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Friday Email Bag

Each Friday I publish your comments and answer your questions. To submit a comment or questions, please email me at


While watching the clips of the record breaking overtime performance of Steph Curry, I was reminding of CJ Spiller's time at Clemson. When you watch the clips of Curry shooting 3's, his teammates would throw up their hands for a "3" just after the shot left the hand the same way that Clemson's offensive linemen would signal a touchdown as soon as CJ broke free because they knew nobody would catch him. It seems to me the only missing piece of the puzzle on offense is that true speed that a Spiller or Watkins had.

We know that Wayne Gallman is the starter at running back and rightly so because if he stays healthy, he will certainly reach the 1200-1500 yard mark and we know how productive the receivers are but what about break-away speed?

I know that times in the 40 are sometimes misleading but can you dig up any numbers to compare our current backs and receivers, including freshmen coming in, with times that say Spiller or Watkins had? In looking at recruiting bios for players, I was always excited when a kid finished in the top of their state track meet, especially if they were from Florida and there is one thing that will always be true, speed kills.




Great topic. I don't trust hand held forty times by prospects' high school coaches. Perhaps a better measure of speed are the electronic times at these combines and events held by rivals, Nike and Under Armour. Also, the state track meets are a great way to judge true speed.

Spiller and Watkins were elite speed. I think Feaster has that kind of top end speed too.

Speed is important but published forty speeds are misleading. Austin Bryant and Christian Wilkins have great quickness. Dexter Lawrence runs like a 250-pounder. Gallman doesn't have elite speed, but he rushed for more yards in one season than any player in school history. Hunter Renfrow doesn't have elite speed, but he comes out of his cuts well enough to score three touchdowns in the playoffs last year. Speed is measurable, but Clemson is a better football team now even though Spiller and Watkins are gone.


I love everything Clemson football, but I also love everything Clemson, including the history. Your column a few weeks ago about naming streets after the "hero's" at Clemson was great!

With the baseball team doing well and golf having a great season, I was thinking about the best coaches and teams regardless of sport. Penley has got to be up there with Ford, Wilhelm and Leggett as far as a winning coach that made Clemson and their names synonymous. I would love to read a column where you talk about the best of the best, regardless of era and sport that make this little town in the hills special.

Thanks for what you do!



I have done some of this in the past and will do more in the future. I love talking and writing about the great figures that made this place special. I told Sam Blackman the other day that he needs to write a book on Bill Wilhelm because there are hundreds of great stories out there on him. I try to learn as much as I can from as many of these greats as I can. I spent some time this week with Billy Ware, who played and coached here at Clemson and came away with some great stories. Perhaps I can share some more of these in the near future. Thanks for the kind words and ideas.

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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,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 Thompson, Alvin Sammons, Georgine McAlhaney, Glen Davis, Mike Price, 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, 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, Skylar, Joseph Thomas, Mrs. Nelis, Jeanne Thompson, Sean Rowell, George Parker, Levon Kirkland 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, Dr. Matt Stower, Tyler Kemmerlin, Parks Hutto, Patrick DeStefano, Robert Summerville, Michelle Richey, Julie Moore, Ashley Fitch, Drew Moore, Allison Williams, Nicholas Wickiser, Lena Wright, Elizabeth Bruner, Hammond Family, Elaine G. Duvall, Addison Grace, Bennie Cunningham, Kevin Orcutt, Alan Finley, Keith Wells, Steve Byrd, Jessica Hernandez, Wayne Mullins, Rita Alexander, Tony Osterman, family and friends of Gary Cooper, Tonya Gibson, Mary Carmen Harman, Derk Denton,Tim Vacek, Mike Vacek, Jerry Brown, Phil Compton, Alma Jean Sullivan, Lindsey Motley, Riley Cook, Dwayne Wood, Eileen Haslam, Larry Nimmons and family, Chrissy Adams, Annie Gregory, 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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