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Pro Football Focus ranks Clemson QB Deshaun Watson No. 3 on its preseason Heisman list.

PFF graded Watson as the best quarterback in the nation after Week 9 last year. "Watson is the early favorite to become the top pick in next year’s draft as he has the ability to make accurate downfield throws while bringing athleticism and power as a runner that Clemson often uses in the designed running game," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "The challenge for Watson’s campaign is the nature of the quarterback position that almost demands perfection in the eyes of the voters, so any slip up by Clemson along the way could hurt his chances." Las Vegas has the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder as the early favorite to win the hardware.
Jun 22 - 5:08 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney referred to junior QB Deshaun Watson as "the franchise" and "the unicorn."

Swinney did not flinch in ladling out the hype, essentially calling Watson the perfect entity. "The guy has no flaws. He's so talented, but he's a better person than he is a football player. He's so intelligent. He's brilliant. He just gets it and he wants it. He's hungry and humble for it," Swinney said. Earlier this spring, he promoted the Tiger spring game by reminding fans that in all likelihood, their unicorn will be jumping to the NFL after the conclusion of the 2016 season. To help facilitate that likelihood, Watson is taking two summer courses and will have to worry about just five class-hours come the autumn semester. He expects to graduate in December.
Source: Tiger Net
Jun 21 - 3:37 PM

Clemson five-star 2017 QB Hunter Johnson was named quarterback MVP at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Johnson tossed eight touchdowns during 7-on-7 work. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney deemed it a "consistently impressive performance from start to finish." Three of seven Rivals analysts predicted an MVP for Johnson in Atlanta prior to this weekend, while multiple Elite 11 coaches tagged him as the quarterback that they would most want to build a program around. Gorney wrote in May that the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder "has a surgeon's precision on the field" and that "the ball gets exactly where it should be on almost every throw." Rivals ranks Johnson as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
Jun 12 - 3:19 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson will take two summer courses with the plan to limit his class hours to five hours this fall.

Per Gil Brandt, this means "more time for football" for Watson. To clarify, Watson took a course load approaching 18 hours of class time this spring, which is above average. He plans to graduate in December. People will be split on this news, but we think it shows dedication and planning from the the top quarterback prospect. This likely means Watson plans on the fall semester being his last at the collegiate level.
Jun 10 - 12:06 PM

ESPN's Matt Fortuna calls Clemson senior TE Jordan Leggett "a phenomenal athlete" who "could emerge as the nation’s top tight end."

Leggett decided to put the NFL on hold for another year over the winter. He returns to the Tigers after having tied a school-record for a tight end with eight touchdown receptions last season. CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang ranks Leggett as the No. 6 senior prospect for the 2017 draft. BNFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter says NFL offensive coordinators will "fall in love" with Leggett.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 7:16 PM

Three of seven Rivals analysts predicted that Clemson five-star 2017 QB Hunter Johnson would take home quarterback MVP honors at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

No quarterback received a majority of the vote, but Johnson (Rivals No. 12 overall) came closest with three of seven ballots predicting supremacy in Atlanta for the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder. Two analysts pegged four-star Stanford commit Davis Mills (No. 28) for QB MVP bragging rights, while four-star Oklahoma commit Chris Robison (No. 74) and four-star Penn State commit Sean Clifford (No. 163) each received one vote a piece.
Source: Rivals
Jun 7 - 4:00 PM

Clemson five-star 2017 commit QB Hunter Johnson is headed to Elite 11.

When Elite 11 coaches were asked which quarterback they would choose to build a college program around, they answered Johnson by a big majority. Johnson "is a compelling athlete who can create opportunities by prolonging plays," wrote B/R's Tyler Donohoe, who "throws the prettiest spirals in this class" and has "the blend of touch and zip that scouts covet." Elite 11 counselors also named Johnson the quarterback most likely to succeed in any scheme. Johnson is Rivals' No. 12 overall recruit and the site's No. 1 overall quarterback.
Jun 6 - 8:58 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson's skill-set to that of Marcus Mariota.

Let's call it a soft comparison. While Jeremiah does see similarities in the toolboxes of Watson and Mariota, he views the latter as "bigger, faster, stronger and more accurate." Beyond the comp, the analyst wrote that Clemson's star gunslinger "has an uncanny ability to escape pressure," adding that the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is "very accurate on the move, especially when rolling to his right side." Jeremiah would like to see Watson pack on another 10-15 pounds and work on his short passing game, writing that "[h]e misfires on too many layups underneath." There is still work to be done here, but Watson is already an elite talent and should draw strong interest as a potential top-10 draft selection. He could rise as high as the No. 1 overall pick for 2017 should he declare for the NFL at the end of his junior season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 6:54 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Sweeney says sophomore DE Christian Wilkins "can do it all."

