What We Know About This Team

  by - Radio Host - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 9:25 AM

What We Know About This Team
Heading into an open date we have seen this year's team go 2-0 and climb to number three in the AP poll.  Tomorrow I will look at some of the unanswered questions, but here is a look at what we have learned about this team today:
This is a team that has a lot of depth in a lot of positions.  In fact, I think depth may be the strength of this team.
Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Jr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 205
Dublin, OH

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made the staff feel better about depth at quarterback after he went 19 of 20 in the win over SC State.
Rod McDowell looked great against Georgia.  Zac BrooksZac Brooks
So. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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has been a pleasant surprise so far.  C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS So. Running Back
#32 5-11, 185
Clemson, SC

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looked very good in his first action, so running back depth is a strength.
I am not sure who the number two guy behind Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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is at wide receiver, but Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC

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, Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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, Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Jr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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

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, Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Fr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 205
Vance, SC

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and TJ Green look like a solid group.
Injuries hit at tight end but Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Jr. Tight End
#86 6-5, 250
Brentwood, TN

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got back into the game against SC State.  Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS So. Tight End
#81 6-4, 210
Isle of Palms, SC

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and Darrell SmithDarrell Smith
Gr. Fullback
#40 6-1, 250
Gadsden, AL

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made a huge difference against Georgia.  Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
RS Fr. Tight End
#89 6-3, 230
Fort Mill, SC

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had three catches against SC State, including a one-handed grab.
For the first time in a long time the offensive line has depth.  Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
Gr. Offensive Guard
#62 6-3, 295
Icard, NC

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missed Saturday's game but Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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stepped right into his place.  Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
Brooklyn, NY

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

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, Reid WebsterReid Webster
RS Jr. Offensive Tackle
#77 6-4, 285
Woodstock, GA

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, Eric Mac LainEric Mac Lain
RS So. Offensive Line
#78 6-3, 260
Hope Mills, NC

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and Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
RS So. Offensive Tackle
#76 6-3, 265
Williamston, SC

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can push the starters on the offensive line.
On the defensive line, five defensive ends and five defensive tackles have provided excellent depth.  In fact, we have seen six different guys start in the first two games.  Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Jr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
Columbus, GA

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made huge plays against Georgia.  Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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had two sacks against the Dawgs.  Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Jr. Defensive End
#9 6-3, 270
Jacksonville, FL

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

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and Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
So. Defensive Tackle
#98 6-4, 280
Taylors, SC

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give the Tigers great depth at defensive end.
Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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has started both games at tackle, and Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
Mooresboro, NC

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and DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 285
Central, SC

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have started one game each beside Jarrett.  Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 285
Wilmington, DE

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and DJ Reader give Clemson more depth at defensive tackle than it has had in several seasons.
At linebacker we have seen Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Jr. Linebacker
#42 6-2, 235
Polkton, NC

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, Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
Gr. Linebacker
#33 6-3, 230
Charlotte, NC

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and Quandon ChristianQuandon Christian
RS Sr. Linebacker
#34 6-2, 225
Lake View, SC

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play well in the first two contests.  We have also seen BJ Goodson, Tony StewardTony Steward
Jr. Linebacker
#7 6-0, 235
Hastings, FL

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, Kellen JonesKellen Jones
RS So. Linebacker
#52 6-1, 215
Houston, TX

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, TJ Burrell and Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
Fr. Outside Linebacker
#10 6-1, 230
Anderson, SC

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gain valuable experience.
The secondary is still the biggest issue, but Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
RS Jr. Cornerback
#17 6-0, 195
Allendale, SC

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, Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS Jr. Cornerback
#26 6-0, 195
Conyers, GA

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, Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
#8 5-10, 175
College Park, GA

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and Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
RS Jr. Cornerback
#14 5-10, 180
Roswell, GA

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give the Tigers four experienced corners.
I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about how this team is physically the best looking team I have seen at Clemson in recent years.  I think this has been confirmed through two games.  Clemson outplayed Georgia along the lines of scrimmage and was the more physical team in both games so far this season.
As I outlined yesterday, Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
Gr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC

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and Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
So. Punter
#92 6-5, 230
Concord, NC

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are two weapons in the kicking game for the Tigers.  Catanzaro has hit 28 of his last 29 field goal attempts.  Pinion has seen four of his 24 kickoffs and punts returned for a total of 51 yards.
I am not sure there is a better staff in the country.  Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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gets a lot of credit and he deserves every bit of it, but Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
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has done an amazing job as well.  Clemson's staff has done a terrific job with player development to compliment the schemes.  Finally, the strength and conditioning staff deserves another pat on the back for their excellent off-season work.
The schedule may be tougher than we first thought.  NC State is 2-0 under its new staff.  So is Boston College.  Maryland looks like a completely different team this season.  Georgia Tech may have a passing game after all and Florida State might have its best quarterback since Chris Weinke.


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Thomasville, GA

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