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  09/27/21 - Baylon SpectorrSr/2022, Clemson, 6-1, 235 (DS#25 OLB) + More +

  SEPT 27 ACC CO-LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Baylon Spector, Clemson, Sr., LB, Calhoun, Ga.,...A week after being sidelined due to a knee inflammation, returned to the lineup and recorded a team-high 19 tackles at NC State ... Most tackles by a Clemson player in a single game under Dabo Swinney, one ahead of Spencer Shuey's 18 against Georgia in 2013 ... Most tackles by a Clemson player since 2002, when John Leake recorded 21 stops against Maryland ... Led a defense that faced 96 plays while adjusting to the in-game losses of starters James Skalski and Bryan Bresee. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#25 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Baylon SpectorClemson
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  09/26/21 - DJ UiagaleleiSo/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Clemson tumbled to No. 25 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, snapping its streak of 97 straight weeks in the top 10. The Tigers (2-2) lost for the second time this season Saturday - falling in double overtime to North Carolina State - and dropped 16 spots from No. 9 in the AP Top 25, which is presented by Regions Bank. Clemson's top-10 streak was tied with Alabama for the longest current run in college football and second-longest in the history of the AP poll, behind Miami's 137 from 1985-93.

The Crimson Tide remained No. 1 with 58 first-place votes out of 62. No. 2 Georgia received the remaining four first-place votes. Oregon stayed No. 3. Penn State moved up two spots to No. 4, Iowa held at No. 5 and Oklahoma slipped two spots to No. 6. Cincinnati moved up a spot to No. 7 and Arkansas jumped eight spots to No. 8 after beating Texas A&M. The Razorbacks have their best ranking since they were No. 8 early in the 2012 season. That season, Arkansas lost its second game of the season to Louisiana-Monroe and was never ranked again. The Razorbacks had finished fifth the season before under Bobby Petrino. No. 9 Notre Dame and Florida rounded out the top 10. - AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) So/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  09/20/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  SEPT 20 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Will Shipley, Clemson, Fr., RB, Weddington, N.C.,...Recorded career highs in rushing attempts (21) and rushing yards (88) and tied his career high with two rushing touchdowns in Saturday's 14-8 win over Georgia Tech ... Joined Travis Etienne (three in 2017) and Deshaun Watson (two in 2014) as the only true freshmen to rush for multiple touchdowns in multiple games as a true freshman in the Dabo Swinney era ... Became the first Clemson true freshman with multiple rushing touchdowns in consecutive games since Etienne accomplished the feat against Florida State and The Citadel in 2017. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#5 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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  09/20/21 - LaVonta BentleyrSo/2024, Clemson, 5-11, 235 (DS#6 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 20 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: LaVonta Bentley, Clemson, So., LB, Birmingham, Ala.,...Led the Tigers with 13 tackles, including a team-high 3.0 tackles for loss and one sack, in Saturday's 14-8 win over Georgia Tech ... Learned he would be making his first career start after incumbent starter Baylon Spector reported knee inflammation during pregame warmup ... Helped Clemson hold a third straight opponent without an offensive touchdown, the Tigers' first time doing so at any point in a season since 1990 and their first time doing so in the first three games of a season since 1950. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#6 ILB) rSo/2024 ILB LaVonta BentleyClemson
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  09/19/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  Will Shipley ran for two touchdowns and No. 6 Clemson had a goal-line stand in the final seconds in wild 14-8 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday night. The Yellow Jackets (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a chance to force overtime after recovering an onside kick with 1:19 to play. But they were held out of the end zone on four plays from the Clemson 2 in the closing seconds - the last when linebacker James Skalski tackled Dylan Deveney a yard short. The chaos continued, though, when Shipley fumbled in the end zone with Clemson (2-1, 1-0) attempting to run out the clock and was tackled after recovering for a safety with seven seconds left.

The Tigers kicked the ball away and Georgia Tech quarterback Jordan Yates' last ditch throw with 3 seconds left was ruled an incomplete forward pass, ending the game. The game was delayed nearly two hours just before the half because of the threat of lightning around Memorial Stadium. Clemson was favored by nearly four touchdowns and had beaten the Yellow Jackets 73-7 a season ago. This time, though, Clemson and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei couldn't get the offense going for the second time in three games. Clemson was held to 180 yards in a 10-3 loss to No. 2 Georgia two weeks ago. Georgia Tech limited Clemson to 207 yards the first three quarters and it continually came up with third-down stops. - Clemson/AP College Football


