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Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Football In Southeast Asia

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Today’s photo is a poster on a building in Asia that someone took a picture of and sent to Clemson. The photo eventually ended up in a media guide for Clemson many years ago.

The wall poster is based on a picture that was taken during the 1987 Clemson win over Georgia. The QB for Georgia is James Jackson, and I believe that the defensive player for Clemson is tackle Richard McCullough.

Someone posted a while back that the translation of the language had nothing to do with Clemson at all, instead an advertisement for sports photography and color film. Although I don't have the skills to translate the text, I believe this to be the actual meaning of the poster and not a preview of Clemson football.

It goes to show you, very clearly, that you never know when you are going to run into a Clemson connection. I can’t imagine being in Southeast Asia, walking down the street, and coming upon this poster of a Clemson football player!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

West Endzone From 1942

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Today’s photo is from the 1942 season and shows the Tigers coming onto the field for warm ups from the West Endzone.

As you can see from the picture, the West Endzone has dramatically changed over the years, becoming the showcase of Memorial Stadium.

I also like this picture because it has a bit of mystery to it. If you look closely, it appears that there is a shadowy figure in the tree almost center of the picture. It almost looks like a person!

What do you think?  Person or not?

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Prediction Recap From Tiger Pregame Show Saturday

By Scott Rhymer




The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will return to the airways for Clemson's bowl game, to be announced next week. 

Last week, Scott’s ACC Lock Of The Week was NC State over Boston College, which was correct. Scott is now 6-6 on the year in locks of the week.

Last week, Willy’s SEC Lock Of The Week was Florida State over Florida, which was incorrect. That makes Willy 7-5 on the year in locks of the week.


This was not a good week for the Tigers or in the picks contest for the hosts.

Roy Philpott picked Clemson over South Carolina by a score of 41-30, which was a differential of 27 points.

Willy Korn picked Clemson over South Carolina by a score of 41-28, which was a differential of 25 points.


Scott Rhymer picked Clemson over South Carolina by a score of 34-24, which was a differential of 20 points.

So Scott Rhymer wins the pick contest for last week.  Here are the standings after 12 weeks heading into the bowl game.


Willy with 3 weekly wins and a differential of 182 total points.
Roy with 4 weekly wins and a differential of 184 total points.

Scott with 3 weekly wins and a differential of 192 total points.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howard

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Today’s photo is of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howard, taken in the 1950’s.

Frank Howard is Clemson University's most memorable football coaches, and worthy of his nickname as, “The Legend”.

A native of Barlow Bend, Alabama, he coached at Clemson for 39 years, thirty as head coach, stepping down in 1969. His legendary 1948 Tigers went undefeated and beat Missouri in the 1949 Gator Bowl, which was the bowl's first sell-out, and that game ensured the future success of the Gator Bowl. It was Clemson's first perfect season since 1900.

His colorful persona, and penchant for imaginative language and improbable stories made him Clemson's most recognizable figure and representative until his death.

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Clemson Hosts Purdue Wednesday Night

GAME SETUP
Site:      Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Date:    Wednesday, November 28, 2012
City:      Clemson, SC
Time:    7:17 PM
Radio:    Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity - play-by-play; Tim Bourret - color).  WCCP 104.9 FM
TV:    ESPNU (Adam Amin - play-by-play, Bob Valvano - color)
Web:    ESPN3

SERIES NOTES
Overall:       Clemson leads 3-1
At Clemson:    Clemson leads 2-0
At Littlejohn:    Clemson leads 2-0
At Purdue:    Tied 1-1
At Neutral:    None played
First Meeting:    Clemson won, 72-66, in 1971-72
Last Meeting:    Clemson won, 61-58, in 2007-08
Streak:    Clemson won the last meeting

