Knowing versatility would also be valuable, at 6-feet-4?? Freeman is tall enough to be a guard. And, last week he began working on long snaps.
Like several of his former teammates among the dozen who worked out for scouts at Clemson's new indoor facility, Freeman said he'll continue to work on his strength and conditioning, possibly visit a few teams for more intimate workouts. One scout said he could see Freeman go undrafted then sign as a free agent and wind up playing in the NFL for 10 years or more. "The hay is in the barn. He's done all he can do," Fry said. "He looks good. He's a perfect weight right now. "He's been going at it since last July. He needs to find a little bit of rest time." - Ed McGranahan, The Herald
03/16/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: All-American center Dalton Freeman's aggravation fueled the motivation to achieve a measure of vindication Wednesday during football Pro Day at Clemson. Snubbed by the NFL Combine, Freeman channeled his anger into a performance superior to every center and most of the guards evaluated at Indianapolis last month. "Obviously, I was a little disappointed," Freeman said after the workout for representatives from every NFL team except Chicago. "I felt that I deserved to be there," he said. "I had a great career here, and I think I outperformed most of those guys today. Hopefully, I proved to everybody that I deserve to be in this league."
Former Tigers center Dustin Fry, a fifth-round pick by St. Louis in 2006 and now a graduate assistant on the Clemson staff, said Freeman "tested off the charts today. It was impressive." A lackluster week of practice at the Senior Bowl perhaps left a sour impression with scouts, so Freeman prepared with a vengeance. Playing weight had been an issue, but Freeman felt he needed to be lean to survive in Chad Morris' scheme. Freeman, who is from Pelion, said he hit 295 this week and weighed 291 Wednesday, which Fry said was "perfect." - Ed McGranahan, The Herald
03/08/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: Freeman is working on his long-snapping ability, which all by itself might earn him a roster spot somewhere, but he also improved every number teams use to form grades on players. He hit 34 reps on his bench press, ran a 4.88 40 - not bad at all for a lineman - chalked a very impressive 9-foot, 6-inch long jump (bad marks there indicate a lack of burst at the snap), and a respectable 32-inch vertical jump. "Feeling really good about it," Freeman said after the session. "I was a little disappointed in not being invited to Indianapolis, but what I did here was better than most everyone (at his position) in Indy, so I'm pretty happy with that."
An intelligent player who is also football smart - two traits that don't always go together - Freeman was considered a little undersized for the position, playing his senior season at 285 pounds, but he said he's up to 291, with better speed and strength marks.
"There's questions about when he might get drafted," said Brad Scott, Freeman's former line coach at Clemson, "but what I told those (scouts) is, ???I don't know where you should draft him, but if he's on your team, he'll be in the league for 10 years.' Guys like him will do what they need to do. Smart guys who are tough can play a long time." Freeman came across like a guy who belongs in the NFL. - Bart Wright, Greenville News
03/08/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: Two players who weren't invited to the NFL Combine - All-ACC selections Freeman and Ford - hoped they elevated their prospects Thursday. Freeman has some private workouts scheduled and said he's "just hoping someone will give me a chance." That's all Ford is asking for as well. "I didn't get invited to the Combine, so Pro Day was big," Ford said. "And I feel like I had a pretty good day. It's like a game - when it's time, you've got to go out there and perform. I've just got to keep getting bigger, stronger and faster." - Scott Keepfer, The Greenville News
03/07/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: A surprising snub from the combine, center Dalton Freeman looked good at the Tigers' pro day, weighing in at 291 pounds. He performed well in the 40-yard dash (4.88), bench press (34), vertical jump (32"), broad jump (9'6"), 3-cone drill (7.60) and short shuttle (4.50). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, OLine, Three up...Three down...1. Dalton Freeman, Clemson (6-4 ??, 286 pounds). Freeman has been upstaged by Brian Schwenke and Braxston Cave as center candidates. On Tuesday the South team's defensive tackles mauled him, following up an up-and-down Monday. Wednesday wasn't much better. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: C Dalton Freeman, Clemson, 6-5 285 Grad, Pelion, SC...Freeman has started 48 consecutive games at center for the Tigers and has played more plays than any other player in Clemson history. He has been a starter on three Clemson teams that have been champion or co-champion of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, including 2011 when the Tigers won the ACC Championship. - Clemson football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: C Dalton Freeman, Sr., Clemson...Freeman has started 48 consecutive games at center for the Tigers and has played more plays than any other player in Clemson history. He has been a starter on three Clemson teams that have been champion or co-champion of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, including 2011 when the Tigers won the ACC Championship. - Clemson football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: Center - Dalton Freeman, senior, Clemson...Freeman has started 48 consecutive games at center for the Tigers and has played more plays than any other player in Clemson history. He has been a starter on three Clemson teams that have been champion or co-champion of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, including 2011 when the Tigers won the ACC Championship. - Clemson football
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: C-Dalton Freeman, Clemson, 6-5, 285, Gr., Pelion, S.C. (17), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team.
