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All indications say that this has been a successful pre-season camp for the Tigers, but some questions still remain with less than two weeks before Clemson heads to Athens.
Here are a few questions that need to be answered on the offensive side of the ball in the next two weeks:
What will Deshawn Watson's role be?
The staff decided back in the spring that
Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
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What is the pecking order at running back?
Clemson has depth at running back but there has not been a guy that has stepped up and taken the starting spot by the throat.
D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
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RS Fr. Running Back
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<Who can be counted on for wide receiver depth?
Charone PeakeCharone Peake
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Sr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 193
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So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
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RS So. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 175
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Fr. Wide Receiver
#8 6-1, 183
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Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
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Who is the fifth starter on the offensive line?
The staff feels good at four of the five starting offensive line spots.
Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
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RS Sr. Offensive Tackle
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RS Fr. Offensive Guard
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RS So. Center
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