Clemson Seeks Revenge Against North Carolina

Clemson vs. North Carolina Facts

Opponent: North Carolina Date: October 2, 1999 Site: Clemson Memorial Stadium (81,474) Expected Att: 80,000 Special Date: Homecoming Kickoff: 3:30 PM Television: ABC (Tim Brant, Gary Danielson)

Series Notes: Clemson leads 29-17-1 at Clemson: Clemson leads 14-6 at Death Valley: Clemson leads 14-6 Series Streak: UNC has won three in a row Last Year: UNC, 21-14 at Chapel Hill, NC Last Time at CU: UNC 17, Clemson 10 in 1997

Clemson in 1999: 1-2 overall, 1-0 in ACC North Carolina in 1999: 1-2 overall, 0-2 in ACC

North Carolina Coach: Carl Torbush (Carson-Newman ’74) at UNC: 9-7, 3rd year Overall: 12-15, 4th year vs. Clemson: 1-0

Clemson Coach: Tommy Bowden (West Virginia ’77) at Clemson: 1-2 (1st year) (0-0 vs. UNC) Overall: 19-6, 3rd

Clemson Looks for 2-0 ACC Start If Clemson can defeat North Carolina on Saturday it would give the Tigers a 2-0 start in the ACC. The Tigers have not been 2-0 in the ACC since the 1988 season when Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 30-13 and Virginia 10-7 in its first two league games of the year. The Tigers lost to Florida State that year in the third game of the year, but the Seminoles weren’t in the ACC then. Clemson actually started the year 3-0 in the league.

Clemson’s best start in ACC play has been how it finished, an undefeated season. Clemson was last undefeated in league play in 1983, a 7-0 season against ACC teams. Clemson was also 6-0 in 1982 and 1981. The 1967 and 1978 teams were also perfect in league play.

The Tigers play their next seven games against ACC teams before ending the year with archrival South Carolina of the SEC. The Tigers opened ACC play with a 33-14 win over Virginia on September 11.

Clemson Schedule Among the Nation’s Best Both Clemson and North Carolina enter Saturday’s game with 1-2 records. While both coaching staffs are not satisfied with their respective records, they have faced strong opposition. In fact, according to the latest USA Today/Jeff Sagarin Computer rankings, Clemson has played the second most difficult schedule in the nation, while North Carolina has played the fourth toughest.

Clemson has beaten a top 20 Virginia team (ranked 19th by USA Today at the time of the game with Clemson) and lost to Marshall, now ranked 17th by USA Today, and to Virginia Tech on the road, a team now ranked seventh in the nation by USA Today. North Carolina has beaten Indiana and lost to number-one ranked Florida State and number-24 Virginia.

Of course, Clemson’s schedule does not get a lot easier. The Tigers still have to play North Carolina and NC State over the next two weeks, teams who went to bowl games last year, then meet #1 Florida State (Oct. 23) and travel to #12 Georgia Tech (Nov. 13).

Clemson has already played two top 20 teams and there are at least two more on the schedule, Georgia Tech and Florida State. Clemson has played five top 25 teams in a season just once, in 1988. Clemson has faced four top 25 teams five previous season, 1956, 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1997. The 1956 season list of opponents actually consisted of all top 20 teams, the only time Clemson has played four top 20 teams in the same season.

Here is a list of the teams that have played the most difficult schedules in the nation according to the Sagarin Computer poll:

      Rk   Team               Rating   1.   Central Florida    89.18   2.   Clemson            85.46   3.   Notre Dame         81.84   4.   North Carolina     81.21   5.   West Virginia      80.83   6.   Tennessee          80.64   7.   South Carolina     80.31   8.   Virginia           79.68   9.   Sam Houston State  79.67   10.  Louisiana Tech     79.48

Big Week for Robert Carswell On September 21, Clemson defensive back Robert Carswell was to the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team for 1999. The team honors those student-athletes who show exceptional dedication to community service and to the betterment of the communities in which they live.

Carswell, a native of Lithonia, GA was one of just 11 Division I-A players selected to the team. He is the first Clemson player chosen for the team in its eight-year history. Carswell is one of the leaders of Leadership in Football and Education (LIFE), a group of Clemson football players who mentor and spend recreational time with underprivileged children. He is also a frequent speaker at local churches and elementary schools.

The Stone Mountain High School (GA) product is also an active member of the Clemson Athletes Outreach Program. Last year he received an Atlantic Coast Conference Top Six Award, an honor given to six student-athletes at each ACC school for helping others and volunteering time in the community.

The other 10 Division I-A players chosen to the AFCA Good Works Team were Dan Alexander (Nebraska), Corey Atkins (South Carolina), Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State), Casey Crawford (Virginia), Haven Fields (Auburn), Curtis Fuller (TCU), Seth Hanson (Kentucky), Grant Irons (Notre Dame), Bill Marsau (Iowa State), and Dulymus McAlister (Mississippi).

Two days after his selection to the Good Works Team, , Carswell had one of the top games of his career. At Virginia Tech, he had the first two interceptions of his career and returned them 37 yards. Both thefts were made in the shadow of Clemson’s goal and obviously prohibited certain Virginia Tech scores.

In addition to the interceptions, Carswell had a career high 16 tackles, eight first hits and eight assists. It was the third highest tackle total by a Clemson defensive back in history and just two tackles off the single game high of 18 set by Leomont Evans against Georgia in 1995. For the season, Carswell has 40 tackles, third highest total on the Clemson team. He has had double figures in tackles in every game this season. In addition to his off the field awards, Carswell is regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the nation. He is listed as preseason Jim Thorpe Award Candidate.

Carswell, who ranked ninth in the nation in total tackles by defensive backs last year, now has 195 tackles for his career and is ahead of the pace set by Terry Kinard, who set a school record for tackles by a defensive back when he had 294 between 1978-82. Carswell now has 10 double digit tackle games in his career, including five in a row.

Clemson Dominates ACC Receiving Leaders Clemson has three of the top four receivers in the ACC according to the latest league stats. It is safe to say that Clemson has never had three of the top four pass catchers in the league at any time in any season. Rod Gardner leads the ACC and ranks fifth in the country in receptions per game with an 8.7 figure. Brian Wofford is third in the ACC with a 6.7 figure, while Mal Lawyer is fourth wih 4.7 catches per game. Only All-American and Heisman Trophy Candidate Peter Warrick of Florida State prohibits Clemson from a clean sweep of the top three places in the league. Warrick has averaged 7.5 receptions per contest.

Two Tigers in Top 25 in Nation in Receiving One of the greatest examples of Clemson’s improvement in the passing games is the existence of two Tiger players among the top 25 pass receivers in the nation. Both Rod Gardner (5th) and Brian Wofford (23rd ) are listed in the top 25 in the nation on a receptions per game basis. Clemson has had just five players since 1951 rank in the final top 25 of the nation’s pass receivers.

