Jan. 8, 2008
Clemson, SC – Clemson 2007 team captains Michael Hamlin and Cullen Harper announced Tuesday that they will return for their senior seasons. Starting defensive tackle Dorell Scott also announced he would return for his senior year. All three had submitted paper work to the NFL to determine their draft status.
Three other Clemson juniors asked for their draft status from the NFL. All-ACC running back James Davis, All-ACC wide receiver Aaron Kelly, and starting defensive tackle Phillip Merling, Clemson’s team leader in sacks with seven, have not yet announced a decision.
Hamlin was Clemson’s second leading tackler last year with 97 stops. He also forced six takeaways with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He was a big reason that Clemson finished the season ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense and total defense. He had 14 tackles in just three quarters in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Auburn. He suffered a knee sprain in the third period and could not return. He was a second-team All-ACC selection.
Harper quarterbacked Clemson’s offense to a 9-4 season, the most wins for the Clemson program since 2003. He established 22 Clemson records in his first year as a starter, including single season marks for touchdown passes (27) and TD/interception ratio (4.5). He threw for 2991 yards, the second highest figure in Clemson history and completed 65.1 percent of his passes, also second best in school history. He led the ACC in passing efficiency with a 141.0 figure, just the fourth Clemson quarterback in history to lead the ACC in passing.
Scott started all 13 games at defensive tackle and had 50 tackles, including five tackles for loss. He was third on the team in tackles among defensive linemen. He was an honorable mention All-ACC selection.
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