Tigers to roast chicken Nov. 23

UNION — The host of “The Roar” morning show and a former Tigers running back will be the guest speakers at the Union County Clemson Club’s annual Chicken Roast on Nov. 23.

In a statement released Friday, Union County Clemson Club spokesman Ben Loftis stated that the club will host its annual Chicken Roast on Monday, Nov. 23 at Veterans Memorial Lodge. Loftis stated that doors will open at 5 p.m., with a dinner catered by Park Lane Seafood being served at 6 p.m. He stated that the program will begin after dinner and will feature keynote speakers Mickey Plyler, morning show host on WCCP 105.5 The Roar, as well as former Clemson running back Reggie Merriweather.

Tickets for the event are $17 for adult club members and $10 children aged 5-11, with children four and under admitted free. Non-members can purchase a ticket for $22, and anyone who decides to join the club at the meeting will receive a refund for the difference in ticket price.


Reggie Merriweather played running back from 2003-2006, following a redshirt in 2002. As a freshman in 2003, Merriweather saw action in all 13 games, including 16 carries for 56 yards. His production increased towards the end of his sophomore season in 2004, accumulating 508 yards over the final six games, contributing to a season total of 670 yards rushing.

The 2004 season was highlighted by 100-yard performances against both Miami and South Carolina, scoring three touchdowns in each contest, including the eventual game-winner in the upset win over Miami. In 2005, Merriweather finished ninth in the ACC in rushing average and seventh in touchdowns with seven. That season, he combined with James Davis to become the first pair of Tigers in a decade to rush for 700 yards.

Merriweather’s senior season was marred by injuries, limiting his playing time. He finished his career 1,612 yards, 22nd most in Clemson history, as well as 20 touchdowns.

Following his senior season, he scored the game-winning touchdown for the East team in the Hula Bowl. Reggie Merriweather graduated from Clemson in 2006 with a degree in Human Resources Development. He currently serves as a Manager of Operations for Michelin.


Mickey Plyler currently works for WCCP 105.5 FM The Roar where he hosts the station’s morning show, which features commentary on a variety of sports, but pre-dominantly focuses on ACC and SEC athletics.

Plyler began his career by serving as a student assistant in the Sports Information Department at Clemson University, learning the trade from Bob Bradley and Tim Bourrett. After spending several years working in the golf industry in Hilton Head, Plyler returned to found Plyler’s Football Recruiting Service. He would go on to team with national radio analyst Bill King to create the South Eastern Recruiting Alliance, the nation’s first monthly recruiting magazine.

In 1998, Mickey Plyler was able to begin hosting his own show at WCCP, having previously featured in popular segments promoting his recruiting magazine. During his time at WCCP, Plyler has hosted shows in a variety of time slots, hosted pre-game and post-game shows, as well as providing color commentary and play-by-play for high school and college football and baseball.

Outside of the sports world, Plyler’s passion lies with the Ryan Harless Foundation which focuses on assisting Ryan Harless recover from injuries suffered in a 2008 car accident.

Tickets for the event are currently on sale and will be available through Nov. 19. To purchase tickets, you may contact: Rozelle Bramlett. 429-6256, Charlie Kelly 426-0899, Hazel McKinney 426-3650, Chera Stapleton 466-2004, or Virgil Childers 251-0094. Tickets are required for attendance and will not be sold at the door.

The Chicken Roast is one of several events the Union County Clemson Club hosts each year. Annual membership in the Union County Clemson Club is $25 per family. The goal of the Clemson Club is to award academic scholarships to deserving students graduating from Union County High School and Union Christian Day School who will be attending Clemson. For more information about the club or the event, contact club president Virgil Childers at (864) 251-0094.

Merriweather, Plyler to be featured speakers