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Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?


  by Nikki Steele - Staff Writer - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:47 PM
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Stoudt played in eight games last season and completed 47-of-59 passes for 415 yards and five TDs.

Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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said over the summer that elite programs don’t have to rebuild, they simply reload.

If Clemson wants to be considered an elite program, that statement will be put to the test in 2014.

Last year provided many highs, as well as a few lows for the orange-clad faithful, but with the loss of Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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, Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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

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, Roderick McDowellRoderick McDowell
Gr. Running Back
#25 5-9, 195
Sumter, SC

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, Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
Gr. Offensive Line
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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and Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
Gr. Offensive Guard
#62 6-3, 295
Icard, NC

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, many are left to wonder what the Tigers’ offense will look like next season.

With spring practice, summer workouts, fall camp and 234 days until the ball is spotted Dabo Swinney and company have plenty of time to figure out the depth chart; however, in the business of college football, we don’t like to wait so let’s take a look at how the Tigers’ offensive starting lineup might look on August 30th.

Tomorrow we will tackle the defensive side of the ball.

Offensive line

Clemson loses two starters on the offensive line in Thomas and Shatley, but have experienced depth at just about every position.

Offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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and offensive line coach Robbie CaldwellRobbie Caldwell
Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
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have said that they will do whatever it takes to get the best five linemen on the field, and I think we saw that when Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
Brooklyn, NY

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was moved to right tackle late in 2013.

We’ve heard rave reviews about center Jay Guillmero, but incumbent starter Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS So. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 270
Simpsonville, SC

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blocks the way. Could Norton move to the vacated right guard position so the coaches can get the five best on the field? Will Tyrone CrowderTyrone Crowder
Fr. Offensive Line
#55 6-2, 325
Marston, NC

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make an impact and move into one of those spots?

Left tackle: Isaiah Battle
Left guard: Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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or David BeasleyDavid Beasley
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#68 6-4, 315
Columbus, GA

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

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or Ryan Norton
Right guard: Ryan Norton or Tyrone Crowder?
Right tackle: Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
RS So. Offensive Tackle
#76 6-3, 265
Williamston, SC

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

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or Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS So. Offensive Tackle
#73 6-4, 275
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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?

Tight end

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

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showed flashes of brilliance at times last season, scoring the game-winning touchdowns against Georgia and Ohio State, but also showed that he is still learning to be a tight end.

Can Seckinger continue to progress in the position or will Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Fr. Tight End
#16 6-6, 235
Navarre, FL

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mature, learn to practice the right way and take over the starting role?

My guess is that Seckinger will start against Georgia on August 30th, but if Leggett continues to improve, there might be no keeping the talented sophomore off the field.

Wide receiver

Clemson loses a ton of talent at wide receiver with the early departure of Watkins and Bryant, but fortunately, the Tigers are in a position to reload after bringing in a stellar freshman class.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that 2014 could be the best group of wide receivers – as a whole - to ever play at Clemson University.

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

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tore his ACL during a freak accident in practice on September 11th but will have at least six months of recovery and rehab time before spring practice kicks off. Prior to the injury, Peake had catches for 84 yards and was poised for a breakout year. I suspect that he will come back better than before and will become the go-to guy on Clemson’s offense.

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

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had a great freshman year, despite playing beside Watkins and Bryant, catching 20 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Williams drew praises from the coaches for being a lot like former Clemson receiver Nuk Hopkins, showing his ability to be sure-handed and be able to highpoint the ball – especially in the endzone on the fade route. Can Williams take that next step and become a consistent threat?

With the departure of Watkins and Bryant, someone will need to come in and fill the role of the deep threat. Who better to come in and fill that role than Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake native Artavis Scott, who has already enrolled for the Spring term at Clemson? After Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney’s high school camps, the coaches likened Scott’s skillset to that of Watkins and former Clemson great Jacoby FordJacoby Ford
Wide Receiver (2006 - 2009)
#6 5-9, 175
Royal Palm Beach, FL

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. During Scott’s final season in high school, he had 37 receptions for 542 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing 67 times for 729 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Tigers also get 2013 signee Kyrin Priester, who many think might be the most polished receiver of the newcomers. Priester could step in and play right away. Add in Adam Humphries - Mr. Steady - and Clemson's receiving corps looks to be in good shape.

Running back

Clemson has had a 1,000-yard rusher each of the last three seasons with Roderick McDowell obtaining the feat in 2013 and Ellington eclipsing the mark the previous two seasons. Who will become the next great Clemson running back?