Freeman has started all 12 games at center this year and has a streak of 48 in a row entering Clemson's bowl game. When he makes his 49th start he will tie the Clemson career record held by his former teammate Landon Walker, who started 49 games at tackle from 2008-11.
Freeman has played more snaps than any other player in Clemson history (3267), a record he set in the win over NC State this year when he played 102 plays. Freeman made first-team All-ACC this year, the second straight year he has achieved that honor. He is the first two-time first-team All-ACC center in Clemson history. He is also the first four-year starter at center for Clemson since the 1940s. - Clemosn football
12/03/2012 - 2012 RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD FINALIST: Dalton Freeman (Clemson)...Freeman is the second two-time Rimington Award finalist in Clemson football history. The other was Kyle Young, a finalist in 2000 and 2001. The other 2012 finalists are Braxton Cave of Notre Dame, Mario Benavides of LSU, Khaled Holmes of Southern California, Barrett Jones of Alabama and Matt Stankiewitch of Penn State. All six players are in their final year of eligibility. Cave and Freeman are graduate students.
Freeman was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association last week and has helped the Tigers to a 10-2 record, a number-14 final ranking in the BCS, and a third ACC Atlantic Division Championship in his four years. Freeman has been a common denominator in the starting lineup at center for those four years, one of just two seniors who can make that claim. The native of Pelion, SC has started 48 consecutive games entering the Tigers Chick-fil-A Bowl game against LSU on December 31. He will tie the school record for total starts when he starts that game.
Freeman was a first-team All-ACC selection at center for the second consecutive year. He is the first Clemson center to make first-team All-American and the first center to make first-team All-ACC twice. He was also a two-time ACC Lineman of the Week this year, one of just two ACC lineman to win that honor twice. - Clemson football
11/30/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): C-Dalton Freeman, Clemson (78)...has been named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. With Freeman's selection, he became the first Clemson center in history to be named first-team All-ACC in consecutive years. Freeman has established a Clemson record for career plays with 3267. He has started each of the last 48 Clemson games and has played in 52 games played in his career. The first four-year starter at center for the Clemson program since the 1940s, Freeman is the only senior starter on Clemson's offensive line. This is the first time Clemson has won at least 10 games with just one senior starting on the offensive line since 1989. - Clemson football
11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Dalton Freeman, Clemson, R-Senior, C, 6-5, 285, Pelion, S.C.,...Freeman started at center for the 47th straight game and played a career high 102 snaps, every one of Clemson's plays in its 62-48 win over NC State. He graded at 90 percent and had five knockdown blocks as he continually provided holes for a Clemson running game that gained 328 yards on the ground. He also did not allow a sack in 44 pass attempts and was a big reason Clemson gained 754 yards of total offense, second most in Clemson history and most by an ACC team this year. During the game, Freeman became Clemson's career leader in plays by any Tiger, now with 3208 for his career with two games left. - ACC football
10/25/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior center Dalton Freeman has plenty of incentive for the Wake Forest game on Oct. 25. First, he'll be facing the Deacons' Nikita Whitlock, who's one of the top defensive linemen in the ACC. Secondly, he'll be facing his father's former team -- Freeman's dad, Ben, who's a high school football coach at Pelion, S.C., played for the Deacons during the 1980 season and played against the Tigers in Clemson's 35-33 win in Winston-Salem, N.C., that year. "It's always a special game for me," Dalton said. Dalton has a 3-0 record against his dad's school. - The Sports Xchange
10/25/2012 - The offensive line turned in its worst showing as only two linemen recorded "winning" grades last week. Boyd was under pressure often and was sacked a season-high five times. "We didn't do a very good job of protecting," coach Dabo Swinney said. All in all, it didn't add up to a confidence boost as the Tigers head to Wake Forest, where they have struggled of late and lost on three of their last five visits. "We will challenge them to get back on track this week," Swinney said. The challenge wasn't necessary for senior center Dalton Freeman, who was ready for Wake Forest just moments after the Virginia Tech game. "I walked in the locker room as soon as the game was over and told coach Morris that I was glad it was a short week," Freeman said. "I was ready to go. We can't wait to get back out there and redeem ourselves." - The Sports Xchange