QUICK FACTS
    Clemson and Purdue will meet for the fifth time in series history Wednesday, and the third time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.  The Tigers are 3-1 versus the Boilermakers and 1-1 in the challenge.
    Clemson is 9-4 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and is the only school in either conference to have five road wins under its belt.
    Clemson carries a 4-1 overall record into Wednesday’s game and is coming off two wins in three chances in the Old Spice Classic.  The Tigers lost to No. 16 Gonzaga 57-49, but rebounded with wins over UTEP (69-48) and Marist (59-44) in Orlando, FL.
    Purdue enters Wednesday’s tilt with a 2-3 record.  The Boilermakers have not played since Nov. 21, when they knocked off UNC Wilmington – one of Brad Brownell’s former schools – by a score of 66-40.
    Wednesday’s game will be the first ever meeting between Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell and Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter.  Both are regarded as two of the top Xs and Os coaches in the game.
    Brownell is a native of Evansville, IN and his wife, Paula, graduated from Purdue University.
    Clemson has held three opponents to less than 50 points this season, and is now 16-1 under Brownell under that scenario.  Clemson’s only loss was to Virginia, 49-47, in Brownell’s first season, 2010-11.
    Clemson has held each of its first five opponents to less than 60 points.  That is the longest streak for the Tiger program since the 1997-98 season, when Rick Barnes’ final team went five straight between Dec. 17 and Dec. 30.
    Milton Jennings was named to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team and scored a season-high 18 points in Clemson’s win over UTEP.
    Devin Booker posted his first double-double of the season in the Marist win with 15 points and 13 rebounds.  His rebound figure was a personal high since collecting 13 at home against Duke on Jan. 15, 2012.
    Adonis Filer scored double figures in all three tournament games in Orlando.  The freshman guard scored 24 of his 30 points in the second halves of the three games.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Danny’s Last Run Down The Hill

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Today’s picture is from the scoreboard above the hill and was taken on October 28, 1989 vs. Wake Forest. The significance of that date and game is that it was the last home game of the 1989 season; and the 1989 season was the last season for Head Coach Danny Ford. So, as Ford trotted down the hill in this picture, he unknowingly was doing so for the last time as the coach at Clemson.

If you look closely, you can see the Wake Forest players assembling at the bottom of the hill to “taunt” the Tigers as we came down the hill. Clemson went on to defeat Wake 44-10, so the taunting did not work so well!

Clemson would finish the year 10-2 overall and 5-2 in the ACC, finishing 3rd. The Tigers would receive a bid to the Gator Bowl where we beat West Virginia and Major Harris.

The game in this picture took place just 4 weeks after Hurricane Hugo ravaged the South Carolina coast and inland areas. Many fans noted that eerie site of going to the Clemson home games in October and never seeing a State Trooper directing traffic. All troopers were assisting with the Hugo recovery and were not available for Clemson and South Carolina football games.

Some notable Tigers on the 1989 team included: Terry Allen, Rob Bodine, Gary Cooper, Dexter Davis, Chris Gardocki, Vance Hammond, Wesley McFadden, Levon Kirkland, and Ed McDaniel.

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Clemson Football 2012 Accomplishments

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Clemson Accomplishments/Rankings at end of Regular Season

Team
•Won 10 games in the regular season for the first time since 1981 and for just the third time in Clemson history.

•Won seven games in ACC play, tied for the most in a season in Clemson history.

•Ranked in every poll during the regular season for the first time since 2000.  Has a current streak of 27 consecutive weeks in top 25.

•Ranked in every BCS top 20 for the second straight year.

•Tied Clemson record for wins by a team with only one senior offensive lineman (Dalton Freeman).  Only the 1987 and 1989 Clemson teams won 10 games with just one senior starter on offensive line.

•Set Clemson record for consecutive home wins with 13.

•Set Clemson record with seven consecutive wins by at least 14 points and nine total wins by 14 or more.

•Set Clemson record for consecutive games scoring at least 37 points (10).

•Just the second Clemson team in history with a 1000-yard rusher, 1000-yard receiver and 3000-yard passer.

•Set season records for points (508), 500-yard total offense games (seven), touchdowns (65), total offense (6220), and  passing touchdowns (38).

•Senior class set record for conference wins (regular season) with 23, and total wins with 24 (including ACC Championship game of 2011).

•Class won 35 games total, seventh most in school history for a class.

•Ranked 14th by the Harris poll, 15th by AP, 14th by USA Today and 14th in the BCS entering December 2 polls.

•In terms of offensive stats, Clemson is fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (165.45), sixth in scoring (42.33) and eighth in total offense (518.33).  Also 13th in passing (319.58), second in red-zone offense (51-54), fourth in touchdown passes (38), fourth in total touchdowns (65), fifth in third down conversion (52.13 percent).

