Thursday, May 23, 2013
Meantime, USC also is ranked 5th by Athlon Sports, just ahead of Clemson, as SC college football rolls into a potentially monstrous 2013 season.
The USC Gamecocks, coming off back-to-back 11-2 seasons and boasting arguably the nation's best football player in defensive end and physical freakshow Jadeveon Clowney, are getting some major preseason love by pigskin prognosticators. Just one day after their archrival Clemson Tigers made a splash by being ranked sixth in a preseason poll by Athlon Sports, the Gamecocks on Thursday bested the Tigers — times two. Athlon on Thursday picked the Gamecocks fifth in its preseason poll, just a notch ahead of the Tigers, who are expecting at least an ACC championship year on the arm of star QB Tajh Boyd. But not to be outdone, The Sporting News ranked the Gamecocks third in its preseason poll, behind only Alabama and Stanford, giving the …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Athlon Sports rating is the highest yet this preseason for the Tigers, who are expected to crack the top 10 in most preseason polls now coming out.
Football season is months away, but it's never too early to dream, especially in the Palmetto State. The Clemson Tigers are expected to crack the top 10 in most college football preseason polls. On Wednesday, they received their highest preseason ranking of the year so far, coming in at sixth in a ranking by Athlon Sports. Meanwhile, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks are expected to crack Athlon's top-five preseason picks when the remainder of the poll is rolled out between now and May 28. Like the Tigers, USC also is expected to crack the top 10 in all if not most preseason polls. Though dark horses, both teams are being considered as possible BCS title contenders. Athlon credits Clemson's high preseason rank to the return of …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The rising senior gives verbal commitment to the Tigers.
Easley Green Wave star running back, C.J. Fuller, has given a verbal commitment to play for the Clemson Tigers. The rising senior picked the Tigers, his favorite all along, over N.C State and the University of North Carolina, among others. Fuller (5'10" 206lbs) is a 3-star running back prospect who also could possibly get playing time at or be converted to a defensive cornerback, according to one sports website. As a junior, Fuller rushed 206 times for 2,088 yards, a 10.1 yards per carry average, and 19 touchdowns. He caught five passes for 101 yards and three touchdowns and also returned six kickoffs for 123 yards. As a sophomore, Fuller rushed 117 times for 712 yards, a 6.1 yards per carry average, with seven touchdowns.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
DeAndre Hopkins was No. 27 in the NFL draft Thursday night.
Clemson's DeAndre "Nuk" Hopkins was selected as the the No. 27 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Hopkins went to the Houston Texans, making him the 23rd first-round selection in Clemson history and by far the youngest draft pick from the school at the age of 20. The Clemson wide receiver announced in January that he would enter the draft. A record-setting Tiger, Hopkins said he had enjoyed his time at Clemson but was ready for the next level. Hopkins is a graduate of Daniel High School. The NFL draft continues today, with several Tigers and USC Gamecocks hoping to hear their name called. Hopkins is the second in-state product to be drafted first by the Texans since the team was formed in 2002. The Texans' staff and team owner Robert C. "…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Notre Dame will face every ACC team at least once in the first three-year rotation of games.
Clemson and Notre Dame will meet in Death Valley in 2015, the ACC announced Friday. This will be the first meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Tigers since 1979, when Clemson won 16-10 after Billy Lott's late-game TD. The first meeting between the Irish and Clemson, in 1977, was won 21-17 by fifth-ranked Notre Dame and future Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana, against the 15th-ranked Tigers and QB Steve Fuller. Notre Dame will begin playing in the ACC in all sports in 2013-14. The two programs will play each other in men's or women's basketball in 2013-14. Clemson is the only ACC school Notre Dame has never played in men's basketball. As part of the agreement to join the ACC, Notre Dame will begin playing ACC teams five times a year in …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Former Clemson star and NFL running back records voice-over for the popular Fox TV show.
Fans of former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller and the TV show, "Family Guy," will get a special treat this upcoming season. The Buffalo Bills rusher said he recently recorded a voice-over for the often raunchy and popular Fox TV animated show, according to a report by TigersNow.com. Spiller recorded the voice-over Tuesday morning. “I haven’t really watched the show,” Spiller said during a chat with WGR radio in Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday. “So I guess since I’m doing that one I’ll watch and see how it turned out.” Spiller said he got asked a week or so ago to read what he said was "a little thing that they'll use in a scene." The report failed to mention when the episode might air. More here.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
USC officials are investigating after a tiger paw was painted on the Gamecocks football field.
University of South Carolina officials are investigating after a tiger paw was found spray-painted in Williams Brice Stadium. The paw located on the 30-yard-line of the Gamecocks football field was found earlier this week at the school. USC cornerback, Victor Hampton posted the attached photo on his Instagram account Tuesday. USC officials are treating it as a vandalism on their home turf. According to WACH Fox, the words "Go Tigers" also were painted on a caboose outside the stadium. Will there be retaliation? Speak Out! Tell us what you think.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Former USC running back, Clemson QB will appear together for Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greenville County fundraiser March 16.
Two former Palmetto State football stars will appear together in mid March to help raise funds for the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greenville County, the organization announced. Former USC running back and Upstate native Marcus Lattimore and Clemson quarterback Woodrow "Woody" Dantzler, a current Mauldin resident, are scheduled to appear jointly at the "True Grit Fundraiser" scheduled for March 16 at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 424 Westfield St., in Greenville. Lattimore will be guest speaker at the event, while Dantzler is billed as special guest. In addition to appearing at the dinner, both athletes will participate in football camps at the Kroc Center that day before the dinner, which starts at 6:…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Da'Quan Bowers faces criminal gun possession charge from incident at NYC airport.
Da'Quan Bowers, the most decorated player in Clemson football history, was arrested Monday in New York City on a gun possession charge, according to this report. Bowers, currently a defensive end for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was arrested at LaGuardia Airport after a .40-caliber gun and ammunition was found in his luggage at check in. Bowers was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned on the charge Monday night and later released on $10,000 bond, according to the report. More here.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The junior quarterback said he plans to hold off entering the NFL draft.
Tiger fans are celebrating the triumphant return of Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd to the gridiron next year. The junior quarterback announced Wednesday that the NFL would have to wait until after his senior season. Clemson defeated LSU 25-24 in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve to finish with an 11-2 record, the Tigers' best mark since the program's 12-0 national championship season in 1981, according to the Associated Press.