Gardner is fifth in the nation in receptions with 8.7 per game. He has 26 receptions for 271 yards so far this season. He is on pace to catch 95 passes for 994 yards for the season, figures that would be Clemson records for a season. Wofford has 20 receptions in three games for 233 yards. He is on pace to catch 73 passes for the season. The Clemson record for receptions in a season is 70 by Tony Horne in 1997. Thus, both Gardner and Wofford are on pace to break Horne’s record.

Clemson is one of just three teams nationally to have two players ranked in the top 25 in the nation in receptions per game. Louisville and Tulane are the other two. Of course, Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden came to Clemson from the Green Wave program.

Gardner and Wofford are both gaining yards on those catches. Gardner is 34th inthe nation in receptions yards per game with a 90.3 figure, while Wofford is 47th with 77.7 yards per game.

Here is a list of Clemson players who have ranked in the final top 25 in the nation in receiving:

   Year   Player         Rec/G  Rk   1951   Glenn Smith    *35    19th   1953   Dreher Gaskin  *22    21st   1978   Jerry Butler   4.9    10th   1980   Perry Tuttle   4.8    13th   1997   Tony Horne     6.2    14th

*Receivers ranked on total receptions

Streeter Has Record Number of Completions Clemson quarterback Brandon Streeter is on a pace to break many Tiger single season passing record. So far this season, Streeter has completed 74 of 109 passes for 725 yards and two touchdowns. He has completed at least 23 passes in every game and has a 68 percent completion mark, second in the ACC to Georgia Tech’s Joe Hamilton.

Streeter tied his own Clemson record for completions when he was 27-43 for 195 yards at Virginia Tech. He also had 27 completions against NC State last year. The native of Gettysburg, PA has 74 completions in just three games, the most completions in any three-game series in Clemson history. He has averaged 249 yards per game in terms of total offense, second in the ACC and 24th in the nation. He is the prime reason Clemson is second in the ACC and 24th in the nation in passing yardage.

Streeter has earned much national respect this year. Against Virginia he was 24-32 for a Clemson record 343 yards and two scores. He broke the Clemson single game passing yardage mark and was named USA Today National Player of the Week. The publication only selects one player from the 114 Division I teams and he was it. In Clemson’s loss at Virginia Tech he gained respect for his toughness as he took many hits from Hokies defensive lineman Corey Moore, but hung in for the entire contest.

Over his last six games, Streeter has completed 64 percent of his passes for 230 yards per game and for nine total touchdowns. He is one of the most improved quarterbacks in the nation as compared to his first eight games as the Clemson starter.

   Category             Streeter 1999   Clemson Record   Passing Yards/Game     243.3         Nealon Greene,  1997, 184.3   Completion %           .669          Nealon Greene, 1997,.621   Completions/game       24.7          Nealon Greene, 1997, 15.0   Pass Attempts/Game     36.3          Brandon Streeter, 1998,  25.6   Total Offense/Game     249.3         Nealon Greene,  1997, 213.1

Clemson Leads ACC in Passing Clemson ranks second in the ACC in passing offense this week with an average of 263.7 yards per game, 24th best in the nation. The Tigers have not led the ACC in passing offense since 1975 and have done it just three times in history. The other years Clemson led the ACC in passing offense were 1969 and 1957. So far this year, Clemson quarterbacks have completed 67 percent of their passes for 791 yards. The Tigers have 79 completions in three games, just six fewer than Florida State has in four games. To the best of our knowledge, Clemson has not led the ACC in passing at any point over the last 20 seasons.

Homecoming Success Clemson will attempt to enhance an impressive Homecoming record when the Tigers meet North Carolina. The Tigers have a 24-2-2 record on Homecoming since the 1970 season. The only Homecoming losses since 1970 have been against Georgia Tech in 1989 and against Virginia in 1997. Overall, Clemson has a 54-18-3 record on Homecoming dating to 1922 when Clemson played Centre on Homecoming. Clemson had just one ACC win last year, but it was over Maryland on Homecoming.

This will be the fifth time Clemson has met North Carolina on Homecoming. The Tigers are 3-1 against North Carolina in the previous four homecoming meetings, including a 17-10 victory in 1995, the last time Clemson defeated the Tar Heels. The two teams also met at Clemson homecomings in 1960 (24-0 Clemson win), 1962 (17-6 Clemson win), and 1964 (29-0 UNC win).

Clemson, UNC Produce NFL Players North Carolina and Clemson are two of the big producers of NFL players. In fact, both schools rank in the top seven in the nation in producing NFL draft choices over the last two years combined. North Carolina has had 13 players drafted,tied for the second highest figure in the two-year period, while Clemson has had 11, seventh highest.

The Clemson vs. North Carolina game last year was a defensive struggle. A look to the 1999 NFL drat tells us why. The two teams had 11 defensive players drafted last year, six by Clemson and five by North Carolina. Those were the two highest totals in the nation last year. Florida also had five defensive players drafted to tie the Tar Heels for second behind Clemson. Both schools have been successful producing linebackers over the years and in recent years. Clemson has seven former linebackers in the NFL this year. The list includes Mike Barber with the Indianapolis Colts, Rahim Abdullah with the Cleveland Browns, Levon Kirkland with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ed McDaniel with the Minnesota Vikings, Anthony Simmons with the Seattle Seahawks, O.J. Childress with the New York Giants and Patrick Sapp with the Arizona Cardinals.

North Carolina linebackers in the NFL include Ebenezer Ekuban of the Dallas Cowboys, Dwight Hollier of the Miami Dolphins, K. Mays of the Minnesota Vikings, and Brian Simmons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Most Players Drafted Last Two Years

   Team           1998   1999   Total   Tennessee       8      6      14   Florida         5      8      13   Florida State   9      4      13   Nebraska        6      7      13   North Carolina  7      6      13   Washington      10     2      12   Clemson         5      6      11   Georgia         4      6      10   Michigan        5      4      9   Colorado        6      3      9

Clemson vs. North Carolina Series Clemson holds a 29-17-1 advantage in the series with North Carolina that dates to 1897, the second year of football at Clemson. That 1897 game was just the sixth game in Clemson football history and the Tar Heels won the contest 28-0. It was the first game for the Tigers against a team that is currently in the ACC. Obviously the league was not formed until 1953.

Clemson has won nine of the last 13 games and 13 of the last 18 in the series, but North Carolina has won three in a row. This is the first time North Carolina has beaten Clemson three straight since 1969-72 when the Tar Heels won four in a row.

Prior to the 1997 17-10 North Carolina victory, the Tar Heels had not won at Clemson since 1980, a 24-19 victory on ABC TV. Lawrence Taylor provided the key play of that game for North Carolina, a sack of Clemson quarterback Homer Jordan late in the fourth period with Clemson inside the Tar Heel 10. Clemson had won seven in a row over North Carolina in Death Valley by a combined score of 188-69.

