coach at Wofford. Jules Carson, a 1914 Clemson graduate, was the head coach at Wofford from 1934-41. Rick Gilstrap, a 1972 Clemson graduate, was the head coach at Woffford from 1985-87. He was the coach before current Terriers mentor Mike Ayers took over in 1988.
Clemson Honorary Captains vs. Wofford Clemson will continue its tradition of honorary captains for home games this year. The honorary captains for the season opener against Wofford are Dan Benish and Reggie Pleasant.
Benish played for the Tigers from 1979-82. He was a first-team All-ACC selec-tion in 1981 as a junior when he helped the Tigers to the National Championship. He start-ed 11 of the 12 games that year. He was also a starter in 1980 and 1982. He is the uncle of Clemson starting offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, who will make his first career start on Saturday. Pleasant played for Clemson from
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ASSOCIATED PRESS (PRESEASON) Rk School (1st place) Rec Pts 1. Ohio State (61) 0-0 1525 2. TCU 0-0 1428 3. Alabama 0-0 1322 4. Baylor 0-0 1263 5. Michigan State 0-0 1256 6. Auburn 0-0 1192 7. Oregon 0-0 1156 8. Southern Cal 0-0 1085 9. Georgia 0-0 991 10. Florida State 0-0 959 11. Notre Dame 0-0 873 12. Clemson 0-0 862 13. UCLA 0-0 698 14. LSU 0-0 675 15. Arizona State 0-0 605 16. Georgia Tech 0-0 588 17. Mississippi 0-0 563 18. Arkansas 0-0 410 19. Oklahoma 0-0 394 20. Wisconsin 0-0 393 21. Stanford 0-0 347 22. Arizona 0-0 311 23. Boise State 0-0 240 24. Missouri 0-0 219 25. Tennessee 0-0 114
Others Receiving Votes: Mississippi State 100, Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma State 46, Virginia Tech 42, Utah 36, Penn State 20, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, Kansas State 5, Florida 4, NC State 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Northern Illinois 2, Michigan 2, California 1, Western Kentucky 1, West Virginia 1.
COACHES (PRESEASON) Rk School (1st place) Rec Pts 1. Ohio State (62) 0-0 1598 2. TCU (1) 0-0 1487 3. Alabama (1) 0-0 1452 4. Baylor 0-0 1365 5. Oregon 0-0 1260 6. Michigan State 0-0 1230 7. Auburn 0-0 1103 8. Florida State 0-0 1057 9. Georgia 0-0 1026 10. Southern Cal 0-0 1014 11. Notre Dame 0-0 883 12. Clemson 0-0 838 13. LSU 0-0 727 14. UCLA 0-0 697 15. Mississippi 0-0 668 16. Arizona State 0-0 577 17. Georgia Tech 0-0 573 18. Wisconsin 0-0 470 19. Oklahoma 0-0 407 20. Arkansas 0-0 377 21. Stanford 0-0 365 22. Arizona 0-0 299 23. Missouri 0-0 229 24. Boise State 0-0 190 25. Tennessee 0-0 166
Others Receiving Votes: Mississippi State 164, Texas A&M 149, Oklahoma State 89, Virginia Tech, 70, Utah 40, Kansas State 37, Nebraska 27, Louisville 27, Minnesota 25, Penn State 20, South Carolina 18, Miami (FL) 16, Texas 8, Illinois 7, Duke 6, Air Force 5, Louisiana Tech 5, Marshall 4, Utah State 4, West Virginia 3, N.C. State 3, BYU 3, North Carolina 2, Florida 2, Georgia Southern 2, UCF 1, Cinncinnati 1, Kentucky 1, Maryland 1, Michigan 1, Washington 1.
NATIONAL RANKINGS1981-84 and holds the distinction of being the last member of the 1981 National Champion-ship team to play professional football. Pleas-ant played for the AtlPleas-anta Falcons in 1985 and the Tampa Bay Bucs in 1986. He then moved to the CFL where he played for Toronto and Edmonton until he retired in 1997. He played on the Grey Cup Champion team in 1991. He has returned to the Clemson program this year as a team advisor.
Clemson Must Defend the Run
Clemson will have to defend the run against Wofford. The Terriers have run an option oriented offense for many years and have been very successful. A look to the national statistics at the FCS level shows that Wofford has finished in the top seven in the nation in rushing yards per game each of the last 17 years. Eight times they were second in rushing nationally and were first in 2010 and 2011. Last year the Terriers were third with an average of 296.7 yards per game.
Hyatt Slated to Start as True Freshman Clemson true freshman Mitch Hyatt is slated to start at left tackle in the season opener against Wofford. If he does he will be the first true freshman to start the first game of the season at left tackle since 1944 when Phil Prince started the opener against Presbyterian. Prince, who still lives in Clemson, started each of the first seven that year as a true freshman and went on to a celebrated Clemson career as a player and after his playing career was over. In fact he went on to be Clemson University President.
Since 1946, only one true freshman has started in the offensive line over the course of the season. That was Barry Richardson in 2004, who did not start the opener, but started seven of the 11 games that year.
It is obviously very rare for any true freshman offensive lineman to even play in a game over the course of the season as most are red-shirted. Since 1986, only five true fresh-men have played in a game on the offensive line. Richardson had the most playing time with 471 snaps in 2004.
Most Plays by True Freshman OL since 1986
Player Year GP-GS Plays
Barry Richardson 2004 11-7 471 Akil Smith 1998 10-0 240 Antoine McClain 2008 13-0 149 Brandon Pilgrim 2003 11-0 145 Marion Dukes 2003 10-0 97 Clemson 12th in Preseason Polls
Clemson is ranked 12th in the
presea-son AP and USA Today polls. This is the highest preseason ranking Clemson has had since 2013 when the program was eighth. Clemson’s highest preseason ranking in history is No. 4 in 1984 and 1988. The only other year Clemson was No. 12 in the preseason ranking was 1989. The Tigers finished No. 12 that year.
Even though Clemson was the pre-season favorite to win the ACC championship by media attending the league’s football kickoff in July at Pinehurst, N.C., Dabo Swinney’s team is the second highest ranked ACC team in both polls. Florida State, the defending ACC Champion, is 10th by the AP, two spots ahead
of Clemson. The Seminoles were eighth in the
preseason USA Today Poll.
