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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

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang ranked Clemson senior TE Jordan Leggett as the No. 6 senior prospect for the 2017 draft.

"Leggett may not be quite as athletic as his Alabama counterpart [O.J. Howard, whom Rang ranks as his No. 5 senior], but he's more consistent and offers an intriguing blend of size (6-4, 255 pounds), athleticism and strength," the analyst wrote. During his freshman and sophomore campaigns, Leggett failed to log more than 200 yards receiving and combined to catch just three touchdowns. He found considerably more offensive fortune last season, catching 40 passes for 525 yards and eight touchdowns. Back in December, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that NFL offensive coordinators would "fall in love" with Leggett.
Source: CBS Sports
May 18 - 2:21 PM

Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson indicated that he has spent this offseason watching film and focusing on minute details.

"Put your eye placement in the right direction or your feet in the right direction or your hand placement," Watson said. "Just little, tiny things I've got to focus on to make sure we correct this year." The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is considered by many to be top pro quarterback prospect in the 2017 class, but Watson still sees room for improvement. "I'm not great just yet," he said. "There's a lot more of the game and the techniques and fundamentals and mechanics that I have to improve on, so I'm working to be great one day." A sign of his immense talent -- during Clemson's spring game, Watson played for both teams in order to level the playing field.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 12:27 PM

Clemson redshirt sophomore LB Kendall Joseph recorded seven tackles for the Orange team during the program's spring game.

Joseph underwent knee surgery last August and accumulated little statistical production in 2015, but the 6-foot, 230-pounder looks primed for a sharp 2016 campaign if he can stay on the field, particularly with B.J. Goodson heading to the Giants in the fourth round of April's draft. ESPN rated Joseph as the No. 18 inside linebacker recruit for the 2014 cycle.
May 15 - 7:49 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson is "hands down the most dangerous [quarterback] of a weak crop."

Among the other potential quarterbacks for the 2017 draft, Miami's Brad Kaaya, Tennessee's Josh Dobbs and Ole Miss' Chad Kelly. Farrell likes Watson more than that whole lot, which shouldn't come as a huge surprise. Colleague Adam Gorney also touched on the 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior, writing, "There is some discussion about Miami's Brad Kaaya being the first quarterback taken because of his pro-style pedigree, but Watson is better." ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. offered a strong piece of hypothetical speculation earlier this month, writing that had Watson been eligible and declared for the 2016 draft, he would have had a shot at being selected by the Rams at No. 1.
Source: Rivals
May 13 - 7:43 PM

Clemson moved sophomore DT Christian Wilkins to defensive end.

Remember the 315-pound monster who punked Oklahoma for a 31-yard fake punt down the sideline in the College Football Playoff semifinal? Yeah, that's the Christian Wilkins the Tigers are moving outside, the five-star freak who will help replace Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd this fall. "Seeing him mentally being able to (play end). ... (Coach Dan) Brooks was a little worried coming into the spring because he knew we were going to challenge him in that regard," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. Wilkins posted 33 tackles, 4.5 TFL and two sacks as a rotational DT last season as a true frosh. Because the Tigers have good depth returning inside, they're banking on Wilkins' athleticism being able to turn him into a jumbo havoc-wreaker on the exterior. "There is a lot to learn, but he has done a really good job," Tigers DC Brent Venables said.
May 13 - 6:35 PM

Clemson sources told ESPN's Travis Haney that redshirt freshman DE Clelin Ferrell "had a head-turning spring."

The former four-star recruit had to redshirt last season because he arrived on campus needing to pack all kinds of meat onto his lanky bones. He's not all the way there yet, but once he is, Ferrell could be a monster. Haney wrote that Clemson coaches "are not anticipating much pass-rush dropoff" from Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd because they're so high on Ferrell and sophomore Austin Bryant. Typically we'd dismiss that kind of statement as hyperbole, but Clemson has taken to developing NFL defensive ends as though it were no chore at all.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 10:32 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson noted that Clemson sophomore DT Christian Wilkins "has proved he can do just about anything."

Adelson specifically pointed to his impressive catch on a fake punt against Oklahoma in the CFB Playoff as a mark of his pure athleticism. "Now this spring," she wrote, "he has played tackle and defensive end, proving his versatility once again." The Worldwide Leader writer tabbed him as the Tigers' most versatile player overall, which is saying something given that quarterback Deshaun Watson also resides on the roster.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 4:02 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranked Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson as the best player in college football.

"Watson has the mobility, arm strength and calm demeanor you want from a quarterback," he wrote. "I'm most interested to see if he shows the ability to keep his eyes downfield while moving within the pocket (or rolling outside the pocket), instead of taking off after one read." The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Watson threw for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns and ran for 1,105 yards and 12 scores in leading the Tigers to the Championship Game against Alabama last year.
Source: NFL.com
May 11 - 7:29 PM

Had Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson been eligible for the 2016 NFL Draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper believes he would have "challenged Jared Goff to be the first quarterback taken."

Kiper ranked Watson No. 4 overall on his first 2017 Big Board. "Sure, he's a gifted mover (1,105 rushing yards in 2015), but Watson is a very good passer; he can drive it down the field and displays consistent accuracy and touch," he wrote. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Watson No. 1 overall in his first 2017 mock draft exercise.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 5:01 PM

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said suspended sophomore WR Deon Cain "has served his time" and will be cleared to return for fall camp.

Cain failed a drug test just prior to the Orange Bowl semifinal against Oklahoma. He was suspended for the remainder of the season (which included the title game against Alabama) as well as spring practices. Deshaun Watson is excited to see him return, along with No. 1 WR Mike Williams. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Cain posted 34 receptions for 582 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman last year.
May 10 - 3:16 PM


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