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Clemson senior edge rusher Corey Crawford will miss the school's season opener against Georgia due to suspension.

The suspension was handed down in March, but this is just a helpful reminder. Also sitting out the game are offensive lineman David Beasley and backup cornerback Garry Peters for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Crawford and Vic Beasley make up one of the top edge rushing tandems in the country.
Aug 27 - 3:28 PM

CBS Sports's Rob Rang believes Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley will be helped by the NFL's new paradigm of sacrificing size for speed on the outside.

Rang ranks Beasley as the No. 9 overall preseason prospect. "With pressure on the quarterback priority No. 1 on defense, teams are more willing than ever to trade size for speed off the edge," Rang wrote. "Like recent 'undersized' but first round rushers Von Miller, Bruce Irvin, Barkevious Mingo and Dee Ford, Beasley boasts a lightning-quick first-step and the agility to stalk mobile quarterbacks." The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder, who had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013, plans to drop into coverage more often in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 9:29 PM

Clemson RB Zac Brooks will miss the 2014 season due to a broken foot.

Brooks will reportedly redshirt the season and have two more years of eligibility. He is one of the team's primary backups at running back and offers more power than other ball carriers on the roster. It is a position of depth for the Tigers. Brooks rushed for and two touchdowns 246 yards on 48 carries last year.
Aug 20 - 3:27 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says many were surprised when he didn't rate Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley as the ACC's best prospect.

"I like Beasley as a player but have my concerns as where he’ll fit at the next level; is he a 3-4 outside linebacker? One-gap defensive end? The history of smallish defensive ends who received huge grades from scouts, as Beasley did in spring meetings, is not good," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder, who had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013, plans to drop into coverage more often in 2014. "The other day during a twitter conversation I mentioned the names Quentin Moses and Quentin Groves from the past, similar players who were ranked by some scouting services prior to their senior seasons as the top prospects in the nation," Pauline wrote. "That doesn’t pigeon hole Beasley as all prospects should be graded individually but I think he’s as scheme-specific prospect that may not appeal to every team. On film Beasley shows great pass rush skill and the ability to easily change direction then catch ball handlers in backside pursuit."
Aug 17 - 1:54 PM

NFL.com grades Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley as the 14th-best player in college football.

"Exceptional pass rusher with cat-like quickness and burst off the edge," said Bucky Brooks. Beasley received three top-10 votes from the panel. "Stand next to him, and you'd think you're next to a mild-mannered college student. But watch him on the field. He's an explosive pass rusher who is a heck of a lot stronger than he looks, and he's not bad against the run, either," said Mike Huguenin. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder plans to drop into coverage more often in 2014. He returned for his senior year after receiving a 2nd-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Beasley had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013. "Preseason defensive POY in the ACC," Charles Davis said.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 13 - 3:43 PM

Clemson redshirt freshman CB Mackensie Alexander is ESPN's No. 4 breakout candidate this fall.

"When he's healthy, he's as good as we've had in a long, long time," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "When I saw the [Kendall] Fuller kid play last year at Virginia Tech, I said 'That's a star, right there.' That's how I feel about [Alexander]." A preseason groin injury ended Alexander's freshman year before it started last year. The No. 4 overall recruit in 2013 joins a furious defense led by Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett. "He had this hunger this spring that came out of that," Swinney said. "I think he appreciates the opportunity, and I don't know if he would have felt that way. When you combine that with his talent, you have something special."
Aug 9 - 7:44 PM

Clemson redshirt junior WR Charone Peake underwent minor knee surgery Friday and is expected to be ready for the opener.

"Charone was having a great summer, but tweaked a knee on Wednesday making a reception," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "The surgery was successful and his ACL is fine. He will probably miss the first week of practice and then we will go from there. We expect him to play against Georgia in the season opener." Peake, who was competing for a starting WR gig, was lost for the season in Week 2 last year with a torn ACL. The NCAA granted him a medical hardship waiver over the winter.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 11:26 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley spent the offseason preparing for the NFL and plans to drop into coverage more often in 2014.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder said Sunday at the ACC Kickoff media event he would like to play at 240 this fall. "Any size I put on will be beneficial," he said. When asked what he had worked on the most this offseason, Beasley said "dropping back into coverage." He'll transition to 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Beasley could "thrive in a Von Miller-like role" in the NFL, adding that Beasley is a more natural pass rusher than former top 10 picks Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo. The Clemson prospect returned for his senior year after receiving a 2nd-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Beasley had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 11:30 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Bealsey is a more natural pass rusher than former top 10 picks Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo.