Ohio State was the unanimous No. 1 selection (61 voters) by the Associated Press, the first school to be unanimous No. 1 in the preseason since the AP first had a preseason poll in 1950. TCU is second, Alabama is third and Baylor is fourth. Michigan State is fifth in the preseason AP poll, the program’s highest preseason ranking since 1967.
Auburn is ranked sixth, Oregon sev-enth, Southern California eighth, Georgia ninth and Florida State, who will play at Clemson on November 7, is ranked 10th. Notre Dame, who
will play at Clemson on October 3, is ranked 11th, Clemson 12th, UCLA 13th, LSU 14th, and
Arizona State 15th.
Georgia Tech, who will play at Clemson on October 10, is ranked 16th, while
Mississippi is 17th, Arkansas is 18th, Oklahoma
is 19th and Wisconsin is 20th. Stanford is 21st,
Arizona is 22nd, Boise State is 23rd, Missouri is
24th and Tennessee is 25th.
Clemson is one of 11 schools with the same preseason ranking by the Associated Press and USA Today. That includes the top four schools, Georgia and Notre Dame.
This marks the fourth straight year Clemson has been ranked in the preseason top 25 by the Associated Press. Clemson was 14th
in the preseason in 2012 and finished 11th.
Clemson was eighth in the AP preseason poll in 2013 and finished eighth. The Tigers were 16th
in the preseason in 2014 and finished 15th.
Clemson was unranked in 2011 and finished 22nd. Clemson is the only school in the nation
to finish at least the same in the post season AP poll compared to its preseason ranking, each of the last four years.
This is the 24th time (since 1950
when preseason poll started) Clemson has been ranked in the preseason top 25 by the Associ-ated Press. The program has gone on to also finish in the top 25 a total of 13 of those 23 seasons. That includes each of the last three years. Clemson had a five-year run of being ranked in the preseason and the post season top 25 from 1987-91.
Clemson has been ranked in 61 of the last 67 polls dating to the 2011 season and including the 2015 preseason poll. Clemson, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State are the only four schools to finish in the top 25 of the AP poll each of the last four years.
Clemson in Season Openers
Clemson has won 23 of its last 30 season openers. That includes a 10-5 record the last 15 years when Clemson has played its most challenging season-opening games.
Clemson has lost four of its last 13 season opening games, but all four were to top 25 teams, three times to Georgia (2002, 2003 and 2014) and in 2008 to Alabama in a game played in Atlanta. Clemson has played eight openers against top 25 teams in the last 16 years after having played just five top 25 teams in opening games between 1936 (first year of the AP poll) and 1999.
The Tigers are 88-23-8 (.779), regardless of site, in their first game in the previous 119 seasons.
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Clemson Top Performances on Opening Day
Below are Clemson’s top performances by individual category in the opening game of the season, regardless of site. The all-purpose yardage record dates back over 60 years.
Clemson Opening Day Individual Records: Total Offense: 312 by Tajh Boyd vs. Georgia, 2013 Rushing Yards: 228 by Andre Ellington vs. Auburn, 2012 Passing Yards: 288 by Charlie Whitehurst vs. Wake Forest, 2004 Pass Attempts: 41 vs. Charlie Whitehurst vs. Wake Forest, 2004 Pass Completions: 24 by Tajh Boyd vs. Auburn, 2012
Completion % .941 (16-17) by Woodrow Dantzler vs. The Citadel, 2000 Passing Efficiency: 247.1 by Woodrow Dantzler vs. The Citadel, 2000 Receptions: 13 by DeAndre Hopkins vs. Auburn, 2012
Reception Yards: 152 (9 rec.) by Airese Currie vs. Wake Forest, 2004 All Purpose Yards: 246 by Buck George vs. Presbyterian, 1952 Field Goals: 6 by Jad Dean vs. Texas A&M, 2005
Tackles: 18 by Jeff Davis vs. Rice, 1980
18 by Chad Carson vs. The Citadel, 2000 Clemson Undefeated vs. FCS Teams
Clemson is a perfect 29-0 against Football Championship Subdivision teams. The Division was formed prior to the 1978 season. Southern Conference schools became I-AA in 1982. The Tigers face Wofford of the FCS this Saturday.
Clemson has outscored Football Championship Sub-Division teams by a 1146-205 margin, an average victory of 39-7. Clemson has won 28 of the 29 games by at least double digits. The only exception came when Clemson defeated Wofford 35-27 in 2011. Wofford’s 27 points are the most by an FCS school against Clemson.
Each of the last 14 games against FCS teams have been from the state of South Carolina. The last FCS team from outside the state to play Clemson was Appalachian State in 1997, Clemson’s opponent next week, but the Mountaineers are now in the FBS.
Clemson vs. FCS Opponents (29-0)
Year Opponent W L CU-OPP Margin
1982 Western Carolina W 21-10 +11 1983 Western Carolina W 44-10 +34 1984 Appalachian State W 40-7 +33 1986 The Citadel W 24-0 +24 1987 Western Carolina W 43-0 +43 1988 Furman W 23-3 +20 1989 Furman W 30-0 +30 1990 Appalachian State W 48-0 +48 1991 Appalachian State W 34-0 +34 1992 Chattanooga W 54-3 +51 1993 ETSU W 27-0 +27 1994 Furman W 27-6 +21 1995 Western Carolina W 55-9 +46 1996 Furman W 19-3 +16 1997 Appalachian State W 23-12 +11 1998 Furman W 33-0 +33 2000 The Citadel W 38-0 +38 2001 Wofford W 38-14 +24 2003 Furman W 28-17 +11 2007 Furman W 38-10 +28 2008 The Citadel W 45-17 +28
2008 South Carolina State W 54-0 +54 2009 Coastal Carolina W 49-3 +46
2010 Presbyterian W 58-21 +37
2011 Wofford W 35-27 +8
2012 Furman W 41-7 +34
2013 South Carolina State W 52-13 +39
2013 The Citadel W 52-6 +42
2014 S.C. State W 73-7 +66
Mac Lain Wins Richardson Community Service MVP
Clemson starting offensive guard Eric Mac Lain received a Jerry Richardson Community MVP Award at the sixth annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity dinner in Columbia, S.C on July 30.