(DS#5 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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  09/13/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  SEPT 13 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Will Shipley, Clemson, Fr., RB, Weddington, N.C.,...Rushed eight times for a team-high 80 yards with two rushing touchdowns in Saturday's win over South Carolina State ... Became the first Clemson true freshman to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Lyn-J Dixon in 2018 ... Fifth true freshman under Dabo Swinney to average 10.0 yards per carry in a game on at least five carries, joining Dixon, Travis Etienne, Kelly Bryant and Sammy Watkins ... Recorded 127 all-purpose yards. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#5 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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  09/11/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  Will Shipley's not too young to see how much No. 6 Clemson needed a strong offensive showing. The five-star freshman tailback had 80 yards rushing and two touchdowns as the Tigers cranked up their offense with a 49-3 win over South Carolina State on Saturday. The dominant performance followed a dreadful one in a 10-3 loss to No. 2 Georgia last week, a game in which Clemson was held without a touchdown for the first time since the 2017 season. "It was very important for us to come out firing on all cylinders," the 19-year-old Shipley said. "This definitely gave us confidence, and we're definitely stepping in the right direction." Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei ran for two scores and threw for a third and Clemson gained 504 yards after managing just 180 - and only 2 rushing - against the SEC's Bulldogs. "I just wanted to come out and prove myself, play a great game," Uiagalelei said. "I'm ready to get better and better." Uiagalelei and the Tigers (1-1) had touchdowns on all four of their first-quarter possessions and pulled away for their 36th straight win over teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.

Uiagalelei began the rout with a 4-yard scoring burst. Shipley and Kobe Pace added scoring runs before Uiagalelei closed the surge with an 11-yard pass to receiver Justyn Ross. It was Ross' first touchdown catch since 2019, after he missed last season due to spinal surgery. Clemson coordinator Tony Elliott said Uiagalelei still has work to do to improve his rhythm with his pass-catchers. "As the quarterback continues to do that, the game will slow down," Elliott said. South Carolina State (0-2) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference had little chance of slowing the Tigers. Clemson continued its dominant history for the Tigers over their instate rival, improving to 5-0 alltime by a combined score of 287-23. - Clemson/AP College Football


(DS#5 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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  09/09/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  As Will Shipley whipped out of the backfield and turned his wheel route up the sideline, everyone across the country saw the green grass in front of him. It was just the second play of Clemson's mega-opener with Georgia, and the five-star freshman was primed for a highlight-reel play. Of course, Shipley knew he was open, too. "Yeah, I did," Shipley said, smiling, "but D.J. made the right read." The right read for quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei was tight end Davis Allen, coming open across the middle. The pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage, though, and that second-down play went down as one of many missed opportunities in a disappointing loss. On the night, Shipley had just four carries for 7 yards.

The native of Weddington, N.C., also had one catch for 11 yards later in the proceedings, but it was far from the electric debut many Clemson fans hoped for. But now it's time for Shipley's maturity, something coaches raved about all preseason, to come into play. As the No. 6 Tigers (0-1) prepare for South Carolina State, Shipley isn't necessarily thinking about the play everyone else saw. He's focused on the time he didn't press toward the hole with one more step, pulling a linebacker out of his gap. He's logging false steps in pass protection, wanting to meet blitzers closer to the line of scrimmage. "The opportunities were there. I gotta make a guy miss. I gotta make something out of nothing," Shipley said. "I'm not even saying there was nothing there. I gotta make a play. Whether it's one carry or 10 carries, I put that on myself. Going back, I just look at the details, the little things. They all add up. - Charleston Post Courier


(DS#5 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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  09/06/21 - Lannden ZandersrJr/2024, Clemson, 6-1, 210 (DS#5 SS) + More +

  Clemson starting safety Landen Zanders will need shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Zanders hurt himself in the 10-3 loss to No. 5 Georgia this past Saturday night. Zanders, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior from Shelby, North Carolina, had 34 tackles last season as he started 10 of Clemson's 12 games. Zanders posted on social media that while he didn't expect his season to go this way, he'll come back stronger than ever in 2022. Swinney said Zanders will take a redshirt season. - AP College Football

(DS#5 SS) rJr/2024 SS Lannden ZandersClemson
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  09/06/21 - James SkalskirSr/2022, Clemson, 6-0, 240 (DS#17 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 6 ACC SEPT 6 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: James Skalski, Clemson, Sr., LB, Sharpsburg, Ga.,...Recorded a game-high 14 tackles in the No. 3 Tigers 10-7 loss to No. 5 Georgia ... Led a Clemson defense that limited the Bulldogs to 256 total yards and three points (seven Georgia points came on a Tiger turnover) ... It marked the eighth time in history that Clemson has held an AP Top 5 opponent to 10 or fewer points. - ACC Football

(DS#17 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB James SkalskiClemson
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  09/05/21 - E.J. WilliamsSo/2024, Clemson, 6-2, 195 (DS#16 WR) + More +

  Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said starting wideout E.J. Williams sustained a thumb injury in the loss to Georgia and will miss four or five weeks. Williams will need surgery, Swinney said Sunday. Williams is a 6-foot-3, 197-pound receiver from Phenix City, Alabama. He had one catch in the 10-3 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday night. Williams had 24 catches for 306 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2020. He played in 12 games last year, getting four starts for the Tigers. Swinney said if surgery and the recovery go well, Williams could return when the Tigers go to Syracuse on Oct. 15. - AP College Football