In 1995, the Tigers were victorious,17-10. It was a classic defensive game. Brian Dawkins, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, provided the big play with a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown. Nealon Greene threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Joe Woods and Anthony Simmons had 19 tackles. Mond Wilson, playing for the injured Andye McCrorey, had 16 tackles for the Clemson defense, which intercepted five North Carolina passes, two by Peter Ford and one by Andy Ford.

Clemson has six wins over North Carolina when the Tar Heels enter the game as a ranked team. The most shocking took place in 1992 when a Clemson team that would end the season with a 5-6 record, earned a 40-7 victory over 18th-ranked North Carolina. It is the largest margin of victory for Clemson in the series.

This will be just the second time since 1975 that both North Carolina and Clemson face each other with a losing record. Clemson was 1-7 and North Carolina 2-6 heading into that contest. Last season, Clemson was 1-3 and North Carolina 0-3 heading into the game.

Lazzara Throws Scoring Pass Placekicker Tony Lazzara threw a nine-yard scoring pass at Virginia Tech on September 23, believed to be the first touchdown pass in Clemson history by a kicker. After checking the stats for every game on record, no scoring pass was discovered for a Tiger kicker.

It was an unusual, let’s face it, “trick play” that worked to perfection. Lazzara took a direct snap from center, rolled to his left and lofted a perfect pass to reserve running back Vince Ciurciu, who caught the ball for a nine-yard touchdown. The timely fourth-and-three play brought Clemson to within 14-11 in the final period.

While we could not find another kicker throwing a touchdown pass, a pass through the records revealed some non-quarterbacks who have thrown touchdown passes for the Tigers. Ironically, the last time a non-quarterback touchdown pass for a Clemson player was at Virginia Tech in 1989. Running back Terry Allen completed a 66-yard scoring pass to Gary Cooper in the third period at the 34 second mark. Clemson had not been back to Blacksburg since.

Clemson had seven non-quarterback touchdown passes in the 1980s under Danny Ford. The last time a non-quarterback has thrown a touchdown pass in Death Valley was in 1988 when wide receiver Chip Davis threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Cooper against Florida State. People remember the “Puntrewski play” by Bobby Bowden in that game, but people forget Danny Ford had a successful trick play of his own.

The last time a kicker did something other than kick the ball on a special teams play for the Tigers took place in 1992. Also against Florida State, kicker Nelson Welch lined up to kick a field goal. But, when the holder took the snap, he ran an option play and pitched the ball to Welch, who ran five yards for a first down.

Virginia Tech 31, Clemson 11 Clemson battled a top 10 team on the road for 55 minutes before falling 31-11 at Virginia Tech. The Hokies entered thegame ranked eighth in the nation in both polls, but led the Tigers just 14-11 in the fourth period. Clemson trailed 17-11 with five minutes left and had the ball before Virginia Tech’s defensive took over.

The Hokies scored two defensive touchdowns in the last 3:09 of the game to win going away by 20 points. Virginia Tech turned an interception and fumble into quick scores, much to the delight of the sellout, Thursday night crowd.

Virginia Tech raced to a 14-3 lead at halftime thanks to an outstanding rushing attack led by Shyrone Stith, who ended the evening with 162 yards rushing. The Hokies had 203 yards rushing in the first half, thanks to 111 yards by Stith. Clemson improved its defense in the second half, holding Virginia Tech to 83 yards rushing in 27 attempts and just three points.

Clemson cut the lead to three points in the fourth period on a fake field goal. Tony Lazzara, who had not appeared in the game previously, entered the game to attempt a 26-yard field goal. But, Tommy Bowden called a fake and the kicker from Florida lofted a pass to Vince Ciurciu for the score.

Virginia Tech then drove for a field goal to take a 17-11 lead with under five minutes left. Clemson drove to its own 35, but quarterback Brandon Streeter was intercepted and returned for a score. On the next possession, Streeter was sacked by All-American Corey Moore and he picked up the ball and raced for a touchdown.

Streeter completed 27-43 on the night for 195 yards. His favorite target was Rod Gardner, who caught 11 and now has 26 catches for the year. Clemson gained just 17 yard rushing, its fifth lowest single game total in school history. The Tigers gave the ball to a running back just nine times all night, all by Travis Zachery, who had 9-32 for the evening.

The Clemson defense was led by Robert Carswell, who had 16 tackles and two interceptions.

Adams Top Tackler Inside linebacker Keith Adams has 44 tackles in three games to lead the Tigers and the ACC in that area. The sophomore had 17 tackles against Virginia Tech, his career high and also added a pair of tackles for loss and a sack. For the year, Adams now has nine tackles for loss and three sacks, one in each game. The Clemson record for consecutive games with a sack is five, set by Chester McGlockton in 1989.

We hate to do this to him, but, Adams is ahead of Anthony Simmons pace in terms of tackles when the current Seattle Seahawks linebacker was a sophomore playing the same position for Clemson. Simmons had just 39 tackles and six tackles for loss through the first three games of his sophomore year. He went on to record a school record 178 tackles that year, including 16 behind the line of scrimmage.

Adams was honored by the league as ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Virginia. He had 16 tackles, including four tackles for loss in Clemson’s 33-14 victory.

Second Generation Tiger Fourth in Tackles Clemson has had a lot of second generation Tiger players over the years, but few have had as big an impact as Clemson linebacker Braxton K. Williams. The sophomore from Greensboro has 25 tackles over the first three games, fourth best on the team. He also has 4-27 in tackles for loss and 3-26 in terms of sacks. He is tied for the team lead in sacks with Keith Adams, and like his classmate and position mate, is just two games away from the Clemson record for consecutive games recording a sack.

Williams is the son of former Clemson running back Braxton Williams, who played on Clemson’s 1982 ACC Championship team and was a fullback on Clemson’s 9-1-1 Tiger eleven. His son has started all three games this year and has been a model of consistency. He had a career high 10 tackles at Virginia Tech. He had nine tackles against Virginia and was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week.

Williams had a career high nine tackles and provided the Clemson team with the two biggest defensive plays of the victory over the Cavs. In the first period he sacked Virginia QB Dan Ellis and forced a fumble in the process. Clemson recovered and drove for a touchdown. In the second period he dove to keep a loose ball in bounds, allowing Clemson to recover at their own 15 and end an almost certain Cavalier scoring drive. It might be the greatest play in Clemson history that receives no statistical credit.

Clemson Pass Defense Much Improved While Clemson gave up too much rushing yardage to suit defensive coordinator Reggie Herring, the Tigers did perform formidably in terms of pass defense. Noted quarterback Michael Vick of Virginia Tech was just 7-17 for 88 yards and was intercepted three times. Clemson now has five interceptions this year after picking off just seven all of last season.

