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Former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller, who was a member of the 2016 Tigers team that won the national championship, has died at the age of 22.
According to Scott Keepfer of the Greenville News, Easley High School athletic director Gill Payne confirmed the death. Fuller attended Easley High School in South Carolina before playing for Clemson.
Clemson released a statement on Fuller, per Matt Fortuna of The Athletic:
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Clemson issues a release confirming former RB C.J. Fuller’s passing. Here’s Dabo Swinney: https://t.co/iFOzLGsa3p
Fuller was a member of the Tigers from 2014 through 2017 and announced his intention to transfer for his final year of eligibility this past offseason. He redshirted during the 2014 campaign.
Fuller finished his Clemson career with 599 rushing yards, 155 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
One of the touchdowns came in a College Football Playoff victory over Ohio State during the national championship season, and his kick return on the final possession of the title game against Alabama put Clemson in position to score the winning touchdown.
Grace Raynor of the Post and Courier noted Fuller’s sister’s social media account revealed he earned a sociology degree from Clemson in August after he was arrested for an alleged armed robbery and left the program.