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Twenty-two Football Newcomers Report to Clemson

August 5, 1998

Clemson, SC – Clemson Head Coach Tommy West welcomed 22 scholarship newcomers to the Clemson campus on Wednesday. The Tiger freshmen will open practice on Friday at the Jervey Athletic Center. The 22 players are from six different states.

“The class reported in good shape and is ready to make a contribution to this football program,” said West. “It was a big day for this class, especially the 15 who were moving onto campus for the first time. We had seven freshmen report for the second session of summer school, so they have been here working out since the first of July.

“We are all anxious to get started on the practice field on Friday.” The freshmen will practice twice on Friday and Saturday and once on Sunday before the veterans report on Sunday evening. Practice for the entire team begins Tuesday, August 11th. Two-a-day practices will continue until the start of school on August 20th.

West expects two junior college players, Telly Irby and Warren Lott, to join the newcomers when they have completed their course work at their respective JCs.

The following is a list of the 22 football newcomers who reported to Clemson on Wednesday, August 5, 1998:

Player               Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl.  High School/Junior College    HometownKeith Adams          LB   6-0  210  Fr.  Westlake HS                   Atlanta, GAAltroy Bodrick       LB   6-1  210  Fr.  Fairfield Central HS          Winnsboro, SCGary Byrd            OL   6-6  320  Fr.  Stone Mountain HS             Stone Mountain, GAJeremy Carroll       OL   6-6  290  Fr.  Dalton HS                     Dalton, GAChad Carson          LB   6-2  210  Fr.  Woodward Academy              Newnan, GAVince Ciurciu        RB   6-1  210  Fr.  Saint Joseph's Regional HS    Paramus, NJPat Cyrgalis         RB   6-2  233  Fr.  Kearny HS                     Kearny, NJNick Eason           OLB  6-4  233  Fr.  Toombs County HS              Lyons, GANathan Gillespie     DL   6-4  290  Fr.  North Gaston HS               Dallas, NCDavid Haselden       OL   6-8  305  Fr.  Clover HS                     Clover, SCGary Johnson         RB   6-0  205  Fr.  Cherryville HS                Bessemer City, NCJason LeMay          TE   6-5  230  Fr.  Owen HS                       Black Mountain, NCBryant McNeal        OLB  6-5  210  Fr.  Swansea HS                    Swansea, SCJoe Don Reames       QB   5-11 185  Fr.  Seneca HS                     Seneca, SCTravis Roberts       LB   6-2  220  Fr.  Charlton County HS            Folkston, GAJackie Robinson      WR   6-2  185  Fr.  Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS       Orangeburg, SCBrandon Rouse        LB   6-4  245  Fr.  Darlington HS                 Darlington, SCMatt Schell          QB   6-3  200  Fr.  Eastside HS                   Covington, GAAkil Smith           DL   6-5  280  Fr.  Fork Union Military Academy   Richmond, VABrady Washburn       OL   6-5  280  Fr.  Fayetteville HS               Fayetteville, ARQuincy Wicker        RB   5-10 220  Fr.  Fairfield Central HS          Winnsboro, SCBraxton K. Williams  FS   6-3  225  Fr.  Dudley HS                     Greensboro, NC

The following is a list of players who are expected to report later this month to Clemson upon completion of their academic work at their respective junior colleges.

Player               Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl.  High School/Junior College    HometownTelly Irby           LB   6-3  240  Jr.  Southwest Mississippi JC      Charleston, SCWarren Lott          LB   6-3  235  Jr.  Georgia Military College      Warner Robbins, GA