Robert Carswell led the way against Virginia Tech with two interceptions, while Alex Ardley had another. All three picks were made near the shadow of the Clemson goal post so they directly prevented VPI from scoring points.

For the year, Clemson is third in the ACC in pass defense. Clemson has allowed just one touchown pass in the first three games and that is against some pretty good quarterbacks. Chad Pennington failed to throw a scoring pass against Clemson, a first in 26 games for the Marshall quarterback. Clemson and Maryland are the only teams in the ACC to allow just one touchown pass so far this season.

Clemson Leads ACC in Sacks Clemson led the ACC in sacks last year with 37 and the Tigers hold the same standing in the league so far this year. It is not a team with a prime pass rusher, like Virginia Tech has in Corey Moore. It is a balanced attack for the Tiger defense. Clemson has 12 sacks in three games and seven different players have been involved in the sacks. Keith Adams and Braxton K. Williams lead the team with three apiece.

Tigers from North Carolina Clemson has had some outstanding players from the Tar Heel state over the years. In 1996, Clemson fans selected the school’s all-time team. Five players on the team came to Clemson after playing high school football in North Carolina. The list includes Perry Tuttle (Winston-Salem), Jeff Bostic (Greensboro), Joe Bostic (Greensboro), Jeff Davis (Greensboro) and Donnell Woolford (Fayetteville). The 1981 National Championship Clemson team had 21 players on its roster from North Carolina.

Clemson has three 1999 starters on the team from North Carolina. Linebacker Braxton K. Williams is one of Clemson’s top tacklers and is a native of Greensboro. Starting fullback Terry Witherspoon is a native of Monroe, NC. Starting tight end Jason LeMay, who scored his first career points when he caught a two-point conversion against Virginia Tech, is also a significant player. Starting holder Tucker Hamrick is from Shelby. Nathan Gillespie is out for the year with an injury and DuJuan Polk is being red-shirted.

Tigers from North Carolina on 1998 Team

   Name                  Pos   Hometown        High School   Nathan Gillespie      DL    Dallas          North Gaston   Tucker Hamrick        H     Shelby          Shelby    Jason LeMay           TE    Black Mountain  Owen   Braxton K. Williams   LB    Greensboro      Dudley   DuJuan Polk           DE    Wadesboro       Anson County   Terry Witherspoon     RB    Monroe          Monroe

Cyrgalis Breaks Tight End TD Drought Tight end Pat Cyrgalis ended a 10-year drought when he caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Streeter against Virginia. He became the first Clemson tight end in the decade of the 1990s to catch a scoring pass. You have to go back to a Stacy Fields four-yard scoring pass from Chris Morocco in 1989 against NC State to find the last time a Clemson tight end caught a touchdown pass. He is a converted fullback who is a red-shirt freshman from New Jersey. He did not play against Virginia Tech due to a sprained ankle, but he should return for the North Carolina game.

Clemson Improved in Turnover Margin One of the areas Tommy Bowden has stressed in the Spring and preseason has been improving the Tigers turnover margin. Clemson was -11 for the year and ranked 103rd in the nation out of 112 teams in 1998 in that important stat. Clemson is +4 in turnover margin so far this year and Clemson ranks 14th out of 114 teams so far this season.

Offspring of Tiger Coaches 5-0 Three members of the Clemson coaching staff have sons that are starters on the local Daniel High Football team. Daniel is 5-0 so far this year and is the defending state champion. They are ranked number-one in the state in their division. Head Coach Tommy Bowden, assistant head coach Brad Scott and offensive line coach Ron West all have sons starting for the Daniel High team. Coach Bowden’s son Ryan is a defensive lineman, while Brad Scott’s son John is also a starter on the team. Scott has a son, Jeff, who is a wide receiver on the Clemson team. Ron West’s son Brad is a linebacker on the Daniel team.

All three coaches have been able to catch at least part of most of the games so far this year. That family time will be cut drastically over the rest of the season. After Saturday’s game with North Carolina, Clemson plays just two of its last seven games at home.

Clemson Has Suffered close losses The 13-10 loss against Marshall was Clemson’s eighth loss by a touchdown or less over the last 17 games. Over the last 14 games, opponents have scored the winning points with less than 70 seconds remaining in the game four times. Virginia, NC State and Georgia Tech did it last year within the last minute, and Marshall scored a touchdown with 1:10 left last Saturday. On a fifth occasion, Clemson fumbled the ball into the endzone at North Carolina with under a minute left, a score that would have tied the game.

In Clemson’s 3-8 season of 1998, Clemson lost five games by a touchdown or less. Clemson closed the 1997 season with two losses by a touchdown or less within the last three games, at North Carolina and against Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Auburn was coached by Terry Bowden, brother of current Clemson coach Tommy Bowden.

Over 80, 000 Fans at Opener The estimated crowd of 80,250 for the Clemson vs. Marshall game was the third largest home opening day crowd in Clemson history. The only home openers larger took place in 1989 against Furman (80,508) and against Georgia in 1985 (80,473). As far as the decade of the 1990s is concerned, it was the largest non-South Carolina, no-Florida State crowd since the 1995 Georgia game when 81,670 attended. This was the 28th crowd of at least 80,000 fans in Death Valley’s 58-year history. The record is 85,872 for the 1994 game with South Carolina. Clemson expects nearly 80,000 for this weekend’s Homecoming game with North Carolina.

Gardner Ties Clemson Reception Record Clemson wide receiver Rod Gardner tied one all-time Clemson record and set two others in the season opener against Marshall. The junior from Jacksonville, FL caught 11 passes for 111 yards. That is a lot of ones for his night’s work, and that effort has led to his number-one ranking among the receivers in the ACC. He added six more receptions for 66 yards in the win over Virginia and had nine catches at Virginia Tech.

Gardner’s opening day performance tied the Clemson single game mark held by Phil Rogers, who had 11 receptions at North Carolina in 1965. Gardner’s performance was the most ever for a Tiger in Death Valley (58 years) and the most ever by a Clemson player in the opening game of the season.

Six times a Clemson player has had 10 catches in a game. Tony Horne did it twice in his 70-reception season of 1997, while Perry Tuttle had a pair of 10-catch games, one in 1980 and one in 1981. Hank Walker was the first Clemson receiver to have a double-digit reception game, as he had 10 against Auburn in 1947. Charlie Waters, more famous for his exploits as an NFL defensive back, had 10 catches against Alabama in 1969.

Clemson Single Game Reception Bests

   No   Yds   Player          Opponent           Year   11   111   Rod Gardner     Marshall           1999   11   129   Phil Rogers     at North Carolina  1965   10   110   Tony Horne      Appalachian State  1997   10   131   Tony Horne      Florida State      1997   10   148   Hank Walker     Auburn             1947   10   144   Charlie Waters  Alabama            1969   10   124   Perry Tuttle    at Wake Forest     1980   10   151   Perry Tuttle    Maryland           1981

Young Offensive Linemen Go the Distance Much has been made about the youth and lack of size of Clemson’s offensive line. The starting Clemson offensive line averages just 259 pounds per man, perhaps the smallest starting offensive line in college football.

