October 17, 2018

2 Minute (ish) Recap: Miami

2 minute video recap of Clemson’s 38-3 shellacking of Miami in the ACC Championship Game: That 3rd down defense, the “blazing fast” Travis Etienne, Christian Wilkins “monster night”, Alex Spence “drills” one inside the right upright, Tavien Feaster breaks free and Deon Cain deep.

2 Minute (ish) Video Recap: Florida State

2 minute (ish)video recap of 31-14 win over Florida State: Tre Lamar “rocks” James Blackman, Kelly Bryant “gets there”, “It’s too loud to hear”, Travis Etienne “makin’ it look easy”, “call your friends, text your relatives” tell them Van Smith just ended this puppy.

Before the Trophy: Episode 7

Before the trophy…Clelin Ferrell makes an early play that changed the course of the game, Mike Williams got wide open, C.J. Fuller runs the “lethal wheel route”, Carlos Watkins introduces himself to J.T. Barrett and Van Smith runs a long, long way.

Defensive Backs: 8 Plays

Clemson corner Marcus Edmond saved the day once again (Photo: Gwinn Davis/gwinndavisphotos.com)

8 plays from 2016 for the Clemson defensive backs.

The Aftermath: Clemson-37 FSU-34

The SUR Crew recaps Clemson’s first victory in Tallahassee since 2006…

Five of Clemson’s eight wins have been separated by a touchdown or less on the scoreboard. What is it about this team that has put them on the winning side of those games?

MC- Well, they have #4 and while some of his interceptions have been mystifying, when the chips are down I’ll take Deshaun.  This has been a long time coming and a lot of gut wrenching losses are in the rear view mirror to get to this point, but there is a confidence to this team and it’s spread to the fan base, too.  No one at my house was awakened by screams of “I can’t believe they won that game!”, because I was sure they would win the game.

MW- The mentality of the program has changed. Winning each game is an expectation, rather than a mere hope. Dabo has implemented a mentally strong and resilient group, consistently believing they’ll win regardless of how the current game is going. Win enough games like Clemson has recently, and the mindset and experience shows up in big moments.

CC-I touched on this subject after the Louisville win and I’ll do it again here, it’s a culture thing. Dabo has implemented a winning culture throughout every aspect of this program that seems to have translated to on the field results. Yes, the Tigers are as talented as they’ve ever been which certainly goes a long ways. At the same time, Clemson continues to debunk the norm by winning games while playing, what I consider, their “B” game. The only other reasonable answer for all these W’s is luck. But when it happens over and over I tend to believe it ain’t about luck.

 

For the second year in a row, Dalvin Cook broke loose for a couple chunk runs. Share your thoughts on Cook and how Clemson unsuccessfully tried to contain him.

MC- They bottled him up for a half, but it’s difficult to take everything away in today’s college football, especially with a team as talented as the Seminoles.  I find it hard to believe that someone would be “surprised” at Cook’s speed on the edge, but that’s what appeared to happen. “Bad angle” is something that should be reserved for when you had a chance, but it appeared to me Cook was just faster.  I’ll be glad to be a fan of his….when he’s in the NFL.

MW- Well, Cook is simply that good. Try as hard as you can to contain him and he’s still going to get his, one way or another. The counter runs did well against Clemson’s aggressive tendencies, and caused DE’s to have difficulty setting the edge at times. Beyond that, LB’s and Van Smith took a few bad angles, but it honestly has to be played near perfect to contain Cook in certain situations. The bright spot in all of this is that Cook didn’t expose Clemson in any areas, he’s simply that good and better than any other RB that Clemson will face this year.

CC-In my opinion Dalvin Cook is the most explosive player in the nation. Fournette has the power. McCaffrey has the moves. But it’s Cook that has the complete package. Sure, Van Smith took some bad angles, but who’s to say he makes the play on Cook anyways? The kid rarely goes down against one defender and we saw what he could do when he gets outside. He made Clemson look silly on a couple of those runs, but some credit needs to be dished out to the guys blocking on the perimeter who made it possible. It’s a good thing Clemson won’t have to see a back like him the rest of the season.

 

After Clemson went up 14-0 it seemed like the Tigers were on the verge of putting FSU away early. Talk about what changed the momentum of the game and do you have any lingering concerns about the Tigers’ ability to put teams away?

