Some Things You May Not Know About Your Clemson Tigers

Jacqueline KirbyContributor IIIOctober 6, 2009

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 11: The Clemson University Tigers football team runs onto the field before facing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during an Atlantic Coast Conference game on September 11, 2004, at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. Georgia Tech defeated Clemson 28-24. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Clemson Tigers are more than just a football team and they show this every single time they step off the field.  Most fans only care about the Tigers once they hit the playing field but there are some interesting facts that may make you appreciate this team a little more.

For instance, did you know that Wide Receiver Brandon Clear and Defensive End Byron Clear are twin brothers who were on the MTV hit show "Two-A-Days" about the Hoover High football team?  I know I used to love that show so this news really excited me when I found out.

Another interesting fact is that Linebacker Scotty Cooper spent 18 days in Ghana last May as a part of The Fluid Campus program with one of his classes.  Scotty was the only student-athlete on the trip.

Defensive End Mallicah Goodman will be featured in an article about body parts for ESPN The Magazine.  Mallicah has the largest hands on the team and possibly the largest hands in college football.  He is 6-foot-4 with a 7-foot wingspan and his hands measure 11 inches from finger tip to finger tip.

Da'Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp are both starting Defensive Ends for the Tigers and both went to Bamberg/Ehrhardt High School.  Ricky was a first team USA Today All-American right out of high school and Da'Quan was rated the #1 player in the nation right out of high school by ESPN.  Both Defensive Ends made the academic honor roll last semester. 

Finally, one of the facts I find most interesting about the Tigers is different players will be wearing #17 each game in honor of Stanley Hunter.  Stanley had to retire from football due to problems with epilepsy but still works with the team as a student coach.

The Tigers continue to strive off the field and hopefully we can get back into gear to finish out the season strong.