This is the first time since 1943 that Clemson does not have a returning starter on the interior line. And, it took a World War for that to happen. The United States government drafted Clemson’s entire junior and senior classes (student body, not just the football team) into military service in the summer of 1943.

In the opener Akil Smith (OT), Will Merritt (OG), Theo Mougros (OG) and John McDermott (OT) made their first career starts. Smith played 240 snaps last year as a first-year freshman, so he had some degree of experience. But, Mougros, McDermott and Merritt all played more snaps against Marshall than they had played previously in their Clemson careers.

McDermott had played 56 snaps prior to the Marshall game, then played all 76 snaps against the Thundering Herd. Mougros had played 24 snaps, but all of those were as a defensive player. He also went all 76 snaps on Saturday. Merritt had played just six plays prior to the season opener, then played 64 snaps against Marshall.

Four players again went the distance against Virginia. Young, Smith, T.J. Watkins and John McDermott all went the distance against Virginia. They were major reasons Clemson gained 447 yards of total offense, high total in the last two years, and allowed just one sack.

Will Merritt suffered a broken collarbone in practice prior to the Virginia Tech game and Theo Mougros (260 pounds) has moved into the starting lineup. He played the entire game against Virginia Tech.

Turnovers, Rushing Margin Should Mean Victory Clemson had a +1 turnover margin and outrushed Marshall 104-61, yet lost the season opener 13-10. It was an unusual loss for the Tigers because Clemson is now 112-9-2 over the last 22 seasons when it wins the rushing margin and turnover margin in the same game. That computes to a winning percentage of 92 percent.

Clemson Has Young Squad Clemson played 53 players in the season opening loss to Marshall and all but 10 are underclassmen. Of the 42 players who played on offense or defense (non-special teams) 33 are slated to return next year. Twenty-one of the 42 players who were on the offense or defensive units are freshmen and sophomores. Twenty-six of the 42 players who played on scrimmage plays saw career highs in plays against Marshall.

Head Coach Tommy Bowden played nine freshmen against Marshall, including four first-year freshmen. The first-year players who participated were Eric Meekins (DB), J.J. McKelvey (LB), Rodney Thomas (LB) and Marcus Lewis (DE). There were five other red-shirt freshmen who played in the game, tight ends Pat Cyrgalis and Jason LeMay, defensive end Nick Eason, wide receiver Jackie Robinson and and defensive end Bryant McNeal.

Clemson played 19 players on offensive scrimmage plays and just four were seniors, receivers Brian Wofford and Mal Lawyer, quarterback Brandon Streeter and fullback Terry Witherspoon. Of the 22 defensive players who appeared in the game, only four of those were seniors: Damonte McKenzie (DT), Dextra Polite (DB), DoMarco Fox (DB) and David Evans (DB).

Clemson 33, Virginia 14 Clemson quarterback Brandon Streeter completed 24 of 32 passes for a school record 342 yards and linebacker Keith Adams racked up 16 tackles to hold the Virginia running game in check, as Clemson defeated Virginia 33-14 on September 11th at Death Valley. It was Clemson’s first win under Tommy Bowden and Clemson’s first win over a top 25 team in Memorial Stadium since 1996.

Streeter completed 9-10 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter. The first score was set up by a sack by Braxton K. Williams. His aggressive play forced a fumble by Virginia quarterback Dan Ellis that was recovered by Jason Holloman. Streeter took the Tigers right in to score on a 43-yard drive. He hit a wide open Brian Wofford with an 18-yard pass for the score.

Clemson’s defense held Virginia on the next drive. Streeter was at it again, taking Clemson 79 yards in 10 plays for another touchdown, this time a 15-yard scoring pass to tight end Pat Cyrgalis. It was the first touchdown reception by a Clemson tight end in 10 years.

Clemson scored two field goals by Tony Lazzara to close the scoring in the first half. At intermission, Clemson had 273 yards of total offense, including 232 passing by Streeter, who connected on 17 of 23 passes. Virginia had 170 yards total offense in the first half, but most importantly, no points.

Clemson put the game away with two touchdowns within the first six minutes of the third period. Clemson took the second half kickoff and drove 77 yards in nine plays. Travis Zachery scored his first touchdown of the year on a two-yard run. Virginia fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Brian Mance recovered. Javis Austin scored five plays later, giving Clemson a 33-0 lead.

Virginia scored two touchdowns in the remaining minutes, but Clemson came away with a 19-point victory over the 19th ranked team. Adams led the defense with 16 tackles, while Chad Carson had 14 and Robert Carswell added 11. Clemson had five sacks on defense and four other tackles for loss.

Last year vs. North Carolina North Carolina 21, Clemson 14 North Carolina’s defense held Clemson from scoring twice from inside the five-yard line in the final minutes to give the Tar Heels a 21-14 victory over Clemson in Chapel Hill. The win was the Tar Heels’ first in four tries in ’98 and was Clemson’s fourth straight defeat, its longest losing streaking since 1975.

Both defenses dominated for most of the game, as neither team had 300 yards of total offense. Despite Clemson’s 33:05 of time of possession, North Carolina had six more plays and 65 more yards. Clemson’s offense could only muster 3.3 yards per play and one third down conversion in 13 tries, while North Carolina rushed for 45 yards on 30 carries. The Tar Heels longest rush was only five yards as well.

North Carolina won the field position battle in the first quarter, but missed two long field goal attempts while the Tiger defense held its own. The Tar Heels finally capitalized when Oscar Davenport hit Kory Bailey on a 20-yard crossing route early in the second quarter. The score was set up by a fourth-and-three fake punt that gained five yards.

On the Tar Heels’ next drive, Davenport’s pass on third down went threw the hands of linebacker Chris Jones, but into the waiting arms of red-shirt freshman Alex Ardley, who returned his first career interception 26 yards for a touchdown to even the score.

After the two teams traded punts, Tar Heel running back Rufus Brown was stripped by Jones and Adrian Dingle recovered on the North Carolina 14. Red-shirt freshman Woodrow Dantzler, who was starting his first career game at quarterback, kept the ball for nine yards to the one-yard line to set up Terry Witherspoon’s one-yard touchdown run, putting Clemson ahead 14-7.

Neither team threatened until early in the fourth quarter when Davenport led the Tar Heels for the game-tying score. The key play of the drive was Daunta Finger’s finger-tip catch, just over the outstretched arms of Ardley, and run for 25 yards. Brown carried around right end from the four-yard line, evening the score with 11:08 remaining.

Disaster struck on the ensuing drive when Dantzler was stripped at the Tiger 13. Davenport connected with Deon Dyer on the next play to give the Tar Heels the eventual game-winning score. The two Tar Heel fourth quarter touchdowns came just 1:02 apart.

