Clemson Report Card

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From Star News Online:

Clemson, A+: The Tigers had already proven their ability to beat top teams at home. Saturday, whatever questions that remained about their legitimacy were answered emphatically by a 23-3 whipping of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. It was Clemson’s third win in as many weeks against a ranked opponent, the first time in ACC history that has happened. The most impressive aspect of the Tigers’ victory is the way they did it. Rather than simply outscoring teams, as they had previously, they relied on a defense that was supposed to be their weak link to hold the Hokies without a TD at home for the first time since 1995. The leaders of the gang were LB Tig Willard and DE Andre BranchAndre Branch
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Richmond, VA

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, who did his best Da’Quan Bowers imitation by recording 11 tackles, including five for losses and three sacks.

Offensively, we all knew about QB Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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and WR Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Fr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-1, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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and what they could do. But both were relatively quiet against the Hokies. Instead, it was a ground game fueled by the duo of Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
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Moncks Corner, SC

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and Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
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#5 5-10, 175
Nocatee, FL

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, along with TE Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
RS Jr. Tight End
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC

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, that did most of the offensive damage. At 5-0 with wins over both preseason divisional favorites, Clemson is now clearly the team to beat in the ACC.

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