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Thursday, June 16, 2016

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

79 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

"Goat" McMillan


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Covington “Goat” McMillan Lettered At Clemson At Tailback in 1928 and 1929

The above photo shows “Goat” McMillan running in 1929 in a game against South Carolina. “Goat” McMillan played football for Clemson from 1928-1930. He was a tailback on a team that beat South Carolina three straight years. The teams went 8-3, 8-3, and 8-2 in those years.

After playing football he joined the coaching staff in 1937 after coaching at Furman. He was a backfield coach until 1955 when he was made head freshman coach. Some of the players Coach McMillan coached include Banks McFadden, Jackie Calvert, Bobby Gage, and Joel Wells.

McMillian participated in seven bowl games, including the 1940 Cotton Bowl, 1949 Gator Bowl, 1951 Orange Bowl, 1952 Gator Bowl, 1957 Orange Bowl, 1959 Sugar Bowl, and the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl. Goat McMillan retired at the end of the 1964 season.


McMillan breathed new life into Clemson’s offense. His 1939 Cotton Bowl backfield of All-American tailback Banks McFadden, All-Southern wingback Shad Bryant, sophomore fullback Charlie Timmons (All-Southern in 1940 and 1941), and blocking back Joe Payne outscored 10 opponents 165-45 en route to a 9-1 season. McMillan’s 1948 Gator Bowl backfield of All-American tailback Bobby Gage, sophomores Fred Cone and Ray Mathews at fullback/wingback, and Bobby Martin at blocking back went 11-0 in outscoring the opposition, 274-76. But his 1950 backfield was, if not perfect, at least “dreamy.”

Coach Frank Howard referred to this great group as his single wing “dream backfield”

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