It appeared that Clemson would tie the game thanks to the arm of Brandon Streeter, who took his first snap of the game on the ensuing drive with under 10 minutes remaining. That first snap resulted in the Tigers’ longest play of the day, as Streeter hit Travis Zachery out of the backfield between two Tar Heel defenders for 28 yards. After Zachery took an option pitch 11 yards to the Tar Heel six, it looked like Clemson would tie the game. But the Tar Heel defense held on four straight plays, including a fourth-down option pitch to Zachery.

The Tigers got the ball back again with 3:13 to play thanks to a three-and-out by the Clemson defense. A Streeter to Zachery fourth-down pass and Streeter to Marcus Martin hook-up moved the ball to the 12-yard line. Streeter then connected with Brian Wofford on a “slant-in.” He appeared to be on his way to the end zone, but was stripped at the two-yard line, and the ball squirted out of the end zone for a touchback.

Clemson was led on defense by Chris Jones, who had 11 tackles, two pass breakups, and a tackle-for-loss. Dingle had five tackles, five quarterback pressures, two tackles-for-loss, and a sack. Antwan Edwards had an ACC Defensive Back-of-the-Week performance with eight tackles, three pass breakups, an interception, two kickoff returns for 40 yards, and a 22-yard punt return.

Last Meeting at Clemson North Carolina 17, Clemson 10 1997 (At Clemson, SC) Clemson played a top-10 team to the wire before falling by a touchdown as eighth-ranked North Carolina defeated the Tigers 17-10 in Death Valley. Stingy defense by the Tar Heels prevented Clemson from taking full advantage of four North Carolina turnovers and two blocked kicks.

Both defenses opened the game impressively, as each offense went three-and-out to start the game. Following a 60-yard boot by the Tigers’ Kevin Laird, North Carolina took over at their own 20. On third-and-eight, quarterback Chris Keldorf tossed to receiver Jason Peace for a gain of two before freshman Robert Carswell stripped the ball free and rush end Adrian Dingle fell on it to give Clemson possession at the North Carolina 24. Three plays later on second-and-goal from the eight, Nealon Greene ran off-guard on a designed sneak out of the gun to the three where he was hit. The senior, who was playing in his last game at Death Valley, managed to lay the ball over the goal-line for the first points of the afternoon.

With 10:58 to go in the first half, the Tar Heels began their first scoring march of the day from their own 29. On third-and-18 from the Clemson 45, Keldorf found receiver L.C. Stevens deep over the middle for 44 yards to the Clemson one. Three plays later, North Carolina struck for their first points when Keldorf hit Na Brown slanting over the middle for the touchdown.

With 30 seconds left in the half, the Tar Heels took over at their own 29. On the first play of this drive, Keldorf connected with Stevens for 67 yards to the Tiger four on what looked like an instant replay of their hook-up on the touchdown drive. Limited by time, UNC settled for a 19-yard field-goal and a 10-7 halftime lead.

Clemson gained three of their six first downs of the afternoon on a 36-yard drive late in the third quarter. The drive started at the UNC 42 and was set-up by a DoMarco Fox interception. The Tigers ran the ball nine straight plays before throwing incomplete on third-and-goal from the six. Richardson then came on to nail a 23-yard field goal which retied the game, 10-10.

UNC returned to the well on its next possession, as Keldorf again found Stevens open over the middle-this time for 58 yards to the Tiger 5. Tailback Jonathan Linton raced the final five yards on the next play, as the Heels regained the lead, 17-10.

While the scoring was finished for the day, the excitement was not. Antwan Edwards blocked an 18-yard field goal attempt by McGee to keep the game in reach for the Tigers with 3:30 left. Later, the Tiger defense did not allow a first down, and the Tar Heels were forced to punt with 1:22 to go. DoMarco Fox came through with a big play, busting straight up the middle to block the punt and give Clemson’s offense one more chance from the 14-yard line of North Carolina. But Dre’ Bly intercepted Streeter’s fourth-down pass in the endzone with 32 seconds remaining to end Clemson’s upset bid.

Defensively, linebacker Anthony Simmons turned in a season-high tying 19 tackles, including three-for-loss and two sacks. Simmons also chipped in a pass-broken-up and three quarterback pressures in his ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week performance.

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1999 Clemson Schedule/Results

   Date         Opponent        Site               Time      TV   Sept. 4      Marshall        Clemson, SC        10-13   Sept. 11     Virginia        Clemson, SC        33-14     ABC      Sept. 23     Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA     11-31     ESPN   Oct.  2      North Carolina  Clemson, SC        3:30 PM   ABC   Oct.  9      NC State        Raleigh, NC        TBA       TBA   Oct.  16     Maryland        College Park, MD   TBA       TBA   Oct.  23     Florida State   Clemson, SC        7:00 PM   ESPN   Oct.  30     Wake Forest     Winston-Salem, NC  TBA       TBA   Nov.  6      Duke            Clemson, SC        TBA       TBA   Nov.  13     Georgia Tech    Atlanta, GA        TBA       TBA   Nov.  21     South Carolina  Columbia, SC       TBA       TBA

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Clemson Personnel Update

  • Altroy Bodrick (LB)–Second-team linebacker who suffered dislocated ankle in August 25 scrimmage. Has returned to limited practice, questionable for North Carolina.
  • Jermyn Chester (OT)–Second-team offensive tackle who tore ACL on first day of August practice, lost for the season.
  • Nathan Gillespie (OT)–Second-team offensive tackle who had surgery on Aug. 27 to repair a torn knee ligament. He injured the knee in scrimmage on Aug. 18, lost for the season.
  • Pat Cyrgalis (TE)–Clemson starting tight end suffered a sprained ankle against Virginia and did not play against Virginia Tech. Should return for UNC game.
  • Will Merritt (OG)–Starting offensive guard suffered broken collarbone in practice on Sept 17, out five weeks.
  • Gary Childress (DE)–Starting defensive end reinjured pulled calf muscle on Sept. 17, and missed VPI game. Should return for the North Carolina game.

Clemson Veterans vs. North Carolina

  • Keith Adams–Had five tackles in 18 plays at UNC last year.
  • Alex Ardley–Had a seven tackles and a 26-yard interception return for a score at UNC last year
  • Javis Austin–started at RB vs. UNC in 1997 and had 10-32 in 61 plays. Had 6-13 rushing and 2-36 receiving at UNC in 1998.
  • Robert Carswell-had 6 tackles in 69 plays as a starter in 1997, then had 10 tackles in 63 plays as a starter in 1968.
  • Gary Childress–Had 4 tackles in 44 snaps in 1998.
  • DoMarco Fox-had best game of sophomore year vs. UNC in 1997, nine tackles, an interception and blocked punt. Had six tackles and fumble recovery at UNC in 1998.
  • Brandon Streeter–5-9 for 95 in 16 snaps at UNC as a reserve in 1998, his only non-start of the season.
  • Terry Witherspoon–Had 10-29 rush with 1 TD at UNC in ’98
  • Brian Wofford had 1-12 receiving at UNC in 1996, 1-1 in 1997 and 1-12 at UNC last year.
  • Travis Zachery–Had 16-46 rushing and 2-36 receiving at UNC in 1998.

