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  08/03/21 - Fred Davis IISo/2024, Clemson, 6-0, 185 (DS#13 CB) + More +

  A Clemson football player slammed on brakes before he crashed into the back of a mail carrier at 70 mph. That detail and more are in a supplemental report regarding Clemson sophomore cornerback Fred Davis's car wreck that was released by Clemson police on Monday morning. According to the report, Davis was driving a 2021 Dodge Charger with a temporary Alabama plate at 115 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone going southbound on Highway 123 before Highway 93 on the afternoon of July 21. He left 290 feet of skid marks and lost 45 mph, hitting the USPS mail carrier truck, which was still in motion, at 70 mph. "Further time and distance studies were conducted and it was determined that at the traveling speed of 115MPH Davis closed a distance of approximately 833 feet in five seconds," the report stated.

On Sunday, Davis turned himself in to Clemson police to face a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. He was booked and released. "Had Davis been operating his vehicle in a safe manner this collision would not have occurred," the report concludes, noting Davis had plenty of space to stop safely if he had been driving within the speed limit. Clemson athletics told The State on Sunday that Davis remains with the team and will be subject to "internal discipline for misdemeanor charges" in line with the Clemson Student-Athlete Handbook. - The State


(DS#13 CB) So/2024 CB Fred Davis IIClemson
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  08/01/21 - Justyn RossrSr/2022, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  Ross sat out of the 2020 season after having surgery due to a congenital spine fusion. In 2019, the last time he was on the field competitively, he started every game and totaled 865 yards and eight scores on a team-best 66 receptions. As a freshman, the Phenix City, Alabama native also reached 1,000 receiving yards, making him one of only four Tigers wide receivers to achieve the feat in the past five years. Ross was eager to get reps during the spring, but Grisham, going into his second season as the Tigers' full-time wide receivers coach, adhered to the rules of waiting for medical clearance.

"He was like, 'Coach, man, let me compete in the spring, "Grisham said of Ross, who has built back up a good portion of muscle that he lost last year. "I'm like, 'I will lose my job if I let you get a rep of one-on-ones and I love my job and my family too much to do that." Instead, the redshirt junior completed RVA (routes versus air) and worked on perfecting the timing of his routes. That wasn't just limited to reps in the slot, either. Ross possesses the ability to make an impact everywhere. "He's a big-body guy, but he can get in and out of his breaks like he's a 6-footer," Grisham said, "so that's what excites you is that he's so dynamic that you can do a lot of things with him." - The State


(DS#2 WR) rSr/2022 WR Justyn RossClemson
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  08/01/21 - Fred Davis IISo/2024, Clemson, 6-0, 185 (DS#13 CB) + More +

  Clemson cornerback Fred Davis II was arrested and charged with misdemeanor reckless driving for going 60 mph over the posted speed limit in July, leading to an accident. The Clemson Police Department said in a release Sunday that Davis was traveling at 115 mph before colliding with a mail truck and injuring the driver on July 21. Davis turned himself in Sunday and has been released on bail. Clemson police said the mail carrier sustained severe injuries in the wreck and "will require months or longer for recovery." Davis was not injured in the accident. The school said Davis remains with the program and will be subject to internal discipline, per the Clemson Student-Athlete Handbook. Davis, from Jacksonville, Florida, played in 11 games as a freshman in 2020. The 6-foot defensive back had 13 tackles and broke up two passes, both coming in Clemson's win over Notre Dame in the ACC Championship game a year ago. - AP College Football

(DS#13 CB) So/2024 CB Fred Davis IIClemson
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  07/29/21 - Bryan BreseeSo/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 300 (DS#1 DT) + More +

  After a top showing in Bryan Bresee's collegiate debut with Clemson in 2020, the defensive tackle will be expected to keep it going. Bresee finished third in the media's preseason player of the year voting with eight votes and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team with 120 votes, released on Tuesday. The sophomore started 10 of 12 games played last season, contributing 33 tackles, 6.5 for loss, four quarterback sacks and two pass break-ups to help the Tigers reach the College Football Playoffs semifinals with a 10-2 record.

"I think Bryan has the ability to develop into a great defensive lineman," Tigers defensive tackles coach Todd Bates said. "He's definitely on the right track." Fellow Tigers sophomore and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei pocketed six votes for preseason player of the year to finish fourth in the voting with North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell nabbing the honor with 114 votes. Bresee is just one of eight Clemson players to make the All-ACC preseason team, more than any other squad in the league. - The State


(DS#1 DT) So/2024 DT Bryan BreseeClemson
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  07/28/21 - Baylon SpectorrSr/2022, Clemson, 6-0, 230 (DS#22 OLB) + More +

