2012 Clemson Tigers football team

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2012 Clemson Tigers football
Clemson University Tiger Paw logo.svg
ACC Atlantic Division co-champion
Chick-fil-A Bowl champion
Chick-fil-A Bowl, W 25–24 vs. LSU
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 9
AP No. 11
2012 record 11–2 (7–1 ACC)
Head coach Dabo Swinney (4th full, 5th overall year)
Offensive coordinator Chad Morris (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables (1st year)
Co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison (5th year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 81,500)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
#10 Florida State xy$   7 1         12 2  
#11 Clemson x   7 1         11 2  
NC State   4 4         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 7  
Maryland   2 6         4 8  
Boston College   1 7         2 10  
Coastal Division
Georgia Tech xy   5 3         7 7  
North Carolina*   5 3         8 4  
Miami*   5 3         7 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Duke   3 5         6 7  
Virginia   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • North Carolina ineligible for championship and postseason due to NCAA sanctions. Miami ineligible for championship and postseason due to a self-imposed postseason ban.
As of January 8, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his fourth full year and fifth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley". They were members of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. On November 10, Clemson set a school record with their 12th straight home win at Death Valley. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in ACC play to be Atlantic Division co–champions with Florida State. Due to their loss to Florida State, they did not represent the division the ACC Championship Game. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl where they defeated LSU. The Tigers had their first 11-win season since 1981.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Clemson
Alma Mater
Dabo Swinney Head Coach 3 Alabama (1992)
Chad Morris Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1 Texas A&M (1992)
Brent Venables Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 0 Kansas State (1992)
Tony Elliott Running Backs 1 Clemson (2003)
Jeff Scott Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator 3 Clemson (2002)
Robbie Caldwell Offensive Line 1 Furman (1976)
Dan Brooks Defensive Tackles 2 Western Carolina (1976)
Marion Hobby Defensive Running Game Coordinator/Defensive Ends 1 Tennessee (1989)
Charlie Harbison Defensive Backs 0 Gardner–Webb (1981)
Danny Pearman Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 3 Clemson (1995)
Reference:[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 p.m. vs. No. 25 Auburn* No. 14 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Rivalry/Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) ESPN W 26–19   75,211
September 8 12:30 p.m. Ball State* No. 12 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ACCN W 52–27   79,557
September 15 3:00 p.m. Furman* No. 11 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC RSN W 41–7   83,574
September 22 8:00 p.m. at No. 4 Florida State No. 10 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Rivalry) ABC L 37–49   83,231
September 29 3:30 p.m. at Boston College No. 17 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA (O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy) ESPN2 W 45–31   40,138
October 6 3:30 p.m. Georgia Tech No. 15 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Rivalry) ESPN W 47–31   82,873
October 20 12:00 p.m. Virginia Tech No. 14 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ABC/ESPN2 W 38–17   83,338
October 25 7:30 p.m. at Wake Forest No. 14 BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ESPN W 42–13   31,162
November 3 7:00 p.m. at Duke No. 10 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPN2 W 56–20   31,894
November 10 3:30 p.m. Marylanddagger No. 10 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ESPNU W 45–10   78,302
November 17 3:30 p.m. NC State No. 11 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Textile Bowl) ABC/ESPN2 W 62–48   77,831
November 24 7:00 p.m. No. 13 South Carolina* No. 12 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ESPN L 17–27   84,513
December 31 7:30 p.m. No. 9 LSU* No. 15 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Bowl) ESPN W 25–24   68,027
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Depth Chart[edit]

Recruiting class[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 14 12 11 10 17 15 16 14 14 10 10 11 12 15 14 11 
Coaches' 14 12 11 9 16 15 13 13 13 9 8 9 9 14 13 9 
Harris Not released 14 13 13 9 9 9 9 14 13 Not released 
BCS Not released 19 18 13 13 11 11 14 14 Not released


2013 NFL draft[edit]

Clemson had four players selected in the 2013 NFL draft. DeAndre Hopkins went in the first round as the 27th overall pick.

Player Team Round Pick # Position
DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans 1st 27th WR
Malliciah Goodman Atlanta Falcons 4th 127th DE
Jonathan Meeks Buffalo Bills 4th 143th DB
Andre Ellington Arizona Cardinals 6th 187th RB

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - 2012 Coaches". Clemson University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on December 26, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Atlantic Coast Conference Announces 2012 Football Championship Game Time and Early Season TV Schedule". clemsontigers.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Clemson Football Schedule". clemsontigers.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 

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