April 4, 1998
CLEMSON, SC–Dymon Adams and Travis Zachery combined for 252 yards rushing and Matt Bailey caught two touchdown passes to highlight play in Clemson’s Spring Game at Death Valley on Saturday. The Orange (the offense) defeated the White (the defense) 27-0 in the scrimmage before 7,000 fans at Clemson Memorial Stadium.
Linebacker Kenzi Ross had a game high 13 tackles, while middle guard Terry Jolley had three tackles for loss to pace the defense. The scrimmage between the Clemson offense and defense concluded spring practice for Tommy West’s Tigers.
Adams, who will be a junior next season, had 26 carries for 141 yards, while Zachery, who will be a red-shirt freshman next season, had 25-111. Zachery scored the game’s only rushing touchdown, a one-yard run.
Three quarterbacks worked the scrimmage, all were freshmen. Junior Brandon Streeter was the first-team quarterback until he suffered a dislocated fractured ankle in the March 28 scrimmage. His status for the fall will be determind some time after the cast is removed in seven weeks.
Slade Nagle threw two touchdown passes to lead the quarterbacks. He was 8-24 for 116 yards, but threw three interceptions. He had six rushes for 12 yards and directed three of the four touchdown drives, all in the first half. Woodrow Dantlzer was 1-7 for 24 yards, but it was a 24-yard scoring pass to junior receiver Brian Wofford. Jason Flanders, another freshman, was 0-4 passing.
Nagle threw three interceptions in the first half, but he also threw two touchdown passes and led the offense on three scoring drives. Bailey caught the first of his two scoring passes with 4:24 to go in the first quarter on a 45-yard bomb from Slade Nagle. It culminated an 8-play 85-yard scoring drive.
Nagle led the offense to two touchdowns in the second period. Travis Zachery scored on a one-yard run with 3:26 to go, then Bailey caught his second scoring pass of the half on an 18-yard crossing pattern in the back of the endzone with just 13 seconds left in the half. The scoring pass came at the end of an 87-yard drive that took just 1:48.
The fourth touchdown of the scrimmage took place with 3;14 to go in the game when Mal Lawyer caught a 24-yard scoring pass from Woodrow Dantlzer. Brian Wofford had the most receptions on the day with 3-28, while Bailey had 2-63 and the 2 scores. Mal Lawyer had 2-36 and John Thompson caught 2-13.
Ross was the top tackler on a defense that had three interceptions, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and eight passes broken up. He had 13 total tackles, six hits and seven assists. Senior Chris Jones was also outstanding from inside linebacker with 12 tackles, while Harold Means had 10 tackles.
Alex Ardley had six tackles, a pass broken up and an interception, while Terry Jolley had six tackles, including three for losses. He also had a fumble recovery. DoMarco Fox had a 10-yard fumble return. Charles Hafley had a 20-yard interception return in the first period, while Chad Speck had a 10-yard interception return. Sacks were turned in by DaMonte McKenzie, Theo Mougros, Adrian Dingle and Gary Childress.
Kevin Laird’s punting was a highlight of the spring game, as he had 11 punts for a 41.7 average, including a long punt of 74 yards.
“We wanted to play hard and see them get after each other in front of a crowd to see how they reacted, and we accomplished that,” said Clemson Head Coach Tommy West. “Both sides of the ball played well, I was very pleased with this game and this spring overall. The only negative we have had this spring was the injury to Brandon Streeter.
“We are a lot quicker at running back, but we don’t have the experience we have had. We are certainly a different team in terms of style of running the ball. Dymon Adams has some speed, he is still learning how to find the hole. Travis has outstanding quickness and good hands. We didn’t throw the ball his way today, but he has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Javis Austin did not play today because of a pulled hamstring.
“Our quarterbacks had some good moments and some bad moments. Slade made some good plays, but he tried to force it in there a couple of times. Woodrow made some good plays running the offense. It is a guess right now as to Brandon Streeter’s status for the fall. Everyone heals differently. I am positive and Brandon Streeter is positive about his return, but he has a lot of work to do in the rehab to be ready for the fall.
“Matt Bailey played well today. We worked hard on the deep ball this spring and he made the play on a deep ball in the first half. Alex Ardley had a good day in the secondary. He made some big plays. We have been bragging on his all spring.
Clemson Spring Game StatisticsScoring Summary Matt Bailey 45 pass from Slade Nagle (Kick Failed), 4:24, 1st Travis Zachery 1 run (Richardson Kick), 3:26, 2nd Matt Bailey 18 pass from Slade Nagle (Richardson Kick), :13, 2nd Mal Lawyer 24 pass from Woodrow Dantzler, 3:14, 4th
Rushing: Dymon Adams 26-141; Travis Zachery 25-111-1; Woodrow Dantzler 7-27; Will Dinkins 5-23; Nagle 6-12; Miles 4-11; Flanders 3-5; Willie Austin 1-0
Passing Nagle 8-24-116-3-2; Dantzler 1-7-24-0-1; Flanders 0-4-0-0-0
Receiving Wofford 3-28; Bailey 2-63-2; Lawyer 2-36-1; Thompson 2-13-0
Punting Laird 11-459-41.7; Somaini 2-101-50.5
Tackle Leaders Kenzi Ross 13, Chris Jones 12, Harold Means 10, Frederick James 8, DaMonte McKenzie 7, Charles hafley 7, Terry Jolley 6, Alex Ardley 6, Robert Carswell 6, Raj Mitchell 6, Jovon Bush 6, O.J. Childress 5, Dextra Polite 5, DoMarco Fox 5, Theo Mougros 5
Sacks McKenzie 1-5, Mougros 1-2, Dingle 1-4, Gary Childress 1-5
Interceptions Charles Hafley 1-20, Alex Ardley 1-16, Chad Speck 1-10
Fumble Recoveries DoMarco Fox 1-12, Terry Jolley 1-0
Passes Broken Up Allen 3, Abdullah 1, Rapley 1, Ross 1, Ardley 1, Hafley 1
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