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Football Academic All-Americans

Football Academic All-Americans

CHARLIE BUSSEYBack • 1956Played quarterback from 1954-56 … captain of the 1956 team that won the ACC title and played Colorado in the 1957 Orange Bowl … Academic All-ACC in 1955 and 1956 … third-team Academic All-American in 1956 … led the Tigers in passing, punting and interceptions in 1956, the last Tiger to pull off that all-around triple threat performance … served as athletic director at Louisiana Tech in the 1980s … entered the Air Force, where he served as an instructor pilot for over eight years … works with IPTAY office, as he oversees Clemson Hall of Fame and Letterwinners Association.HARVEY WHITEBack • 1957Second-team Academic All-American as a sophomore … Academic All-ACC in 1957 and 1958 … led the team in total offense as a sophomore and junior … paced the club in passing three straight seasons … All-ACC as a sophomore … quarterbacked Clemson for three straight years and to three straight bowl games … co-captain of the 1959 team … had a 154 passing efficiency in 1957, the second-highest single-season figure in Clemson history … 18th in the nation in total offense in 1957 with 1,038 yards … first Tiger to complete over 50 percent of his passes in a career.LOU CORDILEONETackle • 1959First-team All-American, Academic All-American and Academic All-ACC in 1959 … first Tiger to be chosen first-team Academic and on-field All-American in the same year … started on two ACC Championship teams that were ranked No. 11 and No. 12 in 1958 and 1959, respectively … played two 1959 bowl games (Sugar Bowl, Bluebonnet Bowl) … right-fielder in the 1959 College World Series … played with the Giants (football) in 1960; he was a first-round draft pick (No. 12 overall) … named to Clemson’s Centennial team in 1996.DON KELLEYEnd • 1971Three-time Academic All-ACC selection … first-team Academic All-American in 1971 … holds the single-game return-yardage record for Clemson and the ACC with 223 yards against Maryland in 1970; he had a single-game record 167 yards on punt returns in that game … had 389 punt return yards in 1970 … sixth in the nation in punt returns in 1970 … played defensive back for two years then switched to flanker for his senior year … his mother was the 1970 IPTAY Mother-of-the-Year.BEN ANDERSONDefensive Back • 1971Second-team Academic All-American … president of Tiger Brotherhood during his time at Clemson … received a 1972-73 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship award … won the Jim Weaver Award as the outstanding student-athlete in the ACC for the 1972-73 academic year … won the Norris Medal in 1973 as Clemson’s top all-around student … recipient of the Frank Howard Award for bringing honor to Clemson in 1973 … three-time Academic All-ACC on the gridiron; he made the team in 1970, 1971 and 1972 … attended South Carolina Law School … lived in Clemson and was the General Counsel for Clemson University … inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1997.STEVE FULLERQuarterback • 1977,78First-team Academic All-American as a senior and second-team selection as a junior … made the Dean’s list six consecutive semesters … awarded NCAA and Jim Weaver Postgraduate Scholarships from the ACC … honored in 1978 as one of 11 scholar-athletes by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame … NCAA Top Five Award winner, given annually to the top-five student-athletes in the nation, regardless of sport … graduated with a 3.93 GPA in pre-law (history) … just the second Clemson athlete in history to have his number (#4) retired … played in the East-West Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl in 1979 … played in the NFL for 10 years, including a stint with the Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears … named to Clemson’s Centennial team in 1996 … named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary team in 2002.MIKE EPPLEYQuarterback • 1983Clemson Hall of Fame inductee in 1990 … honorable mention All-American in 1984 … Academic All-ACC selection in both football and basketball three times each during his celebrated career … participated in the 1984 Blue-Gray game … threw 28 career touchdown passes … recipient of the Frank Howard Award in the 1983-84 academic year and Clemson IPTAY Athlete-of-the-Year the same season … third in the nation in passing efficiency in 1983, the highest finish ever by a Tiger … one of two Clemson quarterbacks to finish in the top 25 in passing efficiency twice … fourth-team Academic All-American in 1984; he was First-Team All-ACC by AP for his on-the-field performance … doubled as a basketball player for four years … earned his master’s degree from Clemson.BRUCE BRATTONOffensive Tackle • 1991First-team College Football Association Academic All-American in 1991 and a Second-Team All-ACC selection by AP … named to the Academic All-ACC football team for three straight years; he was just the sixth player in Clemson history to do so … received his degree in industrial engineering in May of 1991; he was a graduate student during his last year of competition … winner of the Bob James Postgraduate scholarship, the ACC’s top academic honor … a senior leader of the Tiger offensive line that led the team to the ACC regular-season title in total offense and rushing offense in 1991 … three-year starter.ED GLENNTight End • 1994First-team CFA Academic All-American … winner of the Jim Tatum Award as the top scholar-athlete among ACC football players … winner of the Jim Weaver Award as a top scholar-athlete among all ACC athletes … starting tight end in 1994 and the team’s third-rated blocker … First-Team Academic All-ACC in 1994 … graduated with a 3.9 