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Clemson junior WR Ray-Ray McCloud has been practicing at defensive back during preseason camp.

This is not a full position shift, at least not yet, with HC Dabo Swinney saying, "We're trying to use him in different ways" and adding that "he might be a guy that can go and work nickel or we can take a guy and put him at nickel and he can be just a corner guy or an emergency guy." Playing exclusively as a receiver last season, McCloud logged a 49-472-2 receiving line.
Source: Tiger Net
Aug 21 - 12:33 PM

Clemson RB coach Tony Elliott said that sophomore RB Tavien Feaster is a "close No. 2" behind redshirt junior C.J. Fuller.

Feaster (5'11/210) entered preseason camp as Clemson's No. 3 running back, but it looks like the lightning-fast sophomore is ready to make his push toward trying to supplant Fuller as starter. He admitted that he is still working on his consistency in camp, saying, "I feel like I’m close, but then again some days I fall back a little bit. It just depends on the day. I’ve just got to be more consistent and be more prepared when my time comes."
Source: The State
Aug 18 - 3:08 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney again stated junior QB Kelly Bryant likely will be the starter in the season opener against Kent State.

Freshmen Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson are competing with Bryant for the starting gig, but time seems to be running out. We all know the massive shoes Bryant must fill for the departed Deshaun Watson. Clemson's offensive coaching is among the best in the nation, and it helps that the offensive line played at a very high-level last year.
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 10:40 AM

Clemson WR coach Larry Scott told reporters the team's philosophy of using fresh receivers to wear down opposing corners.

That might seem obvious on paper, but allow us to explain it a bit more. Most teams have their top three receivers and consistently trot them onto the field play after play. Clemson, however, will utilize backup receivers and ask them to solely run vertical routes on specific plays to fatigue the corner in man coverage. Then the team comes back with the receiver higher on the depth chart, who now faces a tired defensive back. It will be interesting to see how defenses respond.
Aug 17 - 10:14 AM

An NFL scout who spoke with Walter Football's Charlie Campbell said that Clemson redshirt junior LB Kendall Joseph is "[m]ore of Day 2 [to] early Day 3 [guy]."

The scout notes that Joseph (6'0/230) is a "good" player, but "not a complete guy" and has a tendency to try to run around blocks rather than engage them. He cast him in a similar light to Ohio State LB Jerome Baker, noting that the two players are "good, solid instinctive guys," but also that those kinds of player a "dime a dozen" in the NFL. This past season, Joseph recorded 106 tackles (11.5 TFL), 3.5 sacks and one interception while playing in all 15 of Clemson's games on the way to the National Championship.
Aug 12 - 12:32 PM

Clemson redshirt sophomore DE Clelin Ferrell suffered a concussion in practice earlier this week.

Ferrell has not been medically cleared to return to action as of yet. Playing as a true freshman this past season, the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder recorded 44 tackles (12.5 TFL) and six sacks over the course of 14 games. There is no current timetable for his return.
Aug 10 - 7:44 PM

Clemson freshman DE Logan Rudolph (shoulder) could miss the 2017 season.

Tigers HC Dabo Swinney indicated that Rudolph (6'2/230) will need to undergo surgery, but the timing of that surgery remains a question. "He probably could play," Swinney said. "If we end up making the decision to play him, he’ll probably miss spring. We don’t have to make that decision right now." Swinney would like to see how practice plays out over the coming weeks before making a determination on his playing status for the 2017 season. Rudolph, the younger brother of Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph, was a four-star recruit in the most recent recruiting class. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 197 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Aug 10 - 7:30 PM

Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence had a screw inserted into his toe during offseason surgery.

Lawrence (6'4/330) indicated that he initially injured his toe in the spring. He is still wearing a little brace on the foot-digit. The junior defensive tackle is expected to be a full-go for the start of the season and does not appear to have any limitations in camp. Lawrence is one name to watch for draft purposes, as he could potentially land as the No. 1 pick in the spring.
Aug 4 - 6:03 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says Clemson redshirt sophomore DE Clelin Ferrell "is taller, leaner and much better rushing the passer" than teammate Christian Wilkins.

Pauline thinks Wilkins is a top-15 value, and he rates Ferrell higher. "He overwhelms opponents with athleticism and a bit of power," Pauline wrote of Ferrell. "I like Ferrell’s upside and growth potential and feel he has the makings of a top-10 pick if the pieces fall into place." ESPN's Mel Kiper listed Ferrell No. 14 overall on his 2018 big board.
Jul 26 - 3:17 PM

Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins is "large, quick and relatively athletic" and "does a lot more than occupy gaps," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He explodes off the snap, manhandles blockers and makes plays in space," Pauline wrote. The analyst noted that Clemson played Wilkins out of position at defensive end in 2017, a development that "didn’t help Wilkins the NFL prospect," per Pauline," and "mirrored the woes of Malik McDowell at Michigan State." Wilkins is expected to move back inside to defensive tackle this year. "If he’s up to the challenge as I expect, then Wilkins will secure himself as a top-15 selection," Pauline wrote. Wilkins ran a 4.80 forty this spring at 6-foot-2 1/5 and 310 pounds.
Jul 26 - 2:21 PM

Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins clocked a 4.80 forty this spring at 6-foot-2 1/5 and 310 pounds.

Wilkins received All-American honors last season with 56 tackles and 13.5 TFL while making the All-ACC Academic Team and helping lead the Tigers to a national title. Be boasts a ridiculous 10-yard split of 1.62 seconds, which easily would have been tops among all 300-plus-pounders at this year’s NFL Combine. In addition, Wilkins bench presses 375 and does 31 reps of 225.
Source: SI
Jul 20 - 2:01 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney said that junior QB Kelly Bryant remains atop the depth chart.

Same old, same old. During ACC Media Days this week, Swinney reiterated his stance from early April -- that if the season started today, Bryant would be the starter. He will be fighting it out with redshirt freshman QB Zerrick Cooper and five-star true freshman QB Hunter Johnson in August camp.
Jul 18 - 6:39 PM

Clemson redshirt junior RB C.J. Fuller heads into August as the projected starter, according to ACCsports.com.

Fuller will have to fend off junior Adam Choice and hyped sophomore Tavien Feaster. Feaster is reportedly No. 3 on the depth chart right now, but the former top prospect is a very real threat to steal Fuller's projected job. "With his big-play ability, however, it could prove more and more difficult as the season wears on to keep Feaster off the field," Adam Powell wrote. Last year, playing behind Wayne Gallman, Fuller was one of three Clemson offensive players named Most Improved at the team banquet. He logged 211 rushing yards on 47 carries (4.5 yards per carry) over 172 snaps.
Source: ACC Sports
Jul 9 - 2:53 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren notes that Clemson five-star 2018 verbal DE commit Xavier Thomas "flashed his ability to dominate at The Opening."

VanHaaren believes that Thomas "should have a huge opportunity at least by Year 2 on campus to make an impact" and writes that the team is hoping that the 6-foot-3, 259-pounder will be able to make an immediate difference ala bluechip DT Dexter Lawrence, who exploded for 62 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a true freshman last season. ESPN ranks Thomas as the No. 1 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Jul 6 - 5:34 PM

Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence was clocked by the school with a 4.90 40-yard dash at 340 pounds.

The massive 6-foot-5 Lawrence's game is more predicated on power than speed, and that strength shows up emphatically in his testing numbers. He can do 31 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, squat 550, and power clean 350.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 5 - 4:58 PM


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