•Had six of the 11 first-team All-ACC players on offense, most in Clemson history and most by any ACC team since Florida State in 1995.

Individual
•Tajh Boyd became seventh 20-game winner in Clemson history

•Boyd leads nation in points responsible,  fourth in the nation in passing efficiency, sixth in touchdown passes, third in yards/attempt (9.42), first in completions for at least 25 yards (46).

•Boyd set Clemson record for passing yardage in a game with 428 at Wake Forest, total offense vs. NC State (529).

•Dalton Freeman became Clemson career leader in plays

•Chandler Catanzaro made 20 consecutive field goals over two years, Clemson record and fourth longest streak in ACC history

•Boyd broke ACC record for touchdown responsibility (43) and broke his own mark for touchdown passes with (34).

•DeAndre Hopkins established school records for touchdown receptions in a season (16), career reception yards (2829), career reception touchdowns (25) and career 100-yard receiving games (11).
Hopkins is second in the nation in touchdown receptions (16).

•Hopkins has tied ACC record for consecutive games catching a touchdown pass (9).

•Sammy Watkins set Clemson record for reception yards in a game with 202 vs. Wake Forest

•Brandon Ford tied Clemson record for touchdown receptions in a season by a tight end (8) and a career (12).

•Andre Ellington became fourth player in Clemson history with two 1000-yard rushing seasons.

•Spencer Benton set ACC field goal record with 61-yarder vs. Ball State


Individual Awards
Tajh Boyd, QB
        •Semifinalist for Walter Camp National Player of the Year (1 of 15)
       •Semifinalist for Johnny Unitas Award
       •Semifinalist for Davey O’Brien Award
       •Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week vs. NC State
       •First-team All-ACC

Dalton Freeman, C
       •CoSIDA Academic All-District
       •First-team All-ACC

DeAndre Hopkins, WR
       •Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award (1 of 10)
       •First-team All-ACC

Brandon Thomas, OT
       •First-team All-ACC

Andre Ellington, RB
       •National Offensive Player of the Week by Maxwell Club vs. Auburn
       •First-team All-ACC

Jaron Brown, WR
       •CoSIDA Academic All-District

Chandler Catanzaro, PK
       •Semifinalist for Lou Groza Award (1 of  20)
       •Lou Groza Star of the Week vs. Auburn
       •Second-team All-ACC

Rashard Hall, FS
       •Second-team All-ACC

Jonathan Meeks, SS
       •National Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week vs. Virginia Tech

Dabo Swinney, Head Coach
       •Semifinalist for Maxwell Club National Coach of the Year (1 of 16)
         •Move into top 10 in ACC history in career winning percentage overall and in ACC games.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

November 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tigers Seal Orange Bowl Bid In 1981


Clemson entered the Rivalry Game in 1981 with a National Championship berth in the Orange Bowl on the line.  Clemson running back Cliff Austin tweaked his ankle midway through the game and Chuck McSwain took over, carrying the ball 25 times for a career-high 151 yards, while scoring two second half touchdowns in the Tigers’ 29-13 victory over the Gamecocks.

Making it ever a more memorable day for Clemson and Chuck McSwain as the fact that his brother, Rod McSwain blocked a punt in the first quarter that changed the momentum of the game. The ball rolled into the end zone where Johnny Rembert fell on the ball for the Tigers’ first score.  Clemson missed the extra point and still trailed 7-6 at the time, but every one of the 56,971 fans could feel that the Tigers were going to end their special season with a win in Columbia after that play.
After South Carolina appeared to make things interesting with a Gordon Beckham 10-yard pass in the third quarter, the Tigers, behind McSwain’s running and Home Jordan’s passing, went right back down the field and seized control of the game with a one-yard run by McSwain.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

November 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Buchholz Silences Williams Brice Stadium In 2007


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Today’s photos are from a joyous evening in 2007 for Clemson Nation.

On November 24, 2007, Clemson kicker Mark Buchholz hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give #21 Clemson a memorable 23-21 victory over Carolina.

The win lifted Clemson coach Tommy Bowden to 7-2 all-time against the Gamecocks and 2-1 against USC coach Steve Spurrier.


