In the second installment of my choices for Clemson's all-time football team, I present my case for the starting offense. Enjoy the rich Clemson tradition that permeates this potent offensive unit.
In case you missed it, you can find my defensive selections here:
Last Installment—All-Time Clemson Team: Defense
Next Installment—All-Time Clemson Team: Special Teams and Honorable Mention
Now for the starting offense.
Quarterback: Steve Fuller
There may be guys in Clemson history with more impressive numbers, but the numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Guys like Woody Dantzler and Charlie Whitehurst put up bigger yardage numbers, but Steve Fuller was the quintessential QB. He led the 1978 Tigers to a No. 6 national ranking and remains Clemson’s only All-American quarterback.
Tailback: Banks McFadden (Captain)
Few remain alive that saw Banks McFadden play college ball, but he remains a legend in Clemson lore. He is widely recognized as the greatest Clemson football player and all-around athlete the school has ever seen.
McFadden was named an All-American in both football and basketball in 1939, in addition to littering the Clemson record books as a passer, runner, punter, and defensive back. He remains the highest drafted player in Clemson history at No. 4 and led the NFL in yards per carry his one year in the league.
Tight End: Bennie Cunningham
As a tight end, Bennie Cunningham was freakish. He sits at No. 16 on Clemson’s all-time reception list; for a tight end, that number of touches is unheard of. He received All-American honors in 1974 and '75 and went on to win two Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wide Receivers: Jerry Butler, Perry Tuttle, Joe Blalock
In tandem with Steve Fuller, Jerry Butler was as dangerous a receiver as they come. He gained All-American honors in 1978 and will always be remembered for his game-winning touchdown against rival South Carolina in 1977, now known simply as “The Catch.”
Perry Tuttle became the face of Clemson’s national championship with his celebratory pose on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He left Clemson with All-American honors in 1981 and the Clemson records for career receptions, reception yards, and single season reception yardage.
Joe Blalock played in the early 1940s, becoming the first Tiger to become a two-time All-American. He averaged over 20 yards per catch in his collegiate career and is a charter member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
Center: Kyle Young
Kyle Young moved mountains in the trenches and led the way for some of Woody Dantzler’s amazing scrambling. He was named an All-American in 2000 and missed only six assignments in 845 plays that season.
Offensive Tackles: Stacy Long and Wayne Mass
A two-time All-American and two-time first team All-ACC recipient, Stacy Long become a force up front. His 141 career knockdown blocks lead all Clemson offensive tackles.
Wayne Mass gained All-American honors in 1966 and All-ACC first team honors in both 1966 and 1967.
Guards: Joe Bostic and Harry Olszewski
Joe Bostic was recognized as a first team All-American in 1977 and '78, as well as being named to the ACC 50-year anniversary team in 2002.
As a first team consensus All-American, Harry Olszewski channeled strength and stability. He started in 30 consecutive collegiate games and was named to the Clemson Centennial team in 1996.