Brooks adds Beasley shows better instincts than the other two previously mentioned. "Every NFL evaluator would love to find a finished product, but the best decision makers are capable of identifying the developmental potential of dynamic athletes and forecasting their impact as disruptive players," Brooks writes. "Beasley is an intriguing developmental prospect with immense talent and potential."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 8 - 1:00 PM

Clemson senior SS Robert Smith "displays good instincts both in coverage and as a run defender," writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Smith is not an elite athlete, running just a 4.64 forty. If he is to latch on in the NFL, he'll do so through his technique, smarts and competitiveness. "[Smith] plays with impressive toughness for his size, with sound tackling fundamentals," wrote Stephens. "He'll need to make more plays on the ball as a senior though if he's to draw draft interest."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 2:24 PM

Clemson senior OLB Tony Steward will be given his first chance this season to show NFL scouts how he can handle every-down duties.

The athletic linebacker shredded his ACL in 2011, which stalled his career a bit. He's always been a special teams stud, but hasn't been given the opportunity to star on defense until now. " Fluid in space and a fearless tackler, Steward is gifted enough to transition his game to the next level if he's able to stay on the field," wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 12:54 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Clemson senior OG Kalon Davis is a liability in pass protection.

Stephens accurately described the 6-foot-5, 340-pound Davis as "massive," "powerful" and "heavy-footed." Davis is expected to play every down as a senior. "Davis can really dominate when he latches on, and is at his best when asked to open holes in the middle of the line for the run game," Stephens wrote. "Is a liability in pass protection though, lacking foot quickness to slide and mirror, but has put some time into getting better in this area and could land on scouts' radar if he can show improvement here."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 12:40 PM

Clemson senior QB Cole Stoudt doesn't have great arm strength, but "NFL teams will take accuracy and decision making over raw arm strength any day of the week," wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

It's Stoudt's time to shine after spending the past three seasons as Tajh Boyd's backup. "Stoudt possesses impressive athleticism for his size with room to add more poundage, and has displayed incredible accuracy with the opportunities he's been given, completing 86 of 119 passes (72.3 completion percentage) with 8 TDs against only one interception," Stephens wrote of the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder. Stoudt is also a threat to escape the pocket and tuck the ball. "What is most impressive about Stoudt though, considering his limited opportunities, is the poise and patience he has displayed, as he's rarely seen panicking, bailing early or forcing throws, opting instead to move through his progressions and take what is available," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 2:07 AM

Clemson senior DE Corey Crawford must be more consistent to become an early-round candidate, wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Crawford posted 52 tackles -- 10.5 for loss -- and three sacks across from Vic Beasley last year. "At 6'5 and boasting an enormous wingspan, Crawford's length allows him to make up for a somewhat pedestrian first step, as he's able to keep blockers out of his frame and disengage seemingly at will at times," wrote Stephens. "He anticipates the run very well, has good backfield vision and extends to wrap up his target routinely. Despite appearing a bit lean, Crawford generates good drive power off the snap and possesses bend-ability that enables him to establish leverage off the line and set the edge deep, often times forcing a redirect or adjustment from the runner." Crawford isn't a "natural quick-twitch athlete," won't win with speed, and plays a little upright, so he has plenty of room for improvement. He's suspended for the opener against Georgia.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 1:50 AM

Clemson senior DT Grady Jarrett could be "a day one consideration for NFL teams," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

"Look for Jarrett to be a day one consideration for NFL teams, if he can pick up where he left off last year and continue to improve as a rusher in his senior season," Stephens wrote. Last season for the Tigers, Jarrett had 83 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and two sacks as a junior. His strong performance in 2013 earned him All-ACC Honorable Mention honors. The 6-foot-1, 295 pound Jarrett has the perfect run-stuffer build, high-motor and athleticism to be a rush-threat on the inside.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 3 - 8:46 AM


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