Building a Resume: For Tigers, consistency will happen one season at a time

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd throws against Maryland during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd throws against Maryland during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Pending the outcome of Clemson's bowl game, the Tigers will finish the 2012 season just about where most people predicted they would: ranked in the nation's top 15, but out of the ACC and national championship mix.

Though the regular season took a bitter turn at the end, the Tigers put together a string of standout performances over the course of the season, and, significantly, avoided a stumble against 'lesser' teams (a word which, unfortunately, could apply to at least half of the teams they played in the ACC).

The ACC's overall weakness hurt Clemson's strength of schedule and BCS ranking, though the Tigers still managed to put themselves in the thick of the BCS conversation for the second straight season.

Long-term consistency happens one season at a time, and it's worth reviewing some of what the Tigers added to their resume over the course of the fall, courtesy of Clemson's sports information office.

Team Accomplishments

• Won 10 games in the regular season for the first time since 1981 and for just the third time in Clemson history.

• Won seven games in ACC play, which tied for the most in a season in Clemson history.

• Ranked in every poll during the regular season for the first time since 2000, and has a current streak of 27 consecutive weeks in top 25.

•Ranked in every BCS top 20 for the second straight year.

• Tied the Clemson record for wins by a team with only one senior offensive lineman ( Dalton Freeman). Only the 1987 and 1989 Clemson teams won 10 games with just one senior starter on offensive line.

• Set a Clemson record for consecutive home wins with 13.

• Set a Clemson record with seven consecutive wins by at least 14 points and nine total wins by 14 or more.

• Set Clemson record for consecutive games scoring at least 37 points (10).

• Became just the second Clemson team in history with a 1000-yard rusher, 1000-yard receiver and 3000-yard passer.

• Set season records for points (508), 500-yard total offense games (seven), touchdowns (65), total offense (6220) and passing touchdowns (38).

• The senior class set a record for conference wins (regular season) with 23, and total wins with 24 (including ACC Championship game of 2011).

• The Tigers' dozen seniors won 35 games total, the seventh most in school history for a class.

• Ranked 14th by the Harris poll, 15th by AP, 14th by USA Today and 14th in the BCS entering December 2 polls.

• In terms of offensive stats, Clemson is fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (165.45), sixth in scoring (42.33) and eighth in total offense (518.33). Also 13th in passing (319.58), second in red-zone offense (51-54), fourth in touchdown passes (38), fourth in total touchdowns (65), fifth in third down conversion (52.13 percent).

• The Tigers had six of the 11 first-team All-ACC players on offense, the most in Clemson history and the most by any ACC team since Florida State in 1995.

Individual Accomplishments

• Tajh Boyd became seventh 20-game winning quarterback in Clemson history.

• Boyd leads nation in points responsible, and is fourth in the nation in passing efficiency, sixth in touchdown passes, third in yards/attempt (9.42), first in completions for at least 25 yards (46).

• Boyd set Clemson records for passing yardage in a game with 428 at Wake Forest, and total offense vs. NC State (529).

•Dalton Freeman became Clemson career leader in snaps.

Chandler Catanzaro made 20 consecutive field goals over two years, a new Clemson record and the fourth longest streak in ACC history.

• Boyd broke ACC record for touchdown responsibility (43) and broke his own mark for touchdown passes with (34).

•DeAndre Hopkins established school records for touchdown receptions in a season (16), career reception yards (2829), career reception touchdowns (25) and career 100-yard receiving games (11).

• Hopkins has tied Herman Moore's ACC record for consecutive games catching a touchdown pass (9).

• Sammy Watkins set a Clemson record for reception yards in a game with 202 vs. Wake Forest, breaking the record that Hopkins had set earlier in the season.

• Brandon Ford tied Clemson record for touchdown receptions in a season by a tight end (8) and a career (12).

• Andre Ellington became the fourth player in Clemson history with two 1000-yard rushing seasons.

• Spencer Benton set ACC field goal record with 61-yarder vs. Ball State, and extended his own record for tackles by a kicker to 28.

Individual Awards

Tajh Boyd, QB

• Semifinalist for Walter Camp National Player of the Year (1 of 15)

• Semifinalist for Johnny Unitas Award

• Semifinalist for Davey O’Brien Award

• Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week vs. NC State

• First-team All-ACC

Dalton Freeman, C

• CoSIDA Academic All-District

• First-team All-ACC

DeAndre Hopkins, WR

• Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award (1 of 10)

• First-team All-ACC

Brandon Thomas, OT

• First-team All-ACC

Andre Ellington, RB

• National Offensive Player of the Week by Maxwell Club vs. Auburn

• First-team All-ACC

Jaron Brown, WR

• CoSIDA Academic All-District

Chandler Catanzaro, PK

• Semifinalist for Lou Groza Award (1 of 20)

• Lou Groza Star of the Week vs. Auburn

• Second-team All-ACC

Rashard Hall, FS

• Second-team All-ACC

Jonathan Meeks, SS

• National Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week vs. Virginia Tech

Dabo Swinney

• Semifinalist for Maxwell Club National Coach of the Year (1 of 16)

• Moved into top 10 in ACC history in career winning percentage overall and in ACC games.

