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C.J. Spiller heading into Sr season: 2008: 12 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 116-629-5.4-7; Pass: 1-1-100-15-1-0; Rec: 34-436-12.8-3; PR: 18-189-10.5-0 KR: 19-516-27.2-1; Already Clemson’s all-time leader in career all-purpose yards with 4908, he needs just 921 to become the all-time leader in ACC history… first-team All-ACC selection as a kick returner and second-team pick as a running back by AP/ACSMA… honorable mention All-American as an all-purpose player by SI.com…led the ACC in all-purpose yards…also first-team Academic All-ACC… first Clemson running back to make All-ACC on the field and in the classroom in the same semester… has a school-record 12 touchdowns of 50 yards or more in his career, including seven of at least 80 yards…21st in the nation in all-purpose yards per game in 2008…14th in the nation in kickoff returns (27.2), in 2008…. needs 83 receiving yards to become the second Tiger running back in history to reach 1,000 yards for a career; when he does that, he will become first Tiger in history with at least 1,000 receiving yards, 2000 rushing yards, and 1,000 kickoff return yards…came back from a midseason hamstring injury…named offensive player of the week by the coaches three times and special teams player twice for five total selections… winner of the “Leather Helmet Award” and was ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week against Boston College; also won that award against Duke when he had 201 all-purpose yards. 2007: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 145-768-5.3-3; Rec: 34-271-8-2; PR: 16-137-8.6-0 KR: 19-547-28.8-2; Honorable Mention All-ACC selection as a kick returner by AP/ACSMA in 2007…led the Tigers in all-purpose yards (132.5); finished fourth in the ACC…second in the ACC and fourteenth in the nation in kickoff returns (28.8)…only ACC player with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2006…the first Tiger in history to return kickoffs for scores in consecutive games…second in the ACC in kickoff returns and eighth in punt returns (8.6)…was the third-leading receiver with 34 catches to go with his #2 status in rushing yards...started five of the 13 games, but played 508 snaps in 2007, an average of 39 per game... had 1,723 all-purpose yards in 2007, fourth-most in school history...earned a helmet sticker from ESPN for his 114 yards on 21 carries and three catches for 34 yards at N.C. State; he also had 41 kickoff return yards, so he had 189 all-purpose yards...a member of the Clemson All-American 4x100m relay team in 2007. 2006: 13 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 129-938-7.3-10; Rec: 19-210-11.1-2; PR: 11-33-3-0 KR: 13-234-18-0; Led the team and was second in the ACC in 100-yard rushing games (5); he set a Clemson freshman record…led the ACC in rushing yards per game among freshmen…averaged 7.3 yards per rush as a freshman, the best by any ACC player since Warrick Dunn had a 7.48-yard average in 1995; it was also the fourth-best figure in the nation and fourth-best in ACC history…second in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game (108.8)…tied for third in the ACC in total touchdowns (12)…tied for seventh in scoring (6.0)…established Clemson freshman records for all-purpose yards (1,415) and touchdowns…fourth in the ACC in in rushing yards per game; also was eighth in scoring…three-time ACC Rookie-of-the-Week (North Carolina, Wake Forest, and #13 Georgia Tech). Track (2006-07): Outdoor - Qualified for the NCAA Championships as a member of the 4x100m relay team...helped the squad to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships and earned his first All-America certificate in track; he ran anchor leg...earned his first-ever All-ACC certificate after placing third in the 100m...helped the 4x100m relay team to a runner-up finish and the fourth-best time in the nation (39.48) at the ACC meet...regional qualifier multiple times in the 100m; his top time was 10.41 at the Clemson Invitational....Indoor - Scored at the ACC meet in the 60m (6.74); it was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
*Sammy Watkins heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 1/4 -- Sammy Watkins, WR, 6-1, 211, Clemson...The Bills made a bold move to go up and get him at Cleveland's spot, and it cost them a first-round pick in 2015, but he was clearly their highest-rated player on the board. Just as important, he fills a need as the Bills have lacked a dominant, go-to receiver. Watkins had dazzling freshman and junior seasons, while his sophomore year was interrupted by a two-game suspension due to a marijuana possession charge. Watkins learned from that mistake and returned to first-team, All-America status as a junior, after being just the fourth first-year freshman to earn first-team status. He finished his career with 240 catches for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns. He will very likely start on opening day, especially now that Stevie Johnson has been traded. - The Sports Xchange
*Dwayne Allen heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Colts picks: 3/64 - Dwayne Allen, TE, 6-4, 255, Clemson...Mackey Award winner in 2011 as the nation's best collegiate tight end. Physical player with a "mean streak" according to Colts general manager Ryan Grigson. - The Sports Xchange