"He can play shade, 3-technique, he can play end. He’ll probably play a little end for us," Sweeney said. "Just a dynamic, dynamic player." You can say that again, coach. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound sophomore defensive lineman posted 33 tackles, 4.5 TFL and two sacks as a rotational DT last season as a true frosh. He was moved to DE in the spring to help replace the production lost when Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd moved on, a luxury Clemson could afford with starting DTs Carlos Watkins and Scott Pagano returning. At his new position, Wilkins is scary. Off the field, he's a sweetie. "Incredibly smart, just a huge personality, a big persona," Swinney said. "I see him as president of Clemson one day. He just brings this energy every single day. He's so comfortable in his own skin."
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 9:38 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney wrote that Clemson five-star 2017 QB Hunter Johnson "proved why he’s the top-rated pro-style quarterback" at the Steve Clarkson QB Retreat.

"Johnson has a calmness and a coolness while being tested in drills and makes everything look so easy," Gorney wrote. "The five-star is still lean but that shouldn’t be an issue once he gets into a college weight program. He has a surgeon’s precision on the field." The analyst raved about the 6-foot-3, 200-pound gunslinger's accuracy, noting that "the ball gets exactly where it should be on almost every throw." Johnson ranks as Rivals' No. 12 overall player for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 29 - 2:54 PM

According to their federal tax return, the ACC saw an increase of over $100 million in revenue for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

From 2013-2014, the ACC made $302.3 million, which climbed to $403.1 million the following year -- though it should be noted that $30 million of that came as part of a settlement when Maryland moved to the Big Ten. The SEC led all Power 5 conferences with $527.4 million in revenue.
Source: USA Today
May 28 - 3:50 PM

Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino lists Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson as a 5/1 favorite to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy.

LSU RB Leonard Fournette (6/1), Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey (7/1), Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (10/1) and FSU RB Dalvin Cook (10/1) join Watson to round out the five players with the best odds for this year's Heisman. Among the more interesting names beneath that quintet of studs, Georgia RB Nick Chubb earns 12/1 odds in his return from major knee surgery and Alabama RB Bo Scarborough takes 20/1 odds to net Alabama back-to-back running back winners. Those buying into the tidal wave of Louisville hype might be interested to know that QB Lamar Jackson makes for an intriguing 100/1 shot here.
May 25 - 3:41 PM

According to Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell, Clemson five-star 2017 QB Hunter Johnson was "crisp and fluid all day" during his Rivals Camp Series regional.

"[Johnson] has improved his mechanics and is getting his lower body more involved in his throws, which is a good sign and allows him to show more stamina," Farrell noted. Per Rivals, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder offered one of the five best quarterbacking performances at an RCS regional (there were 10 total regionals). He ranks as the outlet's No. 12 overall recruit for 2017 and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback.
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 1:30 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Clemson No. 4.

Clemson must replace a host of stars led by DEs Shaw Lawson and Kevin Dodd and CB Mackensie Alexander, but they return perhaps the best player in college football, 2015 Heisman runner-up Deshaun Watson. "He was the nation’s top quarterback from week nine to the end of the season, and he heads into 2016 as the top prospect for the NFL Draft," Steve Palazzolo wrote. "Watson’s continued development will have Clemson in the title discussion, especially with the majority of his surrounding offensive talent returning."
May 20 - 6:39 PM

In an informal poll of anonymous ACC coaches by ESPN's Jared Shanker and Andrea Adelson, opinion leaned toward Clemson being the conference favorite over Florida State.

Of the seven coaches whose opinions were posted on ESPN, four tagged the Tigers as the beast to beat within the ACC. One said, "I think Clemson has more weapons. The scale tips more toward Clemson now." He noted that "nobody in the conference is as talented as [junior QB] Deshaun Watson." Another coach gave the edge to the Seminoles, saying, "Their defensive coordinator did an awesome job last year of really getting their kids to play better team defense than the year before." We have seen much ballyhooed preseason match-ups disintegrate before (look no further than Baylor v TCU last season), but Clemson's road showdown against Florida State on October 29 looks to be a humdinger that could decide conference supremacy.
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 1:03 PM


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