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The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich relays that the Reese's Senior Bowl has yet to hear from Clemson QB Deshaun Watson as to whether he will attend the event.

The Senior Bowl extended an invitation to Watson earlier this winter. Still waiting to hear from the star quarterback, though. Should he attend, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound NFL-er to be could well be playing for his future coaches. Watson would be playing on the sideline coached by the Browns' staff. Cleveland holds the No. 1 overall pick -- Watson is unlikely to rise that high, though he could -- and the No. 12 overall pick (which they received as part of their trade with the Eagles last draft). The Senior Bowl will be played on January 28.
Jan 16 - 4:20 PM

Clemson DT Carlos Watkins accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Watkins led the Tigers with 10.5 sacks in 2016 as a 300-pounder. Due to the presence of frosh DT Dexter Lawrence, Watkins (6-foot-3, 305 pounds) often lined up outside this fall. In the NFL, he'll likely return to DT. In addition to his 10.5 sacks, Watkins totaled 50 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss to earn first-team All-ACC honors for the second time.
Jan 16 - 3:59 PM

Clemson WR Artavis Scott accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder is a pure slot, challenged in size and strength but possessing quick feet and an aptitude for running sure routes. He had 76 receptions, 614 receiving yards and five touchdowns this past season. Scott projects as a mid-rounder who can also help on special teams. Scott is the first ever third-year junior to participate in the event. He graduated a year early.
Jan 16 - 2:25 PM

Clemson sophomore offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen will transfer.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder took over as the starting right tackle in spring ball. That's where he started the first eight games of the season. Things went south from there, however. Fruhmorgen missed the FSU game after suffering a shoulder injury. A few weeks later, Fruhmorgen left the team to deal with what head coach Dabo Swinney called personal issues. He was, per 247Sports, the No. 73 overall recruit in the nation coming out of the prep ranks.
Source: Tiger Net
Jan 13 - 3:52 PM

Clemson junior RB Tyshon Dye will transfer.

An afterthought behind Wayne Gallman this year, Dye finished with 21 attempts for 109 yards and a touchdown. His Tigers career ends with 76 rushes for 351 yards and five touchdowns. Dye was ESPN's No. 123 player in the nation coming out of high school.
Source: Tiger Net
Jan 13 - 1:28 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter spoke to two NFL personnel directors and one GM who said Clemson QB Deshaun Watson will be drafted in the top half of the first round.

One source was "supremely" confident in a top 10 selection, another said top-five and one even said No. 1 overall is possible after citing Hue Jackson as head coach. "Would I take him there? No, I would not," one of Schefter's sources said, adding that the process for prospects is like stocks, and Watson's will rise in the coming months. We would not be surprised if Watson is a top 10 pick or outside of the first-round.
Source: ESPN
Jan 13 - 10:06 AM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has not communicated with a team who bestowed a first round grade on Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

It is important to note how early we are in the process. Right now, prospects have been given a talent grade from area scouts with perhaps a cross check grade from another scout. Personnel executive grades along with evaluations from assistant coaches arrive later in the process. Deshaun Watson has not announced his intention to play or skip the Senior Bowl.
Jan 13 - 9:01 AM

The American Football Coaches Association is in favor of implementing a December signing day.

AFCA executive director Todd Berry said that FBS coaches are "unanimously in favor of a mid-December signing period." This isn't a foreign idea, as it is already being implemented by degrees with midyear JUCO recruits. Berry tossed out the possibility of a signing day on the third Wednesday in December. One idea that hasn't gained traction is a June signing day, which according to Berry has not drawn any support from FBS coaches whatsoever. "I’m OK with the idea of December one," said Clemson HC Dabo Swinney, "but I have no clue how we got to the idea of a June signing period. I’m against what’s on the table. I’m totally against that. It just makes absolutely no sense at all."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 12 - 4:34 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson was named the winner of the 2016 Manning Award.

Watson also won the Manning in 2015, making him the award's first back-to-back victor. Unlike the bulk of awards handed out at the end of the regular season, the Manning also takes into account what a player does in the postseason. In his two Playoff wins over Ohio State and Alabama, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound NFLer-to-be compiled 779 total yards and seven total touchdowns. In a statement, Archie Manning said, "When the Allstate Sugar Bowl created the Manning Award in 2004, one of the key components was to recognize achievements throughout the entire year, including bowls, and now the playoff. This year is a prime example of why we do that."
Source: USA Today
Jan 12 - 4:16 PM

Clemson junior WR Artavis Scott declared for the NFL Draft.

Scott had 76 receptions for 614 receiving yards and five touchdown catches for the national champs. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder is a projected mid-round pick. He leaves school as Clemson's all-time leading receiver. Scott joins quarterback Deshaun Watson, running back Wayne Gallman and receiver Mike Williams in declaring for the Draft early.
Source: ESPN
Jan 11 - 4:41 PM

Clemson senior WR Mike Williams confirmed that he'll make himself available for the NFL Draft.

Williams was a true senior, but he could have applied for a medical redshirt after missing almost the entirety of the 2015 campaign with a neck injury. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder could be headed for a top-10 slot in the spring, but he'll have to run well to get there. He's been projected at a 4.50 forty. Williams has a big, muscular frame and a physical game to go with it. He shows outstanding body control on the move and regularly wins in contested situations by outleaping DBs and high-pointing the ball in traffic. His game translates smoothly to the NFL.
Jan 11 - 2:42 PM

Clemson ILB Ben Boulware accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Boulware fits all of the stereotypes: heart of the defense, hard worker and awareness with anticipation on the field. You saw this in action in the National Championship, when Boulware sniffed out a play to the left side, alerting his teammates and forcing a tackle for loss.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 11 - 10:56 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks does not believe that Clemson QB Deshaun Watson's performance in the National Championship Game will have a major impact on his draft stock.

"In the end, I'm not sure how much Watson's championship-game performance will alter his draft stock based on how much weight evaluators place on the "toolbox" (size, arm talent, mechanics and footwork) during the run up to the draft," Brooks writes. He also notes that "show ponies" (his lovely phrase, we can't take credit for it) such as DeShone Kizer and Mitch Trubisky could rank ahead of Watson on some boards due to the former pairs' more overtly palatable profiles. Not all is lost for Watson, though, as Brooks notes that "coaches looking for a proven winner will covet his intangibles as a clutch performer." Watson is fresh off his second career shredding of Alabama, roasting them for 463 total yards and four total touchdowns in Clemson's National Championship Game victory on Monday. In his first mock of the new calendar year, Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris slotted Watson in at the 10th pick, currently owned by the Buffalo Bills.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 10 - 5:10 PM

William Hill sportsbook director of trading called Clemson's win over Alabama in the National Championship Game "as bad as a result as humanly possible."

More money was bet on the National Championship Game at William Hill than on any other college football game in the book's history. Most of that money came in on Clemson, who entered as a six-point underdog and went on to pull off the outright upset. William Hill wasn't alone in getting smashed by Clemson bets, as MGM has characterized their losses as landing in the "high six figures." Bill Sattler of Caesars Entertainment called the Tigers' win "the worst loss [for the book] in any college football game [he] can remember."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 4:13 PM

The Post & Courier's Aaron Brenner crunched the numbers and passed along that Clemson HC Dabo Swinney made an estimated $1.4 million in bonuses along the way to helping the Tigers win the championship.

Dabo could host quite the pizza party with that kind of pocket change. In total, Brenner notes, Swinney earned approximately $6.325 million for the 2016 campaign. Monday's title win was Clemson's first since 1981.
Jan 10 - 2:54 PM


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