Thursday Thoughts

  by - Radio Host - Thursday, November 7, 2013 9:45 AM

Thursday Thoughts
Young Players Impress
In two weeks Clemson fans will say goodbye to the senior class on Senior Day.  They will also see Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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play his last game in Death Valley.  That will be hard, but it does make it easier knowing the younger players in the program have gotten off to a good start in their careers.

The quarterback position will miss Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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, but the future of the position appears to be in solid shape for the next few years with the promise of red-shirt freshman Chad KellyChad Kelly
RS Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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and incoming five star signal caller Deshaun Watson.

The running backs have some promise in the long term with players like sophomore Zac BrooksZac Brooks
So. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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and C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS So. Running Back
#32 5-11, 185
Clemson, SC

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.  The staff liked what they saw in the pre-season from a healthy Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
Fr. Running Back
#23 6-1, 205
Elberton, GA

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and Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 195
Loganville, GA

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before they decided to red-shirt each freshman.  Next season the Tigers will add three running backs to the mix, including Jae'lon Oglesby and Adam Choice.

Next year the Tigers will miss another one of the best receivers in school history in Watkins but freshmen like Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Fr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 205
Vance, SC

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and Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 170
Charlotte, NC

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have played well at times this year.  The staff will bring in at least three wide outs and like the potential of Artavis Scott.

There is a new tradition of productivity in tight ends at Clemson and freshman Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Fr. Tight End
#16 6-6, 235
Navarre, FL

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looks like the next great one here.  The staff also thinks Milan Richard could come in next year and grab some snaps.

The freshmen and sophomore offensive linemen that have the highest potential in my mind include Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
Brooklyn, NY

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, Eric MacLain, Tyrone CrowderTyrone Crowder
Fr. Offensive Line
#55 6-2, 325
Marston, NC

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

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and Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
RS Fr. Center
#57 6-2, 290
Maryville, TN

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Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
Fr. Defensive End
#90 6-4, 260
Central, SC

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wasted little time in making an impact at defensive end.  He has as much potential as any defensive end in recent memory.  A player that looks like he has improved greatly since last season is Martin AikenMartin Aiken
RS Fr. Defensive End
#53 6-2, 255
Bamberg, SC

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, who is another freshman.

The best of the young defensive tackles could be Scott PaganoScott Pagano
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#56 6-4, 280
Honolulu, HI

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, who red-shirted this year but impressed before his injury.  The staff thinks he is a mature kid that has loads of potential.

At linebacker BJ Goodson is a sophomore that continues to improve.  Kellen JonesKellen Jones
RS So. Linebacker
#52 6-1, 215
Houston, TX

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was injured this season but looks like he could be a good one if he recovers from his ACL injury.  Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
Fr. Outside Linebacker
#10 6-1, 230
Anderson, SC

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is a hard-nosed true freshman that has made an early impact on special teams but could be the long term answer at an inside linebacker spot.  The staff has at least three linebackers coming next season that they like, including Korie Rogers.

Perhaps the most impressive group of young players in the program is in the secondary.  This season Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
Fr. Safety
#20 6-4, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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and Korrin WigginsKorrin Wiggins
Fr. Defensive Back
#12 6-1, 185
Durham, NC

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have already made an impact as true freshmen.  Reports say the staff loves the red-shirt freshmen corners like MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
Fr. Defensive Back
#2 5-11, 185
Immokalee, FL

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, Adrian BakerAdrian Baker
Fr. Cornerback
#21 6-1, 170
Hollywood, FL

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and Marcus EdmondMarcus Edmond
Fr. Defensive Back
#29 6-1, 180
Hopkins, SC

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The kicking duties will have a huge void to fill when Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
Gr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC

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leaves but Clemson will get its top kicker prospect in Alex Spence next season.   Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
So. Punter
#92 6-5, 230
Concord, NC

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is only a sophomore and is already one of the nation's top punters.

I think this football team will change a lot in the next few seasons as new faces try to replace the current stars.  However, I don't expect a big drop off in that the talent level across the board looks like it should stay at a high level for the foreseeable future.

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Defensive Tackle
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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and family, and our great country and the men and women in uniform that protect and serve it every day, plus their families.

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