Mac Lain was one of six people representing six different South Carolina schools honored at the banquet with the Jerry Richardson Community MVP Award. The award is named after the former Wofford
All-American who is the owner of the Carolina Panthers.
Mac Lain has been significantly involved in community service work since he came to Clemson in 2011. He recently won a Top Six Award from the Atlantic Coast Conference as one of the top Clemson student athletes from any sport involved in community service. He is also one of the nominees for the Allstate Good Hands Team, a national team of college football players honored for their community service.
On the field, Mac Lain has helped the Tigers to 32 wins and three top 15 finishes in the AP and USA Today polls over the last three years. He was named to the preseason All-ACC team selected by the media attending the ACC Football Kickoff at Pinehurst earlier this month and is also a preseason candidate for the Lombardi Award.
Five Tigers Named Preseason All-ACC
Clemson, the preseason favorite to win the ACC according to the media attending the ACC Football Kickoff in July, led all schools with five selections to the preseason All-ACC Football Team.
Clemson led the offense with four selections, as quarterback Deshaun Watson, offensive guard Eric Mac Lain and wide receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott were named. Shaq Lawson was Clemson’s lone representative on the first team defense.
Watson, who was named the preseason ACC Player of the Year, was on 100 of the 163 ballots as the first team quarterback. The sophomore completed 68 percent of his passes last year and threw 14 touchdown passes against just two interceptions. He also accounted for five scores on the ground.
Williams had 1,030 yards receiving on 57 receptions last year when he averaged 18 yards per catch, seventh best in the nation among players with at least 50 receptions. Scott was a first-team freshman All-American last year when he had 965 receiving yards and a team best 76 receptions. Both had over 100 receiving yards in the win over Oklaho-ma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Mac Lain is the only player on the team who already has an undergraduate degree. The native of Hope Mills, N.C. is a veteran of 39 games at Clemson and had his best game against Oklahoma.
Lawson started just one game last year, but had 44 tackles in 295 plays. He added 11 tackles for loss and is the first Clemson player since Anthony Simmons (1995-96) to have at least 10 tackles for loss as a freshman and sophomore.
Clemson led the way with five selections to the first team, while Florida State and Virginia Tech had four apiece.
Clemson Has 40 Freshmen
Clemson begins the season with 40 freshmen on the roster. That includes red-shirt and freshmen in their first year with the program. The last time Clemson had that many freshmen on the roster was 2011 and that was also the last time Clemson won the ACC Championship. Clemson had 42 freshmen on that roster. The 2011 Clemson team finished with a 10-4 record and a top 25 final ranking. Four of those wins were against top 25 teams, the most in one season in school history. Swinney Named to Dodd Preseason Watch List
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney is one of 23 coaches from around the country named to the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foun-dation Watch List. According to the release made by the Bobby Dodd Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, “the head coaches on the watch list represent programs with the highest ideals of leadership, scholarship and integrity on and off the field—the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy.”
Swinney won the award in 2011 when he led Clemson to its first ACC Championship in 20 years and set a school record for wins over top 25 teams in a season with four. He was the first Clemson football coach to be named a national Coach of the Year since Danny Ford in 1981.
Other ACC coaches on the 2015 Watch List are Jimbo Fisher of Florida State and Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech. Clemson opponents Brian Kelly of Notre Dame and Steve Spurrier of South Carolina are also on the list. All four of those coaches will face Swinney and the Tigers this year. All but Spurrier will face the Tigers at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.
Swinney has led Clemson to a 61-26 record in seven seasons. That includes a 42-11 mark over the last four years. Clemson has won at least 10 games each of the last four years and the 42 victories are a school record for a four-year period. Clemson has finished each of the last four years in the top 25 of both polls, including top 15 rankings each
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of the last three years.
Blanks Returns after Two Torn ACLs
One of the bright spots of preseason camp has been the play of junior nickel back/linebacker Travis Blanks. The native of Tallahassee, Fla. is coming off two torn ACL injuries. He suffered the first in the 11th
game of the 2013 season against The Citadel. After sitting out the 2014 season, he suffered the second in the last bowl practice in Orlando prior to last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl game against Oklahoma.
But, Blanks has come back strong and played well in preseason scrimmages as a starting nickel back on Brent Venables’s defense.
Blanks was a starter in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In 2012 as a true freshman he had 51 tackles, seven passes broken up and an interception and was named a second team Freshman All-American. He had a career high eight tackles at Florida State. In 2013 in 11 games, 10 as a starter, he had 35 tackles in 475 plays and had two caused fumbles, one recovered.
Wiggins Out for Season
Korrin Wiggins, one of just four returning players who started at least six games on Clemson’s number-one ranked defense of 2014, suffered a torn ACL during practice in August and will be out for the 2015 season.
Wiggins sustained the injury while trying to recover a fumble during a situational scrimmage in Memorial Stadium. The native of Durham, N.C. has not red-shirted previously, and thus will be able to sit out the 2015 season and return as a red-shirt junior in 2016.
Wiggins has had 54 tackles, four tackles for loss, four in-terceptions and seven passes broken up in 25 games over the last two seasons. He had 40 tackles and two interceptions for 44 return yards in 521 snaps last year as a nickel back. He played in all 13 games, six as a starter, when he helped Clemson to a 10-3 record and a No. 15 final ranking in both polls.
Wiggins finished the 2014 on a strong note with a 37-yard interception return against Georgia State, four tackles and a pass broken up against South Carolina, and a team high six tackles and a seven-yard interception return against Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Clem-son won all three of those games.
Final Preseason Scrimmage Review
Clemson held its final stadium scrimmage of the preseason on August 20th and the story of the day was kicker Greg Huegel. “Greg
Huegel had a big day,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney, who kidded to the media that he now knows how to pronounce his name (Hugh gul).
“He did not miss today and made a 53-yarder on the last play of the scrimmage. He was 3-8 the last time we scrimmaged in the stadium, but he came back today. I was impressed and as of today he is our starting kicker. He was outstanding all day.”
