Football Academic All-Americans
By: ClemsonTigers.com  
Release:  07/14/2016
Back • 1956
Played quarterback from 1954-56 ... captain of the 1956 team that won the ACC title and played Colorado in the 1957 Orange Bowl ... Academic All-ACC in 1955 and 1956 ... third-team Academic All-American in 1956 ... led the Tigers in passing, punting and interceptions in 1956, the last Tiger to pull off that all-around triple threat performance ... served as athletic director at Louisiana Tech in the 1980s ... entered the Air Force, where he served as an instructor pilot for over eight years ... works with IPTAY office, as he oversees Clemson Hall of Fame and Letterwinners Association.

Back • 1957
Second-team Academic All-American as a sophomore ... Academic All-ACC in 1957 and 1958 ... led the team in total offense as a sophomore and junior ... paced the club in passing three straight seasons ... All-ACC as a sophomore ... quarterbacked Clemson for three straight years and to three straight bowl games ... co-captain of the 1959 team ... had a 154 passing efficiency in 1957, the second-highest single-season figure in Clemson history ... 18th in the nation in total offense in 1957 with 1,038 yards ... first Tiger to complete over 50 percent of his passes in a career.

Tackle • 1959
First-team All-American, Academic All-American and Academic All-ACC in 1959 ... first Tiger to be chosen first-team Academic and on-field All-American in the same year ... started on two ACC Championship teams that were ranked No. 11 and No. 12 in 1958 and 1959, respectively ... played two 1959 bowl games (Sugar Bowl, Bluebonnet Bowl) ... right-fielder in the 1959 College World Series ... played with the Giants (football) in 1960; he was a first-round draft pick (No. 12 overall) ... named to Clemson’s Centennial team in 1996.

End • 1971
Three-time Academic All-ACC selection ... first-team Academic All-American in 1971 ... holds the single-game return-yardage record for Clemson and the ACC with 223 yards against Maryland in 1970; he had a single-game record 167 yards on punt returns in that game ... had 389 punt return yards in 1970 ... sixth in the nation in punt returns in 1970 ... played defensive back for two years then switched to flanker for his senior year ... his mother was the 1970 IPTAY Mother-of-the-Year.

Defensive Back • 1971
Second-team Academic All-American ... president of Tiger Brotherhood during his time at Clemson ... received a 1972-73 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship award ... won the Jim Weaver Award as the outstanding student-athlete in the ACC for the 1972-73 academic year ... won the Norris Medal in 1973 as Clemson’s top all-around student ... recipient of the Frank Howard Award for bringing honor to Clemson in 1973 ... three-time Academic All-ACC on the gridiron; he made the team in 1970, 1971 and 1972 ... attended South Carolina Law School ... lived in Clemson and was the General Counsel for Clemson University ... inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1997.

Quarterback • 1977,78
First-team Academic All-American as a senior and second-team selection as a junior ... made the Dean’s list six consecutive semesters ... awarded NCAA and Jim Weaver Postgraduate Scholarships from the ACC ... honored in 1978 as one of 11 scholar-athletes by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame ... NCAA Top Five Award winner, given annually to the top-five student-athletes in the nation, regardless of sport ... graduated with a 3.93 GPA in pre-law (history) ... just the second Clemson athlete in history to have his number (#4) retired ... played in the East-West Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl in 1979 ... played in the NFL for 10 years, including a stint with the Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears ... named to Clemson’s Centennial team in 1996 ... named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary team in 2002.

Quarterback • 1983
Clemson Hall of Fame inductee in 1990 ... honorable mention All-American in 1984 ... Academic All-ACC selection in both football and basketball three times each during his celebrated career ... participated in the 1984 Blue-Gray game ... threw 28 career touchdown passes ... recipient of the Frank Howard Award in the 1983-84 academic year and Clemson IPTAY Athlete-of-the-Year the same season ... third in the nation in passing efficiency in 1983, the highest finish ever by a Tiger ... one of two Clemson quarterbacks to finish in the top 25 in passing efficiency twice ... fourth-team Academic All-American in 1984; he was First-Team All-ACC by AP for his on-the-field performance ... doubled as a basketball player for four years ... earned his master’s degree from Clemson.

Offensive Tackle • 1991
First-team College Football Association Academic All-American in 1991 and a Second-Team All-ACC selection by AP ... named to the Academic All-ACC football team for three straight years; he was just the sixth player in Clemson history to do so ... received his degree in industrial engineering in May of 1991; he was a graduate student during his last year of competition ... winner of the Bob James Postgraduate scholarship, the ACC’s top academic honor ... a senior leader of the Tiger offensive line that led the team to the ACC regular-season title in total offense and rushing offense in 1991 ... three-year starter.

