Friday Email Bag
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Friday Email Bag
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I had a chance to read your blog today,"Offensive Player Development." I think that recruiting and player development of O-line have improved immeasurably over the past couple of seasons. It took time for Dabo and staff to convince the really talented linemen to become Tigers. However, prior to successes in recruiting O-linemen, we saw our two and three star linemen get much better. Is it possible for a five-star to become a six-star?
This staff has evaluated very well and Robbie Caldwell and Danny Pearman have done a great job. Maverick Morris was not highly recruited but this staff loved him. They did a good job of projecting Joe Gore to offense. Tyrone Crowder was down to Clemson and Georgia. Eric MacLain is a former tight end. Mitch Hyatt was a five star. So this offensive line has a bunch of different kind of recruiting stories.
I do think the last two offensive line classes feature players with different attitudes and players who have a nasty streak. Hyatt, Jake Fruhmorgen, Noah Green, Justin Falcinelli, Taylor Hearn and a few others play with more intensity than some recent offensive linemen.
I became a different believer this past Saturday. I always knew we had a good team and we were talented, but we always seemed find a way to shoot ourselves in the foot. This past Saturday was the best test for this team this season, given the implications and the national stage. FSU jumps out to an early lead, the offense is sputtering, Cook is sizzling and we make a stupid decision at the end of the half. All of the ingredients were there for an outcome we all feared. At the half, I told my seatmates, we will find out if these players are really buying what Dabo has been selling. The second half showed me this team is ready and I have gone from a hopeful believer to a true believer that this team is ready for the next step. I will watch the games with a bravado I have not had since the early 80’s. One question, no one has talked about Mike Williams. Seems he is lost for the season. Any word from your sources?
I started feeling differently about this program after the LSU bowl game. That game started a new era at Clemson. I now have a different attitude when I walk into every stadium. I have a different attitude when it comes to recruiting and watching these four and five stars continue to pick Clemson over traditional powers. This is a different time.
I have not heard anything that would lead me to believe that Mike Williams is coming back at any point in this season. They are evaluating him weekly, but I haven't heard anything to make me believe he will be play this season.
Thank you for your blog,"Thursday's Thoughts." Two parts resonated with me. Your comments on "Experience" are so true. Winning and success become so much more likely as your experience with them becomes a habit.
I was also struck by your comments on "Culture." My son is at airborne school. I live 16 miles away. So I have visited with him. It has really struck how quickly the Army's culture has become ingrained in him after only 4 months of active duty. At Clemson our older players and coaches are teaching our young players what it means to be a Tiger. I am happy for Dabo, the team, alumni, and fans. Dabo is an example of a leader that fills us with pride. He has created a culture of success built on hard work, faith, integrity.
I know you are extremely proud of your son. I hope he and all of our brave men and women enjoyed Veterans Day this week.
The mind can change in a short time and this staff and older players make a huge impact on these younger players very early. Actually that starts before they even arrive on campus. It also starts with recruiting the kind of player that fits into the culture here.
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