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Clemson ranked in top 20 of Athlon's 2014 Top 25

by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Monday, December 23, 2013 9:01 AM

Here's an early look at where Clemson is ranked in Athlon's Top 25 next year. Also, FSU is ranked #1 on the 2014 list.

18. Clemson
The Tigers are coming off the best three-year stretch in program history. So what can they do for an encore? It won’t be easy winning 10 games, especially with the departure of 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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(expected to enter the NFL Draft). Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Jr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 205
Dublin, OH

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, Chad KellyChad Kelly
RS Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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and true freshman Deshaun Watson will battle to replace Boyd, but coordinator Chad Morris does have three starters back on the line, and Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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

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in the receiving corps. End Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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could leave for the NFL Draft, but much like the offense, there are plenty of other returning pieces for next season. Linebacker Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Jr. Linebacker
#42 6-2, 235
Polkton, NC

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and cornerback Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
RS Jr. Cornerback
#17 6-0, 195
Allendale, SC

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should be All-ACC performers, while sophomore end Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
Fr. Defensive End
#90 6-4, 260
Central, SC

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is a rising star to watch in 2014. Clemson won’t have an easy path next year, as Georgia and South Carolina headline the non-conference slate, and Louisville joins the ACC slate. The Tigers also travel to Florida State in what should be the Atlantic Division’s marquee game.

Check out the entire top 25 here

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