Academic All-AmericansChad Carson
Linebacker * 1999-2001 First-team Academic All-American in 2000 and 2001 after being selected as a second-team choice as a sophomore in 1999... first-team Academic All-ACC in 1999 and 2000... joins teammate Kyle Young as only three-time Academic All-Americans in Clemson football history... has a 3.9 GPA in biology, he was a Finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship in 2002... on the field, ranked fourth in the nation in tackles per game in 2000, he had the high total on the Clemson team with 156... the 156 tackles ranked seventh best in Clemson history... now has 311 entering the 2001 season, 12th highest in Clemson history... had 22 tackles against Georgia Tech in 2000, high total by a Clemson player that year... two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week... had 18 tackles in the win over South Carolina... had 144 tackles as a sophomore to rank second on the team... third in the ACC in tackles... had 16 tackles in the Peach Bowl against Mississippi State.
Center * 1999-2001
First-team Academic All-American in 1999, 2000, and 2001...second offensive lineman in college football history to be named a three-time first-team Academic All-American....just the third Clemson player in history to earn academic All-American and on-the-field All-American honors in the same year... recipient of team GPA Award in 1999 and 2000... graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clemson in May of 2000 with degree in secondary education... second-team All-American according to Football News and third-team selection by Sporting News in 2000... third in the voting for the Dave Rimington Award in 2000, the honor given to the top center in college football... first-team All-ACC on the field in 2000, first-team Academic All-ACC in 1999 and 2000... set Clemson record for knockdown blocks in a season with 120...had record tying 21 knockdown blocks in 100 plays against NC State in 2000... had just six missed assignments in 845 plays during the 2000 season... averaged 13 knockdown blocks per game over the last 13 contests of the season... has played 35 consecutive games, 28 in a row as a starter entering the 2001 season... won team dedication Award for his performance in the weight room for the 2000 season... grandfather was a member of Clemson's first bowl team, the 1939 Cotton Bowl team.
Back * 1956
Clemson quarterback 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-America choice 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 Air Force where he served as an instructor-pilot for over eight years... works with IPTAY office, oversees Clemson Hall of Fame.
Back * 1957
Second-team Academic All-American as a sophomore... Academic All-ACC in 1957 and 1958... led the team in total offense during his sophomore and junior years... paced the club in passing for three straight seasons... All-ACC as a sophomore, he quarterbacked Clemson for three straight years and to three straight bowl games... co-captain for the 1959 team... had a 154 passing efficiency in 1957, second highest single season figure in Clemson history... 18th in the nation in total offense in 1957 with 1038 yards... still ranks fifth in Clemson history in passing efficiency... first Clemson quarterback to complete over 50 percent of his passes for a career... still in top five in Clemson history for touchdown passes.
Tackle * 1959
Named to first-team All-American, Academic All-American and Academic All-ACC in 1959... first Clemson player to be chosen first-team Academic and on-field All-American in the same year... started on two ACC Championship teams that were nationally ranked 11th and 12th in 1958 and 1959, respectively... played in two 1959 bowl games, the Sugar Bowl and the Bluebonnet Bowl... right fielder in the College World Series for Clemson baseball team in 1959... played with the New York Giants (football) in 1960, he was a first-round draft choice, 12th pick of the entire draft... named to Clemson's Centennial Team in April, 1996.
End * 1971
Three-time Academic All-ACC selection... first-team Academic All-American in 1971... holds single game return yardage record for Clemson and the ACC with 223 yards against Maryland in 1970... had a single game record 167 yards on punt returns in that game... his 389 punt return yards in 1970 rank as the second best for a single season in Clemson history... 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 1970 IPTAY Mother-of-the-Year... Don is now a dentist in Greenville, SC.
Defensive Back * 1971
Second-team Academic All-American... President of Tiger Brotherhood while at Clemson... earned 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 Norris Medal in 1973 as Clemson's top all-around student... recipient of the Frank Howard Award for bringing honor to Clemson University in 1973... three-time academic All-ACC on the gridiron, he made the team in 1970, 1971 and 1972... attended South Carolina Law School... lives in Clemson and is 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, second-team in his junior year... made Dean's list six consecutive semesters at Clemson ... 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 in Pre-Law (History)... just the second Clemson athlete in history to have his number (four) retired... played in 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 April, 1996... works in real estate in Hilton Head Island, SC.
Quarterback * 1983
A 1990 Clemson Hall of Fame inductee... honorable mention All-American in 1984... Academic All-ACC in football and basketball three times each during his celebrated career... participated in 1984 Blue-Gray game... threw for 28 career touchdown passes, breaking Bobby Gage's record... recipient of the Frank Howard Award in 1983-84 academic year and the Clemson IPTAY Athlete-of-the-Year the same season... third in the nation in passing efficiency in 1983, the highest finish ever by a Clemson quarterback... one of two Clemson QBs to rank 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-field performance... doubled as basketball player for four years... also earned his master's degree from Clemson... heating and air conditioning vice president in Charlotte, NC.
Offensive Tackle * 1991
First-team College Football Association Academic All-American for 1991 and a second-team All-ACC choice by AP/ACSWA at offensive tackle ... 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... a three-year starter for the Tigers.
Tight End * 1994
First team CFA Academic All-American... winner of ACC's Jim Tatum Award as top scholar-athlete among ACC football players... also winner of the ACC's Jim Weaver Award as a top scholar-athlete among all ACC athletes... starting tight end for Clemson in 1994, and third ranked blocker... First-Team academic All-ACC in 1994... graduated with a 3.9 GPA in biochemistry and a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School.
Linebacker * 1995
First-team CFA All-American in 1995... winner of ACC Weaver-James Award for accomplishment on the field and in the classroom... played his final season as a graduate-student... first gridder in Clemson history to make Clemson academic honor roll four straight years... first-team academic All-ACC in 1995... fourth on Clemson's 1995 team in tackles, including career high 14 against Georgia... earned his masters in sociology at Clemson in May 1997... currently living in Atlanta, GA where he works for the secret service.