The 2007 game is notable as the first in the series with the winning points scored on the game's final play.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Broadcast Notes For South Carolina Game On WCCP

By Scott Rhymer



The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will broadcast live Saturday from The Lawn At Littlejohn from 1:00-4:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com.

Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join Scott Rhymer for our 128th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play.  This a Rivalry Day, so make sure you tune in. 

We have interviews with Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Dalton Freeman, Tajh Boyd, Corico Wright, and Malachi Goodman to set the scene for the Rivalry Game. 

Will Vandervort will once again provide interviews for the Tiger Pregame Show, allowing fans to hear exactly what the players and coaches are thinking about the upcoming game.

You can listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, on WCCP 104.9 FM in the upstate of South Carolina.

You can also download the WCCP App or the Tune In App, both of which are free and will allow you to stream WCCP 104.9 FM on your Iphone, Blackberry, and Droid phones from anywhere in the world, including when you are walking around visiting other tailgates in Clemson.

 
If you are at a computer, stream us on www.wccpfm.com and follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates and pictures from Clemson.

Use our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter to interact with the show while we are on the air.

Also, remember the new chant the students are doing Saturday in preparation for the South Carolina game.  Students will yell, "This is" and the rest of the stadium will respond, "Death Valley".

Time to take back this Rivlary.
Go Tigers!

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November 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rod Gardner In “The Catch, Part II”

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Today’s photos are from what has been appropriately dubbed, “The Catch, Part II”.

Aaron Hunt hit a field goal with under 5 seconds to play to lift the Tigers over South Carolina 16-14. Hunt sent Death Valley into a frenzy, and the Tigers off to the Gator Bowl with their best regular-season record since 1991.

The Tigers looked dead after Thomas Hill, a tight end who had no catches this season, fell on Derek Watson's fumble in the end zone with 59 seconds to go for a 14-13 lead.

But Woody Dantzler found his favorite receiver, Rod Gardner, for a 50-yard catch to South Carolina's 8 with 10 seconds remaining. It was an act of desperation for Dantzler and Clemson, but the catch would put Clemson into field goal range to set up the drama with Hunt.

The reception would go down in history as “The Catch, Part II”. If you are a South Carolina fan, you probably refer to the play as “The Push Off”.

Either way, it was one of the most remarkable endings in the history of the rivalry series between the two teams.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Birth Of Orange Pants In 1980


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Today’s photos are from the 1980 season and the finale against the Gamecocks inside of Death Valley.

Clemson entered the South Carolina game with a 5-5 record after being blasted the week before at Maryland 34-7. The Tigers had lost four of their last five games and there were rumors that if Clemson did not beat Jim Carlen’s 8-2 Gamecocks, head coach Danny Ford was sure to be fired.


With his team down on itself after the loss to Maryland, Ford knew he needed to do something to inspire his football team. Taking a key from his former coach, Alabama’s Bear Bryant, Ford reached deep into his bag of motivational tricks and pulled out a pair of orange pants.

When Ford played at Alabama, Bryant would allow his team to where crimson pants with the crimson jerseys against rival Auburn when he felt his team deserved to play in them or if they needed an emotional lift.

“We warmed up in the white pants, but we all knew we were going to change into the orange pants when we got back to the locker room so all throughout warm-ups we were pumped up and ready to go,” Clemson All-American linebacker Jeff Davis said. “We knew how excited the fans would get when they first saw us come to the top of the Hill wearing nothing but orange.”

Late in the game, South Carolina’s Gary Harper threw the ball into the flat and Willie Underwood made a break for the ball and took the pass back for a 37-yard touchdown and a 20-6 Tigers lead. Clemson later added a 15-yard Jeff McCall touchdown to seal the 27-6 victory.

The win over South Carolina did more than just secure a winning season and save Ford’s job, it also was a springboard for Clemson’s national championship run a year later.

Here is a Youtube video of the 1980 game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te0bv6EVeCg

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Thankful For This Rivalry

By Scott Rhymer

This is the week. Saturday is the day. And for that, I am truly thankful during this Thanksgiving Weekend.

Let me start by saying that I don’t care about Ohio State/Michigan or Auburn/Alabama or any of the other rivalries around this country. You see, I live in South Carolina. I am a Clemson fan. Some of my family members are Clemson fans. And some of my family members are Gamecocks.

