First-Year Players Report at Clemson

Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden welcomed 18 signees to campus on Sunday afternoon. Monday will be a day of academic meetings, then the Tiger rookies will open practice on Tuesday at 10:00 AM. The new players will also practice at 4:45 PM on Tuesday.

They will have two more practices on Wednesday. The four practices for the freshmen will be held on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center and will be open to the public.

The Clemson varsity reports on the evening of August 7th and the first day of practice for the entire squad will take place on the morning of August 9th. Once the varsity reports, the practices will be closed to the public. The team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day under the South Stands (Press box side) at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Sunday, August 11 at 3:00 PM. The season opener is August 31 at Georgia at 7:45 PM. Four of the 22 Clemson signees announced previously will report to Clemson upon their approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse. All are expected to attend Clemson.

"This is a large class of incoming freshmen, the second straight year we have had a large group report," said Bowden, who still has 22 of the 23 signees from last year in his program.

"We expect to see the players who are detained by the NCAA Clearinghouse arrive at school shortly. I am anxious to see this group in action. We might not have as many first-year freshmen contribute immediately as we did last year when many of them were starters or at least second-team players early in the season."

"But, in every class you have some surprises. I am looking forward to seeing them on the practice fields on Tuesday. They look to be in good physical condition." Last year the freshmen began practice the day after they reported. But this year the freshmen will spend Monday in academic meetings and won't put on a football uniform on until Tuesday.

"These (meetings) are very important, we want to get everyone on the right foot academically," said Bowden. "We have had great success in that area in terms of team GPA, academic honor roll recipients and players earning their degree the last three years. We certainly want that to continue." Eighteen of the 22 seniors on the 2001 Clemson team already have their degrees and more should join them this year.

2002 Clemson Signees who reported, Sunday, August 4th:
No.	Name	Pos.	Hgt.	Wgt.	Cl.	Exp.
93	Gaines Adams	DE	6-6	235	Fr.
	Greenwood, SC	Fork Union (VA) Prep

63	Nathan Bennett	OG	6-5	300	Fr.
	Dallas, GA	Paulding County

95	Brandon Cannon	DT	6-4	250	Fr.
	Stone Mountain, GA	Stephenson

89	Cole Chason	P/PK	6-0	155	Fr.
	Roswell, GA	Greater Atlanta Christian

73	Tim DeBeer	OT	6-6	270	Fr.
	Atlanta, GA	Marist

62	Dustin Fry	                     OG	6-3	290	Fr.
	Summerville, SC	Summerville

72	Roman Fry	                       C	6-4	260	Fr.
	Ironton, OH	Ironton

46	Brandon Jamison	LB	6-2	215	Jr.
	Hopkins, SC	SW Mississippi JC

94	Vontrell Jamison	LB	6-8	260     
	Holly Hill, SC	Mississippi Gulf Coast JC

77	Brad Lee	                     OT	6-4	265	Fr.
	Hephzibah, GA	Hephzibah

80	Gerald McCloud	WR	6-2	195	Fr.
	Jacksonville, FL	Arlington Country Day

37	Reggie Merriweather	RB	5-9	195              Fr.	
                      North Augusta, SC	North Augusta

9	Justin Miller	CB	5-11	180	Fr.
	Owensboro, KY	Owensboro

48	Kelvin Morris	LB	6-4	220	Jr.
	Timmonsville, SC	SW Mississippi JC

14	Will Proctor	QB	6-3	190	Fr.
	Winter Park, FL	Trinity Prep

15	Chansi Stuckey	QB	6-0	170	Fr.
	Warner Robbins, GA	Warner Robbins

40	Anthony Waters	LB	6-3	205	Fr.
	Lake View, SC	Lake View

39	Buddy Williams	CB	5-11	175	Fr.
	Tallahassee, FL	Lincoln
Previously announced signees expected to come to school pending approval of the NCAA Clearinghouse:
No.	Name	Pos.	Hgt.	Wgt.	Cl.	Exp.
44	Donnell Clark	LB	6-2	245	Fr.
	Griffin, GA	Griffin

30	Duane Coleman	RB	5-10	185	Fr.
	Naples, FL	Naples

13	Kelvin Grant	WR	6-2	205	Fr.
	Camden, SC	Camden

16	Tymere Zimmerman	WR	6-4	205	Fr.
	Bennettsville, SC	Fork Union (VA) Prep Top Stories