26 Student Athletes Receive Degrees

Twenty-six student athletes, including 10 members of the Clemson football program, received academic degrees from Clemson University on Thursday during graduation ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The list of graduates from Tommy Bowden's football program included All-America offensive linemen Barry Richardson and Chris McDuffie. Richardson's graduation was especially noteworthy because he earned his degree in health science in just three and a half years.

He is the first Clemson All-America football player to graduate in just three and a half years. He also graduated from Wando High School in Mount Pleasant in just three years. Richardson was named a first-team All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and was a second team selection by the Walter Camp Foundation. McDuffie was a second-team All-American this year according to The Sporting News. Both McDuffie and Richardson were first-team All-ACC this year as well.

The list of graduates also included 2006 All-America offensive lineman Nathan Bennett, who returned to campus this fall to earn his degree in sport management. With Bennett's graduation it means nine of the 10 All-Americans Clemson has had under Tommy Bowden who have remained at Clemson until their senior year have earned a degree.

Other members of the 2007 Tiger team who earned degrees on Thursday were Bradley Flowers, Alex Pearson, Akeem Robinson, Chris Russell, Brian Sorrells and Kwam Williams. Pearson and Robinson also graduated in just three and a half years. Former Tiger defensive lineman Damonte McKenzie, who served as a student assistant coach with the Clemson program this year, also graduated on Thursday. Vernon Hamilton, a four-year starter on the Clemson men's basketball team who finished his eligibility last year, earned his degree on Thursday as well.

The Clemson soccer programs had seven graduates, four by the women and three by the men. The Lady Tigers who earned degrees included Courtney Foster, Elizabeth Jobe, Kelly Schneider and Amber Funk. The men's soccer graduates were Jarrett Lewis, Mica Usry and Greg Burana. Another graduate was former Clemson All-American tennis player Jermaine Jenkins.

Clemson Student-Athletes Who Graduated on December 20, 2007
Name             Sport            Major
Nathan Bennett   Football         Sport Management
Greg Burana      Men's Soccer     Biological Sciences
Catie Cornett    Rowing           Psychology
Chris Fidrych    Baseball         Accounting
Bradley Flowers  Football         Health Science
Courtney Foster  Women's Soccer   Sociology
Amber Funk       Women's Soccer   Health Science
Vernon Hamilton  Men's Basketball Sport Management
Jarmaine Jenkins Men's Tennis     Management
Elizabeth Jobe   Women's Soccer   Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Helen Kirkland   Women's Track    Therapeutic Recreation
Nicole Kroeger   Women's Swimming Travel and tourism
Jarrett Lewis    Men's Soccer     Political Science
Itay Magidi      Men's Track      Civil Engineering
Chris McDuffie   Football         Community Recreation Management
Damonte McKenzie Football         Sport Management
Alex Pearson     Football         Marketing
Sean Reilly      Men's Track      Management
Barry Richardson Football         Health Science
Akeem Robinson   Football         Sociology
Chris Russell    Football         Sociology
Kelly Schneider  Women's Soccer   Food Science
Brian Sorrells   Football         Marketing
Micah Usry       Men's Soccer     Management
Jayme Vanerden   Women's Swimming Graphic Communications
Kwam Williams    Football         Sport Management

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