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ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson No. 1 among quarterbacks in the 2017 draft.

"A dynamic playmaker, Watson has the ability to both throw from the pocket and extend plays with his mobility," McShay wrote. "Watson (6-foot-2, 210) lacks ideal size and will need to adjust to a pro-style system, but he has the tools to develop into a good starter in the NFL if developed and utilized properly." The analyst gave Watson an "88" scouting grade. Watson took out a $5 million injury insurance policy and is expected to opt into the draft after this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 6:40 PM

Clemson received a verbal commitment from five-star 2017 CB A.J. Terrell.

Huge get for the 2015 national championship runner-ups, here. They beat out the likes of Florida and South Carolina for Terrell's commitment. "I knew Clemson was the school for me after talking with coach Dabo [Swinney] and all the other coaches," said the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder. He ranks as Rivals' No. 8 overall prospect in the 2017 class, with recruiting director Mike Farrell comparing Terrell to former FSU star Jalen Ramsey earlier this offseason. A strong performance on the spring camp circuit was enough for Rivals to bump the corner from a four-star to a five-star recruit. He stands as Clemson's 13th commitment for 2017.
Source: The State
Aug 19 - 1:32 PM

Clemson freshman DE Xavier Kelly was seen on crutches after hurting his foot in a moped accident.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables did not disclose an exact timetable for Kelly's return, stating he hopes the pass rusher can return to practice next week. The team was not planning on redshirting Kelly in his first season, rather they wanted the former four-star recruit to see the field against Auburn. "He's lucky to be alive," Venables said. Kelly "banged his head" and has stitches on his toe. Starting defensive end Ausitn Bryant is sidelined until the Georgia Tech game.
Source: Tiger Net
Aug 19 - 9:06 AM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson has a $5 million insurance policy against any potential career-ending injury.

Watson did not divulge the monetary details, but told ESPN that the policy "gives [him] peace of mind." McMurphy is additionally reporting that Watson also has a $5 million policy for any injury that causes him to lose value in the draft. HC Dabo Swinney explained, "You have a better chance to get struck by lightning than have a career-ending injury, but there is loss of value insurance as well. All of that stuff is available. We educate them. I'm big on that." Watson is not the only player to have such contingency policies in place -- notably, it has been reported that Leonard Fournette has a pair of $10 million polices of a similar variety.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 17 - 4:01 PM

Clemson starting sophomore DE Austin Bryant had a screw inserted into the bottom of his foot and will be sidelined for a "few weeks."

Bryant was expected to start. "We are hoping for the Georgia Tech game that he will be ready to roll, but we will see," head coach Dabo Swinney said. If Swinney's timetable is correct, Bryant will be sidelined for the first three games of the season, including the opener against Auburn. The next two opponents, Troy and South Carolina State, could be termed "cupcakes," but the opener against Auburn is important. Bryant apparently suffered the same injury to his left foot in high school. Clemson likes to rotate player sup front, but edge play from Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd were vital pieces to the team's success in 2015.
Source: TigerNet
Aug 17 - 8:47 AM

Clemson receivers coach Jeff Scott believes senior WR Mike Williams can be every bit as good as DeAndre Hopkins, Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins.

"I think he has potential to be as good as any guy that we've had here. He definitely has potential to be in that conversation," Scott said. "He's made some plays in practice that remind us of some of those guys whenever they were here. There's no doubt we see him in that same light." The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder was lost for the season with a neck injury in last season's opener. In 2014, he caught 57 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. Stud Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley had this assessment about covering Williams in practice: "(It's) the hardest thing ever. You can have the best technique down, get the best jam on him, and he'll still make that catch. None of it matters."
Aug 16 - 6:14 PM

Former Clemson redshirt freshman CB Kaleb Chalmers joined Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Clemson dismissed Chalmers in March after he was arrested on an allegation of marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a schedule II controlled substance. HC Dabo Swinney put on his disapproving father pants following the arrest, saying, "Hopefully he will finish school and have an opportunity to grow from his mistakes and actions. He’s a very talented young man. It’s always disappointing when you have someone that embarrasses your program." Expect the 5-foot-11, 171-pounder to see FBS interest over the coming months, assuming he can keep his head on straight.
Aug 11 - 1:02 PM

Clemson received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DE Jordan Williams.

"I watched Vic Beasley play a lot and I feel like we have the same body type, play quick, and are violent," Williams said. "I think that’s who I can model myself after." The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder called Clemson a "perfect fit for my family and me." Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman notes that Williams "can rush the passer using inside and outside routes" and is "strong enough to hold his own at the line of scrimmage to defend against the run." Friedman sees him as a potential early-contributor once Williams hooks up with the Tigers in February.
Source: Rivals
Aug 7 - 3:01 PM

Asked to compare Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and Miami QB Brad Kaaya, an ACC coach said "if I’ve got to pick, I’d rather play against the one who doesn’t run."

