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Clemson CB Mark Fields accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

It's the third even Fields has accepted an invite to, but obviously he will only be playing in two of them. The senior CB has reportedly impressed in practices at the Shrine Game, and as we so often see, that's lead to an invite to the most prestigious -- and heavily scouted -- game in this circuit. He's currently projected as a Day 3 selection.
Jan 18 - 3:11 PM

Clemson sophomore QB Trevor Lawrence was named the winner of the Archie Griffin Award.

Unlike the bulk of awards handed out for the 2018 campaign, the Archie Griffin (essentially the CFB season's MVP) is not bestowed until after the conclusion of the bowl slate. Thus how Trevor Lawrence -- who was never seriously in conversation with Tua Tagovailoa or Kyler Murray for the Heisman as the fall wound down -- can come away victorious for the honor. He dazzled the CFB world with his 347-yard, three-touchdown torching of Alabama in the National Championship Game earlier this month and is going to enter the 2019 season as a short-list favorite for the Heisman.
Jan 15 - 3:49 PM

Bet Online currently installs Clemson sophomore QB Trevor Lawrence as the favorite to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy.

Lawrence currently has 3/1 odds to win the award, with Alabama signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa just behind at 4/1. It's also interesting to see that Jalen Hurts -- Tagovailoa's backup who is currently likely to transfer -- is third at 9/1. Lawrence was very impressive in his first year as the starter, and considering Clemson returns essentially everything on offense, he should be even better in 2019.
Jan 15 - 1:12 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney was named the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year.

Swinney scooping up another coach of the year honor, here. Earlier this winter, he was named ACC Coach of the Year. He takes home the Bear Bryant after toppling Alabama in Monday's National Championship Game. This is his third time winning the award -- with all three of those awards coming his way in the last four years. Swinney and Washington's Chris Petersen are the only coaches to have been honored with the Bear Bryant more than one time. Said Swinney, "To have your name associated with this trophy and Coach Bryant is an honor."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 11:14 AM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren believes that Clemson four-star 2019 DT Tyler Davis is the most important recruit in the class.

This certainly makes sense on paper. Davis was considered one of the best defensive tackles -- and defensive lineman, period -- in the class, and Clemson is losing a boatload of talent on the defensive line. ESPN ranked him the ninth best defensive tackle in the class, and if he plays to that potential, there's a real chance he's immediately part of the rotation in 2019.
Source: ESPN
Jan 9 - 5:52 PM

Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Very little -- if any -- surprise here. Lawrence (6'4/350) is considered one of the best run-stoppers in this class, and is very likely going to be one of the first 32 picks taken this year. His year ended on a disappointing note with a suspension for testing positive ostarine which caused him to miss both of the playoff games. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller grades him as the 20th best player in this class, and assuming he tests well/can give a decent answer for the suspension, he'll be gone by the end of Day 1.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 9 - 4:41 PM

Clemson junior LB Tre Lamar declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Lamar (6'3/240) joins teammate Trayvon Mullen in declaring on Wednesday. Both will almost certainly be off the board by the end of Day 2 come April's draft, with Mullen generally seen as more likely to land in Round 1. This past season, Lamar logged a career-best 79 tackles to go with three sacks and an interception. He possesses a solid skill-set on the whole, though The Draft Network's Joe Marino noted in his September scouting profile that Lamar lacks some of the athletic upside and versatility -- lateral agility and range being demerits on his profile -- that would help him to fit snugly into the modern NFL game.
Jan 9 - 3:45 PM

American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry passed along that in a large Wednesday meeting of FBS coaches, it was agreed that the current targeting rule should be changed.

The AFCA convention in San Antonio is wrapping up on Wednesday. One of the more notable agreements reached was in regards to targeting, with coaches angling for a "Targeting 1" and "Targeting 2" type of designation -- essentially the same idea as the flagrant foul rule in the NBA. Targeting 1 would be the more mild penalty, for innocuous or unintentional (but still illegal) contact. It would result in a 15-yard penalty, but no ejection. Targeting 2 would be the more serious penalty. As it's being discussed, it could lead not only to ejections but also full-game suspensions -- and perhaps even longer than that for repeat offenders. All of this is logical enough and would hopefully go a ways toward helping clean up the game not only in terms of dangerous contact, but also in terms of providing a level of nuance that would prevent game-swinging ejections on plays which were either unintentional or unavoidable due to the physics of bodies in motion.
Jan 9 - 3:12 PM

