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Three Tigers Named Academic All-ACC

Feb. 4, 2004

Clemson, SC – Justin Miller, William Henry and Tony Elliott have been named to the 2003 Academic All-ACC football team, as announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. It is the second year in a row that Henry has made the team, the first selection for Miller and Elliott. Student-athletes must have at least a 3.0 GPA for the fall semester or have a career GPA of at least 3.0 to be eligible for the team.

Success on the field and in the classroom is considered as the major criteria for making the team. The three selections this year give Clemson 17 selections over the five years Tommy Bowden has been at Clemson. This is the most selections in any five year period for Clemson since the 1985-89 era when Clemson had 18 selections.

Miller, a sports management major, ranked sixth on the team in tackles last year with 54. He also led the team in passes defensed with 15. he also had 17 kickoff returns for 417 yards, a 24.5 average, and had 8-73 on punt returns, including a 63-yard return for a score against Duke.

Henry started 11 of the 13 games at offensive tackle in 2003. The native of Greenville, SC and Greenville High School had a 3.67 career GPA in graduate school and earned his undergraduate degree and graduate degrees from Clemson in four and half years, the fastest a Clemson football player has earned two degrees. He was major reason Clemson established a school record for total offense in a season with 5467 yards in 2003.

Elliott, one of the co-captains of the Clemson team, was an academic All-District III selection by CoSIDA in addition to his Academic All-ACC selection this year. On the field he had 23 catches for 286 yards and one touchdown in 2003. He was the recipient of the team’s Academic Award in 2003.