One of the metrics I’ve been tracking is how the 2013 Tigers stack up in explosive plays compared to the 2012 team. There’s been a lot of chatter this week that this team is not as explosive as the 2012 version.
On the surface, you would think that would be a pretty obvious conclusion based on the losses of Andre Ellington, Nuk Hopkins, Jaron Brown and Brandon Ford.
There are some “analysts”, especially those that like to hear themselves talk, out there that act like those players simply vanished and Clemson has no replacements for them and that the explosiveness of these players has been lost. Simply vanished. No longer exist.
The truth is those players have been replaced, sometimes by a combination of players, that have been every bit as explosive through the first 490 plays of 2013. Exactly as explosive as 2012 through 490 plays. Exactly.
So the casual observer of Clemson from afar may see those names missing and jump to a conclusion that is not borne out by facts, which would not be unusual. People tend to see what they want to see, either good or bad.