A red-shirt freshman from Blythewood, S.C. who was not on the team last year, Huegel made four field goals in four attempts during the scrimmage (36, 48, 21, 42 yards) and made five others before the scrimmage and in last second situations at the end of practice.
Swinney also announced that Ammon Lakip, the starting kicker last year, was back in school and at practice, but not participating yet. Swinney said Lakip would be suspended for the first three games of the season. He has a chance to come back for the Notre Dame game on October 3.
Watson completed 10-15 passes for 154 yards and two scores to lead the quarterbacks. Gallman had 9-91 rushing and scored on a 50-yard run. Gallman has averaged 6.7 50-yards per carry and has been the top rusher in all three scrimmages. C.J. Davidson added 9-36 rushing, while Tyson Dye had 8-33 and C.J. Fuller added 10-30 on the ground and had a 16-yard touchdown run.
Hunter Renfrow was the top receiver with four receptions for 72 yards, including a 21-yard score from Watson. The receiving num-bers were balanced as 11 other players had either one or two receptions. The offense did not commit a turnover all day.
Defensively, Jefferie Gibson was the top tackler with seven, while Ben Boulware and Chad Smith had five apiece. Shaq Lawson had three sacks to pace the defense. Eight other players had a tackle for loss.
Nine Straight Wins at Death Valley
Clemson has nine consecutive home wins, tied for the sixth longest streak in the nation among FBS schools. Alabama and Baylor
both have the longest with 16 in a row, followed by Florida State and Boise State at 14 in a row. Clemson nearly ended Florida State’s streak in a 23-17 Florida State overtime win last year.
Central Florida has the fifth longest home winning streak with 10, while Clemson and Utah State are tied for sixth with nine in a row. Colorado State and Mississippi State have won eight in a row.
Clemson’s nine-game home winning streak is its longest since the Tigers had a 13-game home winning streak from September 3, 2011 to October 12, 2013. Florida State ended that Clemson home streak. The Tigers are 26-2 at home over the last four years.
In terms of overall games, Clemson has a three-game winning streak. That sounds modest, but it is actually tied for the fourth longest in the country among Power Five conference schools. Ohio State has won 13 in a row and TCU eight in a row. Michigan State is third with a four-gamer. Clemson, NC State and Stanford are next at three in a row. Only Three Starters Back on Defense
Clemson returns only three starters from the 2014 defense that led the nation in 11 different statistical categories, including total defense, tackles for loss, pass defense and yards/play allowed. This is the fewest returning starters on defense for a season since 1979 when Clemson had just three returning from a 1978 defense that helped Clem-son to a no. 6 final ranking in the AP poll and an 11-1 record.
But based on history, this Clemson team should not take a de-featist attitude. That 1979 team went on to have quite a season, helping the Tigers to a strong 8-4 record that included wins over Georgia, North Carolina and Notre Dame.
That Clemson defense led by All-American Jim Stuckey and all-time leading tackler Bubba Brown, finished the season third in the nation in scoring defense (8.4), seventh in total defense (237.5) and 10th
in rushing defense (117.5). The 237.5 total defense figure for that team was better than the 2015 team had (261).
Watson Named to Manning Watch List
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was one of 30 quarter-backs from across the country named to the Manning Award Watch List this summer. The award is presented each year to the top quarterback in college football. It is the only college football award that takes post-season performance into account in the selection. Ten finalists will be named on November 25 and the winner will be announced on January 13.
Watson is one of five ACC players on the list. The others are Brad Kaaya of Miami (FL), Justin Thomas of Georgia Tech, Jacoby Brissett of NC State, and Marquise Williams of North Carolina. Kaaya, Brissett and Thomas will play against Clemson this year.
Watson played in eight games last year for the Tigers, five as a starter (4-1). The native of Gainesville, Ga. completed 93-137 passes for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions. His 10.7 yards per attempt and 188.7 passing efficiency led the nation among players with at least 125 passes.
He was named the National Quarterback of the Week by the Manning Award last year for his performance against North Carolina. Making his first career start, Watson threw six touchdown passes to tie the ACC record and establish a Clemson record for scoring passes in a single game.
Watson was also named to the Watch Lists for the O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year earlier this month. Lawson, Mac Lain Named to Lombardi Watch List
Clemson linemen Shaq Lawson and Eric Mac Lain have been named to the 2015 Lombardi Award Watch List. The Lombardi Award is presented each year to a down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.
Lawson was named to the preseason All-ACC team as a junior. In 2014, he helped Clemson lead the nation in total defense and tackles for loss when he had 44 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He started one game behind All-American Vic Beasley, but actually finished the year with more tackles than Beasley.
Mac Lain also made the preseason All-ACC team announced in July. He is also a candidate for the Allstate Good Hands team this year. The graduate student from Hope Mills, N.C. has helped Clemson to a 32-7 record and three top 15 finishes in both polls since 2012.
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Lawson Had More Tackles Than Beasley in 2014
Shaq Lawson will finally get his chance to be a starter in 2015. He has been behind consensus All-American Vic Beasley each of the last two years. Beasley was the No. 8 selection of the 2015 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
Last year Beasley started 12 of the games and played 557 snaps, while Lawson started just once and played 295 snaps. Despite the difference in playing time, Lawson actually had more tackles than Beasley (44-37). Lawson averaged a tackle for every 6.7 plays, while Beasley averaged one every 15.05 plays.
Beasley finished the year with an ACC best 21.5 tackles for loss and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Lawson had 11 tackles for loss to become the first Clemson player to have double figures in tackles for loss as a freshman and a sophomore since Anthony Simmons did it as a linebacker in 1995-96.
While Beasley doubled Lawson’s tackle for loss total for the year, the difference on a per play basis was small. Beasley averaged a tackle for loss for every 25.9 plays and Lawson averaged one for every 26.8 plays.
Beasley and Lawson Comparison for 2014
Category Vic Beasley Shaq Lawson
GP-GS 13-12 13-1
Plays 557 295
Plays/Game 42.85 22.69
Tackles 37 44
Plays/Tackle 15.05 6.70
Tackles for Loss 21.5-116 11-50
Plays/TFL 25.9 26.8
Sacks 12-95 3.5-31
•Starting offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt is the nephew of former Clemson defensive tackle Dan Benish, who was an All-ACC defensive tackle on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team.
