2002 Player Bios

Here is the official bio's of all the players in the 2002 class as released by the Clemson University Athletic Department. The Tigers will welcome 26 new football players to campus this fall.

Gaines Adams
DE * 6-6 * 235 * Greenwood, SC
Fork Union Prep School/Cambridge Academy
40 time: 4.6
Exciting player who recorded 58 tackles and 22 sacks in 10 games this season with Fork Union Prep... had two interceptionsŠ played wide receiver and had more than 1,300 yards receiving... A three-year starter in high school at Cambridge Academy... he recorded 14 sacks on defense leading his team to the state championship in 2000... had 57 receptions for 1,680 yards and 20 touchdowns on offense... had 78 solo tackles along with five interceptions as a defensive end... had 158 career receptions for 4,394 yard and 65 touchdowns... ended his career with a total of 81 touchdowns... on defense he finished career with 341 tackles, 10 interceptions and 33 sacks... two-time all-state honoree... All-Lakelands 1A Player of the Year as a senior... three-star prospect by Rivals100.com... played high school football under coach Steve Taneyhill and prep school football under coach John Shuman... born 6-8-83... Chose Clemson over USC, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

Nathan Bennett
OL * 6-5 * 300 * Dallas, GA
Paulding County High School
40 time: 5.0
All-region selection as a seniorŠ All-Paulding County as a junior and senior... A three year letterman in football... led his team to a 12-2 record and the state playoffs... bench presses 350 pounds, power cleans 305 pounds and squats 435 pounds... Offensive Team Captain 2001... voted most improved by the team 2000... two-star prospect Rivals100.com and as the 75th-best offensive guard by that web site... played high school football under Coach Lynn Rowe... chose Clemson over East Carolina, UAB, Mississippi State and Arkansas.

Irvin Brisker
DE * 6-7 * 265 * Conyers, GA
Rockdale County High School
40 time: 4.94
All-state selection as a seniorŠ all-area and all-region both his junior and senior seasons... had 68 tackles with 10 tackles for loss his senior year... caused three fumbles and recovered three fumbles... recorded six sacks with seven quarterback hurries... a tall and quick defensive end who batted down six balls at the line of scrimmage... 2001 Atlanta Journal Constitution Super 11 player... 2001 Area Defensive Player of the Year... Rockdale Lineman of the Year his junior year... 3 star prospect by TheInsiders.com... ranked as 58th-best defensive end in nation by TheInsiders.com... four-star prospect Rivals100.com and ranked as the 17th-best tight end by that web siteŠ played for Coach Matt Fligg... born 6-1-83... chose Clemson over Georgia, USC, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama.

Brandon Cannon
DE * 6-4 * 250 * Stone Mountain, GA
Stephenson High School
40 time: 4.7
All-county both his junior and senior seasons... four-year starter at Stephenson High School... played on both sides of the football... also track standout... team captain his senior year... led his high school to a 10-3 record and the third round of the state playoffs... Atlanta Journal Constitution top 50 in Georgia... four-star prospect by TheInsiders.com...ranked 27th-best defensive end in nation by TheInsiders.com... four-star prospect Rivals100.com... ninth-ranked weakside defensive in nation by Rivals100.com...played for Coach Ron Gartrell...born 1-5-84...chose Clemson over Maryland, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Ohio State, and North Carolina.

Chris Carter
DB * 5-11 * 175 * Kannapolis, NC
A.L. Brown High School
40 time: 4.34
All-Region and All-Cabarrus County his senior yearŠ versatile player who played both wide receiver and running back in high school... rushed for 1,300 yards and had 660 yard receiving... scored 28 touchdowns earning a spot in the Shrine Bowl... returned two kickoffs for touchdowns... extremely strong for his size and bench presses 325 pounds... has a 41-inch vertical to add to his 4.34 speed... two-time all-conference football selection... two-star prospect Rivals100.com... ranked as the 85th-best athlete in the nation Rivals100.com... also runs track where he was all-conference last season... played high school football for Coach Ron Massey... born 1-30-84... chose Clemson over North Carolina.