  Clemson is favored to nab its seventh straight ACC championship, the conference announced Monday. Almost 150 media members voted in the preseason poll with the Tigers garnering 125 first-place votes. North Carolina came in second with 16 first-place votes, while three voters picked Miami to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Virginia each received a first-place vote. Clemson garnered 146 votes to win the Atlantic Division, and the media projected the Tar Heels to come out on top of the Coastal Division (109). N.C. State was given one first-place vote to win the Atlantic - the only school other than Clemson to receive any recognition. The Tigers' ACC reign began in 2015 with that team beating North Carolina, 45-37, in the ACC title game. During the six-year span, they've boasted a 46-3 record against league foes. - The State

(DS#22 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Baylon SpectorClemson
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  07/26/21 - DJ UiagaleleiSo/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Clemson sophomore quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei is a 2021 Heisman Trophy candidate because of performances in two strong starts when veteran star Trevor Lawrence was out with COVID-19 in 2020. The Southern Californian is also a quick study off the field. That was evident at the ACC Football Kickoff on July 22 when Uiagalelei was asked about his new Name, Image and Likeness deal with Bojangles. "California, we don't have Bojangles down there," Uiagalelei said during a press conference at the Westin Charlotte. "I remember one thing coming down here to the South, one thing I definitely learned is Jesus is No. 1 here. Then it goes football and then it's people love Bojangles."

Uiagalelei and North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell have signed deals with Bojangles under the NCAA's new Name, Image and Likeness policy allowing players to cash in on endorsement deals. Bojangles, a fast-food company specializing in fried chicken and other Southern favorites, is based in Charlotte. Uigalelei was asked during the press conference if he might parlay his "Big Cinco" nickname tied to his jersey No. 5 into a $5 Bojangles meal deal. "That would definitely work," Uiagalelei said. "I'll have to talk to Bojangles about that." - Charleston Post Courier


(DS#1 QB) So/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  07/25/21 - DJ UiagaleleiSo/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  After the NCAA set its interim name, image and likeness policy on July 1, some college student-athletes immediately signed deals. Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei waited. Instead, he first signed an agent, VaynerSports. Less than a month later, Bojangles welcomed Uiagalelei to its team. Both he and North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell signed deals with the chicken franchise, announced on Wednesday. "College football is a huge passion point for Bojangles and our fans, so we are excited to be able to work with the athletes that make this sport so great," said Jackie Woodward, chief brand and marketing officer for Bojangles, via a press release. "These local stars have enjoyed our delicious food to fuel their athletic careers, and we're thrilled to officially be part of their journey."

Uiagalelei confirmed the news with a 25-second Instagram video that featured Tigers offensive linemen Ryan Linthicum and Walker Parkers. The three are seated at a table sharing a meal with Parks feasting on what appears to be a chicken sandwich while Uiagalelei is pouring himself a cup of sweet tea. Before taking a sip, the sophomore quarterback compliments the company's consistency in the quality of food. "I'm excited to be one of the first college athletes to say 'It's Bo Time!'" Uiagalelei wrote in the caption. - The State


(DS#1 QB) So/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  07/12/21 - Bubba ChandlerFr/2025, Clemson, 6-3, 195 (DS#31 QB) + More +

  The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Clemson quarterback and baseball signee Bubba Chandler with the 72nd pick during the MLB Draft's third round on Monday. The selection comes with a slot value, or projected signing bonus, of $870,700, a figure that can be negotiated. All that's left is for Chandler to officially announce that he's joining the Pirates or opting to stay at Clemson - though he's already tipped his hand at where he's leaning. "Let's get to work," he posted to Twitter promoting the Pirates' announcement of drafting him, adding "Ball player for the Pirates" to his social media bio. He also told an ESPN reporter that he intends to sign with Pittsburgh.

Chandler, who had yellow confetti ready when the Pirates drafted him as a pitcher, was projected to go around the mid to late part of the first round, but was still on the board when the second round began Monday. MLB.com senior writer Jim Callis had the Georgia native as one of the top three players still available heading into Day Two of the draft, noting Chandler's upside as well as his fastball, slider and changeup. - The State


(DS#31 QB) Fr/2025 QB Bubba ChandlerClemson
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  07/08/21 - Drew SwinneyrJr/2023, Clemson, 5-08, 185 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney's sons, Drew and Will Swinney, have developed their own merchandise through the Players Trunk, released on Wednesday. The "Swinney Bros" created both an adult and youth T-shirt and hoodie that say, 'Holder U,' which is a nod to Will, a fifth-year senior, being the Tigers' starting holder since 2017. The two have become the latest Clemson athletes to profit from the NCAA's interim name, image and likeness (NIL) policy. Justyn Ross, the first known Clemson athlete to have an NIL deal, also has a collection of merchandise with the Players Trunk. Will and Drew, a redshirt junior, were walk-ons and have taken snaps at wide receiver with the Tigers. Will, the older of the two, became a scholarship player in 2018 and was a William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist last season with seven catches for 29 yards during. Drew had three receptions for 18 yards last year. - The State

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Drew SwinneyClemson
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  07/04/21 - DJ UiagaleleiSo/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei announced Friday that he has signed with VaynerSports. Uiagalelei's news comes a day after the NCAA's new interim name, image and likeness policy went into effect. There are seven known Clemson athletes who have announced NIL deals since then. Instead of signing a deal himself, however, the Tigers' starting quarterback opted to hire an agency, which is also covered in Clemson's NIL policies, released Wednesday night. VaynerSports is a branch of Vayner Media, a social and digital agency started by Gary Vaynerchuk and AJ Vaynerchuk in 2009.

