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Monday, August 31, 2015

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

5 Days Until Kickoff!
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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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August 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Campus From 1960’s


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Today’s aerial photos were taken in the early 1960’s and show the Clemson campus.

In the photo above, you can notice that just two of the shoebox dorms were completed. You can also note that Martin Hall was under construction.

Here's another photo from the same day, with a slightly different view of campus.


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Sunday, August 30, 2015

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

6 Days Until Kickoff!
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James Davis




 As a Freshman, James Davis racked up 879 rushing yards on 165 carries and scored nine rushing touchdowns, which set the Tiger single-season freshman touchdown record. 
Davis was subsequently named ACC Rookie of the Year, the first Tiger to win the award since Anthony Simmons in 1995. 
In his sophomore year, Davis rushed 1,187 yards (sixth highest total in Clemson history) for an average of 91.3 yards per game (5.85 yards per carry), 28th-best in the nation and third-best in the ACC. His 17 touchdowns tied a Clemson single-season record also held by Lester Brown in 1978, and was fifth-most in ACC history. Davis was one of ten semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award in 2006, and also earned First Team All-ACC honors.
Clemson's leading rusher for the third-straight year (the first Tiger to do so since Raymond Priester from 1995–97), Davis ran for 1,064 yards and 10 touchdowns on 214 attempts as a junior. 


As a senior, Davis suffered separated shoulder in spring 2008 practices, and had arthroscopic surgery to repair. He failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark for a third consecutive year, as he only rushed for 751 yard and 11 touchdowns. However, he still led Clemson in rushing, becoming the first Tiger in history to do that. Davis finished his college career fourth in Tiger history in career all-purpose yards (4,309).

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August 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mid 1960’s Clemson Campus Life


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Today’s photos center around the mid 1960’s when color photography was quickly becoming the new fad. The above photo is of Clemson students hanging out in the Loggia at Johnstone Hall.

The open air loggia at Johnstone Hall on the ground-floor (level six) at the hilltop overlooked an assembly quadrangle designed to accommodate cadet formations. The canteen, one floor below the loggia, faced the formation area. The paved quadrangle, lately serving as parking, was redeveloped into a new student union and student government chambers in the mid-1970s.

The campus student locator phone office, the West Campus housing office, student government chambers, a small campus retreat chapel (later converted to a job placement office), and all the student media were located in the three levels above the loggia.

The next photo is from the inside of Sikes Hall when it served as the Library at Clemson. The cornerstone for the future Sikes Hall was laid on January 19, 1904, by Grand Mason J. R. Bellinger, A.F.M., and completed that same year.


Sikes Hall is named for Clemson's sixth president, Enoch Walter Sikes. Sikes was originally the center for agricultural studies and was known as Agricultural Hall, but was remodeled as the campus library after fire destroyed most of the building on the night of April 2, 1925. It served as the campus library until 1966 when the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library replaced it.

Believe it or not, Sikes also housed a museum and gymnasium through past years.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

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

7 Days Until Kickoff!
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Reggie Merriweather

Reggie played for North Augusta High School (S.C.) and came to Clemson as a highly rated recruit after an outstanding senior season in which he rushed for 2580 yards and 29 TD's.

After redshirting in 2002, he played in all 13 games in 2003 on special teams and had 16 carries as a tailback.

In 2004, despite having only started six games, he finished the season with the most carries (136) and led the team in rushing yards (670), averaging 4.9 per carry. Merriweather scored 11 TD's in 2004, 3 of which came in a OT victory against then #10 Miami in the Orange Bowl and 3 more against South Carolina in the year of the infamous brawl.

In 2005, Reggie again started six games while James Davis started the other six. He gained 736 yards on 149 carries, averaging 4.8 per carry and had 7 TD's. Notable games included three 100+ yard performances in a row against Temple, Duke and Georgia Tech.

Merriweather scored two TD's against MD that year with a 7.5 average yard per carry and 3 TD's against Duke. In 2006, Davis was the starter in all 13 games and freshman C.J. Spiller was also on the field along with Demerick Chancellor.

