Clemson - South Carolina Notes

This is the 100th meeting between Clemson and South Carolina. The series dates to 1896 and the first year of football at Clemson, the fourth season for South Carolina. Clemson holds the advantage 59-36-4 since that first meeting in Columbia.

Game 12: South Carolina at Clemson
Saturday, November 23, 2002 7:45 PM
Memorial Stadium
Clemson, SC

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Series History: Clemson leads 59-36-4

Clemson's Senior Class Closing Career
Clemson's senior class will play its final game in Death Valley on Saturday against South Carolina. This group of 22 seniors is bowl eligible for the fourth straight year and is looking to become the first senior class since the seniors of 1991 to play in four bowl games. Ten of the seniors have been starters this year, plus another, Derrick Brantley, who was a starter until a knee injury ended his Clemson career after just two games.

The group would also like to close out its career with three wins over rival South Carolina. This group won in Columbia in 1999 (31-21) , at Clemson in 2000 (16-14) , then lost last year in Columbia by five points, 20-15. Overall, this class has a 28-19 record, all under head coach Tommy Bowden.

Clemson has 14 original scholarship signees, one who became a scholarship player after he came to Clemson (Jeff Scott) and seven walk-ons in the class that will be running down the hill for the final time. Six of the original 14 scholarship players are red-shirts who came to Clemson in the fall of 1998 under Tommy West. Another, J.J. McKelvey, entered Clemson in January of 1999.

Only Altroy Bodrick played during the 1998 season. He suffered a torn ACL in 2001 and missed that season. Nathan Gillespie, Gary Byrd, Nick Eason, Jackie Robinson and Bryant McNeal all red-shirted the 1998 season.

This class includes Brian Mance, who has 11 career interceptions, sixth best in Clemson history, Rodney Thomas, who has 294 career tackles, tied for 13th in Clemson history, and Bernard Rambert, whose 178 all-purpose running yards in the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl is a Clemson bowl record. Bryant McNeal has 20 career sacks to rank seventh in Clemson history, while Nick Eason's 15 career sacks rank in a tie for 15th.

Tigers from South Carolina
Clemson has 37 players on its active roster who will dress for the South Carolina game. That list includes Columbia natives Airese Currie, Jeff Scott, Eugene Koon, and Todd McClinton. Of the 37, 29 are on scholarship. A look to the projected starting lineup for Clemson (given 3 wide receivers and a tight end on offense) for this game reveals that Clemson has 11 starters from the Palmetto State.

The 100th Meeting Between Clemson and South Carolina
This is the 100th meeting between Clemson and South Carolina. The series dates to 1896 and the first year of football at Clemson, the fourth season for South Carolina. Clemson holds the advantage 59-36-4 since that first meeting in Columbia. Clemson has more wins over South Carolina than any other school and those victories represent 10 percent of Clemson's all-time total (584-403-45).

South Carolina was victorious in Columbia, 20-15 last year, breaking a four-game winning streak for Clemson in the series. The Gamecocks will be trying to win over Clemson in back-to-back years for the first time since they gained victory in three consecutive years under quarterback Tommy Suggs from 1968-70. South Carolina is 0-8 against Clemson since 1971 when trying to defeat Clemson for a second consecutive year.

The Clemson vs. South Carolina series ranks in a tie for 14th in college football history in terms of most played rivalries. The most played rivalry is the Minnesota vs. Wisconsin series, which will be played for the 112th time on the same day as the Clemson vs. South Carolina game. Earlier this year Kansas and Kansas State played for the 100th time, so the Clemson vs. South Carolina series will tie it for 14th on the all-time list.

This will be the 94th consecutive year that Clemson and South Carolina have met on the gridiron, every year since 1909. It ranks as the fourth longest uninterrupted rivalry in college football history, third among active rivalries. The only active rivalries that are longer are the Kansas vs. Nebraska rivalry (active since 1906) and the Minnesota vs. Wisconsin rivalry (active since 1907). The Kansas vs. Oklahoma rivalry ran 96 consecutive games before it was interrupted after the 1997 game.