•Freshman defensive back Mark Fields is the son of former Carolina Panther linebacker Mark Fields, a first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 1995.
•J.D. Davis and Judah Davis are the twin sons of former Clem-son All-American and College Football Hall of Famer Jeff Davis. •Jayron Kearse is the nephew of former NFL player Jevon Kearse.
•Tight end Milan Richard is the nephew of former Georgia All-American and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker.
•Tight end Cannon Smith is the son of former Clemson defen-sive end Bill Smith, a starter on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team.
•Quarterback Kelly Bryant is a cousin of former Clemson receiver and current Pittsburgh Steeler Martavis Bryant.
•Tight end Garrett Williams is the son of former Florida State fullback Dayne Williams who helped the Seminoles execute the “puntr-ooski” against Clemson in 1988.
•Wide receiver and holder Seth Ryan is the son of Buffalo Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan.
•Reserve center Zach Riggs is the son of former Clemson All-ACC tight end and Cincinnati Bengal Jim Riggs.
Clemson Preseason Pick to Win ACC
Clemson was the preseason pick to win the ACC Championship according to media covering the 2015 ACC Kickoff at Pinehurst. This is the eighth time Clemson has been the preseason pick since 1976, the year the league first had a preseason poll.
Clemson won the ACC Championship each of the first three times it was the preseason selection (1978, 1987 and 1988). It was also the preseason choice in 1991 and went on to win the title that year.
Three times Clemson has been the preseason pick, but did not win the league. Those years were 1989, 2008 and 2013. In 1989 Clemson finished third in the league standings, but went on to have the highest final ranking of any ACC team. Clemson was third in the Atlantic in 2008 and second in 2013.
Clemson won the ACC Championship in 2011 when it was picked second behind Florida State in the preseason poll.
Watson ACC Preseason Player of the Year
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was the preseason pick
to be the ACC Player of the Year according to the media covering the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff at Pinehurst.
Watson is the fourth Clemson player since 2008 to be the pre-season Player of the Year. The others have been Cullen Harper (2008), Sammy Watkins (2012) and Tajh Boyd (2013). None of the three went on to win the award.
In fact, no preseason ACC Player of the Year has gone on to win the award since Matt Ryan of Boston College in 2007. Calvin Johnson also did it in 2006, the first year there was a preseason Player of the Year named.
Since 2006, two Clemson players have won the award at the end of the season. C.J. Spiller was the recipient in 2009 and Tajh Boyd won the honor as a junior in 2012.
Clemson Had 15 Midyear Enrollees
Clemson has 40 freshmen (true or redshirt) on its roster and 15 of them were players who entered Clemson in January. That group got a full spring practice work and it helped them prepare for the season. A look to the list shows that eight of them should play in the season opener against Wofford. Below is a list of the 2015 midyear enrollees.
Clemson Midyear Enrollees for 2015
Name Pos Hometown High School
Shadell Bell WR Decatur, Ga. Columbia #Kelly Bryant QB Piedmont, S.C. Wren Kaleb Chalmers DB Greenwood, S.C. Greenwood #J.D. Davis LB Clemson, S.C. Daniel #Judah Davis LB Clemson, S.C. Daniel #Jake Fruhmorgen OL Tampa, Fla Plant Zach Giella OL Augusta, Ga. Christian Noah Green OL Boiling Springs S.C. Boiling Springs #Mitch Hyatt OT Suwanee, Ga. North Gwinnett Tucker Israel QB Orlando, Fla Lake Nona #Ray-Ray McCloud WR Tampa, Fla Sickles Tanner Muse DB Belmont, N.C. South Point Chad Smith LB Sterling, Va. Dominion #Van Smith DB Charlotte, N.C. Hough #Garrett Williams TE Orlando, Fla First Academy
#expected to play in season opener.
Clemson Has Two Ties to College Football Playoff Committee
Clemson is the only program in the nation to have an athletic director and a former player on the College Football Playoff Committee. (We don’t count Pat Haden at Southern Cal because he counts in both categories, but is just one person.)
Current Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich is in his second year on the committee, while former Tiger student-athlete Bobby Johnson is in his first year on the committee. Johnson played for Clemson from 1970-72, serving as a starter all three years. He went on to an outstanding head coaching career at Furman and Vanderbilt. The members of the 2015 selection committee are:
• Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics, University of Arkan-sas-Fayetteville, Chair
• Barry Alvarez, director of athletics, University of Wisconsin
• Lieutenant General Mike Gould, former superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy
• Pat Haden, director of athletics, University of Southern California • Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president
• Tom Osborne, former head coach and director of athletics, University of Nebraska
·•Dan Radakovich, director of athletics, Clemson
•Condoleezza Rice, Stanford University professor, former Stanford provost and former United States Secretary of State
•Bobby Johnson, former head coach Furman and Vanderbilt •Kirby Hocutt, Athletic Director at Texas Tech
• Mike Tranghese, former commissioner of the Big East Conference •Steve Wieberg, former college football reporter, USA Today
• Tyrone Willingham, former head coach at Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington.
Reader To Step Away From Football For Period of Time
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney announced in late August that senior defensive tackle D.J. Reader will be away from the Clemson football team for personal reasons for a period of time. Reader was
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listed as a starting tackle on the preseason depth chart.
Sophomore Scott Pagano and freshman Christian Wilkins will be strong candidates to move into a starting role at defensive tackle opposite Carlos Watkins and Roderick Byers. Redshirt freshman Jabril Robinson and first-year player Albert Huggins will also be candidates for playing time at the tackle position.
Reader is a fourth-year senior who started one game last year, but played 250 plays and had 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He is a veteran of 38 games over the last three years.
Clemson Has Won Nine of Last 10
Clemson has won nine of its last 10 games and is one of eight teams across the country entering the 2015 season with that kind of streak. Clemson’s only loss in its last 10 games last year was at Georgia Tech, 28-6 on November 15.
The other schools to win nine of their last 10 to close last season were Boise State, Florida State, Marshall, Oregon, TCU, Michigan State, and Ohio State. Only the Buckeyes were a perfect 10-0 to close the season.
The 2014 season was the first time Clemson won nine of its last 10 to close the season since 1990 when Clemson actually won 10 of its last 11.