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August 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Winter Fun In Clemson From 1940’s (Part II of II)


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Today’s photos are from the 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets having a great time during winter weather on campus. The above photo shows Cadets in a snow ball fight on campus.

The snow always creates a gathering of people to have fun and enjoy each other’s company.


With classes cancelled, most Cadets simply found things to do outside in the snow and ice.


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Friday, August 28, 2015

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

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Aaron Kelly


After two seasons as a possession receiver (averaging 38 catches for 465 yards and three touchdowns), Kelly exploded onto the scene as a junior, leading the ACC with 11 touchdown receptions and 83.2 receiving yards per game.

Kelly’s averaged 10.8-yard average on 67 catches as a senior.
Kelly left school as the ACC career reception leader (226).  Kelly broke the record against Duke when he had 10 receptions.

Kelly was selected Second-Team All-ACC in his Senior year.
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August 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Class Of 1908 At 25th Reunion


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Today’s photo is of the Class of 1908.

In 1933, the Class of 1908 was having their 25th reunion and took this photo. I wonder if these folks had any idea that 80 years later their photo would be splashed around to thousands of people on the thing called “Internet”!

It also makes you wonder how people will view our pictures taken today on the technology they have 80 years from now.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

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

9 Days Until Kickoff!
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Ben Hall


Hall played tight end at Clemson and reached the pinnacle of his career in the 2003 game against South Carolina in the 63-17 win.
Hall’s Clemson career was marked by being underused in the offensive scheme and was further checkered by a stint where he left the team for personal reasons.

Hall was the first tight end at Clemson since Jim Riggs to be the focal point (at least on paper) for the offense. 
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August 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Snow At Tillman Hall


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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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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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

 10 Days Until Kickoff!

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Charlie Whitehurst


After redshirting as a freshman at Clemson in 2001, Whitehurst took over the starting quarterback duties from Willie Simmons the second half of the 2002 campaign.
Whitehurst went on to complete 123 of 214 passes (57.5 percent) for 1,554 yards, ten touchdowns and six interceptions while appearing in nine contests that year. He ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 145.0 passer efficiency rating.

The 2003 season was Whitehurst's coming out party. He set school single-season records for most pass attempts (465), pass completions (288), passing efficiency (min. 300 attempts; 135.6), passing yards (3,561), most 200-yard passing games (11), most 300-yard passing games (5), most touchdown passes (21) and total offensive plays (557).
As memorable as the 2003 season was, the 2004 campaign was just as forgettable. Whitehurst would manage only seven touchdown passes while being intercepted 17 times. He hit on 177 of 349 passes (50.7 percent) for 2,067 yards and rushed for 43 yards and a score on 80 carries. In addition to his 17 interceptions, he was sacked 25 times and fumbled the ball a team-high ten times.

With the addition of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rob Spence, Whitehurst finally found a mentor before the 2005 season. He drastically improved his accuracy, but was still prone to throwing the costly interception or getting sacked. Whitehurst completed 67.4 percent of his passes (229 of 340) for 2,483 yards and eleven touchdowns. However, he was sacked 20 times for losses of 150 yards, threw ten interceptions and fumbled five times. Whitehurst did stretch the field more often, as 36 of his pass completions were for 20 yards or longer.
In 44 games with the Tigers, Whitehurst completed 817 of 1,368 passes (59.7 percent) for 9,665 yards, 49 touchdowns and 46 interceptions. He set forty-one school records, including career marks for most pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, 200-yard passing games (24) and 300-yard passing games (8). He also scored ten times while netting 98 yards on 266 carries. Whitehurst started a record 37 consecutive games for the Tigers between 2002 and 2005, but the streak ended when he did not play against Duke due to a sore shoulder. Whitehurst had surgery on Dec. 1, 2005 to correct the problem, returning to the field for his final game vs. Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl.
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August 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

ROTC Inspection On Bowman In 1967


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Today’s photo is from 1967 and shows ROTC Cadets being inspected on Bowman Field.

This picture is unique because the Thursday inspections did not typically include a jeep! This is possibly one of the Federal Inspections that took place periodically of ROTC programs during this era.

