Clemson Depth Chart Announced

Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden has announced a two-deep prior to the beginning of spring practice. The Tigers return 49 lettermen and 14 starters (including the punter and placekicker) from last year's team. The returning letterman total includes four players who lettered in 2000, but missed the 2001 season due to injury or red-shirt.

Bowden has announced four position changes from last year. Running back Terrance Huey has been moved to cornerback, while Mark Jetton has moved from defensive line to offensive guard. Tight end Todd McClinton has moved to the defensive line. Altroy Bodrick, who missed last season with a torn ACL, will move from linebacker to strong safety. He will not go through scrimmages this spring due to the injury, but should return to full strength in the fall.

"We feel the position changes are in the best interest of the team and the players involved. We have discussed these changes with each player. They have been moved to positions that will give them a chance to see more playing time.

"In the cases of Jetton and McClinton they both move into second-team roles with a chance to help us immediately. Both are outstanding athletes. We will look at McClinton at both a tackle and end position this spring. He is too good an athlete to keep on the sideline."

Clemson is scheduled to begin spring practice on Saturday morning, March 2 at 10:00 AM. However, rain is predicted for the Clemson area on Saturday and practice could be cancelled. That decision will not be made until 9:30 AM. If the practice is postponed, the first practice will be held Monday afternoon. Spring practices are open to the public, but fans must stay within designated areas at the practice field.

Clemson will hold the NCAA mandated 15 practices this spring, leading up to the Orange and White game at Riggs Field on April 6, at 1:00 PM. This will be the first football game held at Riggs Field since November of 1941. Clemson Memorial Stadium's Frank Howard Field is being renovated this spring and will not be finished in time for the Spring Game. An announcement on ticket availability for the spring game will be made at a later date.

Clemson Notes:
Four players are back on the depth chart who missed last season Altroy Bodrick (3-year letterman at linebacker) missed last year with a torn ACL and will begin his comeback as a strong safety Keith Kelly lettered as a reserve running back in 2000, but was held out last year in order to red-shirt...he returns to compete with Bernard Rambert for the starting tailback position. Kevin Youngblood, who averaged 17.5 yards on 12 catches in 2000, also returns after suffering a broken leg during preseason practice last year...Ronnie Thomas, who lettered in 2000, returns as a wide receiver after red-shirting last year...Clemson returns eight starters and 22 lettermen on defense...18 of the top 24 listed on the two-deep are slated to return for 2003 as well...Clemson has just four returning starters on offense and must replace four of the five starters on the offensive line, including All-American Kyle Young, who has started the last 40 games at Clemson there are three players on the Clemson two-deep who already have their academic degrees: Nick Eason (DT), Jackie Robinson (WR) and Nate Gillespie (OT)...quarterback Willie Simmons is slated to join them in May...while Clemson has just four returning starters on offense, there are nine returning players who played at least 200 snaps in 2001 Clemson has the most depth at wide receiver where nine lettermen return led by sophomores Derrick Hamilton, Roscoe Crosby, and Airese Currie tight end Ben Hall is another talented returning sophomore all four of those sophomores scored a touchdown in Clemson's Humanitarian Bowl win over Louisiana Tech. Clemson returns both its starting punter and placekicker in the same season for the first time under Bowden (1998 was the last season that both returned)...of the 50 players listed on the depth chart below, 13 are seniors, 15 are juniors, 15 are sophomores and seven are freshmen...of the 24 starters (including punter and kicker) 10 are seniors, eight are juniors and six are freshmen are listed as starters at this time....after the summer break, Clemson freshmen will report on August 3 and the varsity will report on the night of August 7...the first day of practice for the full team will be August 9 with the first day of practice in full gear coming on August 13...the first day of classes at Clemson for the 2002-03 academic year is August 21 and the first game will be at Georgia on August 31.
Clemson Offense		                 			2001	2001
Pos	No	Name		Hgt	Wgt.	Cl.	VL 	Plays
WR-X	17	K Youngblood	6-5	208	*Jr. 	1VL	RS
	25	@Roscoe Crosby	6-3	200	So.	1VL 	340
WR-H	9	Airese Currie	5-11	175	So.	1VL 	413
	85	Ronnie Thomas	5-11	180	*So.	1VL 	RS
RT	71	D Brantley	6-4	295	*Sr.	1VL	394
	75	Nate Gillespie	6-3	271	*Gr	2VL 	44
RG	74	Nick Black	6-5	292	*Jr.	2VL 	36
	78	Greg Walker	6-5	310	*Jr.	2VL 	161
C	65	Cedric Johnson	6-4	305	*So.	1VL 	38
	64	Chip Myrick	6-4	250	*Fr.	RS 	RS
LG	68	Jermyn Chester	6-2	285	*Jr.	2VL	26
	94	Mark Jetton	6-4	230	*Fr.	RS 	RS
LT	79	Gary Byrd       	6-4	310	*Sr.	3VL	730
        70	William Henry	6-4	265	*Jr.	1VL	42
TE	87	Ben Hall     	6-5      240        So	1VL	253
	81	B Williamson	6-3	240	*Fr. 	RS	RS
QB	7	Willie Simmons	6-1	195	*Jr.	2VL 	98
	6	C Whitehurst	6-4	195	*Fr.	RS	RS
TB	20	Bernard Rambert	6-0	200	Sr.	3VL 	268
	5	Keith Kelly	6-0	210	*So.	1VL 	RS
FB	10	Chad Jasmin	5-10	225	*Jr.	2VL 	157
	36	Cliff Harrell	6-1	260	*Fr.	RS 	RS
WR-Y	21	D Hamilton	6-4	190	*So	1VL	602
	14	Tony Elliott	6-0	202	Sr.	2VL	30
WR-Z	82	Jackie Robinson	6-1	190	*Gr.	3VL	350
	84	J.J. McKelvey	6-4	210	Sr.	3VL	472
PK	19	Aaron Hunt	5-11	210	Jr.	2VL	-ST
	@Crosby will practice in limited capacity during spring.

