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Has Clemson Ever Had a "Power Back"?


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:26 PM
 

When I think power back I'm thinking:

**6'1 or more. 220 lbs. or more is the specific body type I would consider a power back.

Earl Campbell
Eddie George
John Riggins
Jamal Lewis
Mike Alstott
Larry Csonka(never saw him just video)
Marshawn Lynch
Herschel Walker
Lindale White

Or more currently Derrick Henry! I have been watching Clemson and went to a few camps back in the late 80's for years! I can't recall having that particular "body type" at RB.

It would be just "murderous" for Clemson the way it is built to have a big bruising RB that was just dragging dudes! It's bad enough they can't tackle TE9( how many broken tackles does he have)? You would almost feel bad for a defense that would likely be gassed trying to cover the speed we could present at WR, the power and speed TE9 could present. Then just get to leaning on wobbly kneed defenses! It would be a slaughter!

Just wondering if we haven't or if just can't recall! Thanks in advance!


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:29 PM
 

Emory Smith, Marvin Simms(never thrown for a loss), Christ Lancaster, Harold Goggins, Christian Wilkens all come to mind

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:31 PM
 

I forgot about Emory Smith! Yep!

Christian would have been an interesting choice on some 3rd and 2 plays! I am having trouble remembering the other guys - though I am currently looking them up!

Thanks! 74TIGER


Re: Has Clemson Ever Had a "Power Back"?


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:35 PM
 

Didn't Emory run for about 300 yards in 4th quarter vs coots? Sure seemed like 300 yards at least, but admittedly I may have had too many beers during that game.

And Raymond Priester is obvious recent RB. Sure was fun watching/listening to him play back then.


Kevin Mack FB on the 1981 national championship in 1981,

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:41 PM
 

He averaged over five yards per carry his senior year at Clemson, running 886 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns.


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:35 PM
 

I loved watching Priester run the ball. Wasnt a lot more offense during his time.


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:31 PM
 

Marvin Simms was the epitome of the term power back.

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:00 PM
 

Marvin Simms! After the '77 SC game and Butler's Catch, I ran out on the field dodging batteries, water bottles and No Cigar Today t-shirts. Here comes Marvin and he jumps into the air and I catch him in a bear hug! Thought I was gonna buckle. After the Gator Bowl loss to Pitt we go by the team hotel and happen to share a beer or two with Marvin!

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:31 PM
 

Dang, you have to be a bigum yourself.
I went to the Orange Bowl that year we played Pitt(Matt Cavanaugh QB) in the Gator.
When we flew over the Gator Bowl the next day, I looked down and we were still trying to score! ??

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Re: Has Clemson Ever Had a "Power Back"?


Posted: Oct 23, 2020, 11:46 AM
 

I had a macro-economics class with Marvin. Between both of our absences I think I saw him 3 or 4 times.


That about covers it

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:32 PM
 

Maybe Kenny Flowers

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Tracy Johnson, McCall, and Priester without a doubt***

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:42 PM
 




Raymond Preister?***

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:30 PM
 



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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:35 PM
 

Priester was good! I kind of had him as more of a speed back! But, I guess he fits that mold now that I think of it.

Ya'll remember Kenny Flowers? I use to love his running style. I use to try and emulate it when we played sandlot. My brother, "stop trying to be Kenny Flowers" LOL!

He was a smaller back though!


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:32 PM
 

Kevin Mack.

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:59 PM
 

A favorite. Met him once. Sorry I didnt remember him

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:35 PM
 

Raymond Priester definitely was definition of Power Back


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:37 PM
 

I mean James Davis was 220 ish, he wasnt 6'1 but he had some power. He had some speed as well so I am not sure if he fits the convo.


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Posted: Oct 23, 2020, 9:50 AM
 

THUNDER to Spiller's LIGHTNING


Re: Has Clemson Ever Had a "Power Back"? Tracy Johnson

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:49 PM
 

In the 1988 “Puntrooskie” game against FSU Tracy Johnson drug FSU players into the endzone to Cap off a 98 yard drive for the tying TD.

Check this block on Youtube
https://youtu.be/m9DNRscLJ8g

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Re: Has Clemson Ever Had a "Power Back"? Tracy Johnson

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:57 PM
 

Tracy Johnson - forgot about him too! I need to start taking some Ginkgo Biloba or something. He was stereotypical power back!


Tracy Johnson was a fullback

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:11 PM
 

It’s hard for me to believe that anyone who was paying attention to Clemson football in the ‘80s has to ask if we’ve ever had a power back. Seriously? ??

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Re: Tracy Johnson was a fullback


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:16 PM
 


It’s hard for me to believe that anyone who was paying attention to Clemson football in the ‘80s has to ask if we’ve ever had a power back. Seriously? ??




I know, I know. I'll admit again, I just forgot some of these great players names! Guess, I was spinning on my head too much back then! (hey, don't judge me, lol, the girls loved it).


Re: Has Clemson Ever Had a "Power Back"? Tracy Johnson


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:36 PM
 

Wow what a block! He didn't lower his helmet either(not that it would've mattered back then.
Great post!

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Re: Has Clemson Ever Had a "Power Back"? Tracy Johnson


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:39 PM
 

After conferring with the replay booth, he did lower his head. ??

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:51 PM
 

Ruddy Harris, Brockton, Mass.


We had a big fullback named Marvin Sims that was never

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:55 PM
 

tackled for a loss in his career at Clemson. This was back in Danny days, if the memory serves.

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Re: We had a big fullback named Marvin Sims that was never

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:22 PM
 

My memory says that he was tackled for a loss (maybe on a 4th and 1) late on the game in our 13-9 loss to usc jr in 1979. His ONLY tackle for a loss.


