Friday Email Bag
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Friday Email Bag
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I couldn't hear your show this morning but wanted to get your thoughts on the Trevor Lawrence commitment. Thanks.
I don't think there is a way to overstate how impressive this is for Clemson football and this staff. To have the quarterbacks already on campus and in the fold and to still get the top player in the class of 2018 is amazing. Lawrence has all of the tools and all of the intangibles you look for. He checks every box. His humility is also impressive. I was told this morning that after winning back to back state titles, he was invited to go on stage, but declined because he thought this was a moment reserved for the seniors.
Lawrence is 40-1 as a starter in high school. He has passed for over 10,000 yards and 118 touchdowns and only 20 picks. He has led his team to back-to-back 15-0 records and state titles.
With Bryant, Cooper, Johnson, Brice and Lawrence, the position of quarterback at Clemson is in great hands.
I admit that I have not seen the new Littlejohn and I am certain that it is a first class facility that is something that all Clemson basketball players and fans can be proud of but it is not a showcase for a television game. The location of the camera provides a horrible view of players and coaches backs and totally hides the sideline on that side of the court. I cannot help but wonder why the camera box is on that side of the court or if anyone even thought about how bad the view would be? Could this just be a temporary camera location that will be moved later?
I must admit that I haven't seen Clemson play on television at home since the remodel but will try to notice it if there is a game I can't get to. I am not sure how much this was considered during the redesign, but I haven't heard any complaints so far.
Look, as I have said for the past 2 months, Lamar Jackson was always going to win the Heisman after the first few weeks of the season. Did Deshaun Watson deserve to win, absolutely but how do you beat the favorite of ESPN and the numbers Jackson put up? The last few games may make a difference for March Madness because hot teams are often rewarded but in the case of Lamar Jackson and his video game numbers, the deal was sealed early. Louisville had the #1 scoring offense and the #2 total offense in the country and Jackson was responsible for 51 touchdowns so we have to remember that. Clemson fans can also remember the great feeling in beating Louisville and winning the ACC championship and I doubt there are many Clemson fan that despite the love for #4 would trade the ACC championship and a chance to again be in the playoffs for a Heisman win.
Our memories of Deshaun Watson will last for years and his undisputed character and influence will never be forgotten. We have to remember that the Golden rule of life these days is that whoever has the gold rules and clearly ESPN is the ruler. If you will watch Sports Center starting next Labor Day weekend, you will have a great chance to pick the Heisman winner by Halloween. Is this fair, it doesn't matter, it's just the way it is.
I am not sure why we vote on the Heisman before the biggest games of the year. I think if we would have voted after the playoffs last year then Watson would have won the trophy. It makes no sense that people vote early or the entire voting and award is presented before the playoff and bowl games.
I support you. Those 2 people that wrote you and complained about your political agenda do not have my support. If their daughter got raped by a boy that was in the wrong bathroom or locker room, then they might change their opinion. Common sense in our country is lacking by way too many people.-David
I don't want to sound insensitive here, but I really don't care about the issue as much as some people. I care more about football and Clemson football. I wanted the game in Charlotte because it is easier for me and my wife. That sounds insensitive but I figured out years ago that I have little chance to change people's minds about my politics, so I have given that up. I care more about Clemson football than I do bathroom policies in North Carolina.
How are the red-shirt guys doing? What players from the Class of 2016 will make the biggest impacts? Thanks and Go Tigers!
I hear great things about most of the class. I think we will see Zerrick Cooper be a major factor this spring in the role for the quarterback spot. We have seen glimpses of Tavien Feaster at running back but his role will increase this spring, and he may be the top back in 2017. Cornell Powell and Diondre Overton have played a little, but both will have big chances this spring. I like Powell's skill set. I have not heard much about TJ Chase. The staff likes Chalk at tight end but feels like he could use another year to get bigger and stronger before he is ready for a major role. You have already seen the impact of Simpson, Anchrum and Pollard on the o-line. Chandler is still rehabbing his ACL, and I have not heard anything about Stewart.
On defense, Xavier Kelly has star written all over him. Look for him to have a big spring. I think Davis still has to get bigger before he plays a role like Ferrell, but he could develop into a situational pass rusher. Obviously, Dexter Lawrence is as good as any freshman in the country. Dabo commented this week that they really like Nyles Pickney and think he will be a very good player as early as next season. Lamar has already impressed and Skalski has played a lot on special teams. Both have a chance to be really good players. The staff loves Shaq Smith's upside and think he can be the five-star prospect. Dawkins has been hurt most of the fall. Wallace has played as a true freshman and impressed. You could see his time jump in the spring. Simmons is a great looking specimen, but I have not heard a lot on him or Turner.
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