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Dustin Fry

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 315 | College: Clemson
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The All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection has been the anchor for the Tigers' front wall ever since taking over full-time center duties as a sophomore. With his low center of gravity, girth and squat frame, Fry has made it a habit of putting defenders on their pants, registering 171 knockdowns while manning the pivot.

Much of the team's success running with the football is because of Fry's dominance in the middle, where more than 60 percent of the Tigers' ground yardage was attained in 2006. The hard-nose drive blocker helped elevate the team's rushing attack to fifth in the nation with an average of 217.85 yards per game, a far cry from the Tigers' 100th place ranking during Fry's sophomore season in 2004 (team averaged 107.55 yards per game that year).

Fry played under legendary head coach John McKissick (only coach in high school, college or professional history to win more than 500 games in a career) at Summerville High School. He earned All-American honors from Super Prep, CBSSportsline.com and Max Emfinger, adding All-State, All-Area and All-Region accolades as a senior. He also picked up All-Lowcountry honors in three sports -- football, track-&-field and wrestling.

Fry started at offensive guard and tackle during his career. He recorded 80 knockdown blocks as a senior, grading better than 80 percent for blocking consistency in every game. He was rated as one of the top four football prospects in the state of South Carolina and played in the Shrine Bowl after his final season.

In wrestling, Fry captured the state Class AA championship as a junior. He finished second in the state finals in the shot put his junior campaign and was named Post & Courier Lowcountry Male Athlete of the Year.

In 2002, Fry enrolled at Clemson, choosing the Tigers over Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina. He competed as a center on the scout team, retaining freshman eligibility. The following year, Fry collected 12 knockdown blocks while playing in 1 games, earning his first career start against North Carolina.

Fry continued to play behind Tommy Sharpe at center in 2004. He saw action in 10 games, sitting out the season opener against. Wake Forest while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. He finished the 2004 season with 18 knockdown blocks.

The following season was his first as a full-time starter. Fry was a first-team All-State pick by Orangeburg Touchdown Club and winner of the Solid Rock Award from the coaching staff among offensive linemen. He graded 83 percent for blocking consistency and registered 72.5 knockdowns in 820 plays.

Fry was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team in 2006. He participated in 666 plays, made 68.5 knockdowns and was called by the coaching staff the main reason for the team's offensive prowess. The Tigers led the conference and ranked 15th nationally with an average of 410.92 yards per game in total offense, ranked fifth in the nation in rushing (217.85 ypg) and ranked 12th in the Division 1-A ranks with 32.89 points per game.

The most important figure was the protection Fry and his fellow linemen afforded the Clemson backfield. After ranking 61st in the nation by allowing 2.63 sacks per game in 2005, the front wall ranked sixth in the country and led the ACC in 2006, giving up only 1.15 sacks per game. Fry closed out his career by starting 26 of 46 games. He saw action in 2,192 plays, registering 171 knockdown blocks.


Positives: Lacks muscle tone, but has good overall body thickness, long arms, natural strength, round midsection, thick hips, thighs and calves and big bubble … Has good knee bend and balance for a player with his girth, showing good quickness firing off the snap to block in space … Has adequate foot movement in his kick slide and does a good job of mirroring the defender in one-on-one action … Plays with a nasty streak and likes to use his hand punch to shock and jolt … Made good strides as a senior to improve his marginal hand placement, appearing to be more active shooting and recoiling his hands with force … Uses his leg drive to wall off and turn the defender while maintaining position, doing a nice job of coming off the snap to reach the interior defender … Gets out of his stance nicely, generating good explosion to generate movement off the snap for the running game, showing functional quickness in the short area … Uses his hands properly to set, pop and stop the bull rush charge, and learned in 2006 how to use his body mass to deliver more force behind his blocks … Despite his girth, he demonstrates decent knee bend and flexibility, staying low in his anchor … Plays flat-footed, making good body adjustments in his lateral slide and rolls his hips and punches with his hands to drive the defender off the ball … Very effective at bumping the defensive tackle, climbing into the short area and redirecting to hit and land on targets in space … Tough lineman who will compete and challenge defenders … Smart and very instinctive, making all of the calls at the line, rarely making any assignment mistakes … Hard worker in the weight room whose 500-pound bench press ranks among the best all-time by a Clemson player … Has the leg base to keep his balance dropping back in pass protection (will get jerked forward by a defender when he gets too tall in his stance, though) … Does a nice job of incline blocking, adjusting to stunts on the move.

