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Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley has dominated the college game this season with "remarkable speed, quickness and athleticism off the edge," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Beasley has collected six sacks, seven tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry in four games. "Beasley obliterated Florida State OT Cameron Erving with his explosive athleticism in a Sept. 20 game, and Beasley wore out young North Carolina OT John Ferranto with his speed, agility and burst on Saturday night," Brooks wrote. "Beasley finished the night with two sacks and he completely changed the way the Tar Heels' offensive coaches called the game due to his persistent pressure off the edge. North Carolina was forced to attack the Tigers with quick throws and bubble screens as Clemson's defense was able to dictate the pace of play and impose its will for most of the night." The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder still has work to do, however. "Now, I must point out that Beasley's skills against the run still need work," Brooks wrote. "He gets knocked off the ball by big, physical offensive tackles at the point of attack."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 30 - 7:56 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks included Clemson freshman QB Deshaun Watson as one of his draft "risers" on Monday.

After Deshaun Watson made his first start of the season on Saturday against North Carolina, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Watson made several throws "that will have NFL scouts salivating over his immense talent and potential." Brooks also said that, "Watson could be the premier quarterback prospect to watch over the next few seasons." Watson threw for 435 yards and six touchdowns against North Carolina. Coming out of high school, Tom Lemming had Watson ranked as the No. 3 player in the country.
Source: nfl.com
Sep 29 - 4:12 PM

Clemson freshman QB Deshaun Watson completed 27 of 36 attempts for 435 yards, six touchdowns and one interception in the school's 50-35 win over UNC.

It was Watson's first start of his career after playing in a two quarterback system to open the season. Watson is a legitimate talent, as he is a running and passing threat while displaying early flashes of poise. In fact, the freshman opened that game with a 74 yard touchdown pass.
Sep 28 - 9:21 AM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley's "performance was brilliant compared to a year ago" in Saturday's loss to Florida State, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Beasley, who was "handled all game by Seminoles left tackle Cameron Erving" in 2013, according to Pauline, held to two tackles and no sacks, bounced back with two sacks in the first half on Saturday. "The senior terrorized Florida State all night," Pauline wrote. "It was obvious Florida State focused on Beasley as two blockers were assigned to him most of the night. The end result was Beasley breaking through blocks to make plays or the creation of opportunities for teammates. Most impressive was his ability rushing the passer out of a three point stance as well as standing up over tackle. This time around Erving looked intimidated and confused through much of the game."
Sep 22 - 7:52 PM

Clemson OC Chad Morris insinuated that new freshman starting QB Deshaun Watson will not see snaps directly under center.

"Morris said Watson fumbled a snap under center in a short-yardage situation during last Thursday's practice. He's a shotgun guy," beat writer Roy Philpott tweeted. The question was raised after Clemson failed to convert a crucial fourth down play, choosing to run a slow developing play instead. "I didn't trust him," Morris said when asked about Watson potentially taking the ball directly from center in that situation.
Sep 22 - 11:48 AM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley won Saturday's matchup against Florida State senior LT Cameron Erving, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Erving was the superior player early in the game, but "Beasley's rare burst and underrated combination of hand play and upper body strength began to take over," Rang wrote. Beasley, who was held to two tackles and no sacks in this game last year, had two sacks in the first half on Saturday. "At 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Beasley is often characterized as just a pass rusher," Rang wrote. "As such, he's been projected by many, including NFLDraftScout.com, as a potential outside linebacker convert. Due to his size, Beasley is likely to be one of the more hotly debated prospects inside NFL scouting circles. Given today's pass-happy offenses, clubs are increasingly willing to trade explosiveness for size among pass rushers, as top 15 selections over the past four years of Von Miller (6-3, 250), Bruce Irvin (6-3, 248), Barkevious Mingo (6-4, 240) and Khalil Mack (6-3, 247) suggest."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 22 - 12:07 AM

