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I read Thursday's blog and it sounded like this weekend will be a struggle. How can you talk about how great App State is and how this will be a war? Did Lou Holtz or Vince Dooley write the blog Thursday?



I expect Clemson to win Saturday, and I expect it to be a convincing win. My point was that this is not another Wofford. The Terriers are down and App State is not. Clemson could have scored 70 on Wofford. The Tigers scored on every drive Watson was in the game. This App State team is better than Wofford, Boston College, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Vegas has the spread at 17, and I think Clemson will cover, but this is a better team than Clemson saw last week. I can see Clemson winning 42-17.


I read your blog, "Weapons" today. I have to agree with your comment, "Also, the tight ends will help give the staff options in the passing game." I suggested the same thing on a Clemson thread on Sunday after we learned Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Jr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-4, 213
Vance, SC

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will have a lengthy recovery time. I do remember Leggett on a key block, but I don't recall us using any of the TEs as receivers on Saturday, but I might have missed it.

Kindest Regards,



Leggett caught one and was a target on another Saturday. I like the tight end because it is a tough matchup for a linebacker due to speed issue and safeties due to the size issue. However, every time you throw it to a tight end is one less time you get the ball to Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
So. Wide Receiver
#3 5-10, 191
Oldsmar, FL

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or some other superstar wide receiver.


If Seth RyanSeth Ryan
RS So. Wide Receiver
#85 5-11, 174
Summit, NJ

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is the Holder for field goals and extra points, why does Dabo have him catching passes in a game? Seems like we are already thin in the specialist department.



I doubt we would ask a guy only to be a holder. Usually, it is a backup quarterback or receiver. I don't think Ryan will be in the game often as a receiver unless it is mop up duty, so this shouldn't be a big concern.


Here are my top 10 first game observations:

1. We did what we were expected to do, win and win big - testament to Dabo's philosophy of playing to a standard

2. We are in serious trouble if Deshaun goes down. We scored on every possession with him and punted on the majority of the others. Bryant looks promising, but Nick doesn't seem to have the mobility.

3. Offensive line - too early to tell. I think Louisville will be their first real test.

4. G-Hop, best game since he has been here - his downfield blocking was spectacular.

5. Ray-Ray - Wow-Wow; Deon - no more first game jitters - another Sammy and Nuke combo in the making - Just need some dreadlocks!

6. The defense was disciplined, which is what I was hoping to see against a GaTech type offense. I feel better about them.

7. Mackenzie is a great cover guy, but he needs to learn how to play the run.

8. Jayron is a beast - he will be in the Pro-Bowl one day

9. Hunter Renfro is just another Tyler GrishamTyler Grisham
Wide Receiver (2008)
# 5-11, 185
Birmingham, AL

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/ Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2014)
#13 5-11, 193
Spartanburg, SC

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legacy; I love it that he is wearing #13 - where do we find these guys?

10. Pretty sure Tiger Walk is not the full team



Thanks for the email. I agree with your first few points, but I think the offensive line will be OK. They played well Saturday and will only get better. I am more encouraged by the offensive line now. I would like to see more out of Cain in the future. Like you, I was impressed Saturday and hope to see more of it this week.


I read your blog "Drop Off" today. I agree. I tried to explain why there might not be a drop off to my son recently. I made the following argument. Only one guy can play a position at a time. So, who do you choose? Last year, we chose seniors over underclassmen. Does that mean the seniors were better? Yes, that is probably true. However, it tells the critics from ESPN nothing about the difference between the #1 right DE and the #2 right DE, or any other players. On a scale of 0 to 100, Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
Defensive End (2010 - 2014)
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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might have been a 100 and Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
Jr. Defensive End
#90 6-3, 272
Central, SC

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might have been a 99 in 2014. Fingers crossed there is hardly a drop off or maybe none at all. I like our chances with Venables in charge.

Kindest Regards,



This staff has recruited very well. There is depth in the program at most positions. Now, Beasley was a freak athlete and can't be replaced, but Clemson is talented. Experience is an issue now, but the talent is not. Lawson, Pagano, Watkins, Wilkins, Huggins, Dodd, Yeargin, Bryant, Boulware, Goodson, Alexander, Kearse, and Green are very good football players.

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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, 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, Mr. Gillespie, Bobbi Nicholson, Earl Gilstrap, Dr. Matt Stower, Tyler Kemmerlin, Parks Hutto, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
Spartanburg, SC

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, Robert Summerville, Wendell Harrington, Michelle Richey, Julie Moore, Ashley Fitch, Drew Moore, Allison Williams, Nicholas Wickiser, Lena Wright, Donna Springs, Elizabeth Bruner, Bobbi Simpson, Hammond Family, Elaine G. Duvall, Addison Grace, Bennie CunninghamBennie Cunningham
Tight End (1972 - 1975)
#85 6-5, 250
Seneca, SC

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, Kevin Orcutt, Alan Finley, Keith Wells, Steve Byrd, 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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