Tight End • 1994
First-team CFA Academic All-American ... winner of the Jim Tatum Award as the top scholar-athlete among ACC football players ... winner of the Jim Weaver Award as a top scholar-athlete among all ACC athletes ... starting tight end in 1994 and the team’s third-rated blocker ... First-Team Academic All-ACC in 1994 ... graduated with a 3.9 GPA in biochemistry and was a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School.

Linebacker • 1995
First-team CFA All-American in 1995 ... winner of the ACC’s Weaver-James Award for accomplishment on the field and in the classroom ... played his final season as a graduate-student ... first gridder in Tiger history to make the Clemson academic honor roll four straight years ... first-team Academic All-ACC in 1995 ... fourth on Clemson’s 1995 team in tackles, including a career-high 14 against Georgia ... earned his master’s degree in sociology in May of 1997.

Linebacker • 1999-01
Finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship in 2001, the only Division I-A college football player to make the final national top 100 ... winner of a Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship from the ACC in 2001 ... first-team Academic All-America selection for the second straight year; he was a second-team selection as a sophomore in 1999 ... joined teammate Kyle Young as the only three-time academic All-Americans in Clemson history ... named one of the permanent captains for the 2001 season in a vote by his teammates ... second straight year he was named a permanent defensive captain ... Second-Team All-ACC linebacker on the field in 2001 ... Clemson’s top tackler for the season straight year; he had 137 ... 19th in the nation in tackles, the second straight year he was in the top 20 ... fourth in the nation in tackles as a junior ... fifth in Clemson history in total tackles (448) at the time of his graduation ... started every game (36) his final three years ... had a standout game against Wake Forest in 2001 with 23 tackles, the third-highest single-game total in school history; he was named ACC Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the second time in his career ... had 22 tackles against Georgia Tech in 2000 ... had six double-figure tackle games as a senior and finished with 25 in his career ... preseason candidate for the Butkus Award in 2001 ... outstanding student who had a 3.9 career GPA in biological sciences ... graduated in May of 2002 ... played in the East-West Shrine Game ... started three different bowl games ... second in the ACC and first on the team in tackles (156) in 2000 ... big reason Clemson was in the top 15 in the nation in the final polls in 2000 ... Honorable Mention All-ACC in 2000 ... Clemson’s Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game as chosen by ABC for his 22 tackles against Georgia Tech ... third in the ACC in tackles in 1999 ... Honorable Mention All-ACC in 1999.

Center • 1999-01
All-American on the field and off in 2000 and 2001 ... third-team All-American in 2001 after earning honors as a second-team selection on the field in 2000 ... first-team Academic All-American for the third year in a row in 2001; he was just the second offensive lineman in college football history to do that and just the second ACC player ... winner of a National Football Foundation Scholarship in 2001, the first Tiger to do that since 1978 (Steve Fuller) ... winner of the Jim Tatum Award as the outstanding scholar-athlete football player in the ACC in 2001 ... winner of a Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship from the ACC for excellence on and off the field ... had a school-record 168 knockdown blocks in 2001; he broke his own Clemson record for knockdown blocks in a season; that included 18 in the bowl win over Louisiana Tech when he helped the Tigers to 49 points and 548 yards of total offense ... named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Bowl team in 2001 ... finalist for the Dave Rimington Award, one of five for that honor, in 2000 and 2001 ... started every game at center his final three years and 40 in a row over four years ... tied the Clemson record for starts by a center in a career with 36; he started four at offensive guard as a freshman ... three-time first-team All-ACC according to Football News ... played 3,097 snaps in his career ... two-time ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week in 2000; he was given the award for his efforts against Missouri and Virginia ... had a record-tying 21 knockdown blocks against NC State in 100 snaps ... had just six missed assignments in 845 snaps according to the coaches grading system, the fewest among all starters on the team ... had the highest coaches film grade in nine of the 12 games in 2000 ... earned his degree in secondary education with a minor in economics in May of 2001; he was a graduate student during the 2001 season ... had a 3.97 GPA in his undergraduate career; he made just one B and the rest of his courses were As ... named assistant athletic director at Clemson in 2007.

Center • 2012
Four-time Academic All-ACC selection, the first Tiger to do that in history ... four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member ... one of 50 candidates for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award ... first-team All-American on the field by AFCA ... second-team All-American on the field by AP, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, Scout.com and Walter Camp ... First-Team All-ACC selection (media, coaches) ... second-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA; he became the first Tiger Academic All-American since 2001 and the fourth Tiger in history to be named an All-American on the field and in the classroom in the same academic year ... first-team Academic All-District by CoSIDA ... Academic All-ACC selection ... NFF Hampshire Honor Society member ... NSCA First-Team Strength & Conditioning All-American; he became just the second Tiger in history to be named an All-American on the field, in the classroom and in the strength training room in one season.

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