Clemson Has Just One Returning Starter in Offensive Line
Clemson has just one returning starter in the offensive line in center Ryan Norton. Norton is actually in his third year starting at that position. The last time Clemson had just one returning starter in the offensive line was 2008 when the Tigers finished 7-6. Clemson has also had one returning starter in the offensive line in 2007 (9-4), 2002 (7-6), 1999 (none, 6-6), 1992 (5-6) and 1985 (6-6).
Having a young offensive line can be tough to overcome for most Divison I teams and historically that has been the case at Clemson. Over the last 30 seasons Clemson has had one or no starters returning in the offensive line six times and the combined record is 40-34, a .540 winning percentage. In seasons Clemson has had four or five returning starters in the offensive line over the last 30 years (11 seasons), Clemson is 116-45 for a .720 winning percentage.
Eight Tigers Have Degrees
Eight current Clemson players already have their undergraduate degrees. The list includes Jim Brown (SN, management), C.J. Davidson (RB, sociology), Joe Gore (OT, parks, recreation and tourism manage-ment), Eric Mac Lain OG, health science), Collins Mauldin (DE, biology), Ryan Norton (C, history), Charone Peake (WR, parks, recreation and tourism management), and Stanton Seckinger (TE, management).
Over the six years he has been head coach Dabo Swinney has had 120 senior football players and 114 have their degrees.
Clemson Has Led Nation in Tackles for Loss Last Two Years
Clemson has led the nation in tackles for loss each of the last two years. The NCAA has kept tackles for loss as a national team stat only since 2006, but Clemson’s 131 tackles for loss last year were the most on record. Clemson averaged 10.1 per game.
Clemson also led the nation in tackles for loss in 2013 with 123 in 13 games, 9.46 per game.
Clemson led the nation in 11 different categories last year, including tackles for loss and pass efficiency defense. It is a unique combination that shows a team’s ability to rush the passer and defend in the secondary. Clemson was the first school to lead the nation in both categories in the same year.
Indicators of Victory under Swinney
•Clemson is 54-5 under Dabo Swinney when it wins the total offense statistic, including 39-2 the last four years. Clemson won that statistic against Florida State in 2014, but lost the game.
•Clemson is 36-4 under Swinney when Tigers win the turnover margin statistic. Clemson won that statistic at Florida State in 2014, yet lost the game.
•Clemson is 21-1 in last 22 games when it has at least 300 passing yards. Clemson had 306 passing yards at Florida State in 2014, but lost the game.
•Clemson is 48-4, including 38-0 the last four years, when it has more first downs than the opposition.
•Clemson is 44-6 under Swinney, 29-4 the last three years, when it has more rushing yards than the opposition. Clemson had more
rushing yards than Florida State in 2014, yet lost the game.
•Clemson is 53-3 under Swinney, including 37-0, the last four years when leading heading into the fourth quarter. Clemson had won 32 straight games dating to 2010 when it had a lead at any point in the fourth quarter prior to the overtime loss at Florida State on September 20.
Swinney in top 10 in ACC history in winning percentage
Dabo Swinney is seventh in ACC in winning percentage with a .701 mark. He is 61-26 so far in his Clemson career. That is still third in Clemson history, as Danny Ford is at .760 and Ken Hatfield at .707. Jimbo Fisher of Florida State is first at .863 off a 58-10 record.
Rk Coach School Record Pct
1. Jimbo Fisher Florida State 58-10 .863 2. Bobby Bowden Florida State 173-53-1 .764 3. Danny Ford Clemson 96-29-4 .760 4. Frank Beamer Virginia Tech 100-38-0 .731 5. Lou Holtz N.C State 33-12-3 .719 6. Ken Hatfield Clemson 32-13-1 .707
7. Dabo Swinney Clemson 61-26 .701
8. Jim Tatum Maryland, UNC 41-19-2 .677 9. Jerry Claiborne Maryland 72-37-3 .656 10. Dick Sheridan NC State 52-29-3 .637
Four Full-time Offensive Coaches are former Tigers, 21 Part of Staff Clemson has four graduates and former lettermen on its coach-ing staff in full-time positions and all four are on the offensive side of the ball. The list includes co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott, tight ends coach Danny Pearman and quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter.
Overall, Dabo Swinney has 21 former Clemson players on his staff including full time coaches, graduate assistants, student assistants, player developement coaches and other administrators.
Pearman played for the Tigers from 1984-87 as a tight end. He played on two Clemson ACC Championship teams. Elliott and Scott were Clemson teammates and stretch partners prior to practice as wide receivers from 2000-02. Scott played from 1999-02 as a wide receiver and Elliott was a wide receiver from 2000-03. He was a co-captain of a 9-4 Clemson team in 2003 that finished in the top 25.
Streeter played with Scott for the 1999 season. Streeter was a quarterback from 1996-99. He was the starting quarterback on Tommy Bowden’s first team (1999) and threw for 1466 yards that year, the same total Deshaun Watson threw for in 2014. Now Streeter coaches Watson.
Former Tiger Players on Clemson Football Staff
Name Position Clemson Player
Tony Elliott Co-Off Coordinator, RB 2000-03 Jeff Scott Co-Off Coordinator, WR 1999-02 Danny Pearman Asst HC, TE, Special Teams 1984-87 Thomas Austin Graduate Assistant 2006-09 Tyler Grisham Graduate Assistant 2005-08 Deandre McDaniel Graduate Assistant 2007-10 Corico Wright Graduate Assistant 2009-12
Jeff Davis Asst AD 1978-81
Durrell Barry Player Development 2006-09 Reggie Pleasant Team Advisor 1981-84 Rendrick Taylor Grad Asst, Strength Training 2005-09 Henry Guess Asst Video Director 1992-95 Terry Allen Student Assistant Coach 1987-89 Roscoe Crosby Student Assistant Coach 2001, 03 David Davis Student Assistant Coach 1988-91 Dymon Adams Student Assistant Coach 1998 Harom Pringle Student Assistant Coach 1992-93 Keith Jennings Student Assistant Coach 1985-88 Roy Walker Student-Assistant Coaach 2003-06 Clemson Senior class Accomplishments, 2011-14
*Clemson’s senior class of 2014 finished with 42 wins (11 losses), tied for the seventh most wins in the nation during that period of time. Clemson’s 42 wins rank first in Clemson history, two more than the 1990 seniors had.