Vic Beasley heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Falcons' seven picks: Round 1/8 -- Vic Beasley, OLB, 6-3, 246, Clemson...Clemson's all-time sack leader, Beasley had 37 tackles, a team-high 21.5 tackles for loss, a team-high 12 sacks, nine quarterback pressures, three pass breakups, two caused fumbles, one recovered fumble and a 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown in 557 snaps over 13 games (12 starts) last season. He was the ACC defensive player of the year, as voted on by the coaches and the media. He finished with 33 sacks in his career, which he started as a running back. - The Sports Xchange
Chris Clemons heading into rSr season: 2008: Started all thirteen games at free safety, despite missing most of the Kentucky contest with a knee sprain…Participated in 699 plays, recording 94 tackles (62 solos) with three stops for losses totaling 20 yards…Had seven pass deflections and two interceptions for 43 yards and a touchdown…Helped the Tigers rank third in the Atlantic Coast Conference and tied for 12th nationally in pass defense (172.54 ypg), place 10th in the country with a 101.74 pass efficiency defense rating, finish 18th in the country in total defense (299.92 ypg) and place 13th in the NCAA and second in the league in scoring defense (17.31 ppg)...Clemons joined present teammates Aaron Kelly and Akeem Robinson as the school record-holders for career games (51)…Started his final 39 contests at free safety…His 323 tackles (203 solos) and 2,408 snaps participated in rank fifth among defensive backs in school history…Made six stops for losses of 27 yards and caused one fumble…Batted away 20 passes and intercepted five others for 102 yards in returns, including one touch-down...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 46 Sol-78 TT, 2 TFL, 2 INT, 2 PBU; Third-leading tackler on a Clemson defense that was ranked in the top 25 in all four major areas...a big reason Clemson was in the top 15 in the nation in passing defense and pass efficiency defense...a sure tackler at safety who has an impact on rushing defense... had 94 tackles, third-most on the team...has 196 tackles over the last two seasons...started every game (26) the last two years and has played 38 in a row over three years...has 229 career tackles, most among active Tigers...had four double-figure tackle games in 2008, including a season high 15 against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A bowl... has three career interceptions and 13 career pass breakups for 16 passes defended... has played over 700 snaps each of the last two years...played 821 snaps in 2007, highest among the defensive players... 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 61 Sol-102 TT, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF; Among the top 12 tacklers in the ACC; he had 102 tackles, second-most on the team...led the secondary in tackles and led the team in passes defended (9)...had 41 tackles in the last three games of the regular season, including a season-high 17 against N.C. State; that tied for the most tackles in a game by a Tiger all season... 2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 19 Sol-33 TT; Had four tackles each in four of the 12 games, including against #16 Florida State...one of only two freshmen to record at least one tackle in every game; he was third among freshmen in tackles...second on the team in special teams tackles (10)... 2004: Red-shirted.
Stephone Anthony heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Saints' nine picks: Round 1/31 -- Stephone Anthony, ILB, 6-3, 243, Clemson...Excelled against the run and the pass at Clemson with 34.5 tackles behind the line, 9.5 sacks and three interceptions in starting 35 games. - The Sports Xchange
DeAndre McDaniel heading into Sr season: 2010: First-Team All-ACC... has a team-high 73 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, a team-high four interceptions, and six pass breakups...a big reason Clemson is in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense and is the only ACC team in the top four in the ACC in rushing defense and passing defense...had a team-high 11 tackles against North Texas...2009: Had eight interceptions and 102 tackles in 2009. The interception total was tied for third in the nation and he was the only player in college football last year with at least eight interceptions and at least 100 tackles. He was the first player in Clemson history to do both in the same season...2008: Came on strong during the second half of the season; he had 51 of his 77 tackles in the last seven games, including a team-high 11 tackles against South Carolina..had 10 special teams tackles, tied for second-most on the team...2007: First-team All-ACC freshman pick by Sporting News...played 438 snaps, second among Tiger freshman...tied for the most tackles by a Tiger freshman with 33...had at least one tackle in every game...finished the year with 102 tackles, including 15 in the Music City Bowl win over Kentucky, tied for team-high honors with Kavell Conner...first player in Clemson history with eight interceptions and 100 tackles in the same year...2008: Came on strong during the second half of the season; he had 51 of his 77 tackles in the last seven games, including a team-high 11 tackles against South Carolina..had 10 special teams tackles, tied for second-most on the team...2007: First-team All-ACC freshman pick by Sporting News...played 438 snaps, second among Tiger freshman...tied for the most tackles by a Tiger freshman with 33...had at least one tackle in every game.
