Friday Email Bag


  by - Radio Host - Friday, February 26, 2016 9:49 AM
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Friday Email Bag
Each Friday I publish your comments and answer your questions. To submit a comment or questions please email me at mickeyplyler@hotmail.com.

Mickey,

Deon Cain is part of the Clemson family. I hope and pray someone, family member, teammate, NFL guy like Nuk or Sammy has gotten through to the young man. For his sake, in his heart and mind, he accepts responsibility for his mistakes, the maturation process has begun and chooses to follow the path of Sammy Watkins rather than Mike Bellamy.

From a football perspective, we are loaded at WR. Other guys would step up. However, losing Deon Cain would hurt in 2016 and 2017. Cain is special. He has that WOW factor. He is a bigtime playmaker. There were 2 plays in NC game I remember thinking-wish we had #8 out there. Both were GO routes to Scott--both times the DB's broke up the pass. Taking nothing away from Artavis Scott, but if Cain were running those routes, he be a step or two past that DB and those throws go for TD's.

It has been 2 months since his dismissal from the team. Do we know if he is doing the things required of him to earn reinstatement and one more chance?

Bill

Bill,
I have heard he is on schedule and is doing the right things. I have heard that Cain wants to be a part of the program and wants to do what it takes. I have only heard good things from his camp.

I agree with you that he is special. Hopefully, he will continue to work to get back in the good graces with the staff and will be a big part of the program moving forward.

Mickey,
Long, long time listener. Called in a few times to your show. But, I am a first time emailer. If emailer is a word. My phone is telling me its not a word.

Anyway, just a quick thought/question I had real quick about baseball. Well, more or less, regarding highlights. I know most other sports are on TV, so we get highlights on here. And, I guess I'm a bit spoiled, so was wondering if you had any knowledge or insight on if we will get to see any highlights this season for the baseball team?

I understand that this may or may not be something you have a voice in, but would love to be able to see highlights of these new Tigers, for I am bound by a work schedule that allows minimum time off. Much less time to get to DK to watch my Tigers play.

Thanks in advance,

Luke

Luke,
Clemson has moved forward with great social media ideas and highlights are a big part of that. Check out the social media homepage at clemsontigers.com and I think you will see a lot of video on the site as the season progresses.

Hey Mickey,

I've often wondered if Alabama ever did come calling on Dabo, would he indeed, leave us. I know Bear said, "When mama calls you gotta come running". Bama is Dabo's mama, but Clemson is Dabo's baby. He's raised this young 'un from what it was to what it is. A lot of college football fans; that had never heard of Clemson before, definitely know where Clemson is now, thanks to the job Coach Swinney has done. I know you never say never, but I believe it would be very hard for Dabo to leave The Tigers. After all, Dabo said, "He wants teams like Bama, Florida, and others to aspire to be like Clemson", not the other way around. He also said,"The best is yet to come", and we haven't seen the best yet. I couldn't see him leaving before he made that statement a reality. Just my thoughts and I know they're worth exactly what they cost.

Steve

P.S. I'm glad the crowd that wanted Muschamp, or Rodriguez, or Leach; as our coach when Dabo was hired, didn't get their wishes. I don't think, The Tigers would be where they are right now, with any other coach. I'm glad we got who we got.

Steve,
In most cases I would say most coaches would love to be the head coach at Alabama. I also understand the draw of "Momma", but this is a different case. Dabo is the guy here. Following Saban will be tough on anyone. Also, he has a new building coming, and Clemson gives him almost anything he asks.

The biggest factor though is a fit. Dabo fits at Clemson. The way he runs his program works here at Clemson. If he took the Bama job, he would have to change the way Bama does things. If that didn't work, Dabo would look like the guy that unsuccessfully tried to change Alabama. Or Dabo would have to change who he is. Why take that risks? He can stay here and be himself, and he doesn't have to change the culture or change who he is.


Mickey,

I hate to say that I am already looking at LAW - Life After Watson. We have signed and will sign some significant players in the QB position, but how in the world can you bring someone in that can come close to matching Deshaun. We all knew CJ and Sammy were incredible players, but I always felt they could be replaced. Deshaun is a different story all together. Putting the hype machine aside with the QB prospects, is there anyone who will be close to what Deshaun has done. Bryant scares me because he is a run first QB, or at least that is all he showed this past year. Does Cooper have the tools? We shall see. I simply do not see Israel being a viable answer. I would like to get your take on where we go post-Watson. I agree that the best is yet to come for Clemson, but the QB position is a huge question mark for me.

Stuart

Stuart,
Assuming Watson leaves after this season, it is hard to imagine, but Clemson will still have as talented of a quarterbacking corps as anyone in the country. Who else will have a five star and three four stars? Hunter Johnson is the nation's top quarterback in the Class of 2017 and Bryant, Cooper and Brice are all top 250-type of players who were four stars. However, I do expect a drop off after Watson. The offense may look different, but the good news is the next quarterback will have a very good offensive line and some of the nation's best skill players to work with. Finally, you don't have to have the best QB in the nation to win. The defense will feature some great four and five stars and could be one of the nation's best in 2017. So Clemson will see some drop off at QB, but could be better at a lot of other positions. Remember Tennessee couldn't win the national title with Peyton Manning, but won it the year he left with Tee Martin.

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