    Tommy Bowden Call-in Show Coach Tommy Bowden is joined by Jim Phillips, the voice of the Tigers, every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM for his Tommy Bowden Call-in Show. The one-hour broadcast can be heard on Clemson radio affiliates across the state. Locally, it is heard on WCCP FM, 104.9 in Clemson.

    Bowden Press Conference on the Internet Tommy Bowden’s weekly press conference can be seen and heard at every Tuesday. The first 25 minutes of the question and answer period will be shown live and then put into the internet site’s archives.

    Brandon Streeter Update Streeter National Player of the Week by USA Today

    Clemson quarterback Brandon Streeter was named National Player of the Week by USA Today for his 24-32 passing performance against Virginia on Sept. 11. He completed those passes for 343 yards and two scores. The passing yardage total was an all-time Clemson record. He also rushed for 23 yards, giving him 366 yards of total offense, second highest total in Clemson history.

    Streeter was the first Clemson offensive player to be named national player of the week by any service since 1966 when Jimmy Addison was named National Back of the Week by Associated Press for his 12-19-283 passing performance in Clemson’s 40-35 win over Virginia. The only other Clemson offensive player to win a national back of the week honor was earned by Harvey White for his performance at Vanderbilt in 1958. The last Clemson player to earn a national player of the week honor was Brian Dawkins for his three interception performance in a win over Duke in 1995.

    Four times a Clemson defensive player has been named national defensive player of the week, all by Sports Illustrated.

    Clemson National Player of the Week Honors

       Year   Player, Pos             Opponent       Service   1958   Harvey White, QB        Vanderbilt     Associated Press   1966   Jimmy Addison, QB       Virginia       Associated Press   1974   Willie Anderson, DE     S. Carolina    Sports Illustrated   1978   Bubba Brown, LB         NC State       Sports Illustrated   1980   Willie Underwood, DB    S. Carolina    Sports Illustrated   1995   Brian Dawkins, DB       Duke           Sports Illustrated   1999   Brandon Streeter        Virginia       USA Today

    Streeter Breaks His Own Record Clemson graduate student Brandon Streeter broke his own school passing yardage record against Virginia when he threw for 343 yards. He now owns three of Clemson’s top four passing yardage games in history, three of the four 300-yard passing games in school annals. Streeter has accomplished the top two passing yardage games in Clemson history within his last six games. He had 329 yards through the air against NC State in the ninth game of the 1998 season.

    Streeter had 366 yards of total offense against Virginia, the second highest single game figure in Clemson history, the highest in 52 years. You have to go back to the 1947 Auburn game to find the last time a Clemson player gained that many yards in a game. Bobby Gage, an All-American in 1948, had 141 yards rushing and 233 yards passing in a 34-18 victory over Auburn at Death Valley. The Virginia performance was the third 300-yard total offense game of Streeter’s career. He now has three of the 12 300-yard total offense games in Clemson history.

    Finally, Streeter has had at least 23 completions in each of the first three games this year, including a record tying 27 at Virginia Tech. He now has four of the top eight single game completion totals in school history, including three this year.

    Individual Clemson Single Game Passing Yds Bests

       Yds   Cmp-Att Player             Site-Oppon      Date   343   24-32   Brandon Streeter   H-Virginia      9-11-99      329   27-38   Brandon Streeter   H-NC State      10-31-98      323   21-43   Thomas Ray         A-N. Carolina   11-6-65   319   18-32   Brandon Streeter   H-Wake Forest   9-26-98   286   18-25   Nealon Greene      A-Wake Forest   11-1-97   283   12-19   Jimmy Addison      H-Virginia      9-24-66   273   25-55   Patrick Sapp       A-Maryland      11-14-92   273   12-21   Nealon Greene      H-Duke          11-8-97   271   21-53   Rodney Williams    H-NC State      10-24-87   270   20-29   Homer Jordan       H-Maryland      11-14-81

    Clemson Individual Total Offense Games

       Yds   Rush, Pass  Player             Site-Opponent   Year   374   141, 233    Bobby Gage         H-Auburn        1947   366   23, 343     Brandon Streeter   H-Virginia      1999   337   51, 286     Nealon Greene      A-Wake Forest   1997   335   12, 323     Thomas Ray         A-N. Carolina   1965   329   0, 329      Brandon Streeter   H-N C State     1998   326   76, 250     Nealon Greene      A-NC State      1997   322   116, 206    DeChane Cameron    A-S. Carolina   1991

    Clemson Individual Single Game Completion Bests

      Comp  Att  Yds   Player             Opponent       Year   27   38   329   Brandon Streeter   NC State       1998   27   43   195   Brandon Streeter   Virginia Tech  1999   26   33   206   Nealon Greene      Virginia       1997   25   48   237   Tommy Kendrick     Florida St.    1970   25   55   273   Patrick Sapp       Maryland       1992   24   32   343   Brandon Streeter   Virginia       1999   23   34   187   Brandon Streeter   Marshall       1999   23   39   244   Tommy Kendrick     Duke           1970

    Streeter On Hot Streak last six Games Clemson quarterback Brandon Streeter had his best game as a Tiger against Virginia, but he has been on a hot streak over his last six games, a stretch that goes back to the last three games of 1998. In many ways, Streeter is one of the most improved quarterbacks in the nation from the beginning of last year to his current most recent six games. In the last five games Streeter has completed 129 of 202 passes for 1381 yards, nine touchdowns and just six interceptions. That computes to an efficiency rating of 139.2 and a completion percentage of 63.9. He has averaged 21.5 completions and 230.2 yards per game over the five game period. Here is a comparison of Brandon Streeter’s first 8 games as Clemson quarterback vs. his last five:

       Category            First 8   Last 5   Completions/Game    11.9      21.5   Completion %        .503      .639   Yards/Game          161.5     230.2   Yards/Att           6.8       6.8   TD/Int              6/11      9/6   Efficiency          106.5     130.1

    Streeter Moving Up Career Lists Clemson quarterback Brandon Streeter continues to move up career lists. He is now third in Clemson history in completion percentage (.563), seventh in completions (233), eighth in attempts (414), eighth in yards(2763) and ninth in touchdown passes (15). He needs just 17 completions to reach the 250 mark and just 237 yards to reach 3000.

