Coach: Tommy Bowden
6-6, 1 year
24-10, 3 years overall
1999 Record: 6-6
Sep 04 Marshall Lost 10-13
Sep 11 Virginia Won 33-14
Sep 23 @Virginia Tech Lost 11-31
Oct 02 North Carolina Won 31-20
Oct 09 @North Carolina State Lost 31-35
Oct 16 @Maryland Won 42-30
Oct 23 Florida State Lost 14-17
Oct 30 @Wake Forest Won 12-3
Nov 06 Duke Won 58-7
Nov 13 @Georgia Tech Lost 42-45
Nov 20 @South Carolina Won 31-21
Dec 30 Mississippi State Lost 7-17
1999 Final Rankings
AP-NR,  BCS-NR,  Coaches-NR
2000 Outlook

The excitement buzzing around Clemson these days has put some good pressure on Coach Tommy Bowden. But Clemson has not won a bowl game in seven years and fans are already talking BCS. Just like his father, Tommy has come in and taken over an offense similar to his dad's early days with that gunslinger approach. It is a unique offense with no-huddle where everything happens so fast and Clemson has two solid QB's for running that type of show with Dantzler and highly touted newcomer Willie Simmons. On defense there may not be a better player anywhere at any position than Keith Adams and we're not quite sure if he is human. The first four games are ideal for building confidence in an offense that will have to grow to keep up with the often dominating defense. After that the schedule is ripe for a great run, where it is not inconceivable that an undefeated or an 8-1 record awaits them going into Tallahassee November 4th. The Tigers are not quite ready for the big league and bright lights of Doak Campbell Stadium, but don't take them lightly dad.
Projected Record: 9-3

Clemson 2000 Schedule

QB - 3.5 DL - 3
RB - 3.5 LB - 4.5
WR - 4 DB - 3.5
OL - 3  



The Tigers run a fast-paced offense with quarterback Woodrow Dantzler at the helm, who started five games last season filling in for departed senior Brandon Streeter. In that short time Dantzler threw for over 1500 yards and rushed for 580 yards and is the closest thing the ACC has to ex-Georgia Tech QB Joey Hamilton. Dantzler left no doubt that he would open the season as the Tigers' quarterback, capping a near-flawless spring with a brilliant performance in the Orange & White game. Dantzler completed 22-of-34 passes for 237 yards as the White (offense) scored a decisive 37-12 victory. Making a superb target will be 6-4 senior wide receiver Rod Gardner who will fight to make All-American honors at the end of the year as he set school records in 1999 for receptions (73) and receiving yards (1,009). Opponents should be able to give Gardner more attention with the departure of two very talented ball catchers from a year ago in Brian Wofford and Mal Lawyer. Coaches feel they should have a 1000 yard ball carrier come fall with Travis Zachery at tailback and leading the way is senior fullback Terry Witherspoon, a team leader, and one of the best blockers in the conference. All five starters return on the line, but it was a young, inconsistent group last year. With Coach Bowden running the no-huddle game plan, depth is a concern there. The kicking game cost Clemson a shot in at least three big games last year so kicker Tony Lazzaro will fight to hold off recruit Aaron Hunt.
QB Woodrow Dantzler 5-11 200 Jr. Willie Simmons 6-0 190 Fr.
RB Travis Zachery 6-0 190 Jr. Bernard Rambert 6-0 200 So.
FB Terry Witherspoon 5-11 265 Sr.   Chad Jamin 5-10 220 Fr.
WR Justin Watts 6-0 202 Sr.   Jackie Robinson 6-1 190 So.
WR Rod Gardner 6-4 215 Sr.   Matt Bailey 6-4 220 Jr.
T Akil Smith 6-4 280 Jr.   Brady Washburn 6-5 285 So.
G T.J. Watkins 6-3 275 Jr.   Will Merritt 6-3 260 Jr.
C Kyle Young 6-3 270 Jr.   Jermyn Chester 6-2 263 Fr.
G Theo Mougros 6-2 275 Sr.   Nick Black 6-5 280 Fr.
T John McDermott 6-6 285 Sr.   Gary Byrd 6-4 290 So.
TE Pat Cyrgalis 6-1 242 So.   Jason LeMay 6-4 235 So.
K Tony Lazzara 5-9 185 So.          
Returning starters in bold.

Key Losses: Brian Wofford-WR, Mal Lawyer-WR, Brandon Streeter-QB


Eight starters are back on defense, including the ACC Defensive Player of The Year Keith Adams. Last year was a dream season for the junior linebacker recording yes, 176 tackles with 33 for a loss, and 16 sacks. He led the conference in all three categories and set a league record for tackles for loss. At one of the outside spots will be linebacker Braxton K. Williams, one of the Tigers' top tacklers last season, who might have trouble holding on to his starting spot. Altroy Bodrick came on strong throughout the spring and earned the starting job for the Orange & White game and will have the edge at the strong side position heading into summer camp. Up front will be senior defensive tackles Terry Jolly and Jason Holloman clogging the middle with size and agility. Clemson recorded 45 sacks last year in a league in which no one else had more than 30. A good reason for that was due in part to free safety Robert Carswell, a senior Jim Thorpe Award nominee and first team All-ACC participant. He set a school record for tackles by a defensive back with 129, many of which could have filled up a high light reel. The backfield can boast the fact that three of the best QB's in the land last season, Vick, Weinke, and Pennington, did not throw a touchdown pass in a combined 109 attempts. The Tigers will have a new safety and a new corner but sophmore Brian Mance was perhaps the top defensive player signed in the 1999 recruiting class. On the other corner is Alex Ardley who is blessed with talent.

DE Nick Eason 6-4 255 So. Bryant McNeal 6-5 235 So.
DT Terry Jolly 6-2 290 Sr. Gary Childress 6-3 270 Sr.
DT Jason Holloman 6-3 285 Sr.   Jovon Bush 6-5 300 Jr.
DE Terry Bryant 6-4 275 Sr.   Marcus Lewis 6-2 250 Fr.
OLB Braxton Williams 6-2 215 Sr.   Altroy Bodrick 6-0 215 Jr.
MLB Chad Carson 6-3 235 Jr.   Rodney Thomas 6-0 225 So.
OLB Keith Adams 5-11 220 Jr.   Kenzi Ross 6-2 220 Sr.
CB Alex Ardley 5-10 170 Jr.   Kevin Johnson 6-0 185 Fr.
CB Brian Mance 5-11 185 So.   Darrel Crutchfield 6-0 180 Sr.
SS Charles Hafley 6-1 195 Jr.   Eric Meekins 6-2 190 So.
FS Robert Carswell 6-0 215 Sr.   Chad Speck 6-0 215 Sr.
P Jamie Somaini 6-1 230 Sr.          
Returning starters in bold.

Key Losses: Damonte McKenzie-DL, Harold Means-LB, DoMarco Fox-DB, Dextra Polite-DB,
Ryan Romano-P