Never Say Never


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Never Say Never
I learned a valuable lesson in November of 1998.  Howard Bartley was an often injured defensive end that had done very little in his career.  In his final game of his career Bartley made a huge interception and returned it for a touchdown on a key play that helped the Tigers defeat South Carolina.  The lesson I learned that night was to never give up on a student athlete.  Bartley and his injuries had given many observers little hope that he would ever make an impact in the program.  Who knew he would have had such a big play in such a huge game.

This past weekend I thought Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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would have been the key player in the Tigers beating Louisville and the nation's number one defense.  Instead, it was a slew of players that I had given up on at one point or another.

This summer when we found out that Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS Sr. Cornerback
#26 6-0, 194
Conyers, GA

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was suspended for the Georgia game, I came close to giving up on him.  Peters had not shown consistency.  He had not been known as a hard worker.  He had the reputation of being a player that didn't have the maturity or the commitment level needed to be a success in this defense.  Instead, Peters rededicated himself and has played the best football of his career.  His sack and caused fumble Saturday was the biggest play of the game.

When Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS Jr. Kicker
#36 5-10, 200
Alpharetta, GA

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shanked a field goal in Tallahassee I had given up on him.  After his struggles in Athens in the season opener, I thought Lakip was fragile.  After his shank in Doak Campbell, I thought he was done.  Clemson would not have won Saturday if it weren't for Lakip's three field goals against Louisville.

I have been critical of Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Sr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 193
Spartanburg, SC

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as a punt returner and a wide receiver this season.  I was down on Humphries after his turnovers in Columbia last November.  I thought he had no business back there and the Tigers had no big play capability in the return game unless other players were used.  Instead, Humphries' 72-yard punt return was a huge play in the victory.

David BeasleyDavid Beasley
RS Sr. Offensive Guard
#68 6-4, 323
Columbus, GA

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was also suspended at Georgia.  Some questioned his commitment level and his conditioning but Saturday was perhaps his best game.

Many of us were down on Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS Jr. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 292
Simpsonville, SC

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at center.  Many of us thought there was a better option and there was doom at center when Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
RS So. Center
#57 6-3, 314
Maryville, TN

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went down with an injury.  But Norton had perhaps the best game of his career as well Saturday.

Like many of you, I have lost a lot of confidence in Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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.  His physical limitations have always been there but I was down on his decision making skills.  Like Peters, Lakip, Humphries, Beasley and Norton, Stoudt has a few more opportunities to make us believe in him again.  This Saturday is the first.


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#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
Spartanburg, SC

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RS Sr. Defensive End
#9 6-4, 273
Jacksonville, FL

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