Clemson true freshman QB Deshaun Watson will make his first career start against North Carolina on Saturday.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced the news on Sunday, belatedly conceding what had been clear for the past few weeks: The Tigers are far more dangerous with Watson at quarterback than Cole Stoudt. Watson came on in relief of Stoudt in Saturday's overtime loss to Florida State, completing 19-of-28 attempts for 266 yards, and rushing 12 times for 30 yards and a touchdown. Watson is 29-for-41 for 479 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions overall. He was graded as the No. 3 player in the nation by Tom Lemming coming out of high school.
Sep 21 - 8:37 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley's matchup this weekend against Florida State (and stud senior LT Cameron Erving) is key to his draft stock, writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

In last year's ugly loss to the Seminoles, Beasley had merely two tackles, zero sacks and no quarterback hits. "He has something to prove vs. the defending champs, and he'll face a tough test rushing off the edge against the Seminoles' offensive tackle tandem of Cameron Erving (left) and Bobby Hart (right)," Davis wrote. "Erving is considered one of the top left tackle prospects in college football, and Hart is a very solid player in his own right (All-ACC honorable mention last season). Beasley said recently that he thinks he's a better player than 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. We love the confidence, but Beasley needs to show he's a better player than the Clowney of 2012 (13 sacks), not '13 (three sacks)." In his last two games, Beasley has only six tackles, including three for a loss.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 5:42 PM

Based just on his measureables, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Clemson senior DT Grady Jarrett "looks like a fringe draftable player, but flip on the tape and he is routinely disrupting the pocket and giving the offense fits."

Brugler notes that, Jarrett "does an excellent job using his low pad level to leverage blockers and aggressive hands to latch, rip and shed blocks." The 6-foot-1, 295 pound Jarrett has great ball awareness and the ability to sniff out screens and closing burst to get to the ballcarrier. If Jarret wants to impress evaluators he'll have an opportunity to go against NFL bound seniors LG Josue Matias and RG Tre Jackson.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 2:49 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley vs. FSU senior LT Cameron Erving "will once again be one of the keys of this year's Clemson vs. FSU matchup, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Against the Seminoles last season, he was shut down with only two tackles as senior LT Cameron Erving (6-5 | 304 | 5.16 | #75) and the Florida State offensive line kept him out of the backfield. Beasley vs. Erving will once again be one of the keys of this year's matchup," Brugler wrote. In the last two games, Beasley has only six tackles, with three for a loss for a combined minus-24 yards. While Brugler notes that Beasley's "lack of size and strength are question marks for his transition to the NFL," he believes that Tigers prospect's first step burst and explosive pursuit are excellent."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 2:17 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley believes he is better than Jadeveon Clowney.

"I feel like I’m the better player," Beasley said. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley acknowledged Clowney's size advantage at 6-foot-5, 266 pounds. The senior has collected 23 sacks the last three years, which means he'll likely top Clowney’s career total of 24 career sacks over the next few months, though he'll obviously have needed more games to do it. "I feel like I’ve got the best first step in college football," Beasley said.
Sep 15 - 9:42 PM

An NFC scout compares Clemson senior DT Grady Jarrett to Aaron Donald with less pass-rushing ability.

The evaluator called Jarrett an "intriguing defensive tackle," probably using the word "intriguing" because the 6-foot-1, 295-pound Jarrett, like Donald, breaks the mold the NFL has established for defensive tackles. "Grady Jarrett is undersized but he's very disruptive and has a big motor," the scout said. "He reminds me a little of (former Pitt DT) Aaron Donald but he's not as dynamic of a pass rusher." Donald was drafted No. 13 overall by the Rams in May. Jarrett is the son of former Falcons' All-Pro LB Jessie Tuggle, and Ray Lewis has been a mentor since the prospect was 5.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 5:13 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney announced that Clemson freshman WR Kyrin Priester has been dismissed from the program, according to Post and Courier's Aaron Brenner.

"Kyrin Priester has been dismissed from the team for an attitude that is not acceptable to our standards," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said at Wednesday's practice. The Clemson prospect was the No. 3 rated prep school player and No. 1 wide receiver in the nation by 247Sports.com, and the No. 170 player and No. 20 wide receiver in the nation and No. 19 player in Georgia by ESPN.com. As a senior at Brookwood High School, he had 56 receptions for 1,116 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Sep 4 - 8:51 AM

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


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