Michael Hamlin heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 53 Sol-80 TT, 4 TFL, 4 INT, 5 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF; Suffered knee sprain in bowl game. Voted permanent defensive captain by his 2007 teammates… second-Team All-ACC by AP/ACSMA, Rivals.com, and CollegeFootballNews.com…had four interceptions and six pass breakups…tied for 24th in the ACC in tackles per game, including fifth among defensive backs…tied for seventh in the ACC in interceptions…had four interceptions in 2007…second on the team in tackles (97)…won the coaches defensive player-of-the-game award for the Georgia Tech and Central Michigan games…showed his speed at N.C. State when he intercepted a two-point conversion pass attempt and returned it over 100 yards for two points, the first defensive score off an opponent's extra point in Tiger history…2006: 9 GP; 9 GS; 47 Sol-64 TT, 5 TFL, 2 INT, 3 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF; Postseason honors candidate at CAT saety this year…missed first half of spring practice with a broken foot, his second broken foot in a year…also suffered broken foot at Boston College…2005: 12 GP; 7 GS; 30 Sol-55 TT, 1 TFL, 2 INT, 3 PBU; Had two tackles and a team-best two pass breakups against Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl...had two interceptions for 42 yards on the season...had his career high in tackles in his first career start when he had eight at N.C. State in 53 plays. 2004: Red-shirted...Brother Markee is a 2010 NFL Draft prospect at South Carolina State.
*DeAndre Hopkins heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 1/27 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, 6-1, 214, Clemson...The coaches are looking for a starter opposite Andre Johnson. Hopkins is a hard worker and a fast learner who gets off the line well and fights for the ball. He's aggressive and fearless. If he doesn't start right away, it'll be an upset. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I bring a championship mentality. Whenever the ball's in the air, I feel like it's mine, no matter where it is or who's around me. I feel like I'm a physical receiver, and I bring an edge to the Texans." - Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, when asked about what he can offer the Texans right away. - The Sports Xchange
*Da'Quan Bowers heading into Jr season: 2010: 2010 ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR...Second on Clemson team in tackles (63), and leads in tackles for loss (24), sacks (15.5) an quarterback pressures (17)...his 24 tackles for loss have resulted in 150 lost yards for Clemson's opponents...had three sacks in win over Maryland and was named National Defensive Player of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for that week...that is a personal high for Bowers in terms of sacks in a game...first Clemson player with three sacks in a game since 2001...has played well against the top teams, he had nine first hits and four tackles for loss to go with a sack at now second ranked Auburn...2009: Eighth on the team in tackles with 58 even though he missed most of three games...suffered a knee injury on the first play of the Coastal Carolina game...missed rest of that game and the Florida State and N.C. State games...came back to play 12 snaps against Virginia and was full go over the last three games...finished the year with six tackles in 54 plays as a starter in the win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...had career-high 11 tackles against Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game...the total included nine first hits...played career-high 56 snaps in that game...was playing at an All-ACC level until the injury, he had eight tackles for loss and three sacks in the first six games of the year...2008: Had 47 tackles, most among Tiger defensive linemen and eighth-most on the team...averaged a tackle every 10.21 snaps, second-best among defensive linemen...started six games and played 480 snaps, more than any other non-starter.
Andre Branch heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Jaguars picks: Round 2/38 - Andre Branch, DE, 6-5, 260, Clemson...Branch fills the team's biggest need on defense, a physical, pass-rushing end. He had an ACC-leading 10.5 sacks last season which included four in one game against Virginia Tech. He had a team-high 17 tackles for loss and was a team co-captain, a quality the Jaguars look for in their draft picks. - The Sports Xchange
Andre Ellington heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 6/187 - Andre Ellington, RB, 5-11, 199, Clemson... The second running back taken in three selections, Ellington joins what is now a crowded backfield situation. He could contend for time as a third-down back because he has good hands and is a decent pass protector. - The Sports Xchange
Brandon Thompson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 3/93 - Brandon Thompson, DT, 6-2, 314, Clemson...He did 36 bench press reps at the combine so it is also another big, strong presence to stop the run. - The Sports Xchange
Grady Jarrett heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Falcons' seven picks: Round 5/137 -- Grady Jarrett, DT, 6-1, 304, Clemson...The son of former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle. He was a three-sport standout in high school and captured state titles in wrestling and the shot put. He was a team co-captain. He was named third-team All-American by Athlon and first-team All-ACC by the media and the coaches. He had 73 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, two caused fumbles and one recovered fumble in 530 snaps over 13 games (13 starts). Comes off the ball low and has natural leverage. - The Sports Xchange
Chad Diehl heading into rSr season: 2010: Had two carries for four yards, four catches for 13 yards, and 13 yards on one kickoff return in 322 snaps over 13 games (10 starts)…credit with 34 knockdowns. 2009: Played in 14 games with three starts…covered four yards on three carries…caught two passes for 10 yards…had three kickoff returns on short kicks as opponents tried to avoid first-team All-America return specialist C.J. Spiller. 2008: Lead blocker for many first downs gained by James Davis and C.J. Spiller…had no carries but touched the ball three times; he had a six-yard catch against The Citadel, an 11-yard kickoff return against N.C. State, and a 13-yard kickoff return against #24 Florida State…had 18 knockdown blocks, including a season-high five against S.C. State…had four starts during the season. 2007: Received a medical redshirt after breaking his leg against Furman …played just eight snaps on offense in three games, but he was a valuable special teams player.
