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Clemson’s championship team leads to multiple ESPY nominations

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The ESPYS are coming. ESPN’s annual summer tradition of showering star athletes with Hollywood praise is coming in July, and fans now have a chance to vote for their picks in multiple categories. As is typically the case, the reigning national champions tend to be well-represented.

The Clemson Tigers appear multiple times among the finalists for various ESPY awards. Former quarterback Deshaun Watson, now with the NFL’s Houston Texans, is one of four finalists for the Best Championship Performance award. Despite passing for 420 yards and three touchdowns without an interception and running for 43 yards and a score against Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game last January, Watson is up against some stiff competition in the category. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, and Los Angeles Sparks player Candace Parker are the other finalists. Topping Brady or Durant may prove difficult for Watson considering the pedigree each of those two have. A player competing in the NBA Finals has won the award each of the past four seasons (three of them won by LeBron James). The only college football player to win the award was former Texas quarterback Vince Young in 2006 following his performance in the Rose Bowl against USC. Watson’s performance against Alabama was about as close to Young’s Rose Bowl as you can get, so maybe there is a chance.

Watson may stand a better chance of being named the Best Male College Athlete. He is the only college football player in the running and may have the most well-known name recognition across the nation compared to the others in contention, although Kansas basketball player Frank Mason could stand a chance.

Clemson’s victory over Alabama is also one of three finalists for Best Upset. The only other finalists for the award are the Mississippi State women’s basketball team upsetting the UConn women in the women’s Final Four and Denis Istomin toppling Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open. Clemson has a chance here, although the UConn women losing was a stunner. No college football game is up for Best Game despite a thrilling national championship game and a Rose Bowl for the ages. But then again, it’s hard to argue against Game 7 of the World Series and the Super Bowl, with a Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal Australian Open Final coming out as the three finalists.

Clemson is also up for Best Team, but against the Chicago Cubs, Warriors, Pittsburgh Penguins, Patriots, South Carolina women’s basketball and the United States women’s gymnastics team. It’s a loaded field.

Louisville quarterback and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson is in the hunt for an ESPY though. His hurdle of a defender is in a tournament-style bracket of 16 plays for the Best Play ESPY. Given the No. 14 seed, Jackson is up against a pass by Aaron Rogers to Jared Cook that led to a playoff victory against the Dallas Cowboys, so once again it looks like a tough draw. Here’s the Jackson hurdle against Syracuse…

The ESPYS will air on Wednesday, July 12.

Clemson transfer chooses East Carolina over Michigan, Oregon

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Consider this the first Group of Five upset of Power Five teams for the 2017 season?

Earlier this week, Korrin Wiggins confirmed that he had whittled his list of potential transfer destinations down to four — East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan or Oregon.  On his personal Twitter account Thursday evening, Wiggins confirmed that he had opted to transfer to, to what’s certainly the surprise of some, ECU.

In an interview with TigerNet.com, the North Carolina high school product expounded on his decision.

“Me and my family discussed my decision and decided that it’s time for me to come home,” Wiggins told the Clemson-centric website.”It was hard to turn down those other schools, but the vision [Pirates head coach Scottie Montgomery] has there is something I liked so I’m done with the process.”

Wiggins graduated from Clemson last month, and will be eligible to play for ECU immediately. The 2017 season will be his final year of eligibility.

In 2015, Wiggins started six of the 13 games in which he played. However, a torn ACL in summer camp the following year cost him the entire 2015 season. As a reserve last season, the safety played in seven games. He started one of those contests.

All told, Wiggins played in 32 games before deciding to transfer from the Tigers in mid-May.

Michigan, Oregon among final four in play for Clemson transfer Korrin Wiggins

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While no decision has been made, a Clemson transfer has whittled his to-do-list down to a quartet of potential landing spots.

Speaking to TigerNet.com Monday, Korrin Wiggins confirmed that he will transfer to either East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan or Oregon.  Kansas and North Carolina State, among others, had previously been mentioned as possibilities for the transferring defensive back.

As Wiggins graduated last month, he’ll be eligible to play immediately at whichever FBS program he chooses.  The 2017 season will be his final year of eligibility.

In 2015, Wiggins started six of the 13 games in which he played. However, a torn ACL in summer camp the following year cost him the entire 2015 season. As a reserve last season, the safety played in seven games. He started one of those contests.

All told, Wiggins played in 32 games before deciding to transfer from the Tigers in mid-May.

Clemson player hurt in car wreck to miss 2017 season with Mike Williams-type neck injury

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Apparently it was indeed that serious.

On social media, Clemson’s Richard Yeargin indicated that he sustained a neck injury in a car wreck in the last week.  Not long after, the football program confirmed the defensive lineman sustained a neck injury in an automobile accident this past weekend.

Not only that, but the school confirmed that Yeargin suffered the same type of injury that cost a star Tigers wide receiver the entire 2015 season.  As was the case with Mike Williams, Yeargin will be sidelined for the whole of 2017.

“The good news is that he will be fine long term,” head coach Dabo Swinney said in a portion of a statement. “He will miss this season as he recovers.”

A four-star 2014 signee, Yeargin took a redshirt as a true freshman.  He’s played in 22 games the past two seasons, including a dozen in the Tigers’ run to the 2016 national championship.

Exiting spring practice, Yeargin was penciled in a second-team end for the Tigers.

Clemson DE Richard Yeargin suffers neck injury in car accident

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One member of the Clemson football program claims he was involved in a very scary incident last week, one which he described as “facing death.”

By way of TigerNet.com, Richard Yeargin was apparently involved in a serious car accident at some point in the last week or so.  In a photo, not available for public consumption, posted to his Instagram account, the defensive end is seen wearing a neck brace standing next to a damaged vehicle.

No details surrounding the accident were detailed.  While his Instagram account is private, TigerNet has the words attached to it saved for posterity.

“I want to personally take the time out to thank all of those who have been there to support me the last two days that I have been in the hospital on bed rest,” the lineman wrote. “After almost facing death I thank God he kept me hear to shed light on him. If it wasn’t for him I would not be here today.”

The extent of Yeargin’s injury isn’t known — the Tiger-centric website did write that the player “could miss significant time” — and the football program has yet to publicly address the development.

A four-star 2014 signee, Yeargin took a redshirt as a true freshman.  He’s played in 22 games the past two seasons, including a dozen in the Tigers’ run to the 2016 national championship.