*The win over No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl was the ninth win over a ranked team in the last four years, tying the Clemson mark for wins over ranked teams in a four-year period. The 2013 class
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also had nine.
*Clemson is the only school in the nation to beat a top 25 team in a bowl game each of the last three years. Ohio State (fifth), Oklahoma (sixth) and LSU (11th) are all in the top 11 in college football history in terms of
*Clemson joined Alabama, Florida State and Oregon as the only schools to finish in the top 25 of both polls each of the last four years. This is the first time a Clemson class has done this since the seniors of 1991. •The program is one of seven to win a bowl game each of the last three years. The others are Louisiana Lafayette, Michigan State, South Caroli-na, Texas A&M, Oregon and Utah State.
*Clemson had a streak of 50 consecutive weeks ranked in both polls, tied for the longest streak in Clemson history.
*Clemson’s senior class defeated seven of the top 15 winningest classes over the last four years. Those programs were Auburn, South Carolina, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Louisville.
*This class set school records for wins over conference schools (27) and home wins (26) in four-year period.
•Just the second class in Clemson history to win at least 10 games all four years. Seniors of 1990 also did it.
•Finished with an ACC Championship and two Atlantic Division crowns. Clemson Seventh Nationally in Wins last Four Years
Clemson has a 42-11 record over the last four years, tied for the seventh most wins among FBS schools during that time. The Tigers have had four straight seasons of at least 10 wins for just the second time in its history. Clemson joins Alabama, Oregon and Northern Illinois as the only schools that can make that claim.
Winningest FBS Programs, 2011-14 Rk School 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total 1. Alabama 12-1 13-1 11-2 12-2 48-6 Florida State 9-4 12-2 14-0 13-1 48-7 Oregon 12-2 12-1 11-2 13-2 48-7 4. Northern Illinois 11-3 12-2 12-2 11-3 46-10 5. Ohio State 6-7 12-0 12-2 14-1 44-10 6. Boise State 12-1 11-2 8-5 12-2 43-10 7. Clemson 10-4 11-2 11-2 10-3 42-11 Michigan State 11-3 7-6 13-1 11-2 42-12 Stanford 11-2 12-2 11-3 8-5 42-12 10. LSU 13-1 10-3 10-3 8-5 41-12 11. Baylor 10-3 8-5 11-2 11-2 40-12 Georgia 10-4 12-2 8-5 10-3 40-14 South Carolina 11-2 11-2 11-2 7-6 40-12 Clemson 15th in 2014 Final Polls
Clemson ranked 15th in the final AP and USA Today polls for
the 2014 season. The Tigers joined Alabama, Florida State and Oregon as the only schools to finish in the top 25 for the fourth straight year.
The Tigers are also joined by Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Oregon as the only schools with a top-15 finish each of the last three seasons. Clemson was ninth by USA Today in 2012 and seventh in 2013.
Clemson’s No. 15 final ranking in 2014 was its highest ranking of the season. It marked the first time since 2003 and just the eighth time in school history that Clemson’s final ranking was its best for the course of the season. The Tigers were ranked No. 16 in the AP preseason poll.
The 2014 season marked the fourth straight year and fifth time in the six full seasons Dabo Swinney has been Clemson’s head coach that the Tigers had the same or higher final AP ranking than their preseason ranking.
Clemson is the only school in the nation to post the same or higher final top 25 USA Today and AP ranking than its preseason ranking each of the last four years.
Clemson’s only losses in 2014 were to teams that finished in the final top 10 of the AP and USA Today polls (Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech). It marked the third straight year that was the case.
This Clemson team finished the year with wins over rival South Carolina and Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl. It marked the first time since 2005 that Clemson finished the season in that fashion and it was just the third time since 1993 that Clemson ended the season with a victory over South Carolina and a bowl victory.
Schools Ranked in the Top 25 Each of the Last Four Years
2011 2012 2013 2014
School AP-C AP-C AP-C AP-C
Clemson 22-22 11-9 8-7 15-15
Alabama 1-1 1-1 7-8 4-4
Oregon 4-4 2-2 9-9 2-2
Florida State 23-23 10-8 1-1 5-6 Schools Ranked in top 15 Each of Last Three Years
2012 2013 2014
School AP-C AP-C AP-C
Clemson 11-9 8-7 15-15
Alabama 1-1 7-8 4-4
Oregon 2-2 9-9 2-2
Florida State 10-8 1-1 5-6 Ohio State 3-NR 12-10 1-1 Former Clemson Players in NFL Training Camps (As of August 31, 2015)
Name Pos Team NFL Yrs CU Yrs
Dwayne Allen TE Indianapolis Colts 4th 2008-11 Stephone Anthony LB New Orleans Saints R 2011-14 Isaiah Battle OT St. Louis Rams R 2012-14 Tavaris Barnes DE New Orleans Saints R 2011-14 Vic Beasley DE Atlanta Falcons R 2011-14 DaQuan Bowers DE Tampa Bay Bucs 5th 2008-10 Andre Branch DE Jacksonville Jaguars 4th 2008-11 Bashaun Breeland DB Washington Redskins 2nd 2011-13 Jaron Brown WR Arizona Cardinals 3rd 2008-11 Kourtnei Brown LB Houston Texans 2nd 2008-11 Martavis Bryant WR Pittsburgh Steelers 2nd 2011-13
Crezdon Butler CB Detroit Lions 6th 2006-09 Chandler Catanzaro PK Arizona Cardinals 2nd 2010-13
Chris Clemons S Arizona Cardinals 8th 2005-08 Kavell Conner LB San Diego Chargers 3rd 2006-09
Corey Crawford DE Washington Redskins R 2011-14 Andre Ellington RB Arizona Cardinals 3rd 2009-12
Jacoby Ford WR Tennessee Titans 5th 2006-09 Marcus Gilchrist SS New York Jets 5th 2007-10 Malliciah Goodman DE Atlanta Falcons 3rd 2009-12
Chris Hairston OT San Diego Chargers 5th 2007-10 DeAndre Hopkins WR Houston Texans 3rd 2010-12
Adam Humphries WR Tampa Bay Bucs R 2011-14 Grady Jarrett DT Atlanta Falcons R 2011-14 Jarvis Jenkins DE Chicago Bears 5th 2007-10 Byron Maxwell CB Philadelphia Eagles 5th 2007-10 Antoine McClain OG Arizona Cardinals 3rd 2008-11 Jonathan Meeks SS Buffalo Bills 3rd 2009-12
Bradley Pinion P San Francisco 49ers R 2012-14 Daniel Rodriguez WR St. Louis Rams R 2012-14 Coty Sensabaugh CB Tennessee Titans 4th 2008-11 Tyler Shatley OG Jacksonville Jaguars 2nd 2010-13
C.J. Spiller RB New Orleans Saints 6th 2006-09 Tony Steward LB Buffalo Bills R 2011-14 Brandon Thomas OT San Francisco 49ers 2nd 2010-13
Brandon Thompson DT Cincinnati Bengals 4th 2008-11 Sammy Watkins WR Buffalo Bills 2nd 2011-13
Josh Watson DT Denver Broncos R 2011-14 Charlie Whitehurst QB Tennessee Titans 10th 2002-05 Deshawn Williams DT Cincinnati Bengals R 2011-14
27 Straight over Unranked Foes
Clemson has won 27 consecutive games against unranked opponents, the longest streak of its kind in school history. All 27 of the wins have been by at least four points, the longest active streak in the nation. Alabama has the longest winning streak in the nation in terms of consecutive wins over unranked opponents regardless of the scoring margin with 54.
