Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Snow On Bowman Field


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Today we will help cool you off from the summer heat with a few photos of Bowman Field and Tillman Hall in the snow.

The above photo is from the 1980’s and shows a freshly glazed layer of snow that hit the upstate of South Carolina and Clemson.


It seems that anytime Clemson gets snow, one of the first places that students and alumni go to take a picture is at Bowman Field looking towards Tillman. There is just something about snow and Tillman Hall that is majestic in the winter.

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Deandre Hopkins

Deandre Hopkins played for Clemson from 2010 to 2012. As a true freshman in 2010, Hopkins was Clemson's leading receiver with 52 receptions for 637 yards and four touchdowns. Hopkins also played basketball after his freshman season.

As a sophomore in 2011, he had 72 receptions for 978 yards and five touchdowns.


In his junior season in 2012, Hopkins had one of the best receiving seasons in ACC history. Because of the two game suspension to Sammy Watkins and battling injuries, Hopkins had to step up as a leader for Clemson. Hopkins did just that, with an ACC-best 1,405 yards on 82 catches and a school-record 18 touchdowns (second in the nation) earning First Team All-Conference honors.

Hopkins, along with junior quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, combined to make one of the most prolific passing offenses in college football and broke many individual and career school records.




Hopkins left Clemson with career record for receiving yards (3,020) and career touchdown grabs (27) with at least one score in each of the last 12 games. On January 10, 2013 Hopkins decided to forgo his senior season at Clemson and enter the NFL draft.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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CJ Spiller




As a true freshman, CJ Spiller immediately made an impact by rushing for 938 yards and ten touchdowns on 129 rushes.  In a Gameday-featured game vs. 13th ranked Georgia Tech, Spiller rushed for 116 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run, as well as catching a 50-yard swing pass touchdown en route to the Tigers 31-7 win.

In his second season for the Tigers, Spiller had a less productive rushing season with only 768–yards and three touchdowns. He did, however, gain more receiving yards, with 271–yards and two additional touchdowns.


With Spiller and fellow running back James Davis, the Clemson Tigers were favored to win the opening game of their 2008 season against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. However, a stingy Alabama defense held Spiller to just seven yards on two attempts. On January 15, 2009, he announced that he would remain for his senior year at Clemson instead of entering the 2009 NFL Draft.

On November 28, 2009, Spiller set the FBS record for kickoff return touchdowns with seven during his career. He also earned his spot in the record books in another way on that kickoff return, by being one of five players to ever gain 7,000 all-purpose yards. Spiller was one of the three finalists for the 2009 Doak Walker Award, and placed sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.
Spiller was selected for the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) first team, and was voted the ACC Player of the Year by the members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He was also recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. He was the nation's only player that season to account for touchdowns five different ways—rushing, passing, receiving, and on kick and punt returns—and had passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns in one game, a victory against North Carolina State, a first for a player in Clemson history. 

Spiller returned four kickoffs and a punt for scores that year and had eight total returns for touchdowns during his career. He scored at least once in every game that season while leading Clemson to the Atlantic Division title and a spot in the league title game against Georgia Tech. Spiller led the ACC with an average of nearly 184 all-purpose yards and was the league's fourth-leading rusher, averaging 76 yards.


Spiller was the only player in the FBS to score a touchdown in every game in the 2009 season.

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August 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Golf Team


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Today we'll take a brief look at the history of the Clemson golf team and those involved in its creation. The first golf team at Clemson was started in 1930 by a number of cadets who approached the then AD, James G. Gee, about forming a golf team. Gee approved and the cadets got their wish.

The above from 1930 shows the golf team on Bowman field. Also, in the photo above, the first coach of the golf team, Reverend George Hodges (far right). At the time, Hodges was the minister of the Methodist Church in Clemson.

Over the years Hodges was minister at a number of churches throughout the state. In fact, a congregational fellowship hall was named for Hodges in Clinton, SC. Hodges, however, only coached the golf team for one year before being reassigned to another Methodist church.

Fast forward 52 years later and we see the first Clemson golf team to win an ACC championship, in 1982. Under coach Bobby Robinson, (who later became the Athletic Director), the Clemson golf team finally turned the corner and became a consistent national contender.

And it all started from a handful of cadets and a Methodist minister. Interestingly, one of those cadets lived to see the success of the Clemson golf team. In the 1930 photo, next to coach Hodges, is Alan McCrary Johnstone, the grandson of Alan Johnstone, one of Clemson’s original elected trustees.

In 2003, when the Clemson golf team won the NCAA National Championship, the team named Alan McCrary Johnstone as honorary captain. Not only was Alan Johnstone the last surviving member of Clemson’s very first golf team, he was also the only surviving charter member of IPTAY.


Sadly, Alan McCrary Johnstone is no longer with us. At the age of 95, he died in January, 2006, in his hometown of Orangeburg, S.C. And while Johnstone Hall was named after his grandfather, the legacy of Alan McCrary Johnstone lives on in the Clemson golf team.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

5 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

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Dwayne Allen


Dwayne Allen was a tight end at Clemson who redshirted in 2008 before coming onto the scene during the 2009 season.  Allen a big impact on the overtime win at Miami (FL) when he had four catches for 36 yards. 


In 2010, Allen was one of 22 midseason candidates for the John Mackey Award before earning Second-Team All-ACC.  Allen finished the year third on the team in receptions (33) in 765 snaps. 



In 2011, Allen was the John Mackey Award winner and became the first Tiger finalist and winner of the award.  Allen also was a consensus first-team All-American that year.  Allen’s receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns were the most by a Tiger tight end in school history.

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