So the only game in the world that matters to me is the Tigers and the Gamecocks this Saturday. That’s not up for debate nor discussion.

This great (and yes, I do emphasize the word “great”) annual rivalry returns to Death Valley this Saturday in a game that means just about everything to both teams. Both teams are highly ranked in the BCS and both have a chance to play in a BCS Bowl game. Both teams are closing in on one of their top two seasons in program history.

If Clemson wins Saturday and then in a BCS Bowl, one could easily argue that this was the 2nd best season in Clemson football history (behind the National Championship season of 1981).

The Gamecocks, coming off arguably their best season ever in 2011, have a chance to equal or surpass last year’s success with a win in Clemson and a bowl win in January.

For both team’s seasons, I am thankful. A little more thankful for Clemson’s but thankful that a win over the Gamecocks this Saturday would be a significant win for Clemson considering the season South Carolina has had.

I’m also thankful that I have a new perspective on the rivalry. This is my 35th season of recollection of the rivalry. For most of those 35 years, the expectation was for Clemson to win; otherwise it would be considered a colossal upset. I, like many Clemson fans, hardly knew what it was like to lose to South Carolina.

I remember leaving Death Valley or Williams Brice after a Clemson win feeling more relief than joy. Relief that, as the hunted, we survived another year by outlasting the Gamecocks and not “sinking” to the depths of despair of losing to a below average football program.

And on the rare years that we did walk out of the stadium as the losers, I can vividly remember being embarrassed that our fine program could lose to a team in such dysfunction.

Three years, Steve Spurrier, and a trifecta of physical beatings at the hands of the Gamecocks have truly changed the dynamics and perspectives of this rivalry. Today, Gamecock fans strut with ultra-confidence. Clemson fans cling to the desperation life raft that three years of losing brought the Gamecocks many times over, but now sit on the shoulders of our own fan base.

While not thankful for the three years of beatings, I am thankful that I feel a newfound security that beating South Carolina Saturday will not bring the traditional “relief”, but more so a preferable feeling of “pride” in accomplishing a great feat on the football field. Winning Saturday will bring with it a strut, instead of a sheepish acceptance of both program’s roles in the grand world of college football.

I am also thankful that despite the national and local media seemingly sending confused messages about this great rivalry, we South Carolinians get it. ESPN, the Mother Ship of College Football, opted to take its vaunted Game Day juggernaut to cover Notre Dame and Southern California. Those names sound sexy. The quality of play on the field will have a hard time keeping up with the school names on the jerseys. Southern California is not ranked and without their top QB. Notre Dame, about to embark on a National Championship game if they can escape USC, is possibly the most unimpressive team that will play for a National Championship game in the history of the BCS.

In a way, I’m thankful ESPN chose to snub two teams that have proven on the field to be great football teams in 2012. I want ESPN to realize we don’t need Game Day to have a great rivalry game atmosphere. Game Day would have been a sideshow that obstructed the traditions, flavor, and appeal of Clemson on game day.

Southern California needs Game Day to legitimize their game day experience. We do not. And for that, I am thankful.

I am also thankful that I do not have to depend on my local television news media to put into perspective this game. I saw where our good friends at WYFF decided to assemble a lead up to the big game with a 30 minute special on the rivalry. Really? 30 whole minutes? WYFF spends more time talking to Sean Muserallo live covering a warehouse fire on the morning news than they will devote to the rivalry Friday night. Thanks guys, but that does not make for “must see tv”. I’d rather you just plug your Andy Griffith rerun on instead.

Which brings me back to why I am so thankful for this rivalry. This rivalry is the greatest in college football because it does not need anything but the rivalry itself to make it great.

We don’t need a fancy rivalry name. We don’t need a goofy trophy or jug that goes to the winner. We don’t need ESPN Game Day to legitimize the rivalry. We don’t need nonstop coverage and adulation from our local media in news print or television to sensationalize the game.

As players, coaches, and fans….we get the importance of this rivalry without the propaganda other rivalries have and need. All we need is orange and garnet on the field lined up across from each other. All we need is 80,000 fans bleeding orange or garnet screaming their lungs out inside of Death Valley. All we need is divided households and extended family members that realize their bragging rights hang in the balance of 18-22 year old kids throwing around a pigskin.

