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Jamaal Fudge

Height: 5-09 | Weight: 190 | College: Clemson
 
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Overview

Should be regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the ACC in 2005 … preseason first-team All-ACC by Athlon and Sporting News, and second-team by Lindy's … ranked as the seventh-best free safety in the nation by Sporting News and 17th-best free safety in the nation by Lindy's … regarded as one of the top hitters from the secondary in the ACC … seventh in the ACC in interceptions in 2004 with 0.27 per game; second straight year he has been in the top 10 in the ACC in interceptions … ranked tied for fifth in the conference in passes defended during the 2004 season … second among returning Tigers in tackles; he had 66 as a junior rover.

Will move to free safety position as a senior, his third year as a starter … the strongest defensive back on the team in terms of the bench press (385), 10th on the team overall … second on the team in the power index (total weight lifted/body weight) … fourth on the team in the power clean (340) … joins Tye Hill and Charlie Whitehurst as the only 2005 Tigers who will be in their third year as a starter … has led Clemson in interceptions each of the last two years (ties broken on yards returned) and has a chance to become the first player in Clemson history to lead the Tigers in interceptions three consecutive years; only Tigers to do it since 1972 are Dexter McCleon (1993,94) and Antwan Edwards (1997,98); both of those players are currently in the NFL … has seven interceptions for 121 return yards over the last two years and for his career … when he intercepts a pass, it means victory for the Tigers; Clemson is 6-0 in the games he has intercepted a pass in his career.

Had a career-high two interceptions at South Carolina in 2003 … has eight career turnovers, more than any active Tiger … veteran of 37 games; he joins David Dunham as only active Tiger defenders to play in every game the last three years … Clemson's active career leader in tackles (209), interceptions (7), and turnovers forced (8) … has 24 starts under his best, including each of the last 24 games … has nine career tackles for loss … set the Clemson record for tackles in a game by a defensive back when he had 20 in an overtime win against Virginia in 2003 … has a streak of 34 consecutive games played with at least one tackle entering 2005.

2004 Season

Fourth-leading tackler (66 tackles) on the team that finished 12th in the nation in pass efficiency defense; he was a prime reason Clemson had that ranking … had three interceptions and 55 return yards … tied Justin Miller for the team lead in interceptions, but Fudge had more interception return yards … had 10 pass breakups for 13 total passes defended, second best on the team behind Tye Hill … played 753 snaps on defense, second on the team behind Travis Pugh … on the field for 753 of Clemson's 825 defensive snaps, or 91 percent of the time … started and played at least 44 snaps in every game; he played at least 70 in five games … got the season off to a good start with six tackles, including a tackle for loss and a pass deflection, in the win over Wake Forest.

Had a season-high nine tackles against Georgia Tech and nine at Miami (FL) … a big reason Clemson shutout the Hurricanes in the second half, as he was a big factor in Clemson's pass defense against Brock Berlin … had six individual first hits at Miami (FL) … had three interceptions at midseason; they came in consecutive games against Utah State, Maryland, and N.C. State … had six tackles in the win over South Carolina … had at least one pass defensed in seven of the first eight games … had seven tackles and a 25-yard interception return in the win over N.C. State.

2003 Season

Third on the team in tackles (116) … model of consistency and durability; he played 850 snaps, more than any other Tiger defender … ranked 12th in the ACC in tackles per game (8.9) … led the team in interceptions (4) and ranked third in the ACC … led the team in takeaways (5) … had a strong game at South Carolina; he had five tackles, two interceptions for 45 return yards, and two tackles for loss … started all 13 games, one of seven Tiger defenders who can say that … had eight tackles against #6 Tennessee in the Peach Bowl … had 20 tackles in the win over #24 Virginia, tying the Clemson single-game record by a defensive back (tying the 20 tackles by Charles Hafley against Maryland in 2001).Had 17 tackles in the win over Middle Tennessee … had 12 tackles at Wake Forest and 10 at N.C. State for his other double-figure games … had many big hits, none bigger than his hit of Virginia tight end Heath Miller to knock out a third-down pass in the endzone; the Cavaliers had to attempt a field goal instead of scoring the touchdown in a game that Clemson won in overtime; Defensive Player-of-the-Game for that performance … had five tackles for loss to go with 11 passes defended (ninth in the ACC) overall … had a team-tying-high two caused fumbles, including the game-winner in the final minute against North Carolina when he knocked the ball loose from Darian Durant at the one-yard line with just 42 seconds left in an eight-point Tiger victory.

2002 Season

Played 12 snaps in the Tangerine Bowl against Texas Tech; he had two tackles … exhibited promise as a red-shirt freshman, as he had 27 tackles in just 127 plays as a reserve … 10 of the 27 tackles came on special teams, he tied for second on the team in special teams tackles … had four tackles in the South Carolina game, he played 11 snaps as a reserve … had three stops against Louisiana Tech in 17 plays against the Bulldogs' fine passing game … also had three tackles at Florida State and in the win over Wake Forest … played a season-high 21 plays against N.C. State and had two tackles … had two pass deflections, one each against Virginia and North Carolina.

2001 Season

Red-shirted … had a solid spring and rose to second-team at the free safety position behind Eric Meekins … joined David Dunham as the only red-shirt freshmen on the defensive two-deep … had five tackles and a pass breakup in the Spring Game.

High School

Had 81 tackles and nine interceptions as a defensive back at Ed White High School … ranked as the 73rd-best cornerback in the nation by Rivals100.com … had three interception returns for touchdowns and four punt returns for touchdowns as a senior … a Florida Times Union Super 24 selection as a senior … AAAAA all-state for both his junior and senior seasons … ranked among the top 75 players in Florida by Florida Times Union … ranked as 56th-best all-around player in Florida by SuperPrep … team MVP as a senior in high school … played for Dan Disch … chosen all-district, all-area, and all-conference as a junior and senior … chose Clemson over Arkansas, Auburn, and N.C. State.

Personal

Born Jamaal J. Fudge on May 17, 1983 … majoring in PRTM.

 
 

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