10 Key Facts About Clemson

After three home games to open the season, with less than favorable results, the Tar Heels travel to one of the ACC's most hostile environments -- Death Valley. Get to know Clemson, with the following important info about the Tigers ...

1. - Three Clemson (2-1, 1-1 ACC) players were named ACC Player of the Week following the Tigers' 27-20 win at Florida State last Saturday – cornerback Duane Coleman (10 tackles, fumble recovery), defensive end Gaines Adams (seven tackles, two sacks) and offensive lineman Ramon Fry (13 knockdown blocks, graded out 87 percent).

2. - Fifth-year senior quarterback Will Proctor, in his first year as a starter, has led the Clemson offense to nearly 400 yards per game – good enough for second place in the conference this week in total offense, rushing offense and passing offense. Proctor ranks second in passing efficiency with a 145.4 rating. He's completed 54 of 90 passes and is averaging 234.3 yards per game through the air.


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3. - The Tigers' defense held the Seminoles to 204 total yards – 102 rush, 102 pass. FSU has scored just one touchdown in the last two meetings between the two schools.

4. - Clemson won the last meeting with UNC on Oct. 25, 2003. The final score was 36-28, but the game was much closer than that. Tar Heels' quarterback Darian Durant fumbled while trying to cross the goal line late in the fourth quarter.

5. - The Tigers lead the all-time series with Carolina, 33-18-1, which dates back to 1897. Clemson has won four of the five meetings since Tommy Bowden took over as head coach in 1999.

6. - The Tigers return all five starters on the offensive line from last year. The last time Clemson returned its entire starting unit was 1981, when the Tigers went 12-0 and won their only national championship.

7. - Saturday's game will be a homecoming for UNC defensive ends coach Danny Pearman, a Clemson tight end from 1984 to 1987. Pearman, a Charlotte native, walked-on the team that won back-to-back ACC championships in 1986 and 1987.


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8. - Clemson had 20 former players on NFL rosters when the season opened earlier this month. The list is led by Philadelphia Eagles' safety and five-time All-Pro Brian Dawkins.

9. - The Tigers will be without three of their returning starters on defense – linebackers Anthony Waters, Michael Hamlin and Tramaine Billie. Billie suffered a broken foot in the preseason, Waters tore an ACL in the opener versus Florida State and Hamlin broke his foot against Boston College.

10. - Clemson has the ACC's leading running back and wide receiver. James Davis leads the ACC with 91.3 yards per game, while Chansi Stuckey is averaging 6.3 receptions per game for a total of 224 yards.



(Clemson Sports Info contributed to this article.)


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