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TRUTH4U2 writes:

At least half of the ACC teams lesser opponents? Try all but one in the ACC (FSU) and one not in conference.
Looking at all of those accolades, really mean nothing. It's like a 12th grade bully beating up a 7th grader. What did you really accomplish there?
Clemmy fans it's time to face reality. In reading the post on a few articles these past couple of days most of you already have. Clemmy is soft, the coach is nothing more than an over paid cheerleader, the OC is good, but has no clue how to make in game adjustments, and the DC well with that much talent and the way they play kind of speaks for itself.
Don't go saying our players are young and we have more 5 star recruits coming in. What the He!! have you been doing with the 5 star recuits you have now? Top 5-10 recruiting classes and what did you get? They really look good against Furman, BC and the likes.
In reality Clemmy is just like a 12th grade bully. They bully all the lesser teams around and then someone punches them in the mouth and they curl up and cry like a little baby.
It will 20 in a row, unless someone at Clemmy grows a pair.

lhaselden writes:

in response to TRUTH4U2:

At least half of the ACC teams lesser opponents? Try all but one in the ACC (FSU) and one not in conference.
Looking at all of those accolades, really mean nothing. It's like a 12th grade bully beating up a 7th grader. What did you really accomplish there?
Clemmy fans it's time to face reality. In reading the post on a few articles these past couple of days most of you already have. Clemmy is soft, the coach is nothing more than an over paid cheerleader, the OC is good, but has no clue how to make in game adjustments, and the DC well with that much talent and the way they play kind of speaks for itself.
Don't go saying our players are young and we have more 5 star recruits coming in. What the He!! have you been doing with the 5 star recuits you have now? Top 5-10 recruiting classes and what did you get? They really look good against Furman, BC and the likes.
In reality Clemmy is just like a 12th grade bully. They bully all the lesser teams around and then someone punches them in the mouth and they curl up and cry like a little baby.
It will 20 in a row, unless someone at Clemmy grows a pair.

Recruiting classes:
2009 USC # 12 Clemson #37
2010 USC #24 Clemson #19
2011 USC #18 Clemson #8
2012 USC # 19 Clemson #14

We have a pair and I now know how it feels to lose 4 in a row... it does not feel good but then if you have been a GameCock fan for while you know how bad it feels to lose to your in-state rivals 4 years in row.
Longest USC Win Streak 4 (1951–1954, 2009–2012)
here is the record you need to shoot for before you run off at the mouth too much!
Longest Clem Win Streak 7 (1934–1940)

lhaselden writes:

Clemson has won 4 in a row 7 times.... but who is counting, I am glad that Spurrier was able bring some rivalry back into the Palmetto state... I am happy the gamecocks are finally able to compete in the SEC, they were embarrassing the state.
And I now hope we can compete better against LSU or whoever we play in the Chick-Fil-A bowl that we did last Saturday. :-)

TRUTH4U2 writes:

in response to lhaselden:

Recruiting classes:
2009 USC # 12 Clemson #37
2010 USC #24 Clemson #19
2011 USC #18 Clemson #8
2012 USC # 19 Clemson #14

We have a pair and I now know how it feels to lose 4 in a row... it does not feel good but then if you have been a GameCock fan for while you know how bad it feels to lose to your in-state rivals 4 years in row.
Longest USC Win Streak 4 (1951–1954, 2009–2012)
here is the record you need to shoot for before you run off at the mouth too much!
Longest Clem Win Streak 7 (1934–1940)

I was just making a comment about the article. But for some reason I knew some clemmy fan would bring up history. Keep living in the past and your future will surely pass you by. Oh wait it already is! 1934-1940 72 years ago, is that really how far you need to go back to prove revelance?
"Those who retreat to the comfort of yesterday's statistics are, more often than not, today's losers."

TheRealistTruth writes:

in response to TRUTH4U2:

I was just making a comment about the article. But for some reason I knew some clemmy fan would bring up history. Keep living in the past and your future will surely pass you by. Oh wait it already is! 1934-1940 72 years ago, is that really how far you need to go back to prove revelance?
"Those who retreat to the comfort of yesterday's statistics are, more often than not, today's losers."

History is their comfort tool. Yes, Clemson has a firm lead in the series. Yes, they won a National Championship 31 years ago. But what does that have to do with the current 2012 teams? Clemson is a good team playing in a basketball conference. South Carolina, on the other hand, is a good team trying to make it in a football conference. Clemson fans hate the bias of the SEC, but I know they would love to play in the SEC as opposed to the ACC. Bring Florida State with them too. They are the only two ACC teams worth anything. Until then, they can parade around and be happy bullying the ACC teams like you said. They need out, now. Until then, the nation will not respect them and they will never be able to improve the way they need to.

TRUTH4U2 writes:

Understand your point there Sennman, and you will notice I posted in another thread of good game and look forward to next year. I can understand the hatred most have with a gamecock fan posting here. But in reality I love football and was just pointing out what my opinion was. It totally baffles me that with Clemmy's talent they still lose to the likes of USC. The ACC is now looking at Navy and Louisville to join them. This will not only kill any respect the ACC has left in football, but will eventually kill any chance of getting 4-5 star players.
Until Clemmy increases it's level of opponents it will continue to lose.
As for history in my opinion it's over when the next game is played.

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