Clemson University

Clemson All-Decade (2000-09) Team

OFFENSE

WR - Rod Gardner, 1997-2000. First-team All-America. Third in career receptions and fourth in career receiving yards with 166 catches for 2,498 yards.

WR - Aaron Kelly, 2005-08. Holds school records for career receptions (232), career receiving yards (2,733) and single-season receptions (88). Made first- and second-team All-ACC.

TE - Michael Palmer, 2006-09. Became a prominent part of the offense his senior season with 41 catches for 468 yards and four touchdowns. Three-year starter. First-team All-ACC and also first-team Academic All-ACC.

OL - Barry Richardson, 2004-07. Four-year starter who earned first-team All-America honors. Chosen first-team All-ACC twice.

OL - Nathan Bennett, 2003-06. Received first-team All-ACC and third-team All-America honors. Three-year starter.

OL - Kyle Young, 1998-2001. Won ACC and national (second- and third-team All-America) honors. Started 40 of 47 career games.

OL - Chris McDuffie, 2004-07. Shifted from defense to offense after freshman season and earned all-star recognition (first-team All-ACC, third-team All-America) at guard his senior season.

OL - Thomas Austin, 2006-09. Rated top center nationally headed into senior season but moved to guard and started for the third season. Second-team All-ACC for two seasons. First-team Academic All-ACC.

QB - Woodrow Dantzler, 1998-2001. Ranks seventh in career rushing yards and second in career passing yards. Although playing quarterback, he twice led the team in rushing. First-team All-ACC.

RB - James Davis, 2005-08. Twice an All-ACC pick. Second in career rushing yards and the top rusher each of his four seasons. Clemson leader in rushing touchdowns.

RB - Travis Zachery, 1998-2001. Chosen All-ACC in 2000. Scored 50 career touchdowns and ranks fourth in career rushing yards (3,058).

All-Purpose - C.J. Spiller, 2006-09. First-team All-America and ACC Player of the Year in 2009. Set NCAA record for career touchdowns on kickoff returns (seven) and his 7,416 all-purpose yards rank third in NCAA record book. In 2009, he accounted for touchdowns in five ways: rushing, receiving, passing, kickoff return and punt return. Has scored 50 career touchdowns.

PK - Aaron Hunt, 2000-03. Career scoring leader with 329 points (164 extra points, 55 field goals). Led team in scoring three times.

DEFENSE

DL - Gaines Adams, 2003-06. First-team All-America and first-round NFL draft pick. Made First-team All-ACC. Had 168 career tackles, including 44.5 for loss and 28 sacks.

DL - Ricky Sapp, 2006-09. Outstanding pass-rusher. Overcame torn ACL during 2008 to post a strong senior year - 58 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks and 17 quarterback pressures. Had 41 tackles for loss in career.

DL - Nick Eason, 1999-2002. Ringleader on defensive line in 2002 that allow only 120 yards rushing per game. First-team All-ACC.

DL - Terry Jolly, 1997-2000. Anchor on defensive front. Twice made All-ACC, second team his junior season and first-team his final year.

LB - Leroy Hill, 2001-04. Twice first-team All-ACC. Chalked up 311 career tackles, including 48 for losses and 16 sacks. Third-team All-America in 2004.

LB - Keith Adams, 1998-2000. Collected 379 tackles, including 54 for loss and 23 sacks, in only three seasons. Twice chosen first-team All-America and first-team All-ACC.

LB - Chad Carson, 1998-2001. First-team All-ACC in 2001. Had 23 tackles against Wake Forest, the third most in a single game in school history. Fourth in career tackles with 448.

DB - Justin Miller, 2002-04. Second-team All-America in 2004. Had 169 tackles, 13 interceptions and five kick returns for touchdowns in three seasons. Averaged 30.7 yards on 50 kickoff returns.

DB - Tye Hill, 2002-05. Started career at running back, then found a home on defense. Had 143 career tackles and five interceptions. First-team All-ACC and first-round pro draft choice.

DB - Michael Hamlin, 2005-08. All-ACC second team in 2007 and first team in 2008. Ranks second in career takeaways with 18 (14 interceptions, four fumble recoveries).

DB - DeAndre McDaniel, 2007-09. First-team All-ACC in 2009. Led conference and ranked second nationally with eight interceptions. Has 11 interceptions and 12 takeaways in three seasons.

P - Jimmy Maners, 2007-08. Ranks fourth in career punting average (41.7 yards per punt).

- Compiled by Bob Spear

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