Clemson Grad Assistants Moving On

Football graduate assistants Billy Napier and DeJuan Polk are moving on to S.C. State as full-time assistant coaches.

Clemson football graduate assitants Billy Napier and DeJuan Polk are moving to on bigger and better things after each accepted a job as full-time assistants at South Carolina State.

Napier, having served first as an offensive video graduate assistant in 2003, and then as a defensive backfield graduate assistant last year, will be the quarterbacks coach under Bulldogs head coach Buddy Pough.

Meanwhile, Polk, who served as a graduate assistant responsible for breaking down defensive video last year, will coach defensive tackles.

"It's a good opportunity for both of us," Napier said. "They've got some good things going on there and they are coming off a nine win season."

Napier, who played his collegiate football at Furman, came to Clemson in 2003 and proved to be valuable to head coach Tommy Bowden as a recruiter in December and January when the football staff was short three positions.

Polk, who played his last year of football at Clemson in 2003, is also looking forward to this new opportunity.

"I'm coaching the defensive tackles. It should be a good opportunity for both of us to do more and get more involved in coaching," said Polk.

Polk finished his career at Clemson as a starting defensive tackle in 2003, a team that finished the year with two victories over top 10 teams Florida State and Tennessee and finished with a 9-4 overall record.

He was a four-year letterman at Clemson from 2000-03 and a four-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. He also was a co-captain during his senior year. Top Stories