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