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Thursday, August 31, 2017

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

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Sammy Watkins




 Sammy Watkins committed to Clemson in November 2010 after being heavily recruited by Florida State, Florida, and Miami.
Despite not taking part in spring practice, Watkins made an immediate impact for Clemson in his freshman season in 2011. Watkins caught 82 passes for 1219 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first collegial season, including 10 catches, 155 yards and two TDs against defending national champions Auburn.

Watkins led the nation in reception yards per game, all-purpose yards and touchdowns.  He also broke 11 school freshman records seven games into the season, including total all-purpose yards previously held by C. J. Spiller.  

Watkins was an AP first-team All-American, becoming only the fourth ever true freshman to do so, joining Herschel Walker, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson.  

As a sophomore in 2012, Watkins had 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns.



As a junior, Watkins had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the MVP of the 2014 Orange Bowl after setting an Orange Bowl record with 16 receptions for 227 yards.  He also set the school record for career receptions in the game finishing with 240.

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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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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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

3 Days Until Kickoff!
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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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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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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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

4 Days Until Kickoff!
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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 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Winter Fun In Clemson From 1940’s  


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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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Monday, August 28, 2017

It Is...Game Week! Broadcast Info And Location For Saturdays Tiger Pregame Show

It Is...Game Week!
Broadcast Information And Show Location For Saturday's Tiger Pregame Show! 


The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast love from "The Corner of Swann Pavilion At Littlejohn Coliseum" from 6:00-9:00 am Saturday morning. The Tiger Pregame Show is broadcast exclusively by WCCP 105.5 FM, the Flagship Station for Clemson Athletics.

The Tiger Tailgate Show With David Stein and William Qualkenbush will broadcast in same location, beginning at 9:00 am.



Scott Rhymer, in his 15th year as Host, will once again anchor the show along with Kelly Gramlich, in her 2nd year. 

The Tiger Pregame Show, with Scott Rhymer behind the microphone, has broadcast live on location in 11 different states across this nation covering Clemson on game day since 2003


Kelly Gramlich joins Scott Rhymer for her 2nd year as Co-Host of The Tiger Pregame Show. Gramlich also serves as the color commentator for Clemson women's basketball broadcasts on 105.5 FM.  

In addition to her duties with women's basketball, Gramlich has called men's basketball games and volleyball games for ACC Network Extra.  You can also find Gramlich's work in the Anderson Independent-Mail's Orange and White, where she publishes a weekly column on Clemson Athletics.

The Tiger Pregame Show will tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations, with several segments engaging fans via Twitter (@tigerpregame, @1055TheRoar and @kellygramlich).



“When driving to the game Saturday or working around the house, our fans can stream the show via the WCCP 105.5 FM App using their smart phones, making the show as portable as the listener wants to be on game day," Rhymer explains.


Clemson fans can also nominate themselves as the "Clemson Fan Of The Week" via she show's Twitter feeds.  The winner each week will join Scott and Kelly during the Bottom Line Segment as a 3rd host of the show on air!

The Tiger Pregame Show format 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.

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, Opposing Team's Perspective, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.  There will also be segments with current Clemson football players that give fans a more personal look at the players behind the face mask and helmet.

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


Player interviews will take place each week to give fans an idea of what the vibe of the players inside the program is as they prepare for the upcoming opponent.

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 14 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions, this year with Scott Rhymer and Kelly Gramlich and our weekly "Fan of the Week".


You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook (The Tiger Pregame Show and WCCP 105.5 The Roar) and following via Twitter (@tigerpregame, @1055TheRoar, and @kellygramlich)

Scott Rhymer 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.  


Broadcast time  for the opening weekend on September 2nd is from 6:00-9:00 a.m from "The Corner of Swann Pavilion at Littlejohn Coliseum".  Fans can listen at WCCP 105.5 FM in the Upstate of South Carolina, wccpfm.com anywhere in teh world, and via the WCCP 105.5 FM App on their mobile device (for free).

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


The Road To A Repeat Begins With The Tiger Pregame Show!

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

5 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
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 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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Sunday, August 27, 2017

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 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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Saturday, August 26, 2017

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

7 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
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 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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Friday, August 25, 2017

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

8 Days Until Kickoff!
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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 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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Thursday, August 24, 2017

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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