Jarvis Jenkins heading into Sr season: 2010: First-Team All-ACC defensive tackle...has 51 tackles, nine tackles for loss, a sack, 16 quarterback pressures, and two blocked placekicks in 495 snaps in 11 games (11 starts)...tied for second on the team in tackles for loss...Has 164 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, five sacks, 31 quarterback pressures, and four blocked placekicks in 1,566 snaps over 48 games (37 starts) in his career...a big reason Clemson has had a strong defense each of the last four years...three-year starter who has started each of the last 34 games he has played in...2009: Honorable mention All-ACC selection...had 69 tackles, tops on the team among defensive linemen, and he added 11 tackles for loss. Jenkins was a big reason Clemson ranked in the top 25 in the nation in seven different defensive categories last year, including total defense and scoring defense...2008: Ninth in the ACC in tackles for loss per game in league contests; he had nine in eight ACC games...had a team-tying-high 10 tackles for loss and two sacks...had 36 tackles (30 first hits)...10th on the team in tackles...2007: Played as a first-year freshman in 2007... played 100 snaps in 10 games as a reserve.
Marcus Gilchrist heading into Sr season: 2010: Second-team All-ACC as a kick returner by Rivals.com...Honorable Mention All- ACC kick returner by the Atlantic Coast Media Association...one of the team’s most valuable players because of his versatility...has 62 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, a team-high 10 pass breakups, 557 yards (eighth-most in Tiger history) on 22 kickoff returns, and 233 yards on 23 punt returns...has played a team-defensive-high 727 snaps...second in the ACC in kickoff returns (25.3) and third in punt returns (10.1); he is the only ACC player in the top three of both areas...28th in the nation in punt returns...has 23 punt returns and 22 kickoff returns for 45 total returns, the most by a Tiger since 2004, when Justin Miller had 46...2009: Winner of the Solid Rock Award for defensive backs as voted by the Clemson coaches…ranked 14th in the ACC in tackles per game…second on the team in tackles with 107…finished his season strong with eight tackles in the win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl… a reserve cornerback at end of 2009 Spring practice, he moved to starting safety…2008: Made his first career start and played 30 snaps against Georgia Tech when the Tigers had a special defense for its running game; he also had a 46-yard kickoff return...had a season-high three tackles against both The Citadel and #24 Florida State...had at least one tackle in 11 games, including each of the last seven...2007: Saw a lot of action as a second-team cornerback and contributed in the return game...played all 13 games; he played on defense in 11 games, including double-figures in snaps in each of the last five games.
Ricky Sapp heading into Sr season: 2008: 10 GP; 9 GS; 12 Sol-25 TT, 9.5 TFL, 2.5 SK, 1 PBU, 2 QBH; Suffered a torn right ACL in the first half at Virginia, missed the Gator Bowl..had 10 tackles for loss in just 347 snaps…named defensive player-of-the-game by the coaches against Maryland...suffered a knee injury against #24 Alabama; missed The Citadel game recovering from the knee strain. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 24 Sol-44 TT, 9.5 TFL, 6 SK, 2 PBU, 5 QBH, 1 FF; Starter at the bandit defensive end…had 52 tackles, second-most among defensive linemen...had 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, and 22 quarterback pressures, the first two being second-most on the team and the last being the most on the team...won the coaches award as the top defensive player twice...had the Steadman Hawkins Bone Crushing Hit-of-the-Game against N.C. State and #14 Virginia Tech as chosen by the Clemson radio network. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 12 Sol-20 TT, 6 TFL, 4 SK, 2 PBU, 9 QBH; Second on the team in sacks with four, quite an accomplishment considering he played behind All-American Gaines Adams and averaged just 17 snaps per contest...ended the N.C. State game when he had an 11-yard sack on the Wolfpack's last offensive play, preserving the Tigers' 26-20 win...honorable mention freshman All-American according to Scout.com.
