Young Tigers Excel During Final Stadium Scrimmage


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Clemson, SC—Young players dominated the most significant data during Clemson’s final stadium scrimmage of the preseason. The eighth-ranked Tigers (AP and USA Today) are preparing for their season opener against fifth-ranked Georgia at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium on August 31.

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

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had three receptions for 111 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Nick Shuessler. Freshman T.J. GreenT.J. Green
Fr. Athlete
#82 6-2, 189
Sylacauga, AL

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, who had missed 10 preseason practices with a knee injury, returned Saturday and had three catches for 24 yards.

Red-shirt freshman Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 170
Charlotte, NC

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had a 22-yard touchdown catch from Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Jr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 205
Dublin, OH

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. Freshman Marcus EdmondMarcus Edmond
Fr. Defensive Back
#29 6-1, 180
Hopkins, SC

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of Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, SC, had two interceptions for 56 return yards. He returned one interception for a 26-yard score. Freshman Jadar JohnsonJadar Johnson
Fr. Defensive Back
#18 6-1, 180
Orangeburg, SC

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had the other interception.

The top tackler in the scrimmage was freshman Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
Fr. Outside Linebacker
#10 6-1, 230
Anderson, SC

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of nearby Anderson, SC. He had seven tackles from a linebacker position. Freshman Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
Fr. Defensive End
#90 6-4, 260
Central, SC

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had three sacks. And finally, the top rusher in the scrimmage was freshman Wayne Gallaman, who had 10 carries for 30 yards.

“We got a lot done today,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “We held out some players today and got a lot of work for some younger players. They performed well. We went over a lot of special situations the second part of the scrimmage and even played an overtime period.”

Many of Clemson veterans saw little or no action. All-America auarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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played just one series and threw just one pass. Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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did not play in the scrimmage at all. Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC

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played just one series as well. On defense Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
So. Defensive Back
#11 6-0, 190
Tallahassee, FL

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, Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
Gr. Linebacker
#33 6-3, 230
Charlotte, NC

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, Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Jr. Linebacker
#42 6-2, 235
Polkton, NC

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, Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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and Robert SmithRobert Smith
Jr. Safety
#27 5-10, 210
St. George, SC

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were all held out the scrimmage.

There were some good performances by veterans as well. With Boyd held out, Cole Stoudt got the majority of the work with the first team and completed 9-17 passes for 157 yards and a score. Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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made two leaping catches for 28 yards.

Daniel RodriguezDaniel Rodriguez
RS So. Wide Receiver
#83 5-8, 175
Stafford, VA

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had two receptions for 26 yards and Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
Gr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC

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had field goals of 41 and 46 yards. Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS So. Kicker
#36 5-10, 185
Alpharetta, GA

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had a 47-yard boot as well. On defense Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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had three sacks and Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Jr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
Columbus, GA

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had two.
“We saw a lot of the freshmen make some plays today. You can see the impact of Shaq Lawson being here in the spring. It has made a difference for him as he came to camp advanced. Korrin WigginsKorrin Wiggins
Fr. Defensive Back
#12 6-1, 185
Durham, NC

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has been impressive as have a number of the other freshman defensive backs.

“We will meet soon to try to determine what players we intend to red-shirt and what players we intend to play. Of course that can change. Three weeks into the season we might play someone we intended to red-shirt because of injury or other personnel changes.

“The toughest part of camp is now over. We have one more two-a-day on Monday, then a practice on Tuesday before we take a day off for the start of school on Wednesday.”

The Tigers will have Fan Appreciation Day at 2:30 PM on Sunday at Memorial Stadium. Admission is free.

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