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Clemson cornerback shows out in Orange vs. White game
Andrew Booth Jr. is a walking highlight reel.
There was the one-handed interception against Virginia in 2020. A week later, he had a spectacular pass break up against Miami.
He didn’t wait until the fall to start making eye-popping plays in 2021. The cornerback’s one-handed interception of Taisun Phommachanh’s pass targeted for Ajou Ajou in Saturday’s spring game was called off, but it should’ve counted. It was ruled that Booth landed out of bounds, but replays showed he was in.
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The junior from Dacula, Ga., finished 2020 with 30 tackles, four pass breakups, two interceptions, a sack and a 21-yard fumble return for a touchdown over 11 games. He started four games and was also named second team All-ACC.
With a secondary coming off of a poor performance in the College Football Playoff semifinals and filled with youth, Booth’s play in the spring game is encouraging for a position group looking for a leader. Early enrollee Nate Wiggins had a strong performance, too, finishing with four stops, including a tackle for loss. He nearly had a pick in the first half and led the Tigers in interceptions this spring.
If Booth can help young players like Wiggins and Andrew Mukuba, Clemson can improve on its 41st-ranked pass defense.
Clemson softball ace earns pitcher of the week honor
Redshirt freshman Valerie Cagle was named the ACC’s pitcher of the week on Wednesday.
Cagle led Clemson in its four-game sweep of North Carolina last week. The Tigers ace went 3-0 in three appearances and tossed a pair of complete games, while registering a 1.24 ERA. She also combined for 29 strikeouts, good for nearly 12 strikeouts per 7.0 innings pitched. Not only did she contribute from the mound, but she hit .462 in 13 at-bats, knocked in two RBIs and scored three runs.
No. 18 Clemson, which is currently 26-4 overall and 18-4 in ACC play, travels to Notre Dame for a four-game series this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday
Larry Penley new ACC career leader in tournament victories
The Tigers men’s golf team won the Collegiate Invitational at the Country Club of Birmingham on Wednesday. The win delivered coach Larry Penley the 82nd tournament win of his 38-year career, making him the all-time career leader in tournament victories in ACC history.
Penley’s 82 wins feature just two with Clemson as the host school playing on what could be considered a Clemson home course. All 80 of the other wins have taken place on the road. One of his victories took place at the 2003 NCAA Tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where the Tigers won by two shots over host school Oklahoma State.
Clemson next plays on April 22 in Atlanta for the ACC Championships at Capital City Club on the Crabapple Golf Course.