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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein recently spoke with one NFL "personnel man" who questioned Clemson junior WR Mike Williams' downfield speed.

As Zierlein writes, Williams caught 26 percent of his passes 25-plus yards downfield last season despite those concerns. Williams really shines on the outside with slants, vertical routes and then working comebacks off of that downfield pressure. We would question Williams' after catch ability before questioning his vertical speed, if the goal was to find flaws in Williams' game.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 1:47 PM

Clemson lost 15 contributing defensive players from the 2015 season, totaling 6,056 snaps of game action.

This attempts to put Clemson's defensive losses in perspective. The Tigers lost a number of high profile players to the NFL, like Vic Beasley, Stephone Anthony, Grady Jarrett and Garry Peters. Clemson has consistently recruited well, but the team's identity will shift from defense to offense.
Aug 26 - 10:44 AM

Starting Clemson senior DT D.J. Reader has decided to step away from football for personal reasons.

The separation, which was Reader's decision, will last "a while." Reader started four games over the last two seasons but just once in 2014. Clemson has lost a number of players during the offseason, including their starting left tackle and their placekicker for three games. We love the team's offensive skill players, but Clemson is no lock to be a top two team in the ACC.
Aug 25 - 3:09 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney said redshirt senior WR Charone Peake was "as talented as any player we've had at Clemson."

Swinney has coached Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins, so that's quite the compliment. "I know how that sounds because of all the guys we've had, but I really and truly believe that," he said. "He's the healthiest he's ever been. He's faster than any receiver that we've had. This kid's got special talent. If there's a guy that's the so-called 'breakout' player, he'll take it to another level." Peake's last two seasons have been wiped out by knee injuries.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 8:51 PM

The National Football Post's Eric Saltzman notes that Clemson junior WR Mike Williams "does not have great foot quickness, which hurts his route running ability, and limits his effectiveness with the ball in his hands after the catch."

"Williams looks to be the next Tiger receiver to make a splash in the NFL," Saltzman wrote. "Like other Tiger receivers succeeding in the NFL, Williams has deep speed and gets to his top speed really quickly." The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Williams posted 57 receptions for a team-high 1,030 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. We're big fans. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris ranks Williams as the ACC's best wideout.
Aug 24 - 6:11 PM

Clemson redshirt senior K Ammon Lakip has been suspended for three games due to a June arrest.

Lakip was initially suspended indefinitely following his June 6 arrest for DUI and suspected possession of cocaine, but the team's nailed down a three-game suspension for the senior. Redshirt freshman Greg Huegel will likely take over placekicking duties until Lakip is eligible to return. The earliest he could come back would be the team's October 3 game against Notre Dame.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 9:25 PM

Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson "[makes] excellent deep throws," noted NFL.com Media analyst Chad Reuter.

It's easy to salivate over Watson's potential, given what he did while healthy last season. In 2014, he compiled 1,466 passing yards and 14 passing touchdown while completing an impressive 67.9% of his passes. As Reuter pointed out, that yardage came on just 93 completions. The biggest hurdle between Watson and potential supernova stardom is injury. He missed three games with a broken finger last season, then returned and promptly tore his ACL. He'll wear a knee brace in 2015 in an attempt to protect the leg.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 13 - 8:36 PM

NFL.com Media analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Clemson sophomore WR Artavis Scott was a "multi-dimensional chess piece."

As a true freshman, Scott led his team with 76 receptions while picking up 965 yards and scoring eight touchdowns. A 1,000-yard season almost seems like a given in 2015 if the 5-foot-10, 190-pound receiver can stay healthy. Reuter praised Scott's "excellent hands, short-area quickness and tenacious running" and went on to write that his versatility "drives defenses crazy." Rotoworld's Josh Norris is also high on the receiver, ranking him as the ACC's top draft-eligible wideout over the summer.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 13 - 7:28 PM

Clemson junior CB Korrin Wiggins suffered a torn ACL during scrimmage on Wednesday.

Wiggins suffered the ACL tear while attempting to recover a fumble during a situational scrimmage. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior started six games last season--only four players on the defensive side of the ball started six or more games for the Tigers last season. Over the last two years, he's recorded 54 tackles, four tackles for loss and four interceptions. The ACL tear will keep him out for the whole of the 2015 campaign.
Aug 12 - 9:42 PM

Clemson redshirt sophomore CB Mackensie Alexander said that he was the best cornerback in the nation and that it "wasn't even close."

Alexander's certainly not lacking for confidence as the start of the season approaches. Said the 5-foot-11, 175-pound redshirt sophomore, "I think every guy that talks about Mackensie knows I’m the best corner in college. It’s not even close." The ACC media didn't agree, as when they voted for the pre-season All-ACC team, Florida State's Jalen Ramsey and Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller both finished higher by decisive margins. In June, Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranked Alexander as the No. 4 corner in the country. The talent's there, even if the mouth might be boasting a bit much.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 12 - 4:12 PM

Clemson junior WR Mike Williams injured his hamstring during practice on Monday.

Williams is Clemson's best receiver. College teams are not required to update injury information, so it could be a while before we learn more about Williams' outlook. Josh Norris recently ranked Williams as the ACC's top wideout, citing his downfield ability and playmaking skills.
Aug 12 - 2:23 PM

Clemson G Eric Mac Lain believes starting LT Mitch Hyatt can be a freshman all-american.

Hyatt takes over for Isaiah Battle, who departed for the NFL via the Supplemental Draft. The truth is Hyatt could be an immediate improvement over Battle. Clemson's offensive line is their biggest question and could hold back a loaded offense.
Aug 12 - 12:24 PM

Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson is "a great athlete who shows maturity and poise with a strong command of the offense from the pocket," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Brown ranks Watson as the best QB in the nation. "This ranking is based on the assumption that Watson has the most natural talent and upside among any quarterback currently in college football," Brown wrote. "The sky's the limit, assuming he bounces back well from his torn ACL." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Watson threw for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014, completing 67.9 percent of his passes.
Aug 10 - 6:14 PM

"There might not be a player in college football with as much potential this year" as Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson, ESPN's David M. Hale writes.

In 2014, Watson dealt with a hand injury, a sprained MCL and tore his ACL in his first season under center for the Tigers. The Clemson prospect has flashed some skills, throwing for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns, while completing 67.9 percent of his passes in eight games of play. ESPN ranks the Clemson prospect the No. 2 player in the ACC this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 7 - 2:42 PM

Twenty-three percent Clemson redshirt sophomore RB Wayne Gallman's carries against Power-5 conference teams resulted in a loss or no gain.

This section has hyped up Gallman this offseason and his play down the stretch shows why. With that said, this figure is very concerning. Gallman needs to do a better job of converting backfield contact into positive carries. Clemson has a number of talented skill positions, but a poor offensive line could hold them back.
Aug 5 - 1:11 PM


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