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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about the statistics that could improve from a team standpoint and today I wanted to look at some of the individual numbers.
One of the biggest jumps this season could come from
Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL
View Full Profile . Everyone knows Watkins had issues last season and his productivity was down. I would be very surprised if we did not see numbers that looked like his freshman stats (82 receptions, 1,219 yards, 12 touchdowns, 231 rushing yards and 826 kickoff return yards) instead of his sophomore numbers (57 catches, 708 yards, three touchdowns, 97 yards rushing, 257 kickoff return yards).
The Tigers lose
Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC
View Full Profile and his 1,081 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Clemson will need more productivity from Roderick McDowellRoderick McDowell
Gr. Running Back
#25 5-9, 195
View Full Profile (450 yards, 5 touchdowns last season), DJ Howard (138 yards, two touchdowns), Zac BrooksZac Brooks
So. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
View Full Profile (119 yards, no touchdowns). The freshmen duo of Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
Fr. Running Back
#23 6-1, 205
View Full Profile and Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 195
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Like Ellington, Nuk Hopkins will be missed. Gone are his 82 receptions, 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
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Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC
View Full Profile is looking to increase his total of ten catches for 305 yards and four scores from last season.
Three years ago Clemson inked two five-star linebackers and this is the season I think both could have a major impact. Last season
Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
#42 6-2, 235
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#7 6-0, 235
View Full Profile had 26 tackles but 12 were on special teams. These are numbers that should see a dramatic rise this season.
Clemson averaged 39.2 yards per punt last season. I believe
Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
#92 6-5, 230
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Speaking of special teams, Clemson has seen a dramatic drop in the return game in recent seasons. Since
C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
Pro Running Back
#28 5-11, 195
Lake Butler, FL
View Full Profile left, the Tigers have not had consistent success here unless you count a couple by Watkins against Maryland in 2011. Last season Clemson averaged only 20.5 yards per kick off return, so that number could be improved. The Tigers averaged only 4.3 yards per punt return and I am hoping we see that number increase this season.
Clemson cornerbacks picked off only four passes last season. I am hopeful that Baushad Breeland,
Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
#8 5-10, 175
College Park, GA
View Full Profile , Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS Jr. Cornerback
#26 6-0, 195
View Full Profile , MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
Fr. Defensive Back
#2 5-11, 185
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Last season Clemson kicked off 97 times and 50 were touchbacks. I am hoping that that