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Friday Email Bag

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What an exciting time for Clemson football. I can't wait for this season and the future looks even brighter. Tre LamarTre Lamar
6-4, 235
Roswell, GA

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made my day last week. Moving forward please give me your thoughts on our chances with the following prospects:












Thanks for the email. I think Clemson has a slight lead over Tennessee for Overton. I think Clemson has a slight lead over South Carolina and others for Simpson. I think Tennessee may have a slight lead for Matthews, but word is Clemson made a big impression. I think Clemson has a lead for Kelly. I think Clayton like Auburn and Clemson but others will stay in this race. I think Clemson leads South Carolina for Pickney. I think Lawrence and Gary are national top 10 recruits that both like Clemson but are not nearing a decision. I think Osborne stays with Tennessee but is still looking, and Clemson has some nice ties there. Hope this helps.


Mickey, to say the Clemson program has arrived is a bit premature. There is still the stigma of “Clemsoning” out there and it doesn’t mean losing the wrong opponent, but not winning the game when you need it. FSU and GT obviously stick out from last year. The reason they do is the mental toughness that comes with success. Finish the game with FSU and don’t fold your tents and go home when a player goes down at GT. We have depth, but lack experience. Experience is not just on the field, but keeping the mental edge to finish. To me, that is the biggest question facing this team and the challenge for the coaching staff. They are physically talented, but can they become mentally talented, as well?



It looked like they were mentally tough against South Carolina and Oklahoma. The FSU game was Watson's first major action on the road against the defending national champion. The Tech game came down to his injury and two pick sixes. If any team in America plays a ranked opponent on the road and loses its starting QB in the first quarter, then they should get beat. This program is mentally tough. They have shown that over the past four seasons.



A couple of weeks ago on your show you gave some information about what the SEC West's record was in November and December against teams that were not in the SEC West. You also included who their wins were against-teams like Western Carolina. Will you please put that in writing for us?



My point is that we were told in September and October that the SEC West was the greatest division in the history of the sport. But the saying goes, "They always remember November." Below is what each SEC West team did in November, December and January:


Win-LSU, Mississippi State, Western Carolina, Auburn and Missouri

Loss-Ohio State


Win-Ole Miss,Samford

Loss-Texas A&M, Georgia, Alabama, Wisconsin


Win-Texas A&M

Loss-Alabama, Arkansas, Notre Dame

Texas A&M-3-2

Win-UL-Monroe, Auburn, West Virginia

Loss-Missouri, LSU


Win-LSU, Ole Miss, Texas

Loss-Mississippi State, Missouri

Mississippi State-3-3

Win-Arkansas, UT-Martin, Vanderbilt

Loss-Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech

Ole Miss-2-3

Win-Presbyterian, Mississippi State

Loss-Auburn, Arkansas, TCU

SEC West Record in November, December, and January-19-18

SEC West Record in those months against teams not in division-9-7

SEC West Record in those months against non-division Power 5 conferences-4-8

SEC West Bowl game record-2-5


I see a lot of discussion about our schedule this year, mainly focusing on the Louisville-Notre Dame stretch or playing Florida State late in the year. I'm curious about your thoughts on our first two games of the year against Wofford and Appalachian State. Do you think having two "should-win" games to start the year will help or hurt this season? I tend to lean towards the former since we have a lot of players that are getting their first starts this year to build team chemistry and get some meaningful snaps in and they should help Alex Spence get some a few real kicks in before the big games should Lakip be out into week 3. On the other hand, having the two easy opponents to start the year may not prepare our guys as well for the tough stretch ahead. What do you think?



I like opening with a couple of easier games. I like easing your way into a season. There are many new faces on defense and a couple of games will those guys get experience. It may not be as exciting, but it will help as the season progresses. You can recover from mistakes much easier, and we all know that mistakes are more prevalent earlier in a season.

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