MC- It’s something I noticed back in the Chad Morris days – this offense is better with long fields than short.  For whatever reason, short fields give this offense problems.  Inability to generate consistent ground game? Full offense not at disposal? I have no idea, but it’s plagued the Tigers for years.

MW- Well, the momentum shift came after Watson’s first interception. I’ll question the playcalling in that third and one situation on the second drive starting in FSU territory, but FSU’s defense did well to bait Watson as well. Concerns? Somewhat with the team’s ability to execute at a high level regardless of score. It’s quite odd to see the difference in this team’s mentality when placed in a “must score” situation.  The first three and out drive in FSU territory came after a missed deep ball, which I won’t fault the kill-shot playcall there. Second down a run that didn’t get much and turned into a third down obvious passing situation. But I do believe that we’re seeing these guys getting closer to executing at a high level throughout four quarters, and that the “killer instinct” shows up in one of the next two games.

CC-I believe there’s some truth to Marty’s point about the offense functioning better with more field. It’s no secret that the game changed when Watson tossed his first interception. Clemson was up two scores and in Nole territory facing a 3rd & 1 when it happened. Perhaps questionable play call there? Hindsight is 20/20. I also think Clemson’s really missing the deep ball from Watson. One play that stands out is when Watson missed a streaking Deon Cain on a 3rd and 8. Cook scored from 70 yards out two plays later. 14 point swing. I still believe he finds that touch before seasons end, and when he does…watch out.

 

After another dominant performance that saw the Tigers register 6 sacks and 10 tackles for loss, is it time to start talking about this defensive line being among the best to ever play at Clemson?

MC- In today’s era of prolific offenses I’d say so.  It’s not 1981 anymore where teams ran up the middle 47 times a game and an “exotic” was a pitch to the tailback.  Those days are gone, save perhaps the Big 10, and I think you saw on the last drive how dominant this d line can be.  FSUs O-Line had something to do with that, but Clemson is among the nation’s elite in TFLs since Brent Venables stepped foot on campus.

MW- I, like Chris, wasn’t around to see some of the greats, so I don’t feel I can make a decision on who’s the best. But these guys have firmly entrenched themselves into that conversation with an unbelievable combination of talent and depth. And the fact that this question and answer is occurring considering the immense talent lost on the line after last season is incredible. I’ll second Chris’ thoughts on Wilkins’ versatility and the rare specimen that is Dexter Lawrence. Add in Carlos Watkins, Scott Pagano, Clelin Ferrell, a surging Austin Bryant, and several other talented reserves, and one must believe that this is the strongest defensive line in college football.

CC-I’ll preface this by letting you know I wasn’t around to see the likes of William or Michael Perry, Chester McGlockton, Jim Stuckey, and a long list of elite Tiger linemen the preceded 1991. With that said, I’d be willing to bet that those guys didn’t have the kind of talent around them that we’re seeing today. Christian Wilkins may be the most versatile defensive lineman I’ve seen. Ever. Dexter Lawrence looks like he should be playing on Sunday’s. He’s still 18. I could go on and on, but I’ll let the DL numbers do the talking: 38 TFL, 22.5 sacks, 60 QBH, 8 PBU.

 

It seems that ACC officiating has been a consistent talking point this year. What were your thoughts on the excessive PI calls, the lack of holding calls, the block below the waist that negated Cook’s big run, and the missed facemask on Watson?

MC- Over the years I’ve learned to accept the officiating for what it is.  Imperfect humans making split second decisions in a very fast moving game. There were some ticky tack PI calls, missed holdings on both teams and a variety of other issues.  What I don’t accept is missed replay calls and in general, missed face mask calls.  Those are usually obvious and am mystified why it’s so difficult to get them correct.

MW- I thought there were several missed calls, overall was a rather poor job by the officials. Particularly the missed false starts and facemasks that worked against Clemson, and I can understand Fisher’s frustration with the block below the waist call as well. However, like Chris mentioned, those are things that you cannot control and therefore have to be able to take in stride. Unfortunately for FSU, Jimbo let his emotions get the best of him during the game. Dabo was able to stay more cool and collected. The emotions shown by coaches in these situations tend to have a way of trickling down to the players, affecting their mindsets as well.