Longest Uninterrupted Series in College Football History
Gms Matchup Series Span 2002 Game
97 Kansas vs. Nebraska 1906-Pres. Nov. 9
96 Kansas vs. Oklahoma 1903-97
95 Minnesota vs. Wisconsin 1907-Pres. Nov. 23
93 Clemson vs. South Carolina 1909-Pres. Nov. 23
93 Wake Forest vs. NC State 1910-Pres. Sept. 14
92 Kansas vs. Kansas State 1911-Pres. Nov.2
91 North Carolina vs. Virginia 1910-Pres. Oct. 19
89 Ohio State vs. Illinois 1914-Pres. Nov. 16

Most Played Rivalries in Division I College Football History
Games Matchup First Game 2002 Game
111 Minnesota vs. Wisconsin 1890 Nov. 23
111 Missouri vs. Kansas 1891 Oct. 26
109 Nebraska vs. Kansas 1892 Nov. 9
108 Texas vs. Texas A&M 1894 Nov. 29
107 Miami (OH) vs. Cincinnati 1888 Oct. 5
107 North Carolina vs. Virginia 1892 Oct. 19
106 Auburn vs. Georgia 1892 Nov. 16
105 Oregon vs. Oregon State 1894 Nov. 23
104 Purdue vs. Indiana 1891 Nov. 23
104 Stanford vs. California 1892 Nov. 23
103 Baylor vs. TCU 1899 DNP
102 Army vs. Navy 1890 Dec. 7
102 Utah vs. Utah State 1892 Aug. 31
100 Kansas vs. Kansas State 1902 Nov.2
99 Clemson vs. South Carolina 1896 Nov. 23
99 North Carolina vs. Wake Forest 1888 Oct. 26
98 Mississippi vs. Mississippi St. 1901 Nov. 28

Both lists above are active heading into the games of November 23. Note that five of the top 15 most played rivalries in college football history will be contested on November 23.

Throw out the Record Books?
We always here the phrase, "You can throw out he record books when these two teams get together." While there have been some upsets in this series, usually the team with the better record comes away with the victory. The team entering the game with the better overall record has a 15-2-1 record in the series since 1981. That computes to 86.1 percent over a 21-year period. Three times during that era both teams had the same record.

The team with the better record entering this game has won every year since and including 1997. The last time that did not happen was 1996 when Clemson was 7-3 and South Carolina was 5-5 and the Gamecocks won at Clemson, 34-31. Current Clemson offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Brad Scott was the head coach for South Carolina in that game.

For the history of the series, Clemson has a 37-14-3 record when it enters the contest with the better record, a 71.3 winning percentage. Clemson has had the better record in 54 of the 99 previous meetings. The teams have had the same winning percentage entering the game nine times and Clemson has a 7-2 record in those situations. Thus, Clemson is 44-16-3 (.722) against South Carolina over the years when the Tigers enter the game with at least the same record as South Carolina.

Clemson vs. South Carolina on ESPN
This will be the fourth time in the last six years that the Clemson vs. South Carolina game will be shown on an ESPN network. The 1996, 1997 and 1998 contests were all on ESPN 2. The 1987 and 1989 games in Columbia were shown on ESPN. Clemson holds a 3-2 lead in games shown live on ESPN in the series. Clemson won the 1989, 1997 and 1998 contests, while South Carolina won in 1987 and 1996.

Clemson has won just four night games since 1995, but two of the four wins are over South Carolina. Those are the 1997 (47-21 in Columbia) and 1998 (28-19 in Clemson) contests. The first game of the series that was televised was the 1977 game, a 31-27 Clemson victory that was shown on a regional basis by ABC.

Top 10 Unusual Facts about the Series
10. Both coaches who have won bowl games for South Carolina will be on the field Saturday on opposing sidelines. Brad Scott was the first South Carolina head coach to win a bowl game when he took the Gamecocks to victory in the 1994 Carquest Bowl over West Virginia. Current South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz has taken South Carolina to bowl victories each of the last two years, both times against Ohio State. The Buckeyes have not lost since the Gamecocks defeated them 31-28 in last year's Outback Bowl.

9. The visiting team won seven consecutive years in games played between 1991-97.

8. Josh Cody had a 4-0 record for Clemson against South Carolina between 1927-30. He is the only coach in the series to have a perfect record, given a minimum of three games coached.

7. Paul Williams is the last player to letter for both schools. He lettered for Clemson in 1978 and for South Carolina in 1980.

6. A Clemson captain actually played for South Carolina. Cary Cox lettered for the Gamecocks in 1943. After the war, he enrolled at Clemson and served as captain for the Tigers in 1947.