Clemson junior CB Trayvon Mullen declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Mullen (6'1/195) spent a day reveling in glow of Clemson's transcendent, title-securing blowout of Alabama, but it's down to business, now. The junior corner registered 36 tackles (4.0 for loss), two sacks and an interception in 13 games played during the just-completed campaign. You'll most certainly remember that interception if you tuned into Monday's contest -- it came on a Tua Tagovailoa deep throw to nowhere which Mullen easily got his hands on. He picked off three passes a year ago. As for his draft profile, the corner has first-round upside, with The Draft Network's Joe Marino referring to him as "an intriguing prospect with appealing physical traits that are useful in today’s NFL." Those traits include length, physicality and a keen football mind.
Jan 9 - 2:27 PM

Pro Football Focus gave Clemson freshman WR Justyn Ross the highest grade of any player for his performance on Monday in the National Championship Game.

Ross caught six passes for 153 yards with a touchdown, and for his trouble, he was given a grade of 89.4. The potential for Ross to become a top-notch wideout was obvious; he's a 6-foot-4, 210-pound wideout with the ability to make the spectacular look routine and plenty of speed. To say that he's exceeded expectations early on, however, is quite the understatement. The potential is here for Ross to become a first-round pick someday, maybe even the top wideout in the class of 2021.
Jan 8 - 7:30 PM

President Trump invited Clemson to the White House.

Trump congratulated Clemson on Twitter and wrote that he "[l]ook[s] forward to seeing the team, and their brilliant coach, for the second time at the W.H.." The Tigers earlier visited the White House following their 2016 title garnered against constant frenemy Alabama. While other sports victors have caused stirs with their approaches to Trump's post-title invitations, college football as a whole has by and large played nice with the administration.
Jan 8 - 12:38 PM

In the final release of the Associated Press Top-25 poll, Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma occupied the first four spots.

No surprise on our two title combatants leading the way, but OSU's placement -- following a Rose Bowl in which they nearly blew a giant lead -- is a bit of a head-scratcher, with the Buckeyes landing above Playoff squads Oklahoma and Notre Dame (No.5). Rounding out the top-10 beyond the Irish, in sequential order: LSU, Georgia/Florida (tied at No. 7), Texas and Washington State. And with that, the AP poll will now fade back into the mist until the summer.
Jan 8 - 11:35 AM

Clemson freshman WR Justyn Ross caught six passes for 153 yards and a score in a 44-16 thrashing of Alabama on Monday in the National Championship Game.

Combine these numbers with the six catches for the 148 yards and two scores Ross put up against Notre Dame, and you get a 300-yard playoff effort from the star freshman in two games. Ross's touchdown showed off his speed and strength -- he gave a hard hit to Saivion Smith that knocked him out of the game -- that went for 74 yards and ended any doubt about who would win this game. Ross (6'4/210) looks like a star, and performed like it in these playoffs. We're excited to see what he does in his sophomore season.
Jan 7 - 11:54 PM

Clemson sophomore RB Travis Etienne ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in a 44-16 victory over Alabama on Monday in the National Championship Game.

Etienne did exit for a moment with an ankle injury, but he was able to come back and finish the game. A sensational end to the year by one of the most underrated players in college football. He ran for 24 touchdowns on the year, and the receiving touchdown -- a perfect shovel pass from Trevor Lawrence -- gave him his second as a receiver. Etienne (5'10/200) will be among the top tailbacks to watch for the 2019 draft, and is a sleeper Heisman contender, as well.
Jan 7 - 11:51 PM

Clemson freshman QB Trevor Lawrence completed 20-of-32 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-16 victory over Alabama on Monday in the National Championship Game.

It was 16-14 Alabama at one point. From that point on, Clemson absolutely dominated to become the first ever 15-0 team. Lawrence (6'6/215) started off a bit shaky, but to say that he finished strong is an understatement. He consistently burned the Alabama defense on a variety of different throws, and the Tigers gave the freshman quarterback plenty of time to throw. This is one of the best freshman quarterbacks we've ever seen, and it's scary to think that he's going to get better. Look for him to be a Heisman contender in 2019.
Jan 7 - 11:45 PM


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