The company expanded and launched VaynerSports in 2016 "to create an offering that featured great contract advisory, superior service, innovative marketing (and) endorsements, and mentorship in the world of business, branding, social media, investing (and) sports," according to its website. VaynerSports represents athletes like Leonard Williams of the New York Giants as well as South Carolina native and NFL free agent Alshon Jeffery and the LA Dodgers' Justin Turner. - The State


(DS#1 QB) So/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  07/03/21 - Justyn RossrSr/2022, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  Justyn Ross became the first known Clemson athlete to utilize the new name, image and likeness bill on Thursday morning. Hours after the law went into effect, the Tigers' wide receiver took to social media to reveal his new partnership with a company called The Players Trunk to create his own merchandise. "Stay tuned throughout the year for more!!!" Ross tweeted. The photo included Images of a gray hoodie and T-shirt with Ross's name and image of him in an orange and white uniform. According to information released by Clemson on Wednesday night, athletes are prohibited from using the institution's intellectual property, which includes its logo. The colors aren't trademarked by Clemson, of course, and since there are no other indications that the image is affiliated with the school, Ross is legally able to use the image. - The State

(DS#2 WR) rSr/2022 WR Justyn RossClemson
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  06/28/21 - Jake HerbstreitrSo/2024, Clemson, 5-11, 170 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Walk-on safety Jake Herbstreit is no longer a member of Clemson's football team and has been removed from the Tigers' 2021 roster. Herbstreit's absence, first reported by Matt Connolly of Clemson Sports, came after a 2020 season where the redshirt freshman played on the scout team. The year before, he played in four games while redshirting. In that time, he played wide receiver against Charlotte and helped out on special teams against Boston College, Wofford and Wake Forest. Still a student at Clemson, he has taken an interest in creative media, per a Clemson spokesperson, and might pursue opportunities there at the school, though nothing has been confirmed yet. Tye Herbstreit, Jake's twin brother, is also a walk-on and remains with the team. The redshirt sophomore wide receiver has recorded 12 snaps in five games, which included his season debut against Miami last year. He has no official stats. - The State

(DS#999 FS) rSo/2024 FS Jake HerbstreitClemson
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  06/25/21 - James SkalskirSr/2022, Clemson, 6-0, 240 (DS#15 ILB) + More +

  James Skalski's legacy at Clemson will be one for the books. The sixth-year senior has one more chapter left to add, though. On Feb. 11, he tweeted out a video accompanied by three words: not done yet. Once considered an NFL Draft prospect, the linebacker opted to return to school as one-half of the "Bruise Brothers," a nickname coach Dabo Swinney gave Skalski and Baylon Spector. Skalski ended up only playing nine games and started in eight while dealing with a groin injury. Still, the Mike linebacker and team captain managed to end the season with 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks while making history as the first-ever player to play in five ACC championship games.

Spector, the other Bruise Brother, made the most out of his year as a full-time starter in 2020. Playing Will linebacker, the redshirt senior led the Tigers in tackles (72) and sacks (4.5) as the defensive unit finished second in the ACC behind Notre Dame, which won't be in the conference this year. Between Spector and Skalski and the seven other listed scholarship linebackers, defensive coordinator Brent Venables won't be short of viable options, despite losing nickel/sam linebacker Mike Jones, Jr. - The State


(DS#15 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB James SkalskiClemson
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  05/28/21 - DJ UiagaleleiSo/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  After a prime-time start to the season, Clemson football will have a pair of afternoon games as the Tigers learned kickoff times for the first three weeks of the 2021 season on Thursday. The Tigers open the season at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for a highly-anticipated matchup against Georgia on Sept. 4 with a 7:30 p.m. start. That game will be on ABC. The Tigers' home opener will be 5 p.m. Sept. 11 against South Carolina State and carried on ACC Network. Clemson's ACC opener is set the following week at home against Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN or ABC. - The State

(DS#1 QB) So/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  05/18/21 - DJ UiagaleleiSo/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 250 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  The Clemson-Georgia football game scheduled for Sept. 4 will kick off at 7:30 p.m., ESPN announced. The game will air on ABC. The ACC/SEC showdown will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The matchup represents the start of a six-game series the programs will play over the next 14 years. Coach Dabo Swinney's team enters the season as a national title contender after earning its sixth straight College Football Playoff bid last season. The Tigers lost star quarterback Trevor Lawrence to the NFL, but believe sophomore signal caller D.J. Uiagalelei can help to fill the void. Clemson returns all but two starters on defense. - Charleston Post Courier

(DS#1 QB) So/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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