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  10/15/21 - DJ UiagaleleiSo/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  DJ Uiagalelei passed for 181 yards and one touchdown, Kobe Pace rushed for 76 yards and another score, and Clemson held off Syracuse 17-14 on Friday night. Clemson (4-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), coming off a bye week, played its first game as a team not ranked by the AP since Nov. 22, 2014, a 28-0 win against Georgia State, and held on for the victory after Syracuse place-kicker Andre Szymt missed a 48-yard field goal attempt with 38 seconds left. Syracuse (3-4, 0-3) is in the same boat, but the Orange aren’t winning. They came into the game after consecutive ACC losses to Florida State and then-No. 19 Wake Forest that were decided on the final play of each game, and that seemed a possibility again on a night Orange tailback Sean Tucker continued his amazing season with 157 yards rushing on 22 carries. - Clemson/AP College Football

(DS#2 QB) So/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  10/03/21 - B.T. PotterSr/2022, Clemson, 5-10, 190 (DS#3 K) + More +

  B.T. Potter had four field goals, hitting a tiebreaking 35-yarder late in the third quarter, and No. 25 Clemson held off Boston College 19-13 on Saturday night. The Tigers (3-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won 31 straight at home despite the suddenly stagnant offense held to a first-quarter touchdown. They have won 11 in a row over Boston College (4-1, 0-1). Boston College drove to the Clemson 12 in the final minute. But quarterback Dennis Grosel fumbled away the snap and defensive end K.J. Henry recovered to seal it.

The Eagles were among the ACC's surprise teams with their first 4-0 start in 14 years. They just couldn't make much happen against the Clemson defense. When BC's Nate Okpala blocked a punt in Clemson territory early in the third quarter, the responded with a three-and-out. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles drove to the Clemson 43. But Grosel bobbled the snap on third down and lost 16 yards. Clemson had hoped to break out of a season-long offensive funk where its has scored just 57 points combined against its four Power Five opponents this year. - Clemson/AP College Football


(DS#3 K) Sr/2022 K B.T. PotterClemson
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  09/28/21 - Bryan BreseeSo/2024, Clemson, 6-5, 300 (DS#2 DT) + More +

  Clemson has lost starting defensive tackle Bryan Bresee for the rest of the season after the sophomore tore an ACL in the overtime loss at North Carolina State on Saturday. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney updated Bresee's status on Sunday. Bresee is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman from Damascus, Maryland. He was one fo the nation's top recruits when he signed at Clemson and was the Atlantic Coast Conference defensive rookie of the year. Swinney also said starting tailback Will Shipley will miss three-to-four weeks with a leg injury. Shipley is a freshman who had risen to take over for NFL first-round and ACC career rushing leader Travis Etienne. Bresee's loss means the Tigers will play without their two starting defensive tackles for a while. Tyler Davis is out for as much as two months with a torn bicep. Swinney said Bresee expects to be full go by the middle of next year. - AP College Football

(DS#2 DT) So/2024 DT Bryan BreseeClemson
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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#4 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#4 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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  09/20/21 - LaVonta BentleyrSo/2024, Clemson, 5-11, 235 (DS#7 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#7 ILB) rSo/2024 ILB LaVonta BentleyClemson
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  09/19/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#4 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#4 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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  09/13/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#4 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#4 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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  09/11/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#4 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#4 RB) Fr/2025 RB Will ShipleyClemson
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  09/09/21 - Will ShipleyFr/2025, Clemson, 5-10, 205 (DS#4 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#4 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#18 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#18 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB James SkalskiClemson
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  09/05/21 - E.J. WilliamsSo/2024, Clemson, 6-2, 195 (DS#15 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#15 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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