CC-Back in my playing days I had the privilege to work with a sports psychologist that helped us understand the difference between things we could control on the field versus what we couldn’t control off the field. The first “off the field” issue mentioned? Officiating. And last night was a great example of why you don’t sweat what you can’t control. On one hand we saw Jimbo Fisher lose every ounce of composure he possesses. On the other, you didn’t see or hear a peep out of Dabo. To me that’s pretty telling of the end result.

 

There’s something to be said for teams that “know how to win” and “make plays” but Clemson has been living on the edge all season, whether that’s winning -2 in turnovers or allowing teams back into games after having control.  Will this eventually catch up to the Tigers this season?

MC- I posted a “living on the edge” theme on Twitter after the game.  The Tigers have been clutch and made plays when it’s crunch time, but at some point things aren’t going to go your way.  It’s the law of averages and Clemson has won way more than their share in this manner. Not sure it’ll catch up with the Tigers in the regular season, but certainly could in the ACC Championship Game or playoff.

MW- Fortunately, the toughest regular season games are in the past and have all been won. So, yes, it could catch up to Clemson, but that would be more likely to happen in the ACC Championship or a Playoff game. Things do need to be shored up, but ideally you want to be playing your best ball at the end of the year. With how the season has progressed and with a little more room for error considering opponents in the remainder of the schedule, I think it sets this team up well to do just that.

CC-Well it hasn’t caught up with them yet and the schedule gets infinitely easier up until a potential ACC Championship or CFB Playoff matchup. So, no I’m not overly concerned with it at this time. Heck, I’m still of the belief that the Tigers best football is still ahead of them. If they get clicking then there’s not a team left on the schedule that can keep it close.

 

Three of Clemson’s last four regular season games will take place inside friendly confines and all come against unranked foes. Briefly share your thoughts on how you see the rest of the season playing out and if you have any concerns going down the final third of the season.

MC- 4 close, heart stopping wins? I kid.  Kind of.  Not sure this team has the blowout mentality, players or coaches.  I expect 3 comfortable-ish wins and a dog fight against a South Carolina team that will have nothing to lose.

MW- I anticipate Clemson will finish out the season undefeated at this point. Ideally, it’d be nice to see the Tigers not play down to the level of any of their opponents and seal up a win in some of those matchups well before time expires. Continue to focus on execution, keep the foot on the pedal, and work to eliminate turnovers. Clemson will have a significant talent advantage against every remaining regular season opponent and ideally it’ll be apparent throughout each game.

CC-W, W, W, W. That’s not a slight to Cuse, Pitt, Wake, or SC because I think all those teams, save Pitt, are better now than I anticipated coming into the season. Clemson is just too battle tested at this point, and I don’t think they can play much worse than they have at certain points this year. One would have to think they impose their will on inferior opponents at some point right? Well, that opportunity has arrived.

 

In closing feel free to share any other observations or takeaways from Saturday night’s thriller in Tallahassee.

MC- It’s cliche, but a win in Tallahassee is never easy and is yet another milestone for the program and Dabo Swinney.  When we look back at it in the future the questionable calls, fortunate bounces and minutiae won’t be relevant.  It’ll just be Clemson 37 Florida State 34.

MW- 10 years. Wow. What an incredible accomplishment for this team and program. Kickoff coverage isn’t noticed until it has a negative impact. It was excellent Saturday night, and it’s good to see the staff finding ways to improve on the gaping flaws of last season. Huegel’s field goals and kickoffs cannot be taken for granted, given the difficulty of staying composed in a hostile road environment. And Gallman’s return from concussion to not only create tough yards on the ground, but also continue to excel in pass protection was absolutely critical. Not to mention 4’s clutch nature when a score is needed. This team is special.

CC-Wayne Gallman runs hard. Even when nothing’s there he gets an extra yard or two. Dare I say Clemson will miss him more than Watson? Kendall Joseph may be the best player on the defense not named Christian. Oh, he’s got two years of eligibility left after this season. Greg Huegel’s performance may be the best I’ve ever seen out of a Clemson kicker on the road. He’s got ice in his veins.

 

Players of the Game (Off & Def)

MC- Jordan Leggett, Austin Bryant

MW- Jordan Leggett and Greg Huegel (I can’t pick just one), Kendall Joseph

CC-Greg Huegel (gets my offensive vote), Kendall Joseph

 

Play of the Game

MC- Leggett 34 yard TD reception + Gallman’s block to keep Watson upright on the play

MW- Deshaun Watson’s 20 yard strike + Renfrow’s phenomenal catch on 3rd and 21.

