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Freshmen Report to Clemson

Freshmen Report to Clemson

Aug. 4, 2002

Clemson, SC – Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden welcomed 18 signees to campus on Sunday afternoon. Monday will be a day of academic meetings, then the Tiger rookies will open practice on Tuesday at 10:00 AM. The new players will also practice at 4:45 PM on Tuesday. They will have two more practices on Wednesday. The four practices for the freshmen will be held on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center and will be open to the public.

The Clemson varsity reports on the evening of August 7th and the first day of practice for the entire squad will take place on the morning of August 9th. Once the varsity reports, the practices will be closed to the public.

The team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day under the South Stands (Press box side) at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Sunday, August 11 at 3:00 PM. The season opener is August 31 at Georgia at 7:45 PM. Four of the 22 Clemson signees announced previously will report to Clemson upon their approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse. All are expected to attend Clemson.

“This is a large class of incoming freshmen, the second straight year we have had a large group report,” said Bowden, who still has 22 of the 23 signees from last year in his program. “We expect to see the players who are detained by the NCAA Clearinghouse arrive at school shortly.

“I am anxious to see this group in action. We might not have as many first-year freshmen contribute immediately as we did last year when many of them were starters or at least second-team players early in the season. But, in every class you have some surprises. I am looking forward to seeing them on the practice fields on Tuesday. They look to be in good physical condition.” Last year the freshmen began practice the day after they reported. But this year the freshmen will spend Monday in academic meetings and won’t put on a football uniform on until Tuesday.

“These (meetings) are very important, we want to get everyone on the right foot academically,” said Bowden. “We have had great success in that area in terms of team GPA, academic honor roll recipients and players earning their degree the last three years. We certainly want that to continue.” Eighteen of the 22 seniors on the 2001 Clemson team already have their degrees and more should join them this year.

2002 Clemson Signees who reported, Sunday, August 4th:

No.     Name                    Pos.    Hgt.    Wgt.    Cl.     Exp. Hometown   High School/JUCO93      Gaines Adams            DE      6-6     235     Fr.     HS   Greenwood, SC      Fork Union (VA) Prep63      Nathan Bennett          OG      6-5     300     Fr.     HS   Dallas, GA Paulding County95      Brandon Cannon          DT      6-4     250     Fr.     HS   Stone Mountain, GA Stephenson89      Cole Chason             P/PK    6-0     155     Fr.     HS   Roswell, GA        Greater Atlanta Christian73      Tim DeBeer            OT      6-6     270     Fr.     HS   Atlanta, GA        Marist62      Dustin Fry              OG      6-3     290     Fr.     HS   Summerville, SC    Summerville72      Roman Fry               C       6-4     260     Fr.     HS   Ironton, OH        Ironton46      Brandon Jamison         LB      6-2     215     Jr.     JC   Hopkins, SC        SW Mississippi JC94      Vontrell Jamison        LB      6-8     260     Jr.     JC   Holly Hill, SC     Mississippi Gulf Coast JC77      Brad Lee                OT      6-4     265     Fr.     HS   Hephzibah, GA      Hephzibah80      Gerald McCloud          WR      6-2     195     Fr.     HS   Jacksonville, FL   Arlington Country Day37      Reggie Merriweather     RB      5-9     195     Fr.     HS   North Augusta, SC  North Augusta9       Justin Miller           CB      5-11    180     Fr.     HS   Owensboro, KY      Owensboro48      Kelvin Morris           LB      6-4     220     Jr.     JC   Timmonsville, SC   SW Mississippi JC14      Will Proctor            QB      6-3     190     Fr.     HS   Winter Park, FL    Trinity Prep15      Chansi Stuckey          QB      6-0     170     Fr.     HS   Warner Robbins, GA Warner Robbins40      Anthony Waters          LB      6-3     205     Fr.     HS   Lake View, SC      Lake View39      Buddy Williams          CB      5-11    175     Fr.     HS   Tallahassee, FL    Lincoln

Previously announced signees expected to come to school pending approval of the NCAA Clearinghouse:

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp. Hometown High School/JUCO 44 Donnell Clark LB 6-2 245 Fr. HS Griffin, GA Griffin 30 Duane Coleman RB 5-10 185 Fr. HS Naples, FL Naples 13 Kelvin Grant WR 6-2 205 Fr. HS Camden, SC Camden 16 Tymere Zimmerman WR 6-4 205 Fr. HS Bennettsville, SC Fork Union (VA) Prep

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