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:58 PM
 

Nope, never had one.


Yes, he was a truck.***


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 6:56 PM
 

Wayne Train was not power, but tough as a lighter'd knot! You Tigers from the south know what I mean.


Terrence Flagler ran like one -- 4th and 1 = give it to him***

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:01 PM
 



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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:02 PM
 

Non Clemson my favorite RB ever was Jerome Bettis. Best Power Back of all-time.

As far as Clemson goes, I considered Nealon Greene to be a great Powerback....


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:05 PM
 

Man - My God - We have had some great running backs!

Seeing those names of (admittedly) names I had forgotten; just brought back a ton of memories!

I just want to say: Thank You! Really appreciate it!


Re: Has Clemson Ever Had a "Power Back"?


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:50 PM
 

Nealon was really a QB, he was just built like a LB and ran the ball a lot.


I'd vote for Terry Allen. He sure didn't have blazing speed

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:12 PM
 

but he wasn't afraid to run you over. Too bad his knees couldn't hold up. Still had a great career!


Phil Mafah Highlights


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:18 PM
 

I was prompted to ask this question after seeing the highlights of Mafah! Wow!


George Smith was supposed to be that guy

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:22 PM
 

He was supposed to be the next Herschel Walker. He had a decent freshman year at Texas A&M, and then Danny accepted him as a transfer. He lasted a year at Clemson, and Danny said he would never accept another transfer. Danny was true to his word. Smith was the epitome of “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”.

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Re: George Smith was supposed to be that guy


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:20 PM
 

I dont remember him.

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Re: George Smith was supposed to be that guy


Posted: Oct 23, 2020, 8:01 AM
 

He only had about a dozen carries his one season at Clemson. Coming out of high school, he was recruited by everyone in the country.

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:24 PM
 

This makes me think of Jim Philips on the radio call. Tigers..in the power I!


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:38 PM
 

I am not going to name him but, good gracious think about beating the coots 63-17. Four rushing touchdowns showed what a power back could do, and I am not talking about Charley.:)


You youngsters won't remember


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 7:51 PM
 

Fred Cone. He ran like a tank.

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Don Testerman 1974-1975


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:17 PM
 

Also, played for the Dolphins. Kevin Mack 1980-1983.


Re: You youngsters won't remember


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:04 PM
 

pat crane and the great bo ruffner.3 yds and a cloud of dust.

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Re: You youngsters won't remember


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:10 PM
 

Pat Crain, Bob Swift Charlie Dumas, Jay Cooper Bo Ruffner Jimmy Howard Bob Spooner Rudy Hayes to name a few


Re: You youngsters won't remember


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:07 PM
 

Yes back in the day Frank Howard always had power backs - they were called Fullbacks and were usually bigger than the tackles. Short Yardage it was fullback off guard.


Agreed... Fred Cone and DumDum Wyndahm...


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:37 PM
 

Admittedly, most people on this Board won't remember them...

ps-- sorry about the spelling if wrong, DumDum

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Tracy Perry who died tragically in a motorcycle accident.***


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:25 PM
 




Priester, Emory Smith, Chad Diehl, Junior Hall, Rudy Harris,


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:42 PM
 

just to name a few.

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Marvin Simms . .


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 8:57 PM
 

never had a run for negative yardage. Was drafted and played for the Colts for a few years. Real nice guy too . . had classes with him.


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:09 PM
 

Vic Beasley
Dorian O'Daniel

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:29 PM
 

I see a lot of good names. Ray Yauger used to run with authority. He was strong driving to the rim in BBall, too! Cone was great, with the Packers, too.


Re: Has Clemson Ever Had a "Power Back"?


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:33 PM
 

Check out this game from 1989. The Clemson backs ran over, around, through, on top of and underneath the Coot defense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR2lSrBY9Jk


Flowers and Flagler both lived between the


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:36 PM
 

Tackles....when neccesary. If the option called for inside runs, they would gladly surge for 3-4 yards.

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:44 PM
 



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Raymond Preister was huge power back***


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:47 PM
 




Wayne Gallman.

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 9:58 PM
 

He didn’t have the “big body” but it was big enough. He was as tough of a runner as we have ever had.

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Please don’t tell me you forgot Raymond Preister


Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 10:06 PM
 

Epitome of Power Back.


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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 10:08 PM
 

Ha, y'all are so young! YES - one of the greatest players of all time - FRED CONE - was a power back (full back) in the early fifties. His name is on the Ring of Honor. Every time we needed yardage for a first down, for example, Fred would get it. To me, he was one of the best ever. I think he lives in Senaca??? To everyone's amazement, he ended up as a kicker for the Packers. He was #31. Fred was so instrumental in some of the Clemson's wins. Coach Howard loved Fred. He had never played football until he got to Clemson. He was from Alabama, and Howard tried him om his sister's recommendation, "I think he would make a good football player."

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Posted: Oct 22, 2020, 10:50 PM
 

Chad Diehl
He will never be remembered for breaking off the long runs or getting a 1000 yards, but he blocked like nobody's business. That boy sacrificed himself so others could get the 1000.


We'll have one next year in Mafah, going to be a stud...


Posted: Oct 23, 2020, 10:29 AM
 

PHIL
MAFAH
RUNNING BACK
6'1'' | 213 LBS
CLASS OF 2021

http://www.hudl.com/v/2Cf5vW


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No But I Hear FM Has a PowerBottom***


Posted: Oct 23, 2020, 12:10 PM
 



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Posted: Oct 23, 2020, 1:13 PM
 

Meri-

He was good.


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