Cole Chason
P/PK * 6-0 * 155 * Roswell, GA
Greater Atlanta Christian High School
40 time: 4.9
All-state placekicker and All-Region 8AA punter... connected on 6-9 field goals with a long of 52 yards and was 58-62 on extra points his senior season... punted 15 times averaging 45.6 yards... had 76 kickoffs with 39 touchbacks... made 9-10 field goals his junior year which included a streak of eight straight... Gwinnett Tochdown Club first-team All-Gwinnett County... Gwinnett Daily Post first-team All-Gwinnett... helped his team to advance to the second round of the playoffs with an overall record of 11-1 his senior year... four-star prospect TheInsiders.com... #11 K in nation The Insiders.com... two-star prospect Rivals100.com... 16th-ranked kicker prospect in nation according to Rivals100.comŠ helped lead his soccer team to the 2000 Class A/AA state championship as a sophomore... an excellent student-athlete with a 3.5 GPA... member of the National Honor Society... played high school football under Coach Jimmy Chupp... born 3-20-84... chose Clemson over Michigan, Georgia Tech, and Virginia.

Donnell Clark
LB * 6-2 * 245 * Griffin, GA
Griffin High School
40 time: 4.7
Three-year letterman in football... led Griffin High School with 99 tackles his senior season... had two interceptions and four sacks... recorded four tackles for loss... was the team captain for Griffin High and for the Georgia squad in the annual Georgia/Florida All-Star game... had seven tackles and three assists in that game... two-year lettermen in wrestling where he recently won the region championship... three-year letterman in track and field where he throws the shot put and the discus... two-star prospect by TheInsiders.com... ranked as the 54th-best tight end in nation TheInsiders.com... three-star prospect Rivals100.com and is the 53rd-best inside linebacker by that web site... played under Coach Steve DeVoursney... born 12-7-83... chose Clemson over Georgia, FSU, and Auburn.

Duane Coleman
RB * 5-10 * 185 * Naples, FL
Naples High School
40 time: 4.4
Led his high school to a Class 5A State Championship carrying the ball 28 times for 203 yards... had what is considered by many the best season of any player in the state of Florida... rated the #10 prospect in Florida and the #1 true running back in Florida... rushed for 2,814 yards and averaged an amazing 11.4 yards per carry... scored 40 touchdowns... nominee for Mr. Football in the state... Orlando Sentinel's Florida top-100 prospect list... Bench presses 300 pounds... catches the ball well out of the backfield giving defenses more concerns... two-star prospect Rivals100.com... ranked as the #41 all-purpose back in nation Rivals100.com... born 12-23-82... played at Naples High for Bill KramerŠchose Clemson over Miami, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

Tim Debeer
OL * 6-6 * 270 * Atlanta, GA
Marist High School
40 time: 5.2
All-Dekalb County as a seniorŠ two-year starter on the offensive line and a great run blocker with Marist running the wishbone offense... led his team to a 9-2 record and the second round of the state 4A playoffs... has a great work ethic in weight room, which led to much improved footwork over the last two years on the football field... two-star prospect Rivals100.com and ranked as the 89th-best offensive tackle in nation that web site... his team went 12-1 his junior season... three-year letterman at Marist high school... excellent student in the classroom... Honor Roll his junior year... has 3.3 GPA and scored 1330 on the SAT... played under coach Alan Chadwick... born 3-3-83... chose Clemson over Duke, Vanderbilt, ECU and SMU.

Jeff Francoeur
FS * 6-4 * 205 * Lilburn, GA
Parkview High School
40 time: 4.55
Second-team USA Today football All-American in 2001, he could make the publication's baseball team alsoŠlettered at Parkview High School three years in football and four years in baseball... led the Parkview Panthers to consecutive 15-0, 5A state championship seasons... one of the most recognized high school athletes in the country... ESPN.com #1 two-sport prep athlete in the nation... Team captain and state Player of the Year in Georgia for all classifications his senior season... USA Today All-American defensive back... Sports Illustrated March Issue Old Spice Athlete of the Month... Gwinnett County Player of the Year his senior season... Gwinnett County first-team wide receiver and defensive back both his junior and senior seasons... Atlanta Touchdown Club Defensive Back of the Year... Atlanta Journal Constitution Super 11... Atlanta Journal Constition Super Southern 100... received The Panther Award from his high school for leadership ability on and off the field... MVP for Parkview Football 2001... his junior season he was Male Athlete of the Year for the State of Georgia which was voted by Georgia sports writers and the Atlanta Journal Constitution... 5A Georgia Defensive Player of the Year his junior year... All-State his junior season... Gwinnett County Defensive Back of the Year... his sophomore season he was named first-team All-Gwinnett County as a Defensive Back... played in the 2001 Georgia/Florida High School Football Game... ninth-ranked defensive back prospect in the Tom Lemming... three-star prospect TheInsider.com... four-star prospect Rivals100.com... 11th-ranked safety in the nation by Rivals100.com... Standout baseball player as well... #9 defensive back in the nation by Tom LemmingŠ2001 Baseball State Player of the Year for all classifications... USA Today first-team baseball All-American... Baseball America first-team All-America... preseason 2002 USA Today All-American... preseason Baseball America All-American... top-ranked outfielder in the nation by Baseball America... Played for the USA Junior Team in Cuba this past summer... played under Coach Cecil Flowe... born 1-8-84... chose Clemson over Mississippi State, Notre Dame, UNC, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.