Negatives: Inconsistent getting to the second level, lacking the sustained speed and tends to get top heavy, crossing his feet and narrowing his base to make it easy for defenders to pull him down to the ground … While he has a good hand punch, he will overextend, causing him to not sustain blocks for long … Relies more on strength, as he is not known for getting position and finessing his man … Trips over his feet trying to get out to neutralize the linebackers … Has an effective hand jolt, but will still revert to catching the defender rather than rocking him back at times … Must learn to play at a lower pad level, as he gets too upright in his stance … Can handle defenders one-on-one, but is susceptible to the speed move … Good on the short pull, but struggles to locate linebackers, as he tends to keep his head down moving up field … Has improved his hand placement, but needs to reset them quicker in order to defeat counter moves.

Compares To: RICHIE INCOGNITO-St. Louis … Like Incognito, Fry plays with a lot of aggression. He is not the most sound-blocking technician, as he is still learning proper hand technique, but has the strength and hand punch to shock and jolt defenders with consistency. He is very quick firing off the ball to lock on to the one-tech defender working inside, but outside of the short pull, he doesn't have the foot speed to be effective blocking in the second level. He compensates for a lack of ideal quickness with brute strength, but when he gets too high in his stance, he can be walked back into the pocket, evident by his struggles holding off the bull rush in Senior Bowl practices.

Career Notes

Fry logged 820 plays for the Tigers as a junior and 666 more as a senior … He was on the field for at least 40 plays in every game, except the 2006 North Carolina game, over his last two seasons … In 36 starts in 47 contests, Fry registered 171 knockdown blocks on 2,192 plays … His 500-pound bench press is the seventh-best lift by a Clemson player since 1984 and best among active Tigers … Also had a 655-pound squat lift in 2006 that was tied for first on the team with Roman Fry, and tied with him for the team-best in the hang clean (410) as well.

2006 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection by College Football News, earning second-team honors from the league's coaches … Earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors vs. Louisiana Tech … Started every game, registering 75 knockdowns while participating in 666 plays … Helped the offense lead the conference and rank 15th in the nation with an average of 410.92 yards per game … Cleared the way for a rushing attack that ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 217.85 yards per game … Part of an offensive line that ranked fifth nationally, allowing only 1.15 quarterback sacks per game.

2006 Game Analysis

Florida Atlantic … Posted seven knockdowns in the first half, leveling linebacker Andre Clark to give QB Will Proctor time to hit Chansi Stuckey with a 30-yard scoring pass that ended an 8-play, 73-yard first quarter drive … Head to Head Competition-DT#99-Randy Hunter-Five tackles (2 solos).

Boston College … Flipped 343-pound defensive tackle Ron Brace out of the way, creating a huge hole used by James Davis for a 1-yard scoring run that finished an 80-yard, 10-play drive in the fourth quarter, helping the offense generate 479 yards … Head to Head Competition-NG#60-Ron Brace-One assisted tackle.

Florida State … Graded 88 percent, posting five key blocks, including one that opened a rush lane used by James Davis for an 8-yard game-opening touchdown, as the Tigers held on for a 27-20 decision … The offensive line did not allow the Seminoles to register any sacks or pressures for the first time in the team's last eight meetings … Head to Head Competition-NG#96-Andre Fluellen-Four tackles (one solo), one stop for a 4-yard loss.

North Carolina … Collected seven knockdowns and graded 87 percent for a team that piled up 504 yards … Ran over linebacker Larry Edwards while leading the way on a 1-yard touchdown run by Reggie Merriweather that ended a 63-yard, 12-play second quarter drive … Head to Head Competition-NG#75-Shelton Bynum-Two tackles (one solo).

Louisiana Tech … Earned ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week honors for his performance, as he graded a season-high 93 percent to help the Tigers to a 300-yard rushing game … Fry cleared a rush lane used by James Davis for a 64-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter and then upended linebacker Robert Crosby on Will Proctor's 34-yard touchdown pass to Chansi Stuckey as the Tigers exploded for 526 yards … Head to Head Competition-NG#92-Josh Muse-One assisted tackle.

Wake Forest … Graded 90 percent when he had seven knockdowns and was a big reason the Tigers broke the game open with sound rushing and gained 214 yards rushing and 214 yards passing … Put on a blocking clinic in the fourth quarter, taking down linebacker Jon Abbate at the line of scrimmage to spring tailback C.J. Spiller and then flattened safety Josh Gattis up field to clear away the final obstacle on the Tiger runner's 72-yard scoring jaunt in a 27-17 win … Head to Head Competition-NG#90-Jamil Smith-Two tackles (one solo).

