O'Daniel shines at he NFL Scouting Combine
Another very busy, but exciting week for Clemson athletics has come and gone. Between baseball, basketball and former Tigers performing at the NFL Scouting Combine, campus was buzzing all week.
Clemson football even started spring practice, while the Tigers beat rival South Carolina in baseball for a fourth straight year.
In basketball, Clemson ends the regular season tied for third in the ACC after going into the season predicted to finish 13th. The Tigers’ 10 place improvement to the top is the greatest improvement in ACC history.
Because of tiebreaker rules, Clemson will be the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament and will not have to play until Thursday at 2 p.m. The Tigers received a double-bye and automatically advanced to the ACC quarterfinals thanks to finishing in the top four of the conference.
With the regular season over, the All-ACC basketball honors came out Sunday afternoon. Guard Marcquise Reed made the second team, center Elijah Thomas is on the All-Defense team and head coach Brad Brownell finished in second place for Coach of the Year honors.
Even after the Tigers lost star forward Donte Grantham for the season with a torn ACL, they were able to recover and finish the season strong.
It has been 809 days since South Carolina has beat Clemson in one of the three major sports – football, basketball and baseball.
The Clemson baseball team had an unforgettable three-game series against rival South Carolina winning the series 2-1. The Tigers rallied to win the last two games of the series.
Winning the series was of course special to the Tigers, but more importantly to outfielder Drew Wharton. He not only hit a walk-off triple that allowed Clemson to win the series on Sunday, but he can now say that in all four years of playing for the Tigers, he has defeated South Carolina.
Clemson now has four straight series wins against South Carolina in baseball, two straight wins in basketball and four straight wins in football.
The baseball team’s four straight series wins over the Gamecocks marks the first time that has happened since the 1986-’89 era.
In football news, spring practice began last week and the early enrollees seemed more than comfortable in their new home.
It was clear the team was excited to be back on the field preparing for the spring game coming up on April 14. However, there seemed to be some new faces in place of the old ones during practice.
The NFL Combine had some familiar faces this week, namely Dorian O’Daniel, who shined during his on-field workouts.
O’Daniel created quite a name for himself at the combine in Indianapolis on Sunday. He is the number three outside linebacker prospect behind Roquan Smith from Georgia and Leighton Vander Esch from Boise State.
O’Daniel was a top performer at the combine. The Clemson graduate had several top 10 finishes and even came in as the top performer in two drills.