5. Since 1989, seven different coaches have served both schools. The list includes current Clemson offensive coordinator Brad Scott, Tommy West (now head coach at Memphis) , Miles Aldridge (now an assistant coach with the Buffalo Bills), David Bibee, Rich Bisaccia (now an assistant coach with the Tamp Bay Bucs), Woody McCorvey (now at Tennessee) and Chuck Reedy.

4. In 1948 and 1981 a blocked punt returned for a touchdown proved to be the pivotal play in a Clemson victory, victories that allowed Clemson to go on to an undefeated season. In both instances, the original line of scrimmage was the South Carolina 28-yard-line.

3. Willie Underwood had two interceptions to lead Clemson to victory over South Carolina in 1980. A starter for four years, the strong safety never had recorded an interception in any of his first 46 games as a Tiger, then had two against the Gamecocks in his 47th and final game.

2. In a placekicking career that spanned five years, Bob Paulling made 107 of 109 extra points. Both of his misses were at South Carolina, one in 1981 and one in 1983. He had a streak of 70 consecutive made extra points (second longest in Clemson history) in between the two miscues.

1. In the 30 games that Frank Howard coached at Clemson against South Carolina, Clemson scored 411 points and South Carolina scored 411 points.

Miller Fifth in Nation in Interceptions
While this is "Senior Day" at Clemson, you could make a case that the best player on the Clemson team right now is a first-year freshman. Justin Miller had one of the best all-around games in Clemson history for a defensive back in the loss to Maryland last week. The first-year freshman from Owensboro, KY had two interceptions, a pass deflection, two caused fumbles and five tackles.

Additionally, Miller returned four kickoffs for 152 yards, including a 76-yard return that led to a Clemson field goal. The kickoff return yardage total was sixth highest in Clemson history for a single game. It was one yard less than the 153 Derrick Hamilton had against Maryland in 2001.

So far this year Miller has seven interceptions, including four over the last three games. He ranks fifth in the nation, first among freshmen in that category. His two thefts against Maryland marked the first time since1989 that a freshman had two interceptions in the same game. Robert O'Neal had two at Duke that year, ironically, also a game Clemson lost. O'Neal has the Clemson freshman and overall single season record with eight thefts during that 1989 season.

But, as you can see by the list below, Miller's total is second best in school history. He will have two games to break the mark that was set by O'Neal 13 years ago. In case you were wondering, the national record for interceptions in a season by a freshman is 13, by George Shaw of Oregon in 1951. He had an incredible 13 thefts in just 10 games that year.

Miller now has eight passes broken up to go with those seven interceptions. The 15 passes defensed are also second among freshmen in Clemson history to the 17 O'Neal recorded during the 1989 season. He is second to Brian Mance in passes defensed on the Clemson team this year. Both are prime reasons Clemson ranks 15th in the nation in pass defense.

Miller will have a chance to tie the Clemson record for consecutive games intercepting a pass this weekend against South Carolina. The record is four games in a row with a pick held by Bobby Gage in 1948, Terry Kinard in 1980 and 1981, and Dexter Davis in 1980. Miller is also making a strong contribution as a kick returner. For the season he has 10 for 375 yards. That 37.5 average would lead the nation if he had enough attempts. A player must average 1.2 attempts per game to qualify. That means, if Miller has six more attempts and holds his average over the last two games he would qualify for the national stats.

Miller was named to the all-first year freshman team for September. He was joined in the secondary by J.J. Billingsley of Colorado, O.C. Collins of Memphis and Matt Fawley of Arizona State. Other ACC players named were D'Quell Jackson of Maryland (LB), Darryl Blackstock of Virginia (LB), Kwakou Robinson of Virginia (DL), T.A. McLendon of NC State (RB), and D'Brickashaw Ferguson of Virginia (OL).

Hunt 11th in nation in field goals
Clemson junior placekicker Aaron Hunt continued his outstanding season against Maryland last Saturday night. Kicking in rain and slick field conditions, Hunt made 4-4 field goals, hitting from 29, 35, 22 and 42 yards. He scored all 12 of Clemson's points. It marked the second time this year he had a 4-4 day in terms of kicking field goals.

For the season, the Lou Groza Award semifinalist is 15-18, an outstanding .833 figure. He has actually made 15 of his last 16 field goal attempts after missing his first two of the year against Georgia. His only miss since the opener was a 49-yarder against Georgia Tech. He has made 11 straight inside the 36-yard line and 10 in a row overall. The Clemson record for consecutive made field goals is 14 by Obed Ariri in 1980.

