We take you back to our <i>Countdown to Kickoff</i> series with an in-depth look at offensive lineman Dustin Fry. Fry will be a critical player in 2004, as his he looks to increase his total number of snaps from a year ago.
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Dustin Fry is a great pass blocker who had 80 knockdown blocks and graded out at better than 80 percent his senior season at Summerville. After a redshirt season at Clemson in 2002, Fry settled in at the center position.
Fry is versatile lineman that came to Clemson with the ability to play multiple positions on up front. As one of the strongest players on the team, he has now settled in as the second team center behind senior Tommy Sharpe.
After a redshirt year in 2002, Fry saw extensive action last season behind Tommy Sharpe. In fact, he started for the first time against North Carolina last season and logged a career high 41 snaps.
Offseason workouts have been going well for the Tigers this year, but they've been going especially well for Fry. He set the 225-pound bench press record back in February at Clemson. He did 42 reps.
Fry received considerable praise from the coaching staff this spring. "He's done a good job with his calls," new offensive line coach Brad Scott noted.
The Summerville native logged 168 snaps last season, and even though he's playing behind an experienced senior in 2004, those numbers are likely to go up.
Fry has continued to make tremendous strides this offseason, and there's little doubt that he'll see more playing time in 2004. The only problem is he's playing behind senior Tommy Sharpe, who is an established player. Whether Fry can crack the starting line-up remains to be seen, but he'll be an instrumental piece of the offensive line equation, starting with the season opener against Wake Forest.
Fry celebrates with fans after last year's 39-3 win over Georgia Tech (AP).