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1989 Clemson Tigers football
Gator Bowl Champions
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 12
1989 record10-2 (5-2 ACC)
Head coachDanny Ford
Offensive schemeOption
Base defense4-3
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#18 Virginia § 6 1 0     10 3 0
Duke § 6 1 0     8 4 0
#12 Clemson 5 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     7 4 0
NC State 4 3 0     7 5 0
Maryland 2 5 0     3 7 1
Wake Forest 1 6 0     2 8 1
North Carolina 0 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1989 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 1989 college football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Danny Ford, who was serving his final season as head coach at Clemson. The Tigers played their home games in Memorial Stadium. The Tigers finished the 1989 season with a 10-2 record and defeated West Virginia 27-7 in the 1989 Gator Bowl.

Incoming recruiting classEdit

  • Nick Blinsky (C; Struthers, OH; Struthers HS)
  • Rodney Blunt (TB; Pensacola, FL; Pine Forest HS)
  • Brentson Buckner (MG; Columbus, GA; Carver HS)
  • Greg Burk (FB; Lawton, OK; Lawton HS)
  • Pat Burris (DB; Rock Hill, SC; Northwestern HS)
  • Arthur Bussie (OLB; Camden, NJ; Camden HS)
  • Darren Calhoun (LB; McCormick, SC; McCormick HS)
  • Jason Davis (WR; Pensacola, FL; Pine Forest HS)
  • Steve Derriso (LB; Huntsville, AL; Grissom HS)
  • Garth Fennigan (QB; Harlingen, TX; Harlingen HS)
  • Eric Geter (CB; Newnan, GA; Newnan HS)
  • Tyrone Gibson (LB; Hartsville, SC; Hartsville HS)
  • Rudy Harris (TB; Brockton, MA; Brockton HS)
  • David Hogue (OG; New Castle PA; Laurel HS)
  • Brent LeJeune (OT; Lake Charles, LA; Barbe HS)
  • Richard Moncrief (QB; Montgomery, AL; Davis HS)
  • Robert O'Neal (CB; Clarkston, GA; Clarkston HS)
  • Thad Ridgley (FB; Ambridge, PA; Ambridge HS)
  • Larry Ryans (CB; Greenwood, SC; Greenwood HS)
  • Stacy Seegars (MG; Kershaw, SC; Andrew Jackson HS)
  • Ashley Sheppard (OLB; Greenville, NC; North Pitt HS)
  • Tyrone Simpson (DT; Rock Hill, SC; Northwestern HS)
  • Terry Smith (WR; Clemson, SC; Daniel HS)
  • Franklin Thomas (TE; New Orleans, LA; St. Augustine HS)
  • James Trapp (SS; Lawton, OK; Lawton HS)
  • Scott Vaughn (OT; Phillipsburg, NJ; Phillipsburg HS)
  • Pierre Wilson (DT; Jackson, MS; Provine HS)

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Schedule Edit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2* Furman #12 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 30-0   80,508
September 9* at #16 Florida State #10 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL W 34-23   61,897
September 16* at Virginia Tech #7 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 27-7   47,152
September 23 Maryland #7 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 31-7   77,301
September 30 at Duke #7 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC L 17-21   22,600
October 7 Virginia #15 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 34-20   80,638
October 14† Georgia Tech #14 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Homecoming) L 14-30   81,550
October 21 #12 N.C. State #22 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Textile Bowl) W 30-10   81,569
October 28 Wake Forest #21 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 44-10   71,335
November 4 at North Carolina #17 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 35-3   44,500
November 18* at South Carolina #15 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC (Carolina-Clemson Rivalry) W 45-0   74,500
December 30* vs. #17 West Virginia #14 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) W 27-7   82,911
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth chartEdit

Defensive Starters


FS
James Lott
Norris Brown
Chris Hart


WLB MLB OLB
Doug Brewster Ed McDaniel Levon Kirkland
Kenzil Jackson Vince Taylor Wayne Simmons
Dorian Mariable Shane Scott Eric Mader
SS
Arlington Nunn
Tyron Mouzon
Marc Taylor
CB
Dexter Davis
Mitch Belton
Lee Kendall


DE DT DT DE
John Johnson Vance Hammond David Davis Otis Moore
Wayne Harps Danny Sizer Rob Bodine Chester McGlockton
Jeff Taylor Al Richard
CB
Jerome Henderson
Tony Mauney
David Joye
Offensive Starters
WR
Rodney Fletcher
Chip Davis
Fernandez West
LT LG C RG RT
Bruce Bratton Jeb Flesch Hank Phillips Eric Harmon Stacy Long
Les Hall David Pluckett Mike Brown Mike Samnik Kelvin Hankins
Chris Ogle Jamison Temples John Harris Ron Wessinger Mark Shirley
TE
Stacy Fields
Chris Twiss
Mike Berry
WR
Gary Cooper
Doug Thomas
Robbie Spector
QB
Chris Morocco
DeChane Cameron
Michael Carr
RB
Terry Allen
Joe Henderson
Charlie James
FB
Wesley McFadden
Junior Hall
Tony Kennedy
Special Teams
PK Chris Gardocki
PK Scott Davis
P Chris Gardocki
P Chet Horton



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Coaching staffEdit

  • Danny Ford - Head Coach
  • Chuck Reedy - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Bill Oliver - Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
  • - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
  • - Assistant Head Coach/Tackles & Tight Ends
  • - Associate Head Coach/Offensive Guards and Centers
  • - Defensive Tackles
  • - Running Backs/Special Teams
  • - Defensive Ends
  • Woody McCorvey - Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers

Sources Edit

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