D. Fry Fact: Played more snaps (820) than any Tiger in 2005.
Overview: Preseason candidate for the Dave Rimington Award, presented to the nation's top center...ranked among the top-10 centers in the nation by Phil Steele (#7), Lindy's (#8), and Sporting News (#9)...first-team preseason All-ACC by Athlon, Phil Steele, and Lindy's; second-team pick by Sporting News...among the strongest players on the team; his 500-pound bench press in February of 2006 tied for seventh-best by a Clemson lineman since 1984; tied with Nathan Bennett for the team lead in that category...his 1,830 total pounds lifted in all areas is fourth-best on record and best on the team...had 36 reps of 225 pounds, the sixth-best figure by a Tiger lineman since 1984 and the best on the 2006 team by nine reps...had a 655-pound squat lift in 2006 that was tied for first on the team with Roman Fry; tied with him for the team-best in the hang clean (410) as well...coached in high school by John McKissick, the winningest high school football coach in United States history...has played 33 career games with 13 starts...has 102.5 career knockdown blocks, as he went from 12 as a freshman to 18 as a sophomore to 72.5 as a junior...has played 1,133 career snaps, including 820 as a junior...reserve center behind Tommy Sharpe in 2003 and 2004; he was a starter in 2005 and will be in 2006...started 12 games in 2005 and the North Carolina game as a freshman in 2003.
2005: Started all 12 games...first-team all-state by Orangeburg Touchdown Club...winner of the Solid Rock Award from the coaching staff among offensive linemen...played all 74 snaps in the bowl victory over Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl and graded 83 percent with three knockdown blocks...a big reason Clemson made a 90-yard improvement in terms of total offense over 2004...played the most plays among offensive linemen in nine of the 12 games, including each of the last four, which were all Tiger wins...had the highest film grade among offensive linemen in four games, including three of the last five...started the year with a team-best 79-percent grade in a team-high 83 snaps against #17 Texas A&M...had a 94-percent grade twice, including at Georgia Tech and #19 South Carolina; those were career-high grades for Fry; in fact tying for the highest film grade by a starting offensive lineman in a game all year...had a team-best nine knockdown blocks against Temple, the only game all year he led the Tigers in knockdown blocks...had 72.5 knockdowns, third-most on the team...led the team in intimidation blocks (15)...one of three Tiger offensive linemen to start every game...graded in the 90s in three of the last four games...had a 94-percent grade and 8.5 knockdowns against Georgia Tech; that included four intimidation blocks to tie for the high figure in a game by a Tiger...had a 93-percent grade with 8.5 knockdowns in the win over Duke, then had an 81-percent grade and 8.5 knockdowns against #16 Florida State...had a 94-percent grade and five knockdowns in the win at #19 South Carolina...had just two penalties called on him all year, including none in the last five games...graded in the 90s on three occasions, more than any other Tiger offensive lineman...graded in the 80s or 90s in eight of the 12 games, including seven of the last eight games.
2004: Played in 10 of the 11 games, all as a reserve; he missed only the opener against Wake Forest...played a season-high 31 snaps in the win over South Carolina; he had an 83-percent grade and three knockdown blocks...had a 90-percent grade in just 10 snaps in win at #10 Miami (FL)...had 18 knockdown blocks, including three intimidation blocks, second most among non-starting offensive linemen...played at least 10 snaps in six of his 10 games...had six grades in the 80s or better...graded 100 percent in seven snaps at Texas A&M...had a career-high four knockdown blocks in the win over Utah State when he played 21 snaps...played 21 snaps in consecutive games against Virginia and Utah State...had a strong game in the win over N.C. State when he had an 80-percent grade for 15 snaps and had three knockdown blocks, including one of his three intimidation blocks during the season.
2003: Backup center for much of the season; he actually took over the starting role against North Carolina; played 41 snaps in that game and had two knockdown blocks; he earned the start thanks to a 90-percent grade in 21 snaps the game before at N.C. State; came off the bench the rest of the regular season, but played 22 plays per game over those four games...logged five snaps in the Peach Bowl win against #6 Tennessee...played 168 snaps in 11 games; he did not play against Furman or Maryland; the North Carolina game was his only start...averaged 26 snaps per game over the last five regular-season games...graded 80 percent in 25 plays at South Carolina...had a season-high five knockdowns at Wake Forest in 32 plays...had 12 knockdown blocks overall...became the first Tiger freshman to start a game at center since 1980.
Before Clemson: Had 80 knockdown blocks and graded better than 80 percent as a senior...played both guard and tackle...All-American according to SuperPrep, CBS.Sportsline.com, and Max Emfinger...all-state, all-area, all-region, and All-Lowcountry selection in football, track & field, and wrestling...state AA champion in wrestling and runner-up in the shotput...Shrine Bowl selection...Post & Courier Lowcountry Male Athlete-of-the-Year...state champion in wrestling as a junior...won the shot put state title as a junior...rated as one of the top four players in the state...played under legendary Coach John McKissick...chose Clemson over Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina...born Dustin W. Fry on Oct. 3, 1983...majoring in sport management.
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