Nine Football Players Graduate

Nine Football Players Graduate


Nine Football Players Graduate


By Staff Report.

Nine Clemson football players graduated in commencement ceremonies in Littlejohn Coliseum on Thursday.  Among the football graduates were seven players who are in their last season of eligibility and two (Jaron Brown, Dalton Freeman) who have a year of eligibility remaining in 2012.  A total of 20 current and former Clemson student-athletes received their degrees on Thursday.

Among the nine football players who graduated was Dawson Zimmerman, who was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and the Wuerffel Trophy, given to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.  Zimmerman, the Tigers’ starting punter the past three seasons, is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.  The senior from Lawrenceville, GA entered the fall semester with a 3.92 career GPA in English.

Freeman, a junior center from Pelion, SC, is also a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and received his degree in communication studies.  Joining Brown, Freeman, and Zimmerman among football graduates were starters Andre Branch, Rennie Moore, and Phillip Price along with Kantrell Brown, Chad Diehl, and Mansa Joseph.

Also graduating on Thursday were basketball players Bryan Narcisse and Tanner Smith.  At the time of their graduation, they were preparing to play UTEP in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.  They became the first Clemson men’s roundballers to play in a game as graduates since Bruce Martin (1994-95).

2011 December Graduates
Student-Athlete    Sport    Major
Jay Cox    Baseball    Sociology
Chris Epps    Baseball    Community Recreation, Sport, & Camp Management
Bryan Narcisse    Men’s Basketball    Communication Studies
Tanner Smith    Men’s Basketball    Marketing
Andre Branch    Football    Sociology
Jaron Brown    Football    Management
Kantrell Brown    Football    Travel & Tourism
Chad Diehl    Football    Management
Dalton Freeman    Football    Communication Studies
Mansa Joseph    Football    Special Education
Rennie Moore    Football    Sociology
Phillip Price    Football    Community Recreation, Sport, & Camp Management
Dawson Zimmerman    Football    English
McCuen Elmore    Men’s Golf    Economics
Nicole Bowen    Rowing    Graphic Communications
Kyle Shoemaker    Men’s Swimming & Diving    Mathematical Sciences
Derek DiFazio    Men’s Tennis    Management
Kevin Galloway    Men’s Tennis    Financial Management
Lilla Fordos    Women’s Track & Field    Political Science
Briana Johnson    Women’s Track & Field    Communication Studies


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