Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden made the announcement on Monday.
Napier helped South Carolina State to a 9-2 record in 2005,
including a 7-1 mark in the MEAC. The Bulldog offense average 34.4
points per game last year, 17th best among the 116 Division I-AA
teams. South Carolina State scored at least 23 points in every game
but one, and averaged 39 points per game over the last four games of
the year, all Bulldog victories.
South Carolina State was 12th in the nation in rushing and
15th in passing efficiency. They averaged 236 yards per game on the
ground and 160 per game through the air. The efficient offense
contributed to a fourth-place national ranking in turnover margin.
Napier had been elevated to the offensive coordinator
position after the conclusion of the 2005 season by South Carolina
State Head Coach Buddy Pough.
Napier served as an offensive video graduate assistant coach
at Clemson in 2003 and on-field graduate assistant coach who worked
with he defense in 2004. The Tigers were bowl eligible both seasons,
including 2003 when the Tigers defeated two top 10 teams in Florida
State and Tennessee.
Napier also gained experience as an off-campus recruiter for
the Clemson program in December of 2004 and January of 2005. He
helped Clemson bring in a top 25 recruiting class in February of 2005.
"I feel fortunate to accept this position with an outstanding
program and respected staff at such an early age," said Napier, who
is 26. "I can't thank coach Bowden enough for the opportunity.
"I have been around outstanding coaches from the high school level,
through my playing career at Furman and on to Clemson and South
Carolina State as a coach. I knew I wanted to coach at an early age
so I tried to soak up everything I could as a player and as a coach
along the way."
Napier was an outstanding quarterback at Furman University in
nearby Greenville, SC. He lettered four years for the Paladins
(1999-02) and was a two-time All-Southern Conference signal caller.
A Furman team captain in 2002, he broke the Furman single season
passing yardage record (2,475) and the pass completion percentage
record (.685). He was a finalist for the 2002 Walter Payton Award,
which is given to the top offensive player in Division I-AA.
Napier holds the Furman career record for completion
percentage (.648) and is third in passing yardage with 4,247 yards.
He graduated from Furman with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health and
Exercise Science in February of 2003. He is a native of Chatsworth,
GA and a graduate of Murray County High School in 1998.
"I was very impressed with Billy Napier when he worked on our
staff in 2003 and 2004," said Bowden. "He will be among the youngest
full-time coaches in Division I next year, and I look at that as a
strong asset. He was a big reason South Carolina State had a very
successful season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. He
will also be an asset to us in recruiting."
Napier Named Assistant Football Coach
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