CUTigers.com continues our countdown to kickoff series by taking a look at offensive lineman Dustin Fry. Fry is currently listed as the 2nd team center entering fall practice, but we stand by the notion that he'll see significant action no matter where he plays in 2003.
OL Dustin Fry
6-5, 300, 5.0
Summerville High School
Summerville, South Carolina
Dustin Fry is a versatile lineman with unparalleled strength. The Summerville native enters the 2003 season as the back up to Tommy Sharpe at center, but he could see significant time at several other positions- namely left guard. Fry came to Clemson in the 2002 class and redshirted his freshman year. He was an all-state, all-area, all-region and all-Low Country selection in football, track and field, and wrestling at Summerville High School.
Fry was one of the most heralded recruits of the 2002 class, but it won't be until this fall that he makes his presence felt on the football field. This August, he'll arrive on the practice fields listed as the second team center behind Tommy Sharpe, but there's little doubt that he'll see significant playing time.
Fry, just like all of the linemen from the 2002 class, has worked extremely hard in the weight room and is now up to 320 pounds. His max on the bench is 460 pounds and he can put up 225 pounds a mind-boggling 34 times. Interestingly enough, the Summerville native came to Clemson already as one of the strongest players in southeast.
Fry, who is also known as "Biggie" amongst his family and friends, dislocated his knee cap during the early part of fall practice last season. Had it not been for that injury, some experts were suggesting that he could have been the one freshman lineman to avoid a redshirt.
Fry chose the Tigers back in February of 2002 for a wide variety of reasons, but one of the most important things to him has always been winning. "I wouldn't have come to Clemson if I didn't think the program was on the upswing. I see people now and they ask me about Clemson and I just smile. I know the next 5 years we'll be doing some great things there."
Fry has been penciled in on the second team at center, but don't be surprised to see him make some noise at several other positions on the offensive line this year. "I'm at center, and that's all I know and that's all I've been told," Fry told CUTigers.com subscribers in a recent chat session.
It's hard to believe that Dustin Fry is only a redshirt freshman, but that's good news for Tiger fans because he's got 4 solid years ahead of him. While he may be listed as a reserve center entering fall practice, he'll do whatever it takes to get on the field, and we believe he will. Look for Dustin to see action behind Tommy Sharpe, but don't be surprised to see him at other positions on the line in 2003.