Posted October 19, 2012 on AP on Fox
Clemson walk-on Daniel Rodriguez is ready for the biggest moment of his college career against the team he loved as a child. The Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient will lead the Tigers down the hill at Memorial Stadium carrying the American flag before No. 14 Clemson faces Virginia Tech on Saturday. Rodriguez, 24, is a Virginia native who grew up a Hokies fan and had hopes of playing for Virginia Tech upon his return from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Clemson has designated this week's game as Military Appreciation Day. Clemson (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won twice last year against Virginia Tech (4-3, 2-1), including a 38-10 victory in the league title game for the Tigers first championship in 20 years. Rodriguez is a 5-foot-8 receiver who joined the Tigers this summer after coach Dabo Swinney saw his workout videos on and learned of his military service. Rodriguez has played sparingly on special teams and his one catch came near the end of a 52-27 v...
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