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Mickey: Clearly our success and hopes for the big year in 2015 rest clearly on the shoulders of Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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for the most part. Assuming you agree with that, it would be most interesting to have knowledgeable answers to some questions regarding D and his recovery from surgery, training, etc.

These questions would need to be answered by professionals in sports

medicine, body development, etc.

1. For a guy of his height and body mass index, what would an ideal weight be for him (as a football player) to carry without impacting his mobility or speed in a major way?

2. What can be done to his body build to lessen the change of injuries this coming year?. An example might be to wear a knee brace on the recovering knee.

3. In his training, is it possible to add mass in one area over another and how is that done? Does this muscle development prevent injuries?

4. During his rehab between now and Fall practice, is it reasonable to assume that with hard work on his part, he will be ready for said practice and able to go somewhat near full speed and effort on his part?

I would suggest you have this as a program on your radio show and would you please let me know so I can be sure and listen. I'm looking for a big, big year and truly believe we CAN go all the way assuming Deshaun is healthy. I recognize there are many other factors but this is the major one in my mind.




You can rest easy knowing Clemson's strength and conditioning, medical, training, and nutrition staffs have their full attention on Watson. They have a plan in place for every student-athlete and Watson gets their full attention. I will try to have a specialist on to answer the details of your questions. Thanks.


As frustrating as it's been to watch/follow basketball games so far this year, the fact of the matter is that the team is on the right side of .500 with 10 games left in the regular season.  The NCAAs is off the table barring a miracle in the ACC tourney but a NIT/CBI bid is in reach. If Coach Brownell & Co. can navigate the remaining schedule and stay on the right side of .500, what do you think their chances are for a postseason bid and how important do you think the extra games/practice time will be in building some momentum for the next couple years? (especially with the upcoming season of having to play away from campus all year)



At this point I think the NIT is well within reach for this team. It is a shame they lost those three non-conference games early or this team's RPI might would have them in the conversation for the NCAA tournament. This team is playing well as the energy and confidence has grown.


For those old timers like me, a non-conference game against North Carolina would be a great way to revive what was one of the best rivalries of the 70's and 80's.    I remember the great games, the trips to beautiful Chapel Hill and the great players.    Ask Jeff Davis about his games with Lawrence Taylor, ask Jim Stucky, Jeff Bryant, Obid Ariri and the great linemen that Clemson got out of North Carolina like the Bostics, the Phillips, Jeff Kinney and on and on and they will you what a special game it was with the Tar Heels each year.

Would you rather play Georgia State, Wofford, South Carolina State or North Carolina?   Well, maybe South Carolina State because we can watch their band at halftime but playing North Carolina would be reviving a great tradition and a great event each year like it was back in day.     



Like you, I grew up watching Clemson beat some good North Carolina teams. I like the trip to Chapel Hill and wouldn't mind a neutral site visit to Charlotte occasionally. It would feel strange playing a non-conference game against a conference opponent but I do like playing UNC.


I saw today where UNC and Wake are playing a non-conference home and home.  It’s an interesting concept for team trying to get more Power 5 games.  Not really worried about UNC and Wake ever meeting in the ACC championship game, but if others follow suit, something like that could happen.  It was considered a fluke when it happened with Clemson and Va Tech, but with this concept, you could see more of that.  I wonder if others will get that creative or have to get that creative to get the games they need.  Interesting to follow over time. 




I agree. I think Clemson will stay the course with non-conference games with powers like Auburn, Texas A&M and Notre Dame but others may be thinking more locally. Selling tickets is a key for schools like Wake and North Carolina. I wonder if this will open the door for other schools in other conferences to play non-conference conference games.