Brandon Thomas heading into rSr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 3/100 -- Brandon Thomas, G, 6-3, 317, Clemson...Thomas would have likely been taken in the second round if not for tearing an ACL during a private workout leading up to the draft. The 49ers will stash Thomas on the PUP list for the season as he recovers and gives them a viable option to replace Pro-Bowl left guard Mike Iupati next season when he likely walks in free agency. - The Sports Xchange
*Bradley Pinion heading into Jr season: A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 5/165 -- Bradley Pinion, P/K, 6-5, 229, Clemson...Pinion left Clemson a year early in hopes of being the first kicker selected. He was. That's a credit to his versatility. He excels at pinning opponents deep with his directional punting, and making them start from the 20-yard-line with his ability to sail kickoffs out of the end zone. The latter might be where he cracks the 2015 lineup. Veterans Andy Lee (punter) and Phil Dawson (field-goal kicker) would seem to have a lock on their jobs. - The Sports Xchange
Jimmy Maners heading into rSr season: 2007: P 55-2354-42.8, 7 TB, 8 FC, 14 in 20, 1 blocked; Second-team All-ACC punter according to Rivals.com in 2006…fourth in the ACC in punting (42.8) in 2007…20th in the nation in punting, quite an accomplishment for someone who had just one career punt...2006: Backup punter who had one punt, a 42-yarder against Temple; he was the only punter to appear in that game due to Clemson's proficiency on offense (63 points), so he was credited with a start...only Tiger to start a game and not earn a letter...2005: Backup punter who did not appear in a game...walked on to the team in the spring.
James Davis heading into Sr season: 2008 Preseason: Suffered separated shoulder in spring 2008 practices, had arthroscopic surgery to repair. Expected to be back for fall. 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 214-1064-5-10; Rec: 12-51-4.2-2; KR: 1-13-13-0; First-Team All-ACC selection in 2007 for the second consecutive year...first Tiger running back to be named First-Team All-ACC in consecutive years since Terry Allen (1987,88)...was Clemson's leading rusher with 1064 yards, the third straight year he had been the team's top rusher...first Tiger to lead the team in rushing three straight years since Raymond Priester did it from 1995-97; Davis is just the second Tiger to do it since 1969...second in the ACC and 53rd in the nation in rushing with 81.8 yards per game...tied for fourth in total touchdowns (12) in the ACC, as he had 10 rushing and two receiving; those were the first two receiving touchdowns of his career...had a career-best five 100-yard rushing games in 2007, including three of the last six games. 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 195-1134-5.8-17; Rec: 4-102-25.5-0; One of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award in 2006…first-team All-ACC running back, he gained 1,187 yards in 2006, sixth highest total in Clemson history…averaging 91.3 yards per game, 28th best in the nation and third best in the ACC…had a 5.85 rushing average, second best in Clemson history among Tigers who have gained 1000 yards in a season…only Terrence Flagler's 6.5 average is higher among 1000-yard backs…ranked even higher when it comes to scoring, his 17 touchdowns tied a Clemson single season record also held by Lester Brown in 1978. 2005: 11 GP; 6 GS; Rush: 165-879-5.3-9; Rec: 19-152-8-0; Fourth in the ACC in rushing (79.9); he was also 56th in the nation...first among freshmen in the ACC in rushing with his per-game average...seventh overall in all-purpose running with 93.7 yards per game...tied for fourth in the ACC in rushing touchdowns (9)...scored seven of his nine touchdowns in ACC games, tied for first in the ACC with Greg Carr of Florida State, another freshman...set the Clemson single-season freshman touchdown record...sported a 5.33-yards-per-carry figure, third in the ACC among players with at least 500 yards rushing and best in Clemson history for a freshman.