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

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continue his success? Will Zac BrooksZac Brooks
So. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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and Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
Fr. Running Back
#23 6-1, 205
Elberton, GA

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get healthy and grab the starting role? Or will the forgotten man of the 2013 recruiting class, Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 195
Loganville, GA

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surprise everyone?

Dye was the prize recruit in 2013, but after watching practice and talking to several sources it seems as thought Gallman made a statement during the fall and bowl practice that the starting job should be his. If Gallman continues his hard work, I see no reason why he shouldn’t be the starter when the Tigers travel to Athens in late August. At 6-1, 200 pounds, Gallman is the bigger back that Clemson has been looking for, but he also maintains the speed and shiftiness of a smaller back.

Quarterback

This is the position everyone want to know about…Has Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Jr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 205
Dublin, OH

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, the redshirt senior, done enough to prove he can operate Morris’ offense? Is Chad KellyChad Kelly
RS Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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ready to take over? Or will the nation’s top 2014 quarterback, Deshaun Watson come in and run away with the job.

Everyone assumes that the starting quarterback job is Watson’s to lose if he comes in and proves that he can learn the system, but I will pull a Lee Corso and say, “Not so fast, my friends!”

With an experienced offensive line, copious talent at running back and wide receiver and an improved defense, the Tigers simply need someone to operate the system and not make critical mistakes. And, that has Cole Stoudt written all over it.

Stoudt played in eight games last season and completed 47-of-59 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing 14 times for 58 yards and two scores.

Will he blow you away with his speed? No. However, he is just the type of quarterback that Clemson needs with young talent at the skill positions. He can put the ball where it needs to be and also use his feet when needed.

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Subject (Replies: 49) Author
Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
TigerNet News®
Demare Kitt?
OrangeNeck®
And Germone Hopper?***
ikemoney
No kidding, excited about him and Hopper***
SquishyWaffle
Hopper's best game was with Stoudt passing - 2 tds***
tigeron
Reloading. The talent is there, just need experience.
NorthAlabamaTiger
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
CamoClemson
Cole doesn't give us best chance to win. Sorry
Azazel
Re: Cole doesn't give us best chance to win. Sorry
ruatiger®
I agree
andylayne
Hmmm ... I think more of Chris Morroco.
apextiger®
Re: Cole doesn't give us best chance to win. Sorry
lhaselden
One and done is the reason he will go in as a starter
IPTAY FAMILY
Is he slower than Boyd? Just asking... speed wise?***
dw1959
yeah, i never really saw a ton of speed from boyd. in fact,
tigerinkvillenc®
... especially for that 50+yarder against Ohio State. Right?***
SOLOS®
Re: Cole doesn't give us best chance to win. Sorry
lhaselden
Be so nice to have calm, collected, cool QB - more accurate
tigeron
Re: Be so nice to have calm, collected, cool QB - more accurate
DirtMan
Thanks - Yes, Cool Cole with Chad as Wildcat back-up
tigeron
Re: Cole doesn't give us best chance to win. Sorry
hamster80
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
leftie
I hate it when we loose a lot***
Neal in NC
Disagree, with experience returnees, best redshirt team yet
tigeron
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
kingmcelrath88®
*Cole world haha***
kingmcelrath88®
Tajh was a redshirt sophmore and led us to 10 wins...
jbrock11
Best group of wide receivers ever? Come on now.***
surroundedtiger
it's right up there. at least from a potential standpoint.
tigerinkvillenc®
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
SouthernTiger09
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
lhaselden
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
GotGRR
Winston was a RS FR @FSU...***
SOLOS®
Re: Winston was a RS FR @FSU...***
BKendall36
Re: Winston was a RS FR @FSU...***
lhaselden
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
ProudTigerMom
It Will Take 2 Huge Steps ----
Xander5000
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
lhaselden
May be best Dabo team yet! thanks!
tigeron
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
BKendall36
Re: Front Page Story: Will Clemson offense have to rebuild, or just reload?
Basketball fan
LIKE: Cole Stoudt will shock the TigerNation!***
tigeron
The one thing I question about Stoudt
PenthouseTiger
With Gallman and Dye, I think Stoudt will help change the
tigeron
According to the Final stats
IPTAY FAMILY
We are loaded at wide receiver
MackDaddy®
Cole doesn't get rattled. He will be fine***
Hi Cotton Tigger
I vote for reloading!***
Razzmatazz
Since we're Reloaders does that make scar Freeloaders?***
Tickled Orange®
Stoudt starter at end of spring causing Kelly to transfer
Ranger

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