Dustin Fry
OL * 6-3 * 290 * Summerville, SC
Summerville High School
40 time: 4.9
Great pass blocker who had 80 knockdown blocks and graded out at better than 80 percent this season... very athletic playing both guard and tackle... named All-American by SuperPrep, CBS.SportsLine.com and Max Emfinger, All-state, all-area, all-region and all-Low Country selection in football, track and field and wrestling... Shrine Bowl Selection... Post and Courier Low Country Male Athlete of the Year... state champion in wrestling as junior and is still competing this year... won the shot put state championship as junior... Rated as one of the top-four players in South Carolina... attended same high school as current Tiger running back Bernard Rambert... played under legendary Coach John McKissick... Chose Clemson over South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Maryland.

Roman Fry
OL * 6-4 * 260 * Ironton, Ohio
Ironton High School
First-team All-Southeastern Ohio and runner-up for Division IV District Offensive Player of the Year... played guard and defensive end... an athletic player who also started several games at tight end... recorded 15 sacks and 84 tackles on the defensive side of the as a senior... first-team Ohio Football Register Division IV as a junior and senior... third-team All-Ohio All-Divisions by Ohio Football Register... second-team AP Division IV All-Classic... ranked as the #23 overal prospect in Ohio according to Bill Kurelic's Midwest Football Recruiting News and as the #47 offensive guard nationally by Rivals100.com... led his team to a 31-7 record during his three years as a starter which included 10 playoff games... team captain for Ironton Fighting Tigers... played for Coach Bob LutzŠborn 11-13-83... chose Clemson over Ohio State, Purdue, and West Virginia.

Kelvin Grant
WR * 6-2 * 205 * Camden, SC
Camden High School
40 time: 4.45
All-American by SuperPrep, USA Today and Tom LemmingŠ all-state, all-region and all-area both his junior and senior seasons... scored five touchdowns from kickoff returns, including a 90-yard touchdown return to win a game in the state playoffs as a senior... excellent jumper who can take the ball out of the air... caught 59 passes for 1,184 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior... had 45 catches for 887 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior... played in the Shrine Bowl... #2 prospect in South Carolina... fourth-ranked wide receiver in the country by SuperPrep... SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic Offensive Player of the Year... Atlanta Journal Constitution Top-50 Players in the country... ranked among the Rivals100.com Top-15 players in the nation... Alliance Sports top-20 players in the country... Tom Lemming national top-10 wide receiver... led Camden High School to the 3A State Championship in 2001... played under Coach Jimmy Neal... born 5-17-84... chose Clemson over South Carolina and Georgia.

Cory Groover
DL* 6-3 * 260 * Johnsonville, SC
Hanah-Pamplico High School
40 time: 4.57
Committed to Clemson on Signing Day 2001 as a junior and stuck to his pledge... SuperPrep All-American... Class A all-state team... Associated Press all-state team... All-Region 8-A... played in the Shrine Bowl... MVP for South Carolina... South Carolina Sports Report Class A Defensive Player of the Year... USA Today preseason All-American... WBTW All-Pee-Dee Area Team... Defensive Player of the Year... WPDE Zone Man Finalist... All Zone Team as top defensive player... recorded 152 tackles and eight sacks... forced four fumbles and recovered two... rushed for 1,002 yards on 110 carries as a fullback... had nine catches for 284 yards... added 307 yards on kickoff returns... scored 27 touchdowns his senior year... will play defensive line for the Tigers... played for Coach Stan DrawdyŠchose Clemson over South Carolina, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.

