Defining Roles

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Defining Roles
Football season is here or at least the talking season. Yesterday we got a glimpse of what fall camp might look like when Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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and his assistant coaches met with the media.

I don't think there's any question that the superstars and playmakers are the ones college football games. Clemson has those players Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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Hampton, VA

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at quarterback and Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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Fort Myers, FL

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at wide receiver. However from listening to the coaches yesterday, we get reminded that depth will be a big factor and defining roles in camp might be one the most important aspects of the season.

Clemson running back coach Tony Elliot praised Rod McDowell and it seems like his role could be as the starting running back. However, DJ Howard, Zach Brooks and one of the freshmen have to find their role in fall camp.

Sammy Watkins is no doubt the leader at wide receiver but what will Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Jr. Wide Receiver
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Moore, SC

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, Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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Spartanburg, SC

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, Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
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Calhoun Falls, SC

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and Germone HopperGermone Hopper
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#5 6-0, 175
Charlotte, NC

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's roles become?

The tight end has been a big deal in Clemson's offense the last two years, but can Stanton Sekinger, Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
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Fort Mill, SC

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or Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
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Navarre, FL

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take up take over we're Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
Tight End
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC

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and Brandon FordBrandon Ford
Tight End
#80 6-4, 240
Wando, SC

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left off?

On the offensive line there is still a role to be determined for Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
St. George, VA

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. Is he good enough to take over left tackle for Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
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#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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? Where would Thomas move if Battle was ready?

Is David BeasleyDavid Beasley
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Columbus, GA

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in the shape he needs to be? Can Kalon DavisKalon Davis
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#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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become consistent and be counted on to be a contributor?

Can Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
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#57 6-3, 290
Maryville, TN

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push Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS So. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 270
Mauldin, SC

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at center in the battle to replace Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
#55 6-5, 265
Pelion, SC

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Roles will be determined throughout the defense as well. Can Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
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#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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be an everyday down player? Is Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
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#6 6-4, 275
Jacksonville, FL

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ready to be the four star that picked Clemson over Florida State? Can Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Jr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
Columbus, GA

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take over where Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
Defensive End
#97 6-4, 270
Florence, SC

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left off in the bowl game?

There is more experience at defensive tackle because you feel good about Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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, Josh WatsonJosh Watson
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#91 6-4, 285
Wilmington, DE

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and DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 285
Central, SC

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but is DJ Reader or Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
Forest City, NC

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ready to take the next step?

Roles at linebacker will be defined in camp. Can Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
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Charlotte, NC

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be the stabilizer inside? Does Kellen JonesKellen Jones
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#52 6-1, 215
Houston, TX

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have any rust from sitting out last season? Is this the fall Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Jr. Linebacker
#12 6-3, 235
Polkton, NC

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becomes the five star player that we all thought he could be? Is this finally the fall were Tony StewardTony Steward
Jr. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 235
Hastings, FL

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is healthy?

Speaking of questions marks, can we have more questions in the secondary? How will Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
#14 5-10, 180
Roswell, GA

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, Baushad Breland and Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
#21 5-10, 175
College Park, GA

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come back from injuries? Is Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
So. Defensive Back
#11 6-1, 190
Tallahassee, FL

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ready to become the leader of the secondary? How will the eight freshmen fit into the plans?

Yeah, we know Tahj Boyd has proven a lot and so is Sammy Watkins, but in my mind this camp will be about roles. This camp will be about building a depth chart. This camp will be about guys finding a place to help this team win football games.

Every team has question marks, but heading into this fall camp I think Clemson has a lot of answers. Yesterday the staff sounded excited to define what players will play the roles in answering some of those questions.

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