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Clemson has had some attrition since the end of last season. Since the win over Oklahoma, seniors like Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Defensive Tackle (2011 - 2014)
#50 6-0, 290
Conyers, GA

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, Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
Defensive End (2010 - 2014)
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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, DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Defensive Tackle (2011 - 2014)
#99 6-1, 295
Central, SC

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, Josh WatsonJosh Watson
Defensive Tackle (2010 - 2014)
#91 6-4, 290
Wilmington, DE

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, Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
Defensive End (2010 - 2014)
#9 6-3, 275
Jacksonville, FL

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, Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Defensive End (2011 - 2014)
#93 6-5, 275
Columbus, GA

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, Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#42 6-3, 245
Polkton, NC

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, Tony StewardTony Steward
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#7 6-, 235
Hastings, FL

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, Robert SmithRobert Smith
Safety (2011 - 2014)
#27 5-11, 215
St. George, SC

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, Garry PetersGarry Peters
Cornerback (2010 - 2014)
#26 6-0, 194
Conyers, GA

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, David BeasleyDavid Beasley
Offensive Guard (2010 - 2014)
#68 6-4, 330
Columbus, GA

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, Kalon DavisKalon Davis
Offensive Guard (2010 - 2014)
#67 6-5, 340
Chester, SC

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,, Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2014)
#13 5-11, 193
Spartanburg, SC

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, and DJ Howard graduated. But those players were seniors.

Other departures came unexpectedly. Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
Punter (2012 - 2014)
#92 6-6, 230
Concord, NC

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left school a year early for the NFL. Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
Offensive Tackle (2012 - 2014)
#79 6-7, 290
Brooklyn, NY

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left after the spring. Demarre KittDemarre Kitt
Wide Receiver (2014)
#8 6-1, 183
Tyrone, GA

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, Kellen JonesKellen Jones
Linebacker (2012 - 2014)
#52 6-1, 233
Houston, TX

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and Kyrin Priester transferred. Spencer RegionSpencer Region
Offensive Guard (2011 - 2014)
#74 6-4, 333
Cullman, AL

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gave up a year of eligibility. Korrie Rogers gave up football. Ebenezer OgundekoEbenezer Ogundeko
RS Fr. Defensive End
#1 6-3, 250
Brooklyn, NY

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was dismissed. Korrin WigginsKorrin Wiggins
Jr. Defensive Back
#12 5-11, 195
Durham, NC

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tore his ACL. Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS Sr. Punter / Kicker
#36 5-11, 200
Alpharetta, GA

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is currently suspended.

Yesterday we got more surprising news when DJ Reader decided to take a leave from football. At this point we don't know how long he will be out or if he is coming back at all.

Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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said this was Reader's decision and didn't sound too happy about it.

It came as a surprise after Reader had gotten positive reviews throughout the summer and camp. He was one of two players Swinney decided to take to the ACC Media Days in Pinehurst earlier this summer. To the outside eye, it appeared Reader was one of the leaders of this team.

He will be missed, but this is why you recruit every year. It is now time for Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 295
Mooresboro, NC

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, Scott PaganoScott Pagano
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#56 6-3, 295
Honolulu, HI

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, Christian WilkinsChristian Wilkins
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#42 6-5, 305
Longmeadow, CT

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, Jabril RobinsonJabril Robinson
RS Fr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-3, 255
Leland, NC

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, Roderick ByersRoderick Byers
RS Sr. Tight End
#40 6-3, 290
Rock Hill, SC

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and Albert HugginsAlbert Huggins
Fr. Defensive Line
#67 6-3, 280
Orangeburg, SC

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to step up.

Clemson will enter the first game without defensive tackles from last year like Jarrett, Williams, Watson and Reader. That is a lot of talent. Fortunately, there is a lot of talent still here.

A senior will be missed. A talented player will be missed. A leader will be missed. What this also means is that depth is more of a concern now. Injuries could be devastating.

Because the release was vague, we have more questions than answers. This one caught me completely off guard. I wonder what lead to the decision? I wonder how long he will be out? I wonder if he will be back at all?

There are more questions than vague answers, but the one answer here is always to continue to recruit and that is what this staff has done.

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Seneca, SC

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