GPA in biochemistry and was a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School.ANDYE McCROREYLinebacker • 1995First-team CFA All-American in 1995 … winner of the ACC’s Weaver-James Award for accomplishment on the field and in the classroom … played his final season as a graduate-student … first gridder in Tiger history to make the Clemson academic honor roll four straight years … first-team Academic All-ACC in 1995 … fourth on Clemson’s 1995 team in tackles, including a career-high 14 against Georgia … earned his master’s degree in sociology in May of 1997.CHAD CARSONLinebacker • 1999-01Finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship in 2001, the only Division I-A college football player to make the final national top 100 … winner of a Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship from the ACC in 2001 … first-team Academic All-America selection for the second straight year; he was a second-team selection as a sophomore in 1999 … joined teammate Kyle Young as the only three-time academic All-Americans in Clemson history … named one of the permanent captains for the 2001 season in a vote by his teammates … second straight year he was named a permanent defensive captain … Second-Team All-ACC linebacker on the field in 2001 … Clemson’s top tackler for the season straight year; he had 137 … 19th in the nation in tackles, the second straight year he was in the top 20 … fourth in the nation in tackles as a junior … fifth in Clemson history in total tackles (448) at the time of his graduation … started every game (36) his final three years … had a standout game against Wake Forest in 2001 with 23 tackles, the third-highest single-game total in school history; he was named ACC Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the second time in his career … had 22 tackles against Georgia Tech in 2000 … had six double-figure tackle games as a senior and finished with 25 in his career … preseason candidate for the Butkus Award in 2001 … outstanding student who had a 3.9 career GPA in biological sciences … graduated in May of 2002 … played in the East-West Shrine Game … started three different bowl games … second in the ACC and first on the team in tackles (156) in 2000 … big reason Clemson was in the top 15 in the nation in the final polls in 2000 … Honorable Mention All-ACC in 2000 … Clemson’s Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game as chosen by ABC for his 22 tackles against Georgia Tech … third in the ACC in tackles in 1999 … Honorable Mention All-ACC in 1999.KYLE YOUNGCenter • 1999-01All-American on the field and off in 2000 and 2001 … third-team All-American in 2001 after earning honors as a second-team selection on the field in 2000 … first-team Academic All-American for the third year in a row in 2001; he was just the second offensive lineman in college football history to do that and just the second ACC player … winner of a National Football Foundation Scholarship in 2001, the first Tiger to do that since 1978 (Steve Fuller) … winner of the Jim Tatum Award as the outstanding scholar-athlete football player in the ACC in 2001 … winner of a Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship from the ACC for excellence on and off the field … had a school-record 168 knockdown blocks in 2001; he broke his own Clemson record for knockdown blocks in a season; that included 18 in the bowl win over Louisiana Tech when he helped the Tigers to 49 points and 548 yards of total offense … named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Bowl team in 2001 … finalist for the Dave Rimington Award, one of five for that honor, in 2000 and 2001 … started every game at center his final three years and 40 in a row over four years … tied the Clemson record for starts by a center in a career with 36; he started four at offensive guard as a freshman … three-time first-team All-ACC according to Football News … played 3,097 snaps in his career … two-time ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week in 2000; he was given the award for his efforts against Missouri and Virginia … had a record-tying 21 knockdown blocks against NC State in 100 snaps … had just six missed assignments in 845 snaps according to the coaches grading system, the fewest among all starters on the team … had the highest coaches film grade in nine of the 12 games in 2000 … earned his degree in secondary education with a minor in economics in May of 2001; he was a graduate student during the 2001 season … had a 3.97 GPA in his undergraduate career; he made just one B and the rest of his courses were As … named assistant athletic director at Clemson in 2007.DALTON FREEMANCenter • 2012Four-time Academic All-ACC selection, the first Tiger to do that in history … four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member … one of 50 candidates for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award … first-team All-American on the field by AFCA … second-team All-American on the field by AP, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, Scout.com and Walter Camp … First-Team All-ACC selection (media, coaches) … second-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA; he became the first Tiger Academic All-American since 2001 and the fourth Tiger in history to be named an All-American on the field and in the classroom in the same academic year … first-team Academic All-District by CoSIDA … Academic All-ACC selection … NFF Hampshire Honor Society member … NSCA First-Team Strength & Conditioning All-American; he became just the second Tiger in history to be named an All-American on the field, in the classroom and in the strength training room in one season.

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