Watson it is. The Tigers stud had 20 or more carries in each of Clemson's final four games last season. No other FBS quarterback did that all season. "We just wanted to get [Kaaya] rattled," said UNC CB Des Lawrence. "But Deshaun, even when you get him rattled, he still makes plays. He ran away from our linebackers and D-backs sometimes." To make matters worse on the defense, Watson completed 42 percent of his 20-plus yard throws for 18 touchdowns and nearly 15 yards-per-attempt. "Both [Watson and Kaaya] are top picks in the draft," another ACC coach said. "Those guys have all the attributes. They have the measurables, but they have the talent level, intelligence level, decision-making process, athleticism, accuracy. They have all those things. They’re big-time players."
Source: ESPN
Aug 6 - 4:38 PM

Clemson redshirt junior RB Wayne Gallman checked in for the season at 6-foot-1 and 210-pounds, with seven percent body fat.

We gave you Gallman's name prior to last season as a prospect who could breakout. He did just that, completing and balancing out Clemson's offense to the tune of 1,523 yards, 13 touchdowns and a 5.4 yards per carry average. "The offensive line, they're telling me, 'Wayne, 2,000. We’re going for 2000 this year," Gallman told reporters. The back was spelled by Zac Brooks last season, who was drafted late by the Seahawks. There's an argument for Clemson's offense to be even better in 2016.
Aug 5 - 9:19 AM

In the latest release of the ESPN 300, Clemson five-star 2017 verbal QB commit Hunter Johnson was ranked as the No. 1 pocket-passer QB prospect for the cycle.

"[Johnson] is polished, he can control the ball, and he is athletic," noted ESPN recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert. "As a passer, he has many Josh Rosen-like qualities." The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has had a stupendous offseason on the camp circuit and was named the quarterback MVP at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge after tossing eight touchdowns in 7-on-7 play. In addition to earning top billing for his position, Johnson lands on the hot-off-the-presses edition of the ESPN 300 at a lofty No. 19 overall.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 3:31 PM

Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson gained 16 pounds this offseason and now weighs 218 pounds.

Interestingly enough, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote a scouting report last month urging Watson to add bulk. Watson was a few steps ahead on that front. The Heisman frontrunner is also a contender to become the No. 1 overall pick in 2017.
Aug 2 - 5:54 PM

One rival coach, who spoke with the media anonymously, called junior QB Deshaun Watson "the whole show at Clemson right now."

Athlon Sports allowed ACC coaches the platform to speak anonymously, and the results were interesting. "Watson is really what elevates them to the point where they can win a national championship," the same coach said. His peers disagreed, as others pointed to Clemson's ability to recruit and develop defensive linemen each and every year, despite losing so many to the NFL. We found it interesting that Mike Williams was not mentioned a single time by a coach, as he can be one of the nation's most talented receivers when healthy.
Aug 1 - 11:14 AM

Phil Steele ranks Clemson as having the nation's best quarterback situation.

You know all about Deshaun Watson, so we'll introduce you to his backup, sophomore Kelly Bryant. Steele calls Bryant "bigger, stronger and faster than Watson." Bryant went 7-for-9 for 27 yards and an interception while rushing for 156 yards on 23 carries in limited action as a true freshman. A finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina as a senior in high school, Bryant was the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is battling senior former walk-on Nick Schuessler for No. 2 duties this fall. "He is dangerous, and I thought that he instinctively made a couple nice plays," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said during spring practices. Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott thought Bryant "looked comfortable" and "was decisive."
Jul 31 - 3:00 PM

Clemson senior CB Cordrea Tankersley "needs to tweak some technique and discipline issues," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, "but his size, athleticism and ballskills, especially in man coverage, have NFL scouts intrigued and excited."

Tankersley finished among the conference leaders with 19 passes defended and five interceptions as offenses stayed away from Mackensie Alexander last year. Now, quarterbacks will be avoiding Tankersley. "A good-sized athlete, Tankersley has the height and length desired for the next level, using his arms well to obstruct the catch point vision and disrupt the rhythm of wide receivers," Brugler wrote. "He displays above-average ball skills on film with the ability to quickly locate and gain proper position, showing terrific judgement for the position." The analyst believes Tankersley must work on his propensity to be "undisciplined with his hands in coverage, grabbing and attracting attention from officials when panicked." If he can, the prospect "could be the first Clemson cornerback to be drafted in the top 45 picks in the last 10 years," wrote Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 6:26 PM


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