Georgia Tech … Registered a season-high ten knockdowns and graded 89 percent … Was a big reason Clemson had 321 yards rushing in that game, including a 200-yard rusher (James Davis ? 216) and a 100-yard rusher (C.J. Spiller ? 116) in the same game for the first time in school history … Spiller was the recipient of two key blocks made by Fry, as the center opened a hole up the middle that the tailback used for a 50-yard scoring burst in the third quarter and the lineman later knocked down nose guard Joe Anoai to give Will Proctor time to fire a 50-yard touchdown pass to Spiller in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers ran for 321 yards in a 31-7 triumph … Head to Head Competition-NG#96-Joe Anoai-Three tackles (2 solos).

2005 Season

First-team All-State selection by the Orangeburg Touchdown Club … Winner of the Solid Rock Award from the coaching staff among offensive linemen … On the field for 820 snaps, competing in the most plays among offensive linemen in nine of the 12 games, including each of the last four, which were all Tiger wins … Graded 83 percent for blocking consistency and posted 72 knockdowns for a unit that ranked second in the ACC, averaging 384.8 yards per game in total offense … Started every game at center, leading a front wall that ranked third in the conference, allowing an average of 1.92 quarterback sacks (23 total) per game.

2005 Game Analysis

Played all 74 snaps in the bowl victory over Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl and graded 83 percent with three knockdown blocks … Started the year with a team-best 79 percent grade in a team-high 83 snaps vs. Texas A&M … Had a 94 percent grade twice, including at Georgia Tech and 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 vs. Temple, the only game all year he led the Tigers in knockdown blocks … Graded in the 90s in three of the last four games … Had a 94 percent grade and nine knockdowns vs. 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 eight knockdowns in the win over Duke, then had an 81 percent grade and eight knockdowns vs. Florida State … Graded 94 percent with five knockdowns in the win at South Carolina … Had just two penalties called on him all year, including none in the last five games.

2004 Season

Played in ten games as a reserve center, sitting out the season opener vs. Wake Forest due to a shoulder injury … Finished with 18 knockdown blocks, second-most among the team's reserve offensive linemen.

2004 Game Analysis

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 vs. Miami … Graded 100 percent in seven snaps at Texas A&M … Had a season-high four knockdown blocks in the win over Utah State when he played 21 snaps … Played 21 snaps in consecutive games vs. Virginia and Utah State … Had a strong game in the win over North Carolina 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 Season

Backup center for much of the season, but took over the starting center position vs. North Carolina, as he 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 North Carolina State, but came off the bench the rest of the regular season … Logged five snaps in the Peach Bowl win vs. #6 Tennessee … Played 168 snaps in eleven games (did not play vs. Furman or Maryland) … 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 … Posted 12 knockdown blocks overall … Became the first Tiger freshman to start a game at center since 1980.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2002: Granted a medical hardship while recovering from a dislocated right kneecap.

2004: Underwent arthroscopic left shoulder surgery (1/04/04) after the 2003 season … The injury would force him to miss the season opener vs. Wake Forest.

2005: Underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery in January.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.27 in the 40-yard dash … 500-pound bench press … Bench presses 225 pounds 42 times … 655-pound squat … 410-pound hang clean … 27-inch vertical jump … 7'6" broad jump … 32 3/8-inch arm length … 9 3/4-inch hands … Right-handed … 19/28 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Summerville (S.C.) High School, playing football for legendary head coach John McKissick (only coach in high school, college or professional history to win more than 500 games in a career) … Earned All-American honors from Super Prep, CBSSportsline.com and Max Emfinger, adding All-State, All-Area and All-Region accolades as a senior … Also picked up All-Lowcountry honors in three sports -- football, track-&-field, and wrestling … Started at offensive guard and tackle during his career … Recorded 80 knockdown blocks as a senior, grading over 80 percent for blocking consistency in every game … Rated as one of the top four football prospects in the state of South Carolina and played in the Shrine Bowl after his final season … In wrestling, Fry captured the state Class AA championship as a junior … Finished second in the state finals in the shot put his junior year and was named Post & Courier Lowcountry Male Athlete-of-the-Year.


Sports Management major … Born Dustin W. Fry on 10/03/83 … Resides in Summerville, South Carolina.


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