Branding


  by - Radio Host - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:59 AM
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Branding

When I was a kid I always heard about Penn State being "Linebacker U" but I always felt Clemson's linebackers were every bit as good.  In fact, some gave Clemson the same tag.

Here in recent years Clemson has been called "Wide Receiver U" with Nuk Hopkins, Jaron BrownJaron Brown
Wide Receiver (2008 - 2012)
#18 6-2, 205
Cheraw, SC

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, Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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and Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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currently in the NFL.

So where is this program heading and what will the next brand be?

Clemson has had star power in the past with players like C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
Pro Running Back
#28 5-11, 195
Lake Butler, FL

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and Watkins.  It’s not difficult to see how Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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fits into the role of the next superstar on campus.  But Watson may have some competition in terms of being the face of the program.

The wide outs have great potential with a healthy Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 204
Moore, SC

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in 2015 to go along with Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC

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and Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
Oldsmar, FL

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.  Williams was one of the nation's top receivers until Watson got hurt and Scott had a terrific true freshman season, including the two-touchdown performance against South Carolina.  Deon Cain and Ray Ray McCloud will only make this group stronger.

In recent years Clemson has put Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
Tight End (2008 - 2011)
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC

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and Michael PalmerMichael Palmer
Tight End (2006 - 2009)
# 6-4, 228
Lilburn, GA

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in the NFL as tight ends and the future of the position looks to be in good shape.  Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
So. Tight End
#16 6-5, 251
Navarre, FL

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has star potential, and he will need it to hold off red-shirt freshman Milan RichardMilan Richard
Fr. Tight End
#80 6-3, 243
Savannah, GA

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and true freshman Garrett Williams.

Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 209
Loganville, GA

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averaged over 100 yards per game in the final five games of his freshman season and Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
RS Fr. Running Back
#23 5-11, 214
Elberton, GA

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showed promise in his return late in the season.  Add Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Jr. Running Back
#24 6-1, 199
Jonesboro, AR

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, Adam ChoiceAdam Choice
Fr. Running Back
#26 5-10, 211
Thomasville, GA

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and the other running backs and maybe the RBs can have a branding opportunity.

The offensive line has been much maligned but high profile prospects like Mitch Hyatt and Jake Fruhmorgen hope to change that in the near future.

The Tigers had perhaps the nation's top defensive line this past season and lost a ton of talent, but the potential is there with players like DJ Reader, Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 294
Mooresboro, NC

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, Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
So. Defensive End
#90 6-3, 269
Central, SC

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, Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
RS So. Defensive End
#98 6-5, 275
Taylors, SC

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, and younger prospects like Richard YearginRichard Yeargin
Fr. Defensive End
#49 6-4, 225
Lauderdale Lakes, FL

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, Austin Bryant, Albert Huggins, Clelin Ferrell and Scott PaganoScott Pagano
RS Fr. Defensive Tackle
#56 6-4, 292
Honolulu, HI

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.  Maybe it will be this group that continues a great tradition.

There has to be some drop off at linebacker when two former five stars like Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Sr. Linebacker
#42 6-2, 244
Polkton, NC

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and Tony StewardTony Steward
Sr. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 236
Hastings, FL

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leave, but Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
So. Outside Linebacker
#10 5-11, 235
Anderson, SC

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, BJ Goodson, Korrin WigginsKorrin Wiggins
So. Defensive Back
#12 5-11, 190
Durham, NC

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, Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Jr. Safety
#11 6-0, 210
Tallahassee, FL

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, Dorian O'DanielDorian O'Daniel
RS Fr. Linebacker
#6 6-1, 217
Olney, MD

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, Kendall JosephKendall Joseph
Fr. Linebacker
#34 5-11, 230
Belton, SC

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, Korrie Rogers, Chad Smith and Chris RegisterChris Register
Fr. Outside Linebacker
#45 6-4, 242
Greensboro, NC

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have a chance to make their own mark.

Perhaps the biggest improvement over the past two seasons had been in the secondary where MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
RS Fr. Cornerback
#2 5-11, 190
Immokalee, FL

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and Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
So. Safety
#20 6-4, 215
Fort Myers, FL

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have NFL potential, and there is promise in younger defensive backs like Cordrea Tankersly, Adrian BakerAdrian Baker
RS Fr. Cornerback
#21 5-11, 184
Hallandale, FL

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and Jefferie GibsonJefferie Gibson
Fr. Safety
#38 6-3, 190
Hope Mills, NC

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.

It is easy to sit back and assume Watson is the face of the program and he probably will be.  Maybe Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
Quarterback (2009 - 2013)
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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started it and Watson can pass it along to Kelly Bryant.  However, there is a lot of talent in this program and the talent level keeps getting better.  There is NFL potential at every position and chances for so many playmakers to make huge impacts in this program.


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