09/06/2012 - Knowing he had to break in four new starters on his offensive line, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney realized there might be some growing pains. There indeed were a few in the Tigers' season-opening win over Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic on Saturday in Atlanta, but there also was considerable progress. Clemson's offensive front struggled in the first half, committing two false-start penalties and allowing four sacks. But things changed dramatically in the second half. "It was them bringing more than we could block and bringing some things we hadn't seen," senior center and Rimington Award candidate Dalton Freeman said. "But we were able to make some adjustments at halftime." Apparently the adjustments worked, because the unit played considerably better in the second half, allowing no sacks, committing no penalties and intensifying its blocking. The Tigers, who averaged 5.4 yards per rush in the first half, averaged more than 7 yards per rush in the second half. "They just blocked better," Auburn linebacker Daren Bates said. "They made some openings and they got downfield and made big plays." The primary concern heading into the season's second week is depth on the offensive front. Clemson's first-team line played all but one play against Auburn, with Shaq Anthony filling in for injured Giff Timothy on the game's final play. Tyler Shatley, a newcomer to the offense after playing defense his first two seasons, performed admirably in his new role at right guard, as did left guard David Beasley. If they continue to progress as rapidly as they did in the opening game, the Tigers' youthful offensive line could emerge as one of the team's strong suits. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/2012 - WEEK 1 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Dalton Freeman, Clemson, Sr., C, 6-5, 285, Pelion, S.C. Freeman played every snap (87) at center and graded a team-best 94 percent in the win over Auburn. Freeman had five knockdown blocks to lead the team in that category as well. The senior directed the Clemson offense from a pace standpoint, as the Tigers ran 87 plays for 528 yards, including 320 rushing yards. It was the most rushing yards in a game for Clemson in three years. Clemson ran for 137 yards in the fourth quarter and many of the key blocks were provided by Freeman. - ACC football
07/27/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): C Dalton Freeman, Clemson (58), has been selected Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the ACC media. Freeman has been recently named to the watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi and Rimington Awards. TOP FOUR VOTING BY POSITION (OVERALL, NAME, TEAM, VOTES): Center: 1. Dalton Freeman, CL, 58...2. Andrew Miller, VT, 6...3. Camden Wentz, NCS, 3...4. Jay Finch, GT, 1 - Clemson football
07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston
07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dalton Freeman, Clemson, C, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. - The Football Writers Association of America
07/10/2012 - 2012 RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Dalton Freeman, Clemson, Graduate Student, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the The Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. - The Rimington Trophy
06/13/2012 - Top-five Clemson prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. C Dalton Freeman (6-5, 285)...Although the Tigers lose three of their five starters along the offensive line from last season, Dalton Freeman returns at center for the Tigers' offense. And while that doesn't sound like a big deal to those outside Clemson, SC, he is considered one of the top leaders by the coaching staff and one of the stronger voices in the locker room and huddle. Freeman was a four-star recruit out of high school, choosing to play for in-state Clemson over Florida State and became the first freshman to start full-time at center for the Tigers since 1943. He started 22 games over his first two seasons followed by 14 starts last year as a junior, earning First Team All-ACC honors. Freeman is a good athlete for the position and does a nice job setting up quickly off the snap, but has room to get stronger to sustain at the point of attack. It doesn't always look pretty, but more often than not, Freeman gets the job done for his team. While his name won't show up in the highlight reel, Freeman is one of the most valuable players to this Clemson team and is projected to be one of the top-three centers drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft with a strong senior year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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