CC-Leggett 34 yard TD reception + Gallman’s block to keep Watson upright on the play

 

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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Preview & Prediction

GT Preview

 

As conference play arrives Clemson will look to shake the remaining cobwebs in an effort to reverse a curse that spans the course of an entire decade. Read this week’s preview below for an in-depth look into the matchup between two undefeated ACC rivals.

 

Clemson vs. SC State Preview & Prediction

SCST Preview

 

As conference play inches ever closer the Tigers will take the field versus in-state foe South Carolina State. With plenty to prove, Clemson hopes to get back on track before a quick turn around trip to Atlanta next Thursday.

Clemson vs. Troy Preview & Prediction

Troy Preview

 

Fresh off a hard fought victory on The Plains, Clemson will return to friendly confines inside of Death Valley to welcome Troy to town. As we enter the second weekend of action I’ll pinpoint what to watch for as the Tigers and Trojans tangle for just their second ever meeting.

NOTE: Feel free to scan over the charts and graphics as some of them have user-friendly features that provide further insight.

 

 

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The Aftermath: Clemson-19 Auburn-13

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Clemson WR Mike Williams recorded 174 yards on 9 receptions in his return last night (Photo via PigskinProphets.com)

 

No one ever said it had to be pretty, and Clemson’s performance last night was certainly not.  Here are some thoughts and analysis from Clemson’s uncomfortable victory on The Plains late last night.

Offense
-As a whole, it was a disappointing performance from a group that was expected to be the nation’s top offense. The Tigers just never developed any rhythm. When it seemed like a drive was coming together the Tigers all too often found themselves in 3rd and long situations, in which, they struggled to convert.
-The Tigers had nearly 400 yards, 399 to be exact, and only managed 19 points. That doesn’t add up. A couple costly drops in the redzone certainly hurt.
-Deshaun Watson just didn’t seem like himself for the majority last night. He had his share of bright spots, but also had his share of mistakes. Credit Auburn’s defensive line for making Watson get rid of the ball quicker than he wanted to on the majority of his throws. The Auburn defense also took away the deep ball, which is an integral part of the gameplan. I was certainly surprised to see them be able to do so.
-Wayne Gallman is who we thought he was. Didn’t have much room to run all night and still ended up with 123 yards to go along with a touchdown. He’s matured to the point where he waits for holes to open before sticking his nose in them. Need proof? Just go back and watch him bounce around behind his lineman when there’s nothing there, which happened a lot last night.
-Man it’s a good thing Mike Williams is back. Without #7 Clemson loses last night. The back shoulder throw was unstoppable last night and showed you what elite level body control looks like. Williams did have a couple drops in the endzone, but he more than made up for it with the rest of his night. Also, you can’t help but wonder if things may have been a little different last January if Watson had Williams. Would Clemson have hung 50 on Bama?
-The offensive line did not win the battle in the trenches last night. We knew that Auburn had some serious talent on the DL, but man I didn’t expect them to win at the point of attack quite like they did last night. I thought the interior was the real issue and I’d have to go watch film to tell you exactly where the weak spots were. Montravius Adams, a guy many thought would end up wearing orange and white, was an absolute man-child for Kevin Steele’s defense. On the bright side I thought Hyatt performed well from what I was able to see, but that’s about it.
-Was extremely disappointed to see Clemson go away from Artavis Scott who looked good on his first 2 catches on the opening drive. He’s Clemson’s most physical receiver and he was a non-factor the rest of the game. No screens, no slants, no sweeps. Same can be said about the involvement of Deon Cain & Jordan Leggett as well. Very surprising.
-And how about ole Hunter Renfrow, aka “White Lightning?” He was another guy that seemed to get lost in the fold last night until Watson delivered a beautiful throw off his back foot to a diving Renfrow in the corner of the endzone. It’s become commonplace for Renfrow to make the impossible look routine. He’s a gamer. That’s the best way I can put it.

