CUTigers.com continues it's countdown to kickoff with only 66 days left until the Tigers run down the hill against the Georgia Bulldogs. There is no #66 on the current roster, so we'll start from #99 and work our way down from there on days where we don't have an active player associated with the day. Today: DE Mo Fountain!
Viewed as one of the top young defensive players in the Clemson program that played in every game for an average of 20 snaps per game as a first-year freshman. Last season, Mo saw in action in all 13 games and recorded 25 tackles, 14 assists, 1 sack and 2 INTs. He added 3 tackles in this year's Orange & White game held at Riggs Field.
Headed into the spring, Mo Fountain was listed as the back up to senior defensive end J.J. Howard, but he'll be depended on this season to play a significant number of snaps.
Fountain attended Camden High School where he was a two-time all-conference player. He was also voted the MVP of the North South High School All-Star game in Myrtle Beach during his senior year.
Big Mo has shown flashes of brilliance in his Clemson career. Last year against Louisiana Tech, he had interception that was returned over 50+ yards down to the Bulldogs one-yard line in the closing minutes to help clinch the win for Clemson. He also forced a fumble in 2001 against Wofford that was returned by 29-yards by Eric Meekins for a touchdown.
Fountain also tipped and then made a diving interception of a Scott McBrien pass last season against the Maryland Terrapins. The turnover was critical at the time considering the score was still 16-9 in the 3rd quarter.
In case you don't remember, Fountain was the player who suggested to Brian Mance that he try to strip the football from Wake Forest running back Chris Barclay last year in Death Valley. Mance did, and that turnover late in the 4th quarter likely saved the game, and the season for the Tigers.
Fountain will be counted to provide depth at defensive end this year. He's shown the ability to make the big play throughout his career, and he'll have to do more of that in 2003 to see the field. The Camden native had a solid spring, but there's little doubt that he has the ability to do so much more with his athleticism.