(DS#16 WR) So/2024 WR E.J. WilliamsClemson
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  08/21/21 - Andrew Booth Jr.Jr/2023, Clemson, 6-0, 200 (DS#4 CB) + More +

  Andrew Booth's problem last year wasn't anything on the field. The problem for Clemson's junior cornerback was staying on the field. One of the injuries he sustained was a thigh bruise in December that rendered him almost immobile. The year before, as a freshman, Booth had to have surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon. One can't predict when an injury will or won't happen, but the Georgia native is taking every precaution necessary to ensure he plays a full season. He's more mindful of what he puts in his body and has even taken up yoga. It's become a popular activity among athletes, which includes Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James and the entire Seattle Seahawks team. Booth practices yoga twice a week outside by himself. He lays out a mat, pulls up a yoga video on YouTube and completes the exercises, though he admits he doesn't know the names of poses just yet. "Hot yoga typically opens up your muscles, the heat," he said. "It opens up your muscles and makes you more, I don't know, it feels good. You should try it." Booth was, more or less, on point with his assessment. According to a medically reviewed article by Insider, yoga improves flexibility, strengthens muscles, reduces stress and aids in weight loss.

Brigham Health Hub also included mental focus as a positive point for doing yoga. "Many yoga poses are most successful when breathing matches movement," the article stated. Booth believes 90% of playing football is mental and 10% is physical. Although he didn't mention the breathing side of yoga, he did say he's found taking deep breaths helps him in moments where he needs a mental shift on the field. "Just think about like, Lord, give me peace," he said. "Just give me peace. (Takes breath). And then just line up." - The State


(DS#4 CB) Jr/2023 CB Andrew Booth Jr.Clemson
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  08/21/21 - Justyn RossrSr/2022, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  After Clemson wrapped its second and final scrimmage Thursday, coach Dabo Swinney could happily report his team had made it through the grindstone. Sixteen straight practices, including a pair of 11-on-11 fracases, and the Tigers were just about healthy heading into game prep for the opener with Georgia. That's one big sigh of relief. But the biggest exhale of all was reserved for one player. Clemson receiver Justyn Ross, working his way back from a neck and spine issue that wiped away his 2020 season - and nearly his football career - found himself in the tense but inevitable situation that everyone had been waiting for.

Ross caught three passes. Three times, he found himself at the mercy of a tackler. All three times, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior came out OK. "Popped right back up," Swinney said. "And he took a couple of good hits. He just popped right back up and just went on to the next play. "It really couldn't have worked out any better, as far as what I needed and what he needed. He's been ready to go since last spring, in his mind, as far as ready to go play. But it's been a long process. And today was finally the day." It's been quite a wait. It was back in the spring of 2020 when a congenital fusion was discovered in his neck, along with a bulging disc that needed repair. Coming into fall camp - more than a year removed from surgery - Ross was cleared to play. But he missed the first week of camp to COVID-19 protocol. - Charleston Post Courier


(DS#3 WR) rSr/2022 WR Justyn RossClemson
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  08/20/21 - Will TaylorFr/2025, Clemson, 5-09, 175 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Tigers coach Dabo Swinney has been impressed with what he's seen from Dutch Fork High School graduate and current freshman quarterback Will Taylor. "I called him Doug Flutie the other day," Swinney said. "I would imagine that's what Doug Flutie looked like. He don't know who Doug Flutie is, but I would imagine that's what Doug Flutie looked like. Just electric, makes all these throws, all these crazy arm angles. You're like, 'How in the world could he even see that guy?' He sees them all." The Tigers' mentor assured that Taylor, who he called special, will see time under center at some point as well as returning punts before switching to wide receiver next year. Even then, it's likely that Taylor will be somewhat of a Swiss army knife for Clemson's offense. - The State

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2025 WR Will TaylorClemson
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  08/19/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  By the time Will Shipley sprinted 20 yards downfield with the handoff, he could have let up. He could have given way to his teammate, safety Jalyn Phillips, who was hovering beyond the 21st yard. Make a juke. Turn right. Or left. Or just stop. No, if the freshman running back from Weddington, N.C., has left an impression with Clemson players and coaches this fall camp, it's that he doesn't stop. Shipley went for that 21st yard, with full force, his shoulders dealing Phillips a glancing blow. It was a casual collision, both parties remaining on their feet. But it was very Shipley. Once they reoriented, Shipley turned around for a sprint back to the huddle, and Phillips saw him off with a firm slap on the backside.

The Tigers have become accustomed to this. In the offseason, when they were running hills, it was usually Shipley charging to the front of the pack, up there with cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. and receiver Frank Ladson. On the practice field, he's still zooming in one direction or another. "He's not like a typical freshman," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "He's just - wushhhh - locked in all the time. Everything. He's going to win every sprint. He's not a guy who is going to be respectful to everybody and say 'Maybe I shouldn't win this sprint.' He doesn't worry about anyone else. "He's going to win every sprint, and if you can't run with him, too bad. That's just his mindset. He's not a guy who is going to wait until his senior year to be a leader. He showed up here as a leader." - Charleston Post Courier


(DS#5 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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