Consecutive Wins over Unranked Opponents by Four Points or More
Rk School Wins Last Loss vs. Unranked Team 1. Clemson 27 2011 at NC State, 37-13 2. Michigan State 18 2012 vs. Northwestern, 23-20
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Consecutive Wins over Unranked Opponents
Rk School Wins Last Loss vs. Unranked Team 1. Alabama 54 2007 vs. UL-Monroe, 21-14
2. Clemson 27 2011 at NC State, 37-13
3. Florida State 24 2012 at NC State, 17-16 Texas A&M 22 2011 vs. Texas, 27-25 5. Michigan State 21 2012 vs. Northwestern, 23-20 6. Auburn 15 2012 at Vanderbilt, 17-13
Clemson Excels on Field and in Classroom
Clemson is the only school in the nation to rank in the top 10 of APR scores (four-year averages) and in the final top 25 of both polls each of the last four years. In fact, Clemson has finished in the top 10 of the APR scores each of the last five years. The streak of top 25 final rankings on the field includes three straight years of top 15 final rankings by AP and USA Today.
2012 APR Scores
Rk School Conference AP-USA APR
1. Northwestern Big Ten 995
2. Boise State WAC 8-6 989
Duke ACC 989
4. Ohio State Big Ten 988
5. Northern Illinois MAC 987
6. Rice Conference USA 986
7. Clemson ACC 22-22 983
Middle Tennessee Sun Belt 983
9. Rutgers Big East 982
10. Air Force Mountain West 980
2013 APR Scores
Rk School Conference AP-USA APR
1. Northwestern Big Ten 996
2. Boise State WAC 18-14 993
3. Duke ACC 989
4. Clemson ACC 11-9 985
Wisconsin Big Ten 985
6. Georgia Tech ACC 983
7. Boston College ACC 982
Missouri SEC 982
Ohio State Big Ten 3-NR 982
2014 APR Scores
Rk School Conference AP-USA APR
1. Duke ACC 23-22 992
2. Northwestern Big Ten 991
3. Wisconsin Big Ten 22-21 989
4. Boise State WAC 988
Utah State Mountain West 988
6. Stanford Pac 12 11-10 984
7. Clemson ACC 8-7 983
Georgia Tech ACC 983
9. Boston College ACC 981
10. Missouri SEC 5-5 980
Nebraska Big Ten NR-25 980
Rutgers Big Ten 980
South Carolina SEC 4-4 980
2015 APR Scores
Rk School Conference AP-USA APR
1. Wisconsin Big Ten 13-18 998
2. Duke ACC 992
Northwestern Big Ten 992
4. Michigan Big Ten 990
5. Stanford Pac 12 987
6. Utah State Mountain West 985
Nebraska Big Ten 985
8. Clemson ACC 15-15 984
9. Boise State WAC 16-20 981
Army Independent 981
Clemson Preseason Honors #2 Mackensie Alexander, CB Third-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele #10 CB in Lindy’s Position Rankings Thorpe Award Watch List
Bednarik Award Watch List Third-Team All-American by Athlon Second-Team All-ACC by Athlon #9 Wayne Gallman, RB
Second-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele Walker Award Watch List
Third-Team All-ACC by Athlon #1 Jayron Kearse, S
Third-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele #90 Shaq Lawson, DE
Third-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele Preseason Watch List for Lombardi Award #10 DE in Lindy’s Position Rankings, #1 in ACC Bednarik Award Watch List
Second-Team All-ACC by Athlon #16 Jordan Leggett, TE
Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele Mackey Award Watch List
#78 Eric Mac Lain, OG
Preseason Watch List for Lombardi Award Preseason Candidate for Allstate Good Hands Team Preseason All-ACC by ACC Media
#58 Ryan Norton, OL Rimington Award Watch List Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele Third-Team All-ACC by Athlon #19 Charone Peake, WR
Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele #3 Artavis Scott, WR
First-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele #20 WR in Lindy’s Position Rankings First-Team All-ACC by Athlon Biletnikoff Award Watch List #32 Andy Teasdall, P
Fourth-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele #4 Deshaun Watson, QB
Second-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele
#4 QB in Lindy’s Position Rankings, #1 in ACC #7 on Lindy’s Heisman Watch List
#10 on Athlon’s Heisman Watch List Maxwell Award Watch List
First-Team All ACC by Athlon O’Brien Award Watch List Manning Award Watch List #7 Mike Williams, WR
First-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele
#11 WR in Lindy’s Position Rankings, #2 in ACC Second-Team All-ACC by Athlon
Biletnikoff Award Watch List Head Coach Dabo Swinney Dodd Award Watch List