Hunt is currently 11th in the nation in field goals per game with 1.50 per game. He has played in just 10 of the 11 games because he did not play against NC State. Hunt is now 35-46 for his career on field goals, a 76.1 percent mark. The Clemson career record on a percentage basis is held by Bob Paulling, who made 34-41 between 1979-83, a .829 mark.

With the 12 points against Maryland, Hunt now has 78 points for the year, tops on the Clemson team. He has 227 points for his career, sixth in Clemson history and just five points from moving into fifth place past former All-American David Treadwell. Hunt has 122 extra points in his Clemson career, an all-time school record.

South Carolina Update
South Carolina enters Saturday's game with a 5-6 record. Lou Holtz's team is in need of a victory to become bowl eligible for the third straight year. South Carolina has never been to a bowl game three consecutive years. That will certainly be motivation for the Gamecocks, who are coached by a man who has taken six different programs to bowl seasons, the only coach in college history to do that. Holtz has 238 coaching victories in his career, tied for eighth in Division I history with former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes. Hayes coached his final game at Ohio State against Clemson in the 1978 Gator Bowl.

South Carolina has lost four games in a row and has been outscored 107-31 in those four games. The Gamecocks rank 45th in the nation in rushing and are coming off a game in which they gained 197 yards on the ground against a very good Florida rush defense. Clemson gave up 285 yards rushing against Maryland, so that will be an area South Carolina will attempt to exploit.

South Carolina's top rusher is Corey Jenkins, a former professional baseball player who has 655 net yards on 160 attempts, a 4.1 average. Andrew Pinnock is second on the club in rushing with a 495 yard figure. Like Jenkins, Pinnock has also scored four touchdowns.

Jenkins is the top passer over the season with round numbers of 100 completions and 10 interceptions in his 180 attempts. Dondrial Pinkins started last week against Florida and could be the signal caller Saturday evening as Jenkins gets work in the secondary. Pinkins, who made his first career start at Florida last week, is 24-51 for 252 yards and a touchdown.

The top receiver for South Carolina is Ryan Brewer with 27 catches for 288 yards. He has been injured of late, but is certainly a threat as a receiver and kick returner. Michael Ages is second on the squad with 19 catches for 303 yards. Troy Williamson leads the team in touchdown receptions with three.

South Carolina has been solid on defense, ranking 34th in the nation in defense against scoring. They combine the defensive effort with the eighth best net punting figure in the nation to frequently win the field position battle. Dunta Robinson is a player in the secondary Clemson will have to worry about the entire game. He has four interceptions to lead the club. Jonathan Martin is the top tackler with 114, 6.5 of which are tackles for loss. He has also recovered a team best three fumbles. Lance Laury is second on the team in tackles with 88, including four tackles for loss. Langston Moore is a strong player up front with 55 tackles, including a team best 9.5 tackles for loss. George Gause has 52 stops and a team best four sacks.

Clemson 15th in Nation in Pass Defense
Clemson has improved to 15th in the nation and first in the ACC in pass defense, giving up just 175 yards per game. A big factor has been Clemson's ability to pick off passes. The Tigers have 19 for the year, tied for fourth in the nation. Of course, cornerbacks Justin Miller (7) and Brian Mance (5) have a lot to do with that. Also special congrats to reserve defensive lineman Mo Fountain, who has two interceptions as a defensive end. He made a very athletic deflection and interception against Maryland last week.

This is quite an improvement over last year when Clemson ranked 66th in the nation in pass defense and gave up 240 yards per game. If the season ended today this would be the best Clemson pass defense since 1989 when the Tigers gave up just 168 yards per game. This is the most interceptions in a season since Tommy Bowden's 1999 team also had 19 interceptions.

The solid effort in the pass defense area was shown against NC State. Philip Rivers entered the game ranked first in the nation in passing efficiency with a 170 rating points figure. But, against the Tigers his rating was just 99.0. Rivers threw for just 129 yards, his low mark of the season. And, it was not because he just threw a couple of passes, he threw 24, meaning he averaged just 5.4 yards per attempt, also a season low. No NC State receiver had more than 29 yards receiving in the game.