Brad Lee
OL * 6-4 * 265 * Hephzibah, GA
Hephzibah High School
40 time: 5.0
Two-year starter on the offensive and defensive line at Hephzibah High SchoolŠtwo-year first-team All-Region at the 4A level as an offensive linemanŠhad average grade of 89 percent in 2001 and had a team record 63 pancake blocksŠhad career average grade of 83 percentŠtwo-time all-state selectionŠUSA Today honorable mention All-AmericanŠmember of the Augusta Chronicle Dream Team for 2001Šhad 63 tackles as a senior, four sacks and 16 tackles for loss on defense in 2001Šplayed for Bill Navas at Hephzibah HighŠborn 10-28-83Šchose Clemson over Auburn and Georgia Tech.

Gerald McCloud
WR * 6-2 * 195 * Jacksonville, FL
Arlington Country Day High School
40 time: 4.4
Named All-American by SuperPrep and Tom LemmingŠ All-state, all-area and all-region his junior and senior year... All-North Florida as a sophomore, junior and senior... Jacksonville Times Union Super 11 and Super 24 teams... Orlando Sentinel Top-75 player in Florida... Florida Times Union Top-50 Players in Florida... Named to North-South All-Star Game... rushed for 1,485 yards and 18 touchdowns as senior... added 523 yards and five touchdowns receiving... also returned kickoffs accumulating 374 yards and three touchdowns... on the other side of the ball, recorded 104 tackles and six interceptions, returning two for touchdowns... rushed for more than 100 yards in all 12 games... team captain for coach John StreetŠchose Clemson over South Carolina, Florida and Georgia Tech.

Reggie Merriweather
RB * 5-9 * 195 * North Augusta, SC
North Augusta High School
40 time: 4.4
All-American by SuperPrep, USA Today and Tom LemmingŠ all-state, all-region and all-area as a junior and senior... rushed for 2,580 yards as a senior with 29 touchdowns... junior season rushed for 1870 yards and 18 touchdowns... Augusta Chronicle 2001 Player of the Year... Star Newspaper Player of the year in 2000 and 2001... Aiken Standard 2001 Player of the Year... Augusta Metro 2001 Player of the Year... played in the annual Shrine Bowl for South Carolina... SuperPrep's 27th-ranked running back in the nation... awarded Offensive Player of the Year both his junior and senior seasons... ranked by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as one of the top-50 players in the South... Sports Report top running back in South Carolina... elected MVP by his team his senior year... played for coach Joe Long... born 9-30-83 chose Clemson over South Carolina and Florida.

Justin Miller
DB * 5-11 * 180* Owensboro, KY
Owensboro High School
40 time: 4.47
USA Today Honorable Mention All-AmericanŠTom Lemming Prep All-American, he is ranked as the 11th best defensive back in the nation by LemmingŠSuperPrep All-American who is ranked as the 9th best skill athlete in the nationŠ#2 player in Kentucky by SuperPrepŠAtlanta Constitution top 75 player in the SouthŠranked among top 20 defensive backs in the nation by Rivals.comŠall-state, all-area, all-conference and all-region as a junior and seniorŠplayed at Owensboro High for Gordan PowersŠrushed for 814 yards and 21 TDs as a senior running backŠcaught 19 passes for 498 yards and six scoresŠ.on defense, had eight interceptions and 19 passes broken up to go with 48 tackles in 15 gamesŠreturned three kickoffs for touchdownŠran a 10.6 in the 100 meters in track and won the state championship in the long jump as a junior with a 23-4Šchose Clemson over Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Virginia Tech.

Will Proctor
QB * 6-3 * 190* Winter Park, FL
Trinity Prep School
40 time: 4.62
PrepStar All-American... All-State, All-Central Florida, All-County, All-District, All-Conference his senior year... threw for 4,082 yards and 44 touchdowns in his career... had 249 completions on 413 attempts for a completion percentage of 60 percent with only 13 interceptions... a very athletic quarterback, rushing for 2,853 yards on 358 rushing attempts to score 41 touchdowns... had 6,935 total yards in high school including a 22 yard touchdown reception... senior year led his team to a 7-3 record and a state playoff birth... awarded Team MVP for his senior year accomplishments... National Blue Chips "Dandy Dozen QB's in the U.S."... Rivals100.com #16 quarterback (3 star)... ranked 35th by TheInsiders.com (three-star)... Orlando Sentinel Top-50 Football Prospects in Florida... Captain of the west squad in the annual East/West All-Star game... junior year threw for 1,007 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 1,206 yards and 11 touchdowns... all-state and state 2A Player of the Year as a junior... played under Coach Drew Nemec... chose Clemson over North Carolina, Notre Dame and N.C. State.

