Freeman is on the Watch List for the Dave Rimington Award, which goes to the top center in college football, while Ford is on the Watch List for the John Mackey Award, which goes to the top tight end in college football
Freeman is the only returning finalist from last year on the 2012 Watch
List. He was the first Clemson center to be a finalist for the award
since Kyle Young in 2001. Young was actually a finalist in 2000 as
Freeman and Notre Dame center Braxton Cave are the only graduates among
the 51 centers on the list.
The native of Pelion, SC is one of five centers from the ACC on the
list. The others are Jay Finch of Georgia Tech, Andrew Miller of
Virginia Tech, Brian Moore of Duke and Camden Wentz of NC State. All
four of those ACC centers will play against Clemson this year.
Freeman will be in his fourth year as Clemson's starting center this
year. He is on pace to become the first four-year starter at center for
the Clemson program since Ralph Jenkins, 1943-46.
Freeman has played in 40 games and has 36 starts, all consecutively. He
was the first-team All-ACC center last year when he played 1044 snaps,
more than any player in Clemson history for one season. Freeman is also
a three-time Academic All-ACC selection and has been a starter on two
Atlantic Division Championship teams, including last year's ACC title
Ford is trying to become the second consecutive Clemson tight end to win
the John Mackey Award. Dwayne Allen won the honor last year as a
junior. He then turned professional and will be a member of the
Indianapolis Colts this year.
Ford, a native of Wando, had 14 receptions for 166 yards and
two scores last year and has 25 catches for his career. He had his
touchdown receptions last year against North Carolina and Wake Forest.
Like Freeman, Ford was also an Academic All-ACC performer last year. In
2010 he became the only receiver in Clemson history to catch two scoring
passes in a bowl game when he had two against South Florida in the
Meinke Car Care Bowl.
Freeman, Ford added to watch lists
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