2012 Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25

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From Nark Schlabauch of ESPN:

16. Clemson Tigers
Previous rank: 23
The Tigers spent the spring preaching consistency on offense, while trying to rebuild the confidence of its defense, which was blistered in a 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Discover Orange Bowl. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney fired defensive coordinator Kevin Steele after the embarrassing loss to the Mountaineers and replaced him with former Oklahoma assistant Brent Venables. Venables inherits a young defense, but at least Clemson's offense will keep it in most games. Quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS So. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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is back, along with tailback Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Jr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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and receivers DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
So. Wide Receiver
#6 6-1, 200
Central, SC

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and Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Fr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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. The Tigers play at Florida State on Sept. 22 and play Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech at home in October.

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