*Martavis Bryant heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 4/118 - Martavis Bryant, WR, 6-4, 211, Clemson...Ben Roethlisberger finally gets his tall receiver, provided he can overcome a bad rep for work ethic and hands. Steelers say he has a chance to start. Good speed at 4.46 for a big man. - The Sports Xchange
*Bashaud Breeland heading into rJr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Round 4/102 -- Bashaud Breeland, CB, 5-11, 197, Clemson...Athletic, quick and willing to play the run, Breeland, who came out a year early, seems like incumbent Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather in that he sometimes plays out of control. With several veteran corners on the roster, Breeland will have to earn a job on special teams. He can play safety in a pinch. - The Sports Xchange
Malliciah Goodman heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Falcons' picks: 4/127 -- Malliciah Goodman, DE, 6-3, 276, Clemson...Goodman, a defensive end, was a Parade All-America selection and played in the U.S. Army All-American game. He was described as having "violent hands" in his NFL.com bio. He started two of 27 games over his first two seasons and had three sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss as he backed up Da'Quan Bowers. Over his final two seasons, he increased his effort level and started his final 27 games for the Tigers. As a junior, he set a new school-record for defensive linemen by playing 767 snaps. He finished with nine sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, 11 pressures and five forced fumbles as a senior. - The Sports Xchange
*Jamie Harper heading into Jr season: 2010: Has a team-high 726 yards on 177 carries and six touchdowns and 31 catches for 308 yards and three touchdowns in 459 snaps over 12 games (six starts)...11th in theACC in rushing yards per game (60.5)...has three 100-yard rushing games...has nine total touchdowns, second-most on the team...leads the team in yards from scrimmage (1,034)... tied for second on the team in catches and has had at least one catch in every game, the only Tiger to do so...in tandem with Andre Ellington at running back for the first eight games of the season; has carried most of the load for the last four games with Ellington’s injury...in the last four games, he has averaged 100.8 rushing yards per game...had 101 yards on nine carries against North Texas to earn team offensive player-of-the-game honors by the coaches...2009: Clemson's leading rusher in the win over Kentucky with 79 yards in just eight carries...a big reason the Tigers ran out the clock for the last 5:27 of the game due to his tough running between the tackles...had 17 rushing yards on that last drive on four carries...had a 33-yard run in that game, his second-longest run of the year...Clemson's third-leading rusher with 418 yards and a 5.2 per carry average...scored three touchdowns and added 11 catches out of the backfield...2008: Played 26 snaps against Georgia Tech when C.J. Spiller had a pulled hamstring and totaled 26 yards; he added two receptions.
Thomas Austin heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: Second-Team All-ACC center by AP/ACSMA; he started seven games at center and six at offensive guard…first-team Academic All-ACC selection, he will graduate in August 2009…named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week for his performances against N.C. State, Boston College, and Virginia…named Clemson’s top offensive player by the coaches against Duke…led the team in knockdown blocks (98)…played 795 snaps, more than any other offensive player…only Tiger offensive lineman to start all 13 games…had an average film grade of 82 percent for the season, highest among all Tiger offensive linemen. 2007: Started 12 games in 2007, including four at right offensive guard and eight at center… his development at center was outstanding and paralleled Clemson’s improvement over the course of the year…led the team in knockdown blocks (95), including a season-high 13 in the win at South Carolina…honorable mention sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com… won ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week honors for the South Carolina and Central Michigan games…third on the team in offensive snaps (780); he missed the Louisiana-Monroe game with an injury. 2006: Had 22 knockdown blocks in 117 snaps, including three intimidation blocks. 2005: Red-shirted…scout team player-of-the-year on offense by the coaching staff…named to the Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester.
Jacoby Ford heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite...2008: 13 GP; 8 GS; Rush: 18-96-5.3-0; Rec: 55-710-12.9-4; PR: 12-62-5.2-0 KR: 17-313-18.4-0; 5 Sol-5 TT; Second on the team with 55 receptions for 710 yards…finished with a strong performance against Nebraska in the Gator Bowl with five catches for career high 112 yards, including 46-yard touchdown catch…had 134 all-purpose yards in the contest…offensive player-of-the-game by the coaches against N.C. State and #21 Wake Forest…suffered a mild concussion against Arkansas, came back with five catches for 60 yards against The Citadel…second on the team in all-purpose yards (1,181) last year. Track (2008-09): Outdoor - Had a streak of 18 straight wins in the 60m and 100m races; his only non-victory was in the finals of the 100m at the NCAA Championships…All-American for the 100m (ninth) and 4x100m relay (third)…posted his career-best time of 10.01 in the 100m at the NCAAs in a qualifying heat…won the NCAA East Regional and ACC Championships in the 100m…named Southeast Region Track Athlete-of-the-Year…Indoor - NCAA Champion in the 60m (6.52)…undefeated in the 60m…won the 60m at the ACC meet…All-American for his 60m national title…All-ACC in the 200m with a time of 20.88. 