ESPN's 2013 Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25


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12. Clemson Tigers
Previous rank: 11
The Tigers say they'll play even faster on offense in 2013 with quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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

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coming back. But it's Clemson's defense that might make a big difference this coming season. Last season, the Tigers were one of the country's most improved defenses in the second half of the season; they allowed only 4.9 yards per play in their final seven games. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney hopes he's found a star pass-rusher in defensive end Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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, who had 10 sacks in four spring scrimmages. On offense, receivers Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC

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

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emerged as potential playmakers, which would take some pressure off Watkins after star DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
Wide Receiver
#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC

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moved on. The Tigers also have to be more consistent running the football, and "Hot" Rod McDowell, D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Jr. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
Lincoln, AL

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and Zac BrooksZac Brooks
So. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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are the top candidates to carry the ball.

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