Offensive Spring Battles

  by - Radio Host - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 10:10 AM

Offensive Spring Battles
Spring football practice begins Wednesday and there will be several key battles the offensive staff will take a look at right off of the bat. Competition is great for every football team and this team should have plenty of competition. Here is a look at several key battles on the offensive side of the ball this spring:

Back Up QB
Usually the back up quarterback rarely gets important snaps in a season barring injury, so the back up spot is usually not a key battle. However, Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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will be gone in 2014 so Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
So. Quarterback
#8 6-5, 205
Dublin, OH

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and Chad KellyChad Kelly
Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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are not only battling for the backup spot in 2013, they may be fighting for the inside track on the starting position for 2014. Remember though that the nation's top quarterback prospect DeShawn Watson is set to enroll in school in January and make a three-way battle.

Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Sr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC

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is gone so we will have a new starter at tailback. Roderick McDowellRoderick McDowell
RS Jr. Running Back
#25 5-9, 195
Sumter, SC

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had his best season as a junior last year. He was one of the biggest surprises on last year's offense. D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS So. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
Lincoln, AL

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has shown some signs but has been banged up. Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Fr. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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played well in his limited role last year. Two true freshmen in Dye and Gallman will also get a look in August but McDowell, Howard and Brooks will get a head start beginning Wednesday.

Junior Year vs. Sophomore Year
Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
So. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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will be battling to get back to the standard he set as a true freshman in 2012. Last year Watkins was not as big of a factor due to a suspension and injuries. He is fighting to build upon the All-American season he had as a freshman.

The Second Receiver
Boyd had two All-ACC targets the past two seasons in Watkins and Nuk Hopkins but Hopkins left early for the NFL. The Tigers will need at least one receiver to step up and take over a much bigger role in the offense. Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
So. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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, Charone PeakeCharone Peake
So. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC

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and Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
So. Wide Receiver
#16 5-11, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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have all played well at times but have lacked major opportunities week in and week out. Without Hopkins around, all three will be asked to step up. Also the staff is excited about red-shirt freshman Germone HopperGermone Hopper
Fr. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 175
Charlotte, NC

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who gives the wide receiver corps a terrific open field runner.

Starting Tight End
Clemson has started a nice tight end tradition with its last three starters. Michael PalmerMichael Palmer
Tight End
# 6-4, 228
Lilburn, GA

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and Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
Tight End
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC

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are in the NFL and Brandon FordBrandon Ford
Gr. Tight End
#80 6-4, 240
Wando, SC

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had a very good campaign a year ago. Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS So. Tight End
#86 6-5, 250
Brentwood, TN

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, Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS So. Tight End
#81 6-4, 210
Isle of Palms, SC

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, Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
Fr. Tight End
#89 6-3, 230
Fort Mill, SC

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and Jordan Leggett will get a long look from tight end coach Danny PearmanDanny Pearman
Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends
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this spring. Cooper is the most experienced. Seckinger is a former wide out that catches the ball well. McCullough is an elite athlete and Leggett has a big upside and gets a chance to learn in his first spring.

Battle's Battle
Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
Fr. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
St. George, VA

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was one of the biggest stories of the Chic-fil-a Bowl win over LSU. He had played few snaps heading into the game but an injury to Giff Timothy forced Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
RS Jr. Offensive Line
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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to right tackle and Battle got his most extensive action. He more than held his own against perhaps the nation's top group of defensive ends that night in Atlanta and now has a chance to continue to progress. Some on the staff feel he has a chance to be as good as any lineman to play here in a long time but he has a long way to go in many areas to reach that level. If Battle can win the left tackle spot then Thomas can stay at right tackle or move inside to a guard position. This would make the offensive line even more athletic.

Center of Attention
Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS Fr. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 270
Mauldin, SC

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impressed the staff enough to get significant playing time as a red-shirt freshman. Now his role will be increased as he is expected to win the starting job at center this spring. It is tough replacing a long-time starter in Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
Gr. Center
#55 6-5, 265
Pelion, SC

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but the staff likes Norton's potential.

O-Line Reps
Robbie CaldwellRobbie Caldwell
Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
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returns four starters on the offensive line but the biggest battles this spring may come for reps as backups. Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
RS Fr. Offensive Tackle
#76 6-4, 265
Williamston, SC

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, Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS Fr. Offensive Tackle
#73 6-5, 275
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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, Eric MacLain, Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS So. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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, Reid WebsterReid Webster
RS So. Offensive Line
#77 6-5, 285
Woodstock, GA

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, Oliver JonesOliver Jones
Fr. Offensive Tackle
#65 6-5, 325
Ninety Six, SC

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, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Fr. Offensive Line
#71 6-5, 275
Roebuck, SC

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and Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
Fr. Center
#57 6-3, 290
Maryville, TN

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will have a chance to step into those positions this spring.

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#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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