2007: 8 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 14-172-12.3-0; Rec: 17-310-18.2-4; PR: 12-108-9-0 KR: 8-211-26.4-0; 2 Sol-2 TT; Suffered a broken ankle at Maryland in the eighth game of the season and was out for the rest of the year…even missing the last four games, he was third on the team in rushing yards, fifth in receiving yards, fourth in all-purpose yards, second in kickoff return yards, and second in punt return yards. Track (2007-08): Outdoor - Earned his first outdoor All-America honor with a fifth-place finish in the 100m at the national meet; he ran a 10.33 into a headwind in the final…Indoor - Did not compete due to injury. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 8-104-13-0; Rec: 15-187-12.5-2; PR: 15-166-11.1-1 KR: 13-426-32.8-1; Clemson's offensive special teams player-of-the-year, but he also made strong contributions as a wideout…honorable mention freshman All-American according to Sporting News as a kick returner…averaged 32.8 yards per kickoff return, a figure that would have led the ACC and be in the top five in the nation if he had enough attempts to qualify…named special teams player-of-the-week by the Clemson coaches for his performance against Wake Forest and Temple…played 156 snaps on offense. Track (2006-07): Outdoor - Ran first leg for the Tigers' 4x100m relay team that finished runner-up at East Region Championships…earned an at-large berth in the 100m at the NCAA Championships, but was slowed due to injury….finished fifth at the league meet in the 200m; his top time was 21.08…helped the 4x100m relay team to a second-place finish and regional-qualifying time of 39.48 at the ACC Championships….Indoor - Earned All-America honors with a third-place finish in the 60m with a time of 6.60 at the NCAA Championships…won the ACC Championship in a record time of 6.52 seconds, which was the fastest time in the country…became Clemson's first 60m champion at the conference meet since fellow gridder Tye Hill accomplished the feat in 2004…earned All-ACC honors in the 200m, as he had a time of 21.43 and placed third…earned ACC Indoor Freshman-of-the-Year honors…named Southeast Region Track Athlete-of-the-Year by the USTFCCCA.
Tajh Boyd heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 6/213 -- Tajh Boyd, QB, 6-1, 222, Clemson...The Jets continued to fortify depth at previously weak positions by selecting Boyd, who was one of the most decorated draft-eligible quarterbacks after going 37-8 at Clemson and throwing for 11,904 yards and 107 touchdowns. Accuracy is an issue for Boyd, but he should have no trouble supplanting Matt Simms as the Jets' No. 3 quarterback. - The Sports Xchange
Chris Hairston heading into rSr season: 2010: First-Team All-ACC offensive tackle according to ACC Media, Rivals.com, and Phil Steele...has 29 knockdowns in a team-high 754 snaps in 12 games (12 starts)...a big reason Clemson is among the top-30 teams in the nation in avoiding sacks; he has allowed just one sack...team’s highest-rated offensive lineman in film grade in six games and his 82.3-percent grade is the team’s best average...has graded in the 80s in all but one game and has a streak of seven straight games in the 80s...has had at least one knockdown in every game...2009: Second-team All-ACC offensive tackle, he will be one of the team leaders overall…started 12 of the 14 games and played in 13 of the 14…missed all of the TCU game with an injury and played just nine snaps at Maryland due to injury….so Clemson was 9-3 when he was healthy and 0-2 when he wasn’t… played career high 674 snaps in 2009 and enters 2010 with 34 career games played, 23 games started and 103 knockdown blocks…had 13 games played and 12 starts in 2009...2008: Played 11 games...missed two games early in the season when he had an injury from a moped accident...played the last nine games, but he saw limited action at #24 Florida State when he suffered a concussion in the first half...fourth on the team in knockdown blocks (42.5)...had an 81-percent average grade, second-best on the team...2007: Played 248 snaps in 10 games, with a career-high 75 snaps in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against #21 Auburn...had 16 knockdown blocks, including five intimidation blocks.
Cullen Harper heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 71-(-89)-(-1.3)-3; Pass: 433-282-65.1-2991-27-6; 1 Sol-1 TT; Voted permanent captain of the Clemson offense by his 2007 teammates…Second-Team All-ACC by AP/ACSMA and Rivals.com…honorable mention All- American by CollegeFootballNews.com…fourth-best player in the ACC by CollegeFootballNews.com in 2007… established 21 records in 13 starts in 2007…finished first in the ACC in passing efficiency (141.0), ahead of the 137.6 mark by Sean Glennon (Virginia Tech); Harper was 22nd in the nation…first Clemson quarterback to lead ACC in passing efficiency since 1983…second in the ACC in total offense per game (223.2)…completed 65.1 percent of his passes, second-best in the ACC behind the 72.4 percent by Wake Forest's Riley Skinner…his completion percentage is second-best in Tiger history, as Charlie Whitehurst completed 67.4 percent in 2005…had the best touchdown/interception ratio (27/6) in school history; he was first in the ACC in that area…second in passing touchdowns in the ACC to Matt Ryan of Boston College, who threw 31…his 27 touchdown passes were six more than the previous Clemson record and the same amount Charlie Ward had in 1993 when he won the Heisman Trophy. 2006: 4 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 5-20-4-0; Pass: 20-14-70-155-2-0; Clemson's backup quarterback all season...had impressive stats while playing behind Will Proctor...was 14-20 for 155 yards and two touchdowns without an interception...had a passing efficiency of 168.1...played in four games; all four were in the first seven games of the year. 2005: Played five snaps in the win over Duke in his only appearance of the season; completed a pass for 15 yards in two attempts. 2004: Red-shirted.
