Fry Eyeing Starting Position

Roman Fry, one of the more underrated linemen signed by Tommy Bowden in the 2002 recruiting class, is now ready to make his presence felt on the practice fields. caught up with Roman after one of the spring practices earlier this week to see how things have been going.

Former Ironton (Ohio) offensive lineman Roman Fry came to Clemson last fall ready to see some action on the field, and after redshirting his freshman season, that desire has only gotten stronger.

"I think we are all ready to get in there and play," said Fry. "We have all gotten stronger and we've all worked hard, and things are finally starting to come together."

Fry has been playing a multitude of positions since his arrival to Clemson, including some center, guard, and tackle. However this season, it looks like he could end up on the left side of the line.

"Things have been going well so far," said Fry. "I've been playing a couple of different positions but I think I'm going to end up at left tackle. That will probably be where I play most of the year."

"I played guard, tackle, center and defensive end in high school, so I will play wherever the coaches think I can help the most."

Fry was a first-team All-Southeastern Ohio performer during his senior year and runner-up for Division IV District Offensive Player of the Year- an unprecedented honor for an offensive lineman.

However the knock on him at the time was that he wouldn't be big enough to dominate at the Division I-A level. Those concerns have long since faded, as he has been working hard in adding some extra pounds to get ready for the 2003 season.

"The offseason program has been going real well, we are all getting stronger, that's for sure. Right now, I'm weighing in at over 280 pounds."

Fry is currently listed behind William Henry on the two-deep depth chart at left tackle, but there's no doubt that he'll make a serious run at claiming the starting spot before the end of spring practice. will continue to keep you updated on his performance on the practice fields, through spring ball. Top Stories