Defense
-Brent Venables is the man. Plain and simple. That was a gutsy performance considering all the newcomers he broke in.
-Not a bad performance from a defensive line that several people had concerns about going into the game. Carlos Watkins was a monster in the middle. Clelin Ferrell constantly found himself in the backfield. Christian Wilkins played solid assignment football all night long against the zone-read. And some kid name Dexter Lawrence introduced himself to the college football world in an immense way, sort of like his size.
-Lawrence deserves his own tab here because of his play last night. At 18 years old Lawrence already demands double teams, and there’s just no way he doesn’t move into a starting role soon. Lawrence finished second of the team in tackles with 7. He also recorded his first career sack last night in impressive fashion. No, it’s not normal for a 340-pound defensive tackle to be able to track down a QB like that. Clemson fans have seen some special talents over the years at RB with Spiller, WR with Watkins/Hopkins, QB with Watson, DE with Beasley/Lawson, CB with Alexander, and now at DT with Lawrence. Wilkins could probably be thrown in there as well.
-I was a little surprised to see Jalen Williams log so many snaps over Dorian O’Daniel last night. Looks like the staff has built quite a bit of trust in the 5’11” linebacker and perhaps they felt better about him against the zone-read.
-Outside of the interception Boulware didn’t do a whole lot to jump off the screen to me. He did have a forced fumble on that 4th and goal stop, but it was all for not as the ball carrier wasn’t scoring anyways. And the roughing the passer couldn’t have come at a worse time. Turned a 4th and long into a touchdown. Not worried about Ben though.
-Kendall Joseph quietly put together a nice game. Kinda like BJ Goodson before him, Joseph just has a nose for the ball. He was in on a lot of the pile ups in the middle and ended up as Clemson’s leading tackler with 9. And yes, it certainly helps playing directly behind those talented tackles.
-At least through one game Cordrea Tankersley proved he’s ready to take over as the #1 corner. He wasn’t tested a whole lot by Auburn’s QB carousel, but when he was he performed. One play that stood out to me was the WR screen where he brought down both the blocking WR as well as the one making the catch. That’s grown man football.
-I thought Clemson’s safeties played well. Jadar Johnson got caught by the play action one time and it turned into a 43 yard gain. It happens. Johnson also recorded an impressive INT and batted down the hail-mary to end the game. Van Smith wasn’t really tested through the air so not a lot to evaluate on that aspect. Smith did record 6 tackles including 1.5 TFL.

Special Teams
-Once again, not so special.
-1st KO went out of bounds, 2nd was a squib, and the 3rd resulted in a long return that was negated by a penalty.
-Huegel continues to be money when kicking from distance, but missed another extra point on the heels of missing 5 a year ago. Maybe this had a little something to do with Dabo forgoing a FG attempt in the games final minute.
-Teasdall just isn’t the punter Clemson needs him to be. No way around it.
-Clemson might as well trot out a fan from the stands on punt returns if all their going to do is wave their hand. This was an issue that many expected to change this season, but Auburn punted 5 times and each time Ray Ray McCloud made a fair catch.

Coaching
-I’ll keep this short. Elliott and Scott were not themselves last night. Matt brought up a great point after the game last night when we were talking by saying Clemson was almost trying to prove they could over power Auburn’s DL. Welp, it didn’t happen. They also got away from their bread and butter which is the short passing game. Virtually no screen game, which is typically an extension of the running game. I believe there was one attempt at a jet sweep to McCloud and it was ran to the short side of the field. By the way, that never works when you run towards the short side of the field. Have to give your playmakers room to work with. There were very few out routes to the sidelines. Look back to Oklahoma a year ago to see a perfect example of Clemson utilizing their talent to dink and dunk their way down the field. Watson wasn’t moved out of the pocket to get to the perimeter of the defense where he can beat you with his legs or bait defenders into leaving their assignments. There’s more, but you get the gist.
-I’ll follow up my criticism by stating that I whole-heartedly believe the offense will be the least of Clemson’s worries going forward. Too much talent and too many coaches with experience not to correct last night’s performance. Oh, and Clemson still has the best player in the nation at quarterback.
-Defensively, Venables gameplan was quite simple as it usually is. Take away the bread and butter of the opposing offense. Last night that meant ignoring the trickery and brining down the running back, unless Franklin was in the game. They weren’t worried about White or Johnson on the ground so when they were in the focus was on the back. And when Franklin entered, Venables made sure to have the DE stay with him. That opened up some running lanes for Johnson, but Malzahn shot himself in the foot by pulling him after only a couple of snaps every time he entered.
-In regards to the decision to pass up a 30-something yard field goal on Clemson’s last drive: That’s what I would call playing not to lose. Dabo stated he was concerned that Auburn would block the field goal due to some of the previous miracles that have occurred in Jordan Hare. Instead, he chose to give it back to them via turnover on downs. Not much different. Personally, I’m of the belief you play to win. That means making kicking the field goal with the chance to effectively end the game by extending the lead to a two score margin. If they block it then so be it, you were making a winning play call. Fortunately, luck was not on Auburn’s side last night as their two last second prayers found no answers.

