Former Clemson player dies at 22

By: By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@championcarolinas.com
C.J. Fuller passed away on Wednesday.
Fuller had been slated to take part in the County’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations this weekend in Easley at the J.B. “Red” Owens Sports Complex.
But before his Clemson success, Fuller was a Green Wave.

CLEMSON — Former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller passed away on Wednesday. He was 22-years-old.

According to Clemson University, Fuller appeared in 43 games for the Tigers spanning the 2015-17 seasons after red-shirting during the 2014 campaign.

As a Tiger he recorded 147 career carries for 599 yards with four rushing touchdowns in addition to catching 18 passes for 155 yards with two receiving touchdowns.

Fuller was an integral part of the team, helping Clemson to three consecutive ACC Championships and College Football Playoff berths during his playing career, they said.

He scored on a 30-yard touchdown reception in a 31-0 win against Ohio State in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl in the national semifinal. In the National Championship Game, his 20-yard kickoff return to the 32-yard line set up Clemson’s nine-play, 68-yard game-winning drive against Alabama to capture Clemson’s second national title.

But before his Clemson success, Fuller was a Green Wave.

He attended Easley High School, where he helped lead the program to three consecutive playoff berths for the first time in school history.

Although rumors of the cause of Fuller’s death have been circulating widely on social media platforms, officially, his cause of death is unknown at this time.

The Pickens County Coroner’s Office stated autopsy results typically take 6-8 weeks.

“Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with C.J.’s family,” Head Coach Dabo Swinney said. “I’ve known C.J. a long time and watched him grow up through the Easley rec leagues all the way through Easley High School. I’m proud of what he accomplished as a Clemson Tiger, most of all, his accomplishment of being a Clemson graduate. Our deepest condolences and the thoughts of our program are with his family this evening. May he rest in peace.”

C.J. Fuller passed away on Wednesday.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_Fuller1.jpgC.J. Fuller passed away on Wednesday. Courtesy image

Fuller had been slated to take part in the County’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations this weekend in Easley at the J.B. “Red” Owens Sports Complex.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_fuller2.jpgFuller had been slated to take part in the County’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations this weekend in Easley at the J.B. “Red” Owens Sports Complex. Courtesy image

But before his Clemson success, Fuller was a Green Wave.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_fuller3.jpgBut before his Clemson success, Fuller was a Green Wave. Courtesy image

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@championcarolinas.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.