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Those who need our prayers include: Jo Ann Bachman, Kenneth Bryant, Pruitt Martin, Got Igers and his family, David Rowland, Leonard, Gillespie and his family, Jim S., Daniel Rosborough, the Huffman family, Nancy Winkler, John Reeve, Vinnie Brock, Kaitlyn L., Susan Miller, Joyce Harley, Steve Proveaux, Jeffrey Greene, the Hutto family, Sherl Drawdy, Caleb Kennedy, Teresa O'Connor, Matt Jacobs, Perrin Seigler, Candee Massee, Lindsey Jordan, Sam Catoe, Tyler Felch, the Nicolopulos family, "the Jacksonville, FL guys," Kim Sims, the Coyle family, Ryleigh Tedder, Steve Lee, Kelly Trakas, Jimmy Moore, the Thomas V. family, Emary Claire Young, Kitty Bowers, Julie Locke, the Scheider family, Lauren Kittles' family, Frank Gentry, Stacey McKeown, Dale Childs, Larry Lentz, Jr., Carl Sharperson, Scott Hannon, William Perry, Tyler Swaney, Lillian, Mark Feit, David Frame, the family of Matthew M. Watson, the Dowis family, Alan Putnam, the Olivers, Lee Tate, Ronnie Abrams, Eddie Greene, the Jackson family, Bill Vader, Jim Taylor, Tina DeWitt, Rock Horne, Bobby Wayne Thomas, Emma and Danielle Carothers, Robert Ditty, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Smith, Millie Heatley, Lynn Martin and family, Michael Pinson, Jake David family, Angie Crowley, Ira, Mike Tolson, Poly Wells, Dr. Muriel Bishop, Jack Cunningham, Emily Jefford Meister, Zachary Stoller, Aaron Clackum, Pat James, Cortney Moore, William Moore, Angelia and Savannah Anderson, William Ross, Scott Johns, Frank Carroll, Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
Defensive Tackle (2008 - 2011)
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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, Alvin Sammons, Georgine McAlhaney, Glen Davis, Mike Price, Clay Childers, Aaron Knight, Danielle Johnston and family, Nicholas Abrams, Lana Kuykendall, Gary, Gary G., William Huggins, Jim Bennett, Chantz Fowler, Ethel McElveen, Michele Gurganus, William Gentry, Lewis Usher and Tanya Sanders,  Shon Cooper, Nick Collins, Amanda Peake, Danny Hammond, Chip Turner, Nick Collins, Allen Steen, the Sturkey family, the Lance family, Nick Chrisley's family, Allison Williams, Lt. Kyle Walker, Summer and Joel Johnson, Nicole O'Donnell, James O. Johnson, Joy Pruett and family, Bill Schmidt, Jack Bailey, Gardner Family, Charles Turner, Kathy Bartholomew, Ray Sanders, David and Robin Blocker, J.R. Ray, Kenneth Kowe, Lauren Sielicki, Jenna Phipps, Mark Lawrence, Jonathan and Jacki Sullins, Peter Laboy, Kat and Carlisle Jones, Elizabeth Galloway and family, Anita McDonald, Willard Harryman, Liz Surratt, Molly Senn, Jackie Shearer, Richard Sellers, Tim Drisdelle, Dawson Bourne, Susan and Mike Brown, Julie Goodman Marshall, Willard and Dorothy Harryman, Justin Jernigan, Jack  Cunningham,  Mia Daughtery, Tee Senn, Bob Garrett, Skylar, Joseph Thomas, Mrs. Nelis, Jeanne Thompson, Sean Rowell, George Parker, Levon KirklandLevon Kirkland
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and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, David Vaughn, Keith Dalton, B.T., Bill Hilbig, Rita Elrod Hammond and family, Jim McKeller, Tony Alewine, Sharon Storck, Dick Baird, Richard Bagnal, Dustin and Brittany Peurifoy, Jan Allan, Josh Cox, Gregg and Sylvia Lewis, Travis Hamrick, Kaki Harmon, Brandy Stephens, Jammie McKellar and babies, Karen Edwards, Jackson Lindsey, Cathy Hutson Gregg, Kristin Heckman, Jennifer Johnson, Jay Johnson, Lyndsie Johnson, Emily Davis, Hayes Davis, Judy Towe, Johnny Towe, Ken Brown, Elaine Brown, Rhonda Thompson, Tim Davis, Jacob Greinke, Jack Finley, Richard and Clara Crawford, Zach and Griffin Johnson, Israel, Frankie Allen, Bobby Allen, the Wessinger family, the Parsons family, Todd Price and family, Rosemary A Flynn, Dr. Mickey Shealy family, Sarah Mcmanus, Mr. Gillespie, Al Evans, Bobbi Nicholson, Earl Gilstrap, Dr. Matt Stower, Tyler Kemmerlin, Parks Hutto, Tim Assemany, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
Spartanburg, SC

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, Robert Smmerville, Wendell Harrington, and our great country and the men and women in uniform that protect and serve it every day, plus their families.

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