Meekins, McNeal to Tie Clemson Record
Clemson defensive players Eric Meekins and Bryant McNeal can tie the Clemson record for games played when they participate against South Carolina Saturday night. Each has played in every game the last four years, including bowl games against Mississippi State (1999 Peach), Virginia Tech (2001 Gator Bowl) and Louisiana Tech (2001 Humanitarian Bowl).

If they play against South Carolina they will join Rodney Williams (1985-88, QB), Mark Drag (1985-88, MG), Jeff Bak (1985-88, C), Otis Moore (1986-89, DT), Stacy Fields (1987-90, TE), Jerome Henderson (1987-90, CB), John Johnson (1987-90, OLB), Jeb Flesch (1988-91, OG), Levon Kirkland (1988-91, OLB), Ed McDaniel (1988-91, LB) and Justin Watts (1996-00, WR), with 48 career games played. Obviously, they could wipe all those players from the record book by also playing in a bowl game.

Clemson Has Played 11th Toughest Schedule
Clemson has a 6-5 record against a schedule ranked as the 11th most difficult in the nation by the Jeff Sagarin computer poll, a rating published by USA Today. Sagarin is one of the computer rankings used by the BCS standings.

Clemson has losses to three of the top 12 teams in the nation according to the ranking, Florida State, Georgia and Maryland. Clemson's highest schedule ranking in the history of the Sagarin poll is a #7 rating in 1999, Tommy Bowden's first year as head coach. Clemson was 6-6 that year, but still had a final top 25 ranking (24th) according to Sagarin's computer rankings. Clemson's highest overall final ranking by Sagarin is #15 in 2000.

Last Year Clemson Tigers 15 USC 20
In front of a record crowd of over 85,000 fans, South Carolina snapped a four-game losing skid against archrival Clemson with a 20-15 victory at Williams-Bryce Stadium in Colombia. The win was South Carolina's first over Clemson since 1996 and their first victory at home against the Tigers since 1987.

Woody Dantzler completed 15 of his 29 passes for 204 yards to go along with two touchdowns. Dantzler also rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries. Clemson's defeat marked just the second time in Dantzler's career that he had rushed for 100 yards and tallied 300 yards of total offense in a single game, in a Tiger loss.

The key play of the game came early in the fourth quarter. From the one-yard line, backup quarterback Corey Jenkins carried the ball across the goal line on fourth-and-goal to give South Carolina a 20-9 lead, which the Gamecocks never surrendered.

Cornerback Sheldon Brown kept South Carolina in the game midway through the first half, when on fourth-and-one from the Carolina 43 yard-line, trailing 6-0, Brown intercepted a Dantzler pass intended for Travis Zachery that would have resulted in a Tiger touchdown. Brown intercepted another Dantzler pass at the Carolina goal line as the first half expired, ending another Clemson scoring threat. Brown had not had an interception all year heading into the contest.

South Carolina's offense held the ball over 21 minutes and engineered a pair of long (in terms of time) scoring drives that made the difference in the game. Jenkins' one-yard run in the fourth quarter finished off a drive that had lasted 14 plays and 80 yards, and Daniel Weaver's 42-yard field goal in the third quarter capped off a seven play, 40-yard drive that took over seven minutes off the clock. Clemson had just nine yards and six plays in the third period.

Clemson scored first when Dantzler connected with Airese Currie for a 54-yard touchdown reception, but Aaron Hunt's consecutive extra point attempts made was snapped at 44 after Clemson's Akil Smith was penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration. After Weaver and Hunt exchanged field goals of 29 and 24 respectively, Derek Watson gave the Gamecocks the lead for the first time with a six-yard touchdown run with 2:26 remaining before halftime. The ensuing Tiger drive lasted 10 plays and covered 40 yards, but was cut short by Brown's second interception of the game.

Carolina's opening second-half drive lasted 13 plays while covering 40 yards; most importantly, however, 12 of the 13 plays were running plays, and the Gamecocks managed to keep the ball for 7:50 before the Tiger defense held them to a field goal. Phil Petty and Corey Jenkins teamed up to lead the South Carolina drive down the field, which covered 80 yards on 14 plays. Petty completed all four of his passes for 39 yards and added the key seven-yard rush to set up Jenkins' one-yard carry on fourth down.

The Carolina scoring drive would prove to be the difference in the game. Dantzler's 11-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Hamilton with 2:38 remaining in regulation provided a spark for the Tiger defense. Clemson got the ball back with 17 seconds left, but a long pass for Derrick Hamilton and Currie fell incomplete and the game ended.

