The answer to the question, "how will Clemson manage to replace so many stars from the 2016 team?" is simple.... with MORE STARS! Just about every starter who left early or graduated could possibly be replaced by an even higher rated player. Feaster or Choice higher than Gallman; Smith or Lamar higher than Boulware; Cain or Higgins higher than Williams; McCloud or Rogers higher than Scott; Mullin or Terrell higher than Tankersly; even Richard higher than Leggett and wait for it..... Johnson higher rated than Watson coming out of high school!
Don't get me wrong, I know those guys are all legends and will live forever in Clemson lore but this year's team is the deepest, most talented team we've ever had from 1 to 85 (until 2018 lol). Doesn't mean it will be the BEST team but for the folks waiting for the Tigers to have some kind of letdown next year may be in for a rude awakening
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logical reason for optimistic expectations for the '17 season