    Clemson Career Completion Percentage Leaders

        Pct   Com/Att   Player             Yards   Years   .569   458-805   Nealon Greene      5719    1994-97   .567   89-157    Chris Morocco      1238    1986-89   .563   233-414   Brandon Streeter   2763    1996-99   .561   252-449   Mike Eppley        3354    1980-84   .547   257-470   DeChane Cameron    3300    1988-91   .530   105-198   Billy Lott         1385    1977-79   .522   250-479   Homer Jordan       3643    1979-82   .518   287-554   Steve Fuller       4359    1975-78   .514   202-393   Jimmy Addison      2616    1965-67

    Clemson Has 20 on NFL Opening Day Rosters Clemson has 20 former players on NFL rosters. The list includes two players off of last year’s team, Rahim Abdullah abd Antwan Edwards. A third player, O.J. Childress, is on the practice squad for the New York Giants.

    The total of 20 active or practice squad players does not include three players on various injured list. Raymond Priester is on injured reserve with the New York Giants, Jason Gamble is on injured reserve with the Tennessee Titans, and Adrian Dingle is on the injured list with the San Diego Chargers.

    Terry Allen, one of the top running backs in the league in the 1990s, is in his 10th NFL season and he has the most NFL experience among former Clemson players in the NFL.

    The new Cleveland Browns have the most former Tigers with three. Rahim Abdullah, Jim Bundren and Chris Gardocki are all on the Browns roster. That team has former Clemson wide receiver Dwight Clark as its general manager, while former Clemson All-America wide receiver Jerry Butler is the team’s wide receivers coach.

    Seventeen of the former players are defensive players, an example of Clemson’s defensive prowess in recent years. The list includes six linebackers, Levon Kirkland, Ed McDaniel, Rahim Abdullah, Anthony Simmons, Patrick Sapp and Mike Barber. O.J. Childress is a seventh former linebacker, Childress is on the practice squad for the Giants.

    Tigers in the National Football League

       Name               Pos  Team                 NFL Yrs   Rahim Abdullah     OLB  Cleveland Browns        R   Terry Allen        RB   New England Patriots    9      Mike Barber        LB   Indianapolis Colts      4   Lorenzo Bromell    DE   Miami Dolphins          1   Brentson Buckner   DE   San Francisco 49ers     5   Jim Bundren        C    Cleveland Browns        1   #O.J. Childress    LB   New York Giants         R      Brian Dawkins      DB   Philadelphia Eagles     3   $Adrian Dingle     DE   San Diego Chargers      R   Antwan Edwards     CB   Green Bay Packers       R   Leomont Evans      DB   Washington Redskins     3   $Jason Gamble      C    Tennessee Titans        R   Chris Gardocki     P    Cleveland Browns        8   Lamont Hall        TE   Green Bay Packers       R   Tony Horne         WR   St. Louis Rams          1   Levon Kirkland     LB   Pittsburgh Steelers     7   Dexter McCleon     DB   St. Louis Rams          2   Ed McDaniel        LB   Minnesota Vikings       7   Chester McGlockton DT   Kansas City Chiefs      7      $Raymond Priester  RB   New York Giants         1   Trevor Pryce       DT   Denver Broncos          2   Patrick Sapp       LB   Arizona Cardinals       3   Anthony Simmons    LB   Seattle Seahawks        1    James Trapp        SS   Baltimore Ravens        6

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    Wofford, Lawyer Should Reach Milestones vs. UNC Clemson senior wide receivers Brian Wofford and Mal Lawyer should both reach milestones during the Homecoming game against North Carolina this week. It should be a special day for the four-year players, who will be featured on the program cover.

    Wofford, who already has 20 catches for 233 yards this year, needs just two receptions to reach the 100 mark for his career. He will join Terry Smith, Perry Tuttle, Jerry Butler, Tony Horne and Phil Rogers as the only Tigers in history to reach the century mark in terms of receptions.

    The native of Spartanburg, SC had his best game as a Tiger the last time Clemson played in Death Valley, 8-143 and a score in Clemson’s 33-14 win over Virginia. Wofford now has 1297 career receiving yards, good enough for 9th in Clemson history. His 11 scoring receptions are tied for seventh in school history. Thus, Wofford is now in the top 10 in all three major receiving areas.

    Lawyer needs just 19 receiving yards against North Carolina to become the 15th player in Clemson history to reach the 1000 mark in that area. Lawyer has 14-122 receiving this year and 74-981 for his career. His 74 catches rank 14th in school history, while his 981 receiving yards are 15th best in school history.

    Lawyer and Wofford have now combined for 172 receptions in their career. They need just 44 receptions between them to become Clemson’s greatest receiving duo (same class) in history. Perry Tuttle (150) and Jerry Gaillard (66) have the record with 216 receptions between them.

    Clemson Career Reception Leaders

       Rk.  Player                 Years     Rec   1.   Terry Smith, WR        1990-93   162   2.   Perry  Tuttle, WR      1978-81   150   3.   Jerry Butler, WR       1975-78   139   4.   Tony Horne, WR         1994-97   120   5.   Phil Rogers, WR        1965-67   106   6.   Brian Wofford, WR      1996-99   98   7.   John McMakin, TE       1969-71   93   8.   Terrance Roulhac, WR   1983-86   92   9.   Glenn Smith,  TE       1949-51   88   10.  Gary Cooper, WR        1985-89   79   11.  Keith Jennings, WR     1985-88   78   12.  Antwuan Wyatt, WR      1993-95   76   13.  Mal Lawyer, WR         1996-99   74

    Clemson Career Reception Yardage Leaders

       Rk   Player                 Years     Yards   1.   Terry Smith, WR        1990-93   2681   2.   Perry Tuttle, WR       1978-81   2534   3.   Jerry Butler, WR       1975-78   2223   4.   Tony Horne, WR         1994-97   1750   5.   Gary Cooper, WR        1985-89   1592   6.   Glenn Smith, TE        1949-51   1576   7.   Terrance Roulhac, WR   1983-86   1487   8.   Phil Rogers, WR        1965-67   1469   9.   Brian Wofford, WR      1996-99   1297   10.  Ray Williams, WR       1983-86   1290   11.  John McMakin, TE       1969-71   1255   12.  Charlie Waters, WR     1967-69   1166   13.  Keith Jennings, WR     1985-88   1117   14.  Bennie Cunningham, TE  1972-75   1044   15.  Mal Lawyer, WR         1996-99   981

    Clemson Career Touchdown Leaders

       Rk   Player                 Years     TDs   1.   Glenn Smith, TE        1949-51   18   2.   Perry Tuttle, WR       1978-81   17   3.   Terrance Roulhac, WR   1983-86   16   4.   Terry Smith, WR        1990-93   15   5.   Tony Horne, WR         1994-97   13   6.   John McMakin, TE       1969-71   12   7.   Brian Wofford, WR      1996-99   11        Jerry Butler, WR       1975-78   11        Joe Blalock, WR        1939-41   11        Gary Cooper, WR        1985-89   11