Chansi Stuckey
QB * 6-0 * 170 * Warner Robins, GA
Northside High School
40 time: 4.45
A very talented athlete who passed for 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior year leading Warner Robins to the finals of 5A State Championship Game... has the ability to change directions a lot like Woodrow Dantzler... rushed for 1,008 touchdowns 10 touchdowns... "his quickness is what sets him apart" according to Mickey Plyler... four-star prospect by Rivals100.com... ranked as the 15th-best athlete in nation Rivals100.com... played high school football under Coach Conrad Nix... born 10-4-83... chose Clemson over Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina.

Anthony Waters
LB * 6-3 * 205 * Lakeview, SC
Lake View High School
40 time: 4.5
Offered by Clemson this summer at football camp where he committed on the spot... All state selection... Class A Offensive Player of the Year... WPDE Area Player of the Year finalist...Shrine Bowl Team starter at outside linebacker... recorded eight tackles for the South Carolina squad... led Lake View High School in rushing, receiving, and tackles... rushed for 1,382 yards and 23 touchdowns... had 22 catches for 450 yards and four touchdowns... recorded 145 tackles, 15 of which were tackles for loss... had two interceptions his senior year... extremely versatile, played linebacker, running back, defensive end, wide receiver and punter... three-star prospect TheInsiders.com and ranked as the #79 linebacker in nation by the web site... three-star prospect Rivals100.com and #37 outside linebacker in nation by that web site... played for Coach Jewell McLauren... chose Clemson over South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Auburn, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

Buddy Williams
DB * 5-11 *175 * Tallahasee, FL
Lincoln High School
40 time: 4.4
All-American by Prep Star, Grid-Iron Greats, SuperPrep and USA Today his senior yearŠ Team won the state 6A championship in both 1999 and 2001... All-state, all-area and all-Big Bend as both a junior and senior... posted 136 tackles as a senior... recorded eight interceptions, two of which he ran back two for touchdowns... caused five fumbles... blocked two field goals... Rivals100.com Top-50 defensive back in country... Orlando Sentinel Top-50 Players in Florida... played in Florida-California All-Star Game... played under Coach David Wilson... chose Clemson over North Carolina, Miami and Georgia.

Tymere Zimmerman
WR * 6-4 * 205 * Bennettsville, SC
Marlboro Co. High School/Fork Union Prep
40 time: 4.5
Prepped at Fork Union Military Prep School this past season where he had 25 catches and six touchdownsŠ Played high school football at Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, SC, where he was one of the top receivers in the nation... played in the national East-West All-Star game his senior year... a shrine bowl selection for the winning South Carolina team... caught seven passes for170 yards in that game to lead all receivers... ranked as #5 receiver in the nation by SuperPrep... ranked as #32 overall player in the nation by SuperPrepŠ Student Sports All-American... Tom Lemming All-American... #16 player in the Southeast...a grade seven player by Max Emfinger, the highest grade the recruiting expert gives in his rankings... 4A Player of the Year in South Carolina according to the High School Sports Report... 49 receptions for1,210 yards and 15 touchdowns for Marlboro County High School his senior year averaged 24.7 yards per catch... had 59-949 and 13 touchdowns as a junior and 53-1145... 12 touchdowns as a sophomore... 161 catches for 3,304 yards and 40 touchdowns receiving for career... 27 interceptions and 264 tackles as a defensive player over his three years... 92 tackles, five interceptions and two caused fumbles as a senior... all-state at the 4A level in South Carolina as sophomore, junior, and senior... Tom Lemming and SuperPrep All-American... ranked as the third best player in South Carolina... USA Today honorable mention All-American... ranked as 31st best receiver in the nation by Rivals100.com... #4 player in South Carolina by Mickey Plyler... #5 player in the state by SuperPrep... played on 4A state championship team as a sophomore... named his team's MVP sophomore, junior and senior... Area Player of the Year as a junior and senior... all-region his final three years... 4A Player of the Year in South Carolina as a senior... played his high school football for Dean Boyd and his prep school was Coach John Shuman... born 11-13-82... chose Clemson over South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

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