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Dantzler Listed Among Top Contenders For Heisman Trophy

Dantzler Listed Among Top Contenders For Heisman Trophy

June 14, 2001

Clemson, S.C. – Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler is listed as the number-two candidate for the 2001 Heisman Trophy according to two preseason media outlets. The Tiger signal caller, who is slated to graduate in August, is ranked second for the award by Lindy’s Preseason Magazine and by CBS Sportsline.com.

Lindy’s also ranks Dantzler as the top quarterback in the nation and as its first-team All-America quarterback. Dantzler’s starting center and classmate, Kyle Young, is ranked as the fourth best center in the nation by the publication. Also from the offensive line, Will Merritt is ranked seventh among guards in the nation. It also lists Chad Carson as the nation’s 15th best outside linebacker and Travis Zachery as the country’s 25th best running back.

Dantzler led the Tigers to a 9-3 record last year, Clemson’s best mark since the 1993 season. Clemson was ranked 14th in the final USA Today poll, its highest final ranking since 1991. He set 16 Clemson records last year and now holds 19 overall in his Clemson career. Last year, Dantzler completed 137 of 244 passes for 1871 yards and 11 scores. He also rushed for 1028 yards to lead the Tigers, and scored 13 touchdowns. His 24 touchdowns rushing and passing established a Clemson single season record. His rushing yardage total was an ACC record for a single season.

He nearly became the first college football player in history to pass for 2000 yards and rush for 1000 in the same season. He played the equivalent nine games a year ago due to injury and large scoring differentials. It is a realistic goal for a healthy Dantzler in 2001.

Lindy’s Preseason Magazine, 2001 Top Contenders for 2001 Heisman Trophy

Rk Player Pos Yr School
1. Damien Anderson RB Sr. Northwestern
2. Woodrow Dantzler QB Gr. Clemson
3. Ken Dorsey QB Jr. Miami (FL)
4. Antwaan Randle El QB-WR Sr. Indiana
5. Ken Simonton RB Sr. Oregon State
6. Chris Simms QB Jr. Texas
7. Eric Crouch QB Sr. Nebraska
8. John Henderson DT Sr. Tennessee
9. Rocky Calmus LB Sr. Oklahoma
10. Jason Thomas QB Jr. UNLV

CBS Sportsline.com Top Contenders for 2001 Heisman Trophy

Rk Player Pos Yr. School
1. Damien Anderson RB Sr. Northwestern
2. Woodrow Dantzler QB Gr. Clemson
3. Antwaan Randle El QB-WR Sr. Indiana

Rest listed in alphabetical order:

Antonio Bryant WR Jr. Pittsburgh
Cedric Cobbs RB Jr. Arkansas
Eric Crouch QB Sr. Nebraska
Ken Dorsey QB Jr. Miami (FL)
T.J. Duckett RB Jr. Michigan State
DeShaun Foster RB Sr. UCLA
Jabar Gaffney WR So. Florida
George Godsey QB Sr. Georgia Tech
Rex Grossman QB So. Florida
Joey Harrington QB Sr. Oregon
Ken Simonton RB Sr. Oregon State
Chris Simms QB Jr. Texas
Lee Suggs RB Jr. Virginia Tech
Jason Thomas QB Jr. UNLV

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