Kavell Conner heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite...2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 35 Sol-97 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU; Led the team and was tied for 10th in the ACC in tackles per game… had 18 tackles against #24 Alabama, tying the school record for tackles in a season-opener (Jeff Davis also had 18 against Rice in 1980)… has not missed a game in three years. 2007: 13 GP; 2 GS; 27 Sol-36 TT, 1.5 TFL, 3 PBU; Had 46 tackles as a reserve linebacker in 2006, a team high among non-starters…played a career-high 77 snaps against Auburn and had a career-high 15 tackles, including 10 first hits; the coaches named him the special teams player-of-the-game for his performance against Auburn…had the Steadman Hawkins Bone Crushing Hit-of-the-Day against Louisiana-Monroe…was a contributor on special teams with seven special teams tackles. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 17 Sol-24 TT, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QBH; 12th on the team in tackles (31), third among non-starters.
Roc Carmichael heading into rSr season: 2010: Played in 13 games...started 12...40 total tackles (31 solo)...4 INTs, 11 passes defensed...2009: Played the second-most defensive plays on the team (737) during the regular season … Ranked fifth in tackles with 55, including four behind the line … Had six pass breakups and six QB hurries … Started on the extra point and field goal block teams and works with three other special team units …Led the team in interceptions with six and was named honorable mention on the All-ACC team … Voted the team’s top defensive back …2008: Was in on a tackle during his 11 special team plays against BC in the ACC title game … Picked up another tackle in the Orange Bowl and finished the season with 12 total …2007: Played in all 14 games, compiling eight total tackles, including one behind the line … Had one pass breakup …2006: Redshirted.
Michael Palmer heading into Sr season: 2007: Top receiver among Tiger tight ends in terms of receptions with 13 for 128 yards...had one touchdown catch...started 11 of the 13 games...2006: Played in all 13 games, including three as a starter...had five catches for 30 yards for the season to finish second on the team among tight ends.
Antoine McClain heading into Sr season: 2010: Third-team All-ACC by Phil Steele…started all 13 games...had a team-high 69 knockdown blocks...had an average grade of 76 percent...won the Strength Training Award for offensive linemen for spring practice. 2009: Started all 14 games at an offensive guard position and had 66 knockdown blocks, second-most on the team…averaged a 73-percent grade for the year. 2008: First-year freshman who saw action in all 13 games… played each of the last five games on the offensive line…had a season-high grade of 76 percent in 25 snaps against Duke…had 13 knockdown blocks.
Aaron Kelly heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 88-1081-12.3-11; PR: 1-8-8-0 KR: 6-115-19.2-0; First-Team All-ACC wide receiver according to AP/ACSMA, CollegeFootballNews.com, and Rivals.com... honorable mention All-American by CollegeFootballNews. com and Pro Football Weekly...top wideout in the ACC by CollegeFootballNews.com and 16th-best player in the ACC regardless of position...led the ACC in receiving yards per game (83.2)...led the ACC in receiving touchdowns (11) and he was sixth in total touchdowns; that is also a Clemson single-season record for touchdown receptions...was second in the ACC, but 19th in the nation in receptions per game in 2007; he had 88 catches in 13 games...needs just 52 receptions to become the ACC's all-time leading receiver…28th in the nation in reception yards per game...had 1,081 receiving yards, just three yards away from establishing a Tiger single-season record. 2006: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rec: 30-355-11.8-3...2005: 12 GP; 4 GS; Rec: 32-500-15.6-4; PR: 3-8-2.7-0 KR: 10-266-26.6-0; Second on the team in receptions (47) and reception yards (575) as a freshman; his reception-yardage total was ninth-best in ACC history for a freshman; just 110 yards short of the Clemson freshman record. 2004: Red-shirted.
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