A Big, Physical Football Team


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A Big, Physical Football Team
This football team looks different.

It is what my eyes tell me. It is also what I keep hearing from people who go to practice on a regular basis. This is a big, strong, physical football team.

I know Clemson fans don't want to hear this, but part of the reason why South Carolina has played so well in the last three seasons is the Gamecocks have been a big, strong, physical football team. This is what you see in the Georgias, South Carolinas, LSUs, and Alabamas of the sport.

I was visiting with a former college coach this summer and asked him about the Chick-fil-a Bowl. He said the difference in the game was the coaching. He said Clemson has a superior staff to LSU. He also said that the quarterback was superior in Clemson's favor. He was extremely impressed with Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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from a physical and mental toughness standpoint. He also mentioned Nuk Hopkins as being a difference maker and it was obvious in that game.

The former coach said LSU still with better in the secondary and it came as no surprise to me. He did mention that LSU's lines of scrimmage were better, but Clemson competed hard and the gap was not that wide. That little of a gap was the biggest surprise to me.

I began thinking about this the other day. The gap between one of the top two or three lines of scrimmage in the country and Clemson has been closed and I think it will continue to close.

Years ago Tommy Bowden and Clemson's linebacker coach David Blackwell went out to visit an Oklahoma practice. Blackwell told me that the biggest difference in Oklahoma's program and Clemson's program was the number of big bodies.

I have friends close to the Alabama program that have seen both teams and they say that is still the biggest difference between the nation's best program and Clemson. The Tigers' skill guys are every bit as good, if not better. However the big bodies and the number big bodies are still in Alabama favor.

Once again, that gap is closing. This season features a bunch of big bodies that have experience. Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Jr. Defensive End
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Jacksonville, FL

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played 232 snaps last season and has changed his body. Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Jr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
Columbus, GA

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played 575 snaps last season and looks at a breakout season this year. Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
So. Defensive Tackle
#98 6-4, 280
Taylors, SC

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is inexperienced with only 87 plays last season, but his body looks like that of an SEC defensive end. Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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was the co-defensive MVP last season and had 512 plays under his belt coming into this season. Jarrett is short but looks like a SEC defensive tackle. DJ Reader played 236 plays as a true freshman and looks the part of the future NFL defensive tackle. Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
Mooresboro, NC

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is a former four star who played 113 plays as a true freshman. Josh WatsonJosh Watson
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#91 6-4, 285
Wilmington, DE

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is a bench press monster that played 461 snaps last year. DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 285
Central, SC

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played 370 snaps this past year and looks to be in the best shape of his life.

This goes for the offensive line as well. The Tigers return four starters of its offensive line and it seems to have more depth this season. There is competition every day. There's competition at left tackle between Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
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#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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, Eric MacLain and Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
Brooklyn, NY

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. There's competition at right tackle between Gif Timothy, Joe GoreJoe Gore
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#73 6-4, 275
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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and Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
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#76 6-3, 265
Williamston, SC

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. There is a major competition at left guard between David BeasleyDavid Beasley
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#68 6-4, 315
Columbus, GA

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and Kalon DavisKalon Davis
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#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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. There is competition at center to see takes over for Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
Center
#55 6-5, 265
Pelion, SC

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between Ryan NortonRyan Norton
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#58 6-3, 270
Simpsonville, SC

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and Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
RS Fr. Center
#57 6-2, 290
Maryville, TN

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.

This is a big, physical offensive line and I think it will lead to a more physical football team on this side of the ball as well.

Everyone talks about SEC speed, but the real difference is SEC power. It is not a coincidence that LSU, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia were the top teams in the league the last couple of seasons. Those were big, strong, physical football teams.

For the first time in many years this Clemson program looks like that and looks to be getting bigger and stronger in the future. This program has had brutal practices dating back to the bowl game last year, and it has continued through the spring and into fall camp.

In summary, this is part of the vision that Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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has had. He was on the sidelines in the Georgia Dome in 2008 and he saw the physical dominance of Alabama. He has seen what South Carolina has built on its front seven. That is the blueprint that is in place in Clemson. I don't know if Clemson will beat Georgia, but I do know that this team will look different when it steps on the field Saturday night August 31st at 8 o'clock.


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Mickey Plyler's Blog: A Big, Physical Football Team
TigerNet News
I hope you're right, Mickey! Good article.***
EducationOnYourOwnTime
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: A Big, Physical Football Team
Streaking Tiger
Not so sure about that. UGA is ranked higher then us
Drobins
Big, strong,mean
FORESTTIGER
It seems Shatley does it for the OL and Jarett/Watson for DL***
Drobins
^^^^spot on ^^^^
sgt tiger®
"Destroyed by UGA"
TigerHawk76®
I want everyone to know.
ClemsonTiger1988®
Agreed. We'll return the entire DL and msot of the OL
Drobins
I was attacked by...
ClemsonTiger1988®
Just look at Bama. A great OL makes everything better***
Drobins
Same with all programs including uGAY.
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: Same with all programs including uGAY.
Texascarl
Homo
BentZero
Re: I was attacked by...
lhaselden
This article also reminds me of the bowl game...
Playdough
Re: This article also reminds me of the bowl game...
David78®
Re: This article also reminds me of the bowl game...
Texascarl
Re: I was attacked by...
Dugatiger®
After years and years of undersized lines from Bowden,
grover173
It's a return to the past isn't it? We used to be physical
NortherTiger
James Davis and CJ Spiller never had blockers.
ClemsonTiger1988®
2006 was a very good OL
Drobins
I'm comparing teams, not players.....***
NortherTiger
I apologize.
ClemsonTiger1988®
You really should see a doctor about that
cutigerbob®
I get blood transfusion from hartins, weekly.
ClemsonTiger1988®
Since our lines were so pathetic with Bowden,
tigerdrummer®
My 8-year old nephew could have written that piece******
CUGradFan06
You're just saying that because he used...
ClemsonTiger1988®
He's exactly right - that's why we were so dominant in......
Tiger77
I hate to see these terms used here
ClemsonDMD
Agree. +1.***
SOLOS®
I don't like these terms either! Like...
birmingham cat lover
It's the truth. "SEC speed" was a stupid myth conjured
TigersAndCubs
Re: It's the truth. "SEC speed" was a stupid myth conjured
ziggy_1118
Re: I hate to see these terms used here
lhaselden
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ColumbianTigerinATL®
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: A Big, Physical Football Team
Dugatiger®
You need to add quck, fast or speed.
attheesso®
Re: You need to add quck, fast or speed.
Texascarl

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