Originally created 12/31/01

Dantzler wants to be remembered as good citizen and role model



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Wide receivers coach Rick Stockstill warned Woodrow Dantzler from the beginning that five years at Clemson would pass quickly.

"It seems like I just got here last week," Dantzler told The (Columbia) State. "I remember coach Stock telling me it was going to fly by and associate athletics director Bill D'Andrea saying it was going to fly by, but I never knew it was going to go by that quickly."

Time has eluded Dantzler as surely as the player who wears No. 1 has eluded countless would-be tacklers while amassing 8,249 total yards at Clemson. He was the only Division I player to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a season.

But the statistics aren't what Dantzler wants to be remembered for at Clemson. He said he wants people to remember him as a player who took every opportunity to be a good citizen and role model.

That is exactly how coach Tommy Bowden will remember Dantzler.

"He has meant a whole lot to our program in several areas," Bowden told the newspaper. "He has represented the university and the city of Clemson really well. That along with the statistics will always make him special to Clemson people."

Coming out of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Dantzler was confident that he would succeed on the football field despite the naysayers who felt sure he would fail in the classroom.

Dantzler proved them wrong by getting his bachelor's degree in marketing in August.

"I graduated," Dantzler said. "That was the thing I was most proud of."

If Dantzler is disappointed with Clemson's 6-5 record his senior season, he doesn't show it.

"There are not any disappointments," Dantzler said. "You can't look back on your life and be disappointed with things. You just look at things that happened. They are either good or they are bad. You learn from both of them."

After playing his final game with Clemson in the Humanitarian Bowl against Louisiana Tech Monday, Dantzler will take a shot at a professional career. He's been asked to play in the East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl, college all-star games monitored by NFL scouts.

The 5-foot-11 Dantzler has faced questions about whether he is tall enough to be an effective NFL quarterback. Dantzler says he hopes he's at least given a chance to play quarterback.

"I want to go in with a shot," Dantzler said. "Give me a shot. Let me see. If I can't do it, fine. I'll admit it. If I can't do it, OK, I'll (play another position). But at least give me a shot."

In the meantime, Dantzler plans to focus on Clemson's trip to Boise, Idaho, to play in the Humanitarian Bowl.

"That's what you really get out of bowl trips, being with your teammates and having fun," Dantzler said. "You do the soaking in after everything is over with. It's still the same with me right now. I'm not even looking at it as my last game."