Clemson Defense					2001	2001
Pos	No	Name	       Hgt	Wgt.	Cl.	VL	Plays
LE	56	Khaleed Vaughn	6-4	260	*Jr.	2VL 	660
	99	Mo Fountain	6-4	235	So.	1VL 	218
LT	96	D Washington	6-6	320	*So.	1VL	431
	76	Eric Coleman	6-5	270	So.	1VL 	119
     or	97	DeJuan Polk	6-2	270	*Jr.	2VL 	209
RT	98	Nick Eason	6-4	280	*Gr	3VL 	500
        88	Todd McClinton	6-6	275	Jr.	1VL 	50
RE	91	Bryant McNeal	6-5	230	*Sr.	3VL 	679
	58	J.J. Howard	6-3	220	*Jr	2VL 	229
LB	45	John Leake	6-1	215	Jr.	2VL 	687
	31	David Dunham	6-2	205	*Fr.	RS 	RS
MLB	41	Rodney Thomas	6-0	222	Sr.	3VL	660
	47	Rodney Feaster	6-0	215	Sr.	3VL	190
LB	38	Eric Sampson	6-3	200	So.	1VL	224
	43	Leroy Hill	6-1	215	So.	1VL	135
ROV	33	Ronny Delusme	6-1	191	So.	1VL	50
	18	Curtis Baham	6-1	185	*Fr.	RS 	RS
	42	#Altroy Bodrick	6-1	215	*Sr.	3VL	RS
FS	3	Eric Meekins	6-3	190	Sr.	3VL	710
	28	Travis Pugh	6-1	180-	So.	1VL	50
LC	2	Brian Mance	5-11	185	Sr.	3VL	774
	22	Ryan Hemby	5-10	166	*So.	1VL	234
RC	27	Kevin Johnson	6-0	190	Jr.	2VL	506
	26	Toure Francis	5-11	184	*Jr.	2VL 	371
P	32	Wynn Kopp	5-9	172	*Sr.	1VL 	ST
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