SUR Picks: 2016 Clemson Superlatives

In the second installment of our week long SUR season preview we take a crack at which Clemson players, and even coaches, will make the biggest impact on the 2016 season.  With the Tigers returning an explosive offense and breaking in an inexperienced defense, we’ll tell you who each units MVPs will be as well as which newcomers are set to make a splash.

Offensive MVP 
MC- Deshaun Watson
The easy, but correct choice. A lot of players can go down and Clemson will be OK. Watson is not one of them.
MW- Deshaun Watson
Only choice here. Watson puts up one of the greatest QB seasons in college football history and becomes a Clemson legend. Savor every moment of 2016 and DW4.
CC- Deshaun Watson
Obviously this is the only pick that would be reasonable to have in this place. Watson is the potentially the greatest to ever wear a Clemson uniform and this team will go as he does.

Defensive MVP 
MC- Ben Boulware
The emotional and vocal leader of the defense, Boulware makes mistakes, but also makes huge plays and punishes opponents. Ask Baker Mayfield.
MW- Cordrea Tankersley
With DB depth thin, Tankersley must take the reigns of “shutdown corner” from Mackensie Alexander. His ability to take away a team’s best receiving option will be absolutely critical throughout the season. I think he’s ready to take that role.
CC-Christian Wilkins
The sophomore defensive tackle is going to be relied on early on to help out at defensive end, and I think his production from both spots is what will start to cement his Clemson legacy. The entire nation will know this name come season’s end.

Most Valuable Newcomer Offense 
MC- Adam Choice
Maybe this is bending the intent of the rules, but I expect Choice to be a reliable number 2 to Wayne Gallman this season after missing all of last season with a knee. Here’s some evidence.
MW- Taylor Hearn
Replacing Eric Mac Lain is no easy task, but Hearn is a nasty lineman ready to shove defenders into the dirt. The returns from camp have been very positive and I expect his mean streak to be vital in the run game.
CC-Jake Fruhmorgen
Clemson already has one All-American at left tackle in Mitch Hyatt, and here’s to thinking that there’s potential for them to have two now that Fruhmorgen is in the lineup. He’s added weight to get up to 300lbs for his sophomore season and the returns from camp have been through the roof.

Most Valuable Newcomer Defense 
MC- Dexter Lawrence
Until the Austin Bryant injury I was favoring a linebacker in this spot. However, Bryant’s injury means Christian Wilkins will spend more time outside and put more focus on Lawrence inside.
MW- Clelin Ferrell
The hype train has been rolling since the spring and now, especially with Austin Bryant’s injury, it’s time for Ferrell to step up. Lawson and Dodd were significant losses in the pass rush and Ferrell will be leaned upon to become THE pass rush threat. Here’s to believing he shows out in his RS freshman year and negates what could’ve been a major drop-off at the position.
CC-Van Smith
With plenty of candidates to choose from on the defensive side of the ball I settled with one of Clemson’s two new starters at safety. Smith isn’t going to blow you away from a physical standpoint like Kearse and Green did, but he’s added much needed bulk to his frame. Where I believe Smith will stand out is his understanding of coverage schemes, and as a result I think there are far less big plays.

Assistant Coach of the Year
MC- Danny Pearman
Perhaps it’s blind faith, but I expect the special teams to be much improved this season and hey, there’s nowhere to go but up.
MW- Marion Hobby
It’s incredibly difficult to “reload” following the losses of Lawson and Dodd. Hobby has his work cut out for him this season with little experience at the ends between Bryant, Ferrell, Yeargin, Robinson, Register, and maybe even Wilkins. If Clemson fans aren’t noticing a significant drop-off at the position, then Hobby did his job. He’s proven himself before, but this year could be his best work to date.
CC-Mike Reed
Reed certainly has his work cut out for him in replacing 3 starters from his secondary. Couple that with a couple injuries during the offseason and it’s safe to say the bar is set pretty low. With that said I anticipate the 4th year assistant’s group of no names to exceed those expectations.

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