You can see Dan’s Sandwich Shop in the background of the picture, with the famous football schedule on the outside fa├žade.

Here is the photo from 1967 of Bowman Field right above a picture taken last year from almost the same location.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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

11 Days Until Kickoff!
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Justin Miller


Justin Miller was an exciting big-play specialist, joining Bobby Gage (1945-48) as the only Clemson players to ever score a touchdown on a kickoff return and a punt return.

Miller holds Clemson’s career-record with a kickoff return average of 30.7 yards.

Miller was a unanimous Freshman All-American selection in 2002. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranked fifth in the nation with a school season-record tying eight interceptions, matching the mark first set by Robert O'Neal in 1989. 

Miller totaled 61 tackles (43 solos) with two forced fumbles. On special teams, Miller collected 456 yards and a touchdown on thirteen kickoff returns. His return average of 35.1 yards broke the old school season-record of 32.11 yards by Terrence Roulhac in 1986.

Miller started every game at cornerback in 2003, posting 54 tackles (45 solos) with two stops for losses, two interceptions, thirteen pass deflections and a forced fumble. He also helped the team rank among the national leaders in return yardage, as he totaled 417 yards on 17 kickoff returns (24.5 avg) and 73 yards on eight punt returns (9.1 avg) with a touchdown.

Miller picked up All-American honors in 2004, as he scored three times on special teams. Miller had 20 kickoff returns for 661 yards (33.1 avg) and a pair of scores, adding 339 yards and a touchdown on 26 punt returns (13.0 avg). He recorded 54 tackles (46 solos) with three interceptions and also deflected nine passes.

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August 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tree Rollins


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Today’s photos are of Tree Rollins during his time at Clemson in the late 1970’s.

Tree Rollins real name is Wayne Monte Rollins, but everyone called him Tree. At a height of seven foot one, it's easy to see why. Tree was also the first Clemson athlete to have their jersey retired.


Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins (born June 16, 1955, in Winter Haven, Florida) played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He was primarily known under his playing name, Tree.

The 7-foot-1-inch 275 pound Clemson graduate played center, and gained high esteem for his defense, particularly his rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He finished in the top three in blocked shots six times, leading the league during the 1982-83 NBA season.


At the time of his retirement in 1995, he was fourth all-time in career blocked shots, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Eaton. He currently holds the seventh highest total of career blocked shots, with 2,542.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

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

12 Days Until Kickoff!
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Leroy Hill

Leroy Hill is the first Clemson player, regardless of position, since 1999-2000 to earn first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in consecutive years.
Hill joined fellow Tiger backers Randy Scott, Anthony Simmons, Keith Adams, Bubba Brown, Levon Kirkland, Jim Catoe and Ed McDaniel as Tiger linebackers to receive conference post-season honors more than once in a career.
Hill was an All-State selection at Baldwin (Haddock, Ga.) High, where he also earned All-Area and All-Conference honors in each of his final two years.
Hill was thrust right into the action as a true freshman at Clemson, recording 31 tackles (19 solos) in 135 plays during ten games in 2001.

The following year, Leroy led the special teams with 21 tackles, finishing with a total of 29 hits (16 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage in only 47 plays for the season. Hill took over middle linebacker duties in 2003, leading the team with 145 tackles (110 solos), eight sacks, 27 stops behind the line of scrimmage, eight pressures and three interceptions. Only Keith Adams (35 in 1999) had more stops for losses in a season for the Tigers.
Hill continued to lead the Tigers as a senior, earning Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the team with 106 tackles (74 solos), eight sacks, 19 stops for losses and seven pressures in 2004. In 47 games with the Tigers, Hill started 24 times. He closed out his career with 311 tackles (219 solos), including 16 sacks for minus -minus-123 yards, 48 stops for losses of 182 yards and fifteen quarterback pressures.
Only Anthony Simmons (52, 1995-97), Keith Adams (54, 1998-2000), William Perry (60, 1981-84) and Michael Dean Perry (61, 1984-87) recorded more stops behind the line of scrimmage in school history than Leroy's 48.
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August 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Campus Life In 1950’s Part II




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Today’s photos are Part II from an idyllic time in our Nation’s history…and in Clemson’s history.