Clemson Veterans vs. South Carolina
Altroy Bodrick (LB)--Had1 tackle in 3 plays against the Gamecocks in 1999. Had 2 tackles in 25 plays in the 2000. Missed 2001 game due to a season ending torn ACL injury.

Airese Currie (WR)--Had his only touchdown of the year (54-yard scoring pass from Woody Dantzler) to go along with 3 catches for 65 yards against South Carolina in 2001

Nick Eason (DT)--Had 5 total tackles and a tackle for loss in 28 plays in the 1999 game. Had 7 tackles and 2 quarterback pressures in 55 plays in 2000. Had 2 tackles, one tackle for loss, and 2 quarterback pressures in 29 plays in the 2001 game.

Mo Fountain (DE)--Had 3 tackles in 19 plays in the 2001 game.

Aaron Hunt (PK)--Went 3-3 in field goals and added an extra point in the 2000 game. He made the winning field goal from 25 yards out with just three seconds remaining. Made a 24-yard field goal but missed an extra point in the 2001 game at South Carolina.

Wynn Kopp (P)-Had a 37.8 average on 5 punts in the 2001 game. Also played against South Carolina in 1998 and 1999 for Georgia. Had 2-33.5 average in 1998 and 4-33.0 average in 1999.

John Leake (LB)--Had 17 total tackles, a tackle for loss, and a quarterback pressure in the 2001 game against South Carolina.

Brian Mance (CB)--Had a tackle and assist in just 2 plays in the 1999 game. Had 3 tackles in 4 plays to go along with a 28-yard kick off return in the 2000 game. Had 3 total tackles in 79 plays and 2 punt returns for 16 yards in the 2001 contest against South Carolina.

J.J. McKelvey (WR)--Had a 37-yard catch in the 2001 game.

Bryant McNeal (DE)--Had 3 total tackles, 2 of which were tackles for loss, a sack, and a quarterback pressure in the 1999 contest. Had 1 tackle in 13 plays in 2000. Had 5 tackles and 2 quarterback pressures at South Carolina in 20001.

Eric Meekins (SS)--Had 3 total tackles in 72 plays in the 2001 game.

Jackie Robinson (WR)--Had 1 catch for only a yard in 55 snaps in 2000. Missed the 2001 game due to a pulled hamstring injury.

Rodney Thomas (LB)--Had 14 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and a sack in 72 plays in the 2001 game.

Khaleed Vaughn (DE)--Had an assisted tackle in 19 plays in the 2000 game. Had a season high 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and two quarterback pressures in 62 plays at South Carolina in 2001.

Donnell Washington (DT)--Tied a season high with 7 total tackles in 26 snaps in the 2001 contest.

Kevin Youngblood (WR)-Had two receptions for 42 yards in the 2000 game. Missed the 2001 game due to a broken leg.

Whitehurst 2-1 as Starter
Clemson freshman quarterback Charlie Whitehurst has posted a 2-1 record as a starter this year. He won his first two starts on the road at Duke and North Carolina, November 2 and 9, respectively.

Whitehurst was the first Clemson freshman quarterback to win his first two starts since Dexter McCleon did it in the last two games of the 1993 season. McCleon, a red-year freshman at the time, defeated South Carolina in the regular season finale and Kentucky in the Peach bowl to end that season, Ken Hatfield's final season. McCleon then moved to the secondary and never played quarterback again so he ended his career with a 2-0 record.

Whitehurst was trying to become the first freshman since 1985 to win three starts when he started against Maryland, but the Terps came away with the victory. The only Clemson freshman quarterback to win more than two games as a starter is Rodney Williams, who posted a 5-3 record in 1985 as a red-shirt freshman. Williams won his first four games that year as a starter, the only Clemson freshman to win his first four games as a starter.

Whitehurst will be the first Clemson freshman to start the South Carolina game at quarterback since Nealon Greene in 1994. South Carolina won that contest. Clemson freshman quarterbacks are 2-2 since 1952 against the Gamecocks. The wins were recorded by Williams (1985) and McCleon (1993) and the losses by Patrick Sapp (1992) and Greene (1994).

As you can see by the chart below, it is difficult for a freshman to lead a team to victory. Clemson freshman starting quarterbacks are just 14-18 since 1952, so Whitehurst's accomplishments are significant. Top Stories