CUTigers.com begins its Countdown to Kickoff series by examining each player on the Tigers' roster, highlighting a new player everyday until the season opener against Georgia on August 30th. Tuesday marks the 67th day until kickoff, so we'll start with freshman OL Chris Capote and work our way down the roster.
#67 Chris Capote
Killian High School
NR: 110 Rating: ***
Chris put together an outstanding final year of high school football, averaging close to 12 pancakes per game and not allowing a single sack all season long. Once he arrives on campus, he is projected to play as an offensive tackle, however he also has the versatility to play as a guard.
Florida native Chris Capote will arrive at Clemson this summer with large expectations resting on his shoulders as several experts, radio personalities, and even coaches have suggested that he will be the lone incoming freshman on the offensive line to avoid a redshirt.
After redshirting his entire class of offensive linemen in each of the last two seasons, head coach Tommy Bowden may be inclined to let one or two see the field this year to provide some much needed depth throughout the season. The smart money is on either Chris Capote or Marion Dukes to be one of those players.
"I will be up in Clemson a few days before the second summer session starts. I'm planning on taking one or two classes and working as hard as I can for the fall. I want to major in Premed," said Capote.
"Offseason training has been going great. I'm benching 390, squatting 500 & power cleaning 310. I'm at 6'5" and weighing about 308. I've been running & keeping my speed up," adds the incoming freshman.
To say that Chris Capote has had a monstrous offseason would be an understatement. He's hit the weights hard and worked extensively on his conditioning. When it's all said and done, he'll report to camp this fall at just over 6-feet 5-inches tall, and weigh in at just over 305 pounds. If Capote is able to report to camp in good shape, he's one of three incoming freshmen that we are ready to predict will avoid a redshirt in 2003.