The 1950’s saw an increase in enrollment at Clemson, including the inclusion of women to the college. Those early women were seen on campus blending in with the male students in the photo above.

These students were a part of a generation that were babies when World War II started, and many lost their fathers in the war.


But this new energy of post war America in the 1950’s was a vibrant time.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tiger Pregame Show Geared Up For 13th Year On Air With New Location

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast its 156th consecutive show when the Tigers kick off the season September 5th against Wofford!
 

A group of former Clemson players and current media members will join Tiger Pregame Show founder Scott Rhymer as revolving co-hosts of WCCP’s popular Tiger Pregame Show as it enters its 13th year on the air this fall on the flagship station for Clemson Sports, WCCP 105.5 FM. 

Due to construction at Littlejohn Coliseum, The Tiger Pregame Show, along with the network's Tiger Tailgate Show, will broadcast from behind the Chapman Grandstands outside of Doug Kingsmore Stadium (near the 3rd base foul pole).


The shows 13th season will have plenty of new twists and formats, nodding to the history and heritage of the show while pushing the show into an innovative and interactive new radio format.

“I wanted to give the show a fresh feeling each week, which is why the idea of having multiple co-hosts through the year was such an exciting possibility.  Having a variety of former players on the show really resonated with the fans.”, Rhymer stated recently. 
 
The show will also tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations. 

“No longer do Clemson fans have to sit beside a radio in order to listen to the show”, Rhymer points out.  “Whether the Tigers are in Death Valley or on the road, our fans can stream the show via their smart phones, making the show as portable as the listener wants to be on game day."

“But that is not the only reason we embrace the technology.  In addition to streaming the show, we also want to engage fans during the show to allow them to give their opinions and insight into the show that we can use while broadcasting.  That’s the really exciting part of embracing the technology as it allows fans to do more than just listen.  It allows them to engage.”

The Tiger Pregame Show format will continue broadcasting 6 hours prior to kickoff and ends 3 hours prior to kickoff.  The show will continue to offer in-depth analysis of the upcoming game, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game.

“Our business model, from the very beginning, has been to focus on the football game and the analysis of what to expect when you walk into the stadium”, Rhymer stated.

“Clemson fans, especially those that are tailgating or en route to the stadium when we are on the air, want a pregame show that breaks down the football game to the football junkie.  And that is exactly what we try to give them for the three hours we are on the air.” 

Segments for the show include up-to-the-minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and their opponent, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables, and Co-Offensive Coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott will offer their input each week on the show.

Key Clemson players will also have their thoughts on the upcoming included in the show, giving Tiger fans a clear vibe of what the players are thinking leading up to kickoff.

Don Munson, the  Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program. 

And, just like in the previous 12 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions.


 
In previous years, guest host appearances by former Tigers Reggie Merriweather and Will Proctor have highlighted many of the broadcasts.  Media members, including WYFF’s Marc Dopher and Brad Fralick, WCCP’s Roy Philpot, and Tigernet’s David Hood have joined the show.


You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter.

You can also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show.

Scott will join Mickey Plyler on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com every Friday morning at 7:05 to talk Clemson football and to set the stage for the Tiger Pregame Show.


This season is set up to be magical...so don't miss a minute of the season and start your game day experience with The Tiger Pregame Show. 

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Go Tigers!

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

13 Days Until Kickoff!
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Airese Currie


One of the top receivers during the Tommy Bowden era at Clemson, Currie became the first Tiger receiver to earn first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors since Terry Smith in 1991.
Currie finished his career tied for seventh with Brian Wofford on the all-time list for receptions (138) and sixth in receiving yards (2,030) and also had 10 touchdowns and a 14.7 yards per catch average over his career.

A late addition to the Senior Bowl squad, Currie was also a standout track performer during his time at Clemson, as he ran sprints for three years under Bob Pollock. Currie won the NCAA East Regional title in the 100m (10.29) in 2003 and is a three-time All-ACC track performer.



Currie earned All-American honors in the spring of 2002 as a member of the 4x100 meter relay team that finished second in the nation at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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