All we need is a rivalry between two great football programs. And that’s exactly what we have.

The rest is fluff for those programs that don’t have what we have right here in South Carolina. And for that, I am thankful. Even if I will be more thankful Saturday night if Clemson wins.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Three Tigers Earn All-America Nominations


 Boyd’s 2012 Accomplishments
·      First in the nation in touchdown responsibility points (250) on 41 touchdowns (rushing, passing) and two two-point conversions.
·      Second in the nation in passing efficiency (172.7).
    First in the nation in passing efficiency against teams with win­ning records (174.6).
    First in the nation in passing touchdowns vs. league teams (27).
    First in the nation in passing touchdowns in the first half (24).
    Has 33 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns to break his own ACC record for touchdown responsibility.
    Has passed for 300+ yards six times and 200+ yards 10 times.
    Has passed for five touchdown in three of the last four games.
    Three-time ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week, more than any other player.
    Walter Camp National Offensive Player-of-the-Week when he ac­counted for eight touchdowns and 529 total yards vs. N.C. State.

Boyd’s Career Accomplishments
    First quarterback to take Clemson to consecutive 10-win seasons since Rodney Williams (1987,88).
    Has quarterbacked Clemson to five wins against top-25 oppo­nents the last two years.
    First in ACC history in touchdown responsibility per game (2.63).
    Second in ACC history behind Charlie Ward in passing touch­downs per game (2.19).
    Third in ACC history in touchdown responsibility (84).
    Fourth in ACC history in total offense per game (265.8).
    Fourth in ACC history in passing touchdowns (70).
    First in Clemson history in passing efficiency (151.0) and touch­down responsibility (84).

  Freeman’s 2012 Accomplishments
    Started each of the last 47 games at center, tied for the longest streak in Clemson history.
    Set the Tiger record for career snaps (3,206). He broke the record when he played all 102 snaps against N.C. State on November 17.
    Only returning finalist for the Rimington Trophy and a strong candidate for the top center honor in 2012.
    Two-time ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week. He is one of only two two-time selections in 2012.
    Top-rated Tiger blocker who averages 45 points and 536 yards per game. He is also a big reason Clemson is ranked in top 10 in the nation with a 10-1 record.
    Starter in every game this year and second on the team in snaps with 804.
    Has an average film grade of 87 percent and has 45 knockdown blocks in 2012.
    First-Team All-ACC selection in 2011.
    CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-ACC selection who has a 3.52 career GPA.

Head Coach Dabo Swinney on Dalton Freeman
I’ve said many times, he’s like the 10th coach on my staff. He’s off the charts. He’s a great player. His intangibles, his will to win, his character and integrity and leadership and toughness, his football IQ...it’s hard to replace a guy like that. He has been a cornerstone of our program as we’ve built it the last four years. He has been a four-year starter. He was one of those guys who when I got this job, he was a red-shirt freshman. Four years later, he’s leaving here having started more conference wins than any other player in Clemson history. He’s played more snaps than any player in the history of this program. He’s been a starter in every game in back-to-back 10 win seasons. It’s incredible. He’s been a rock for us.


 Hopkins’ Accomplishments
    Has 68 receptions for 1,171 yards and 15 touchdowns.
    Second in the nation in receiving touchdowns (15). The ACC re­cord is 17.
    First in the nation in receiving touchdowns vs. teams with a win­ning record (10).
    First in the nation in receiving touchdowns in the first half (11).
    First in the nation in receiving yards on plays of third-and-seven or longer (197).
    Third in the nation in third-down receptions for a first down (17).
    Third in the nation in receiving yards on third down (372).
    Eighth in nation in receiving yards per game (106.5).
    Has at least one receiving touchdown in 10 of the 11 games in 2012, including each of the last eight games.
    Has five 100-yard receiving games this year, including 197 yards at Boston College, second-most in school history.
    Twice this year, he had three receiving touchdowns in an eight-and-a-half minute span.
    Semifinalist for the 2012 Biletnikoff Award.
    Set a Tiger record for receiving touchdowns in a game (3), season (15), and career (24).
    Became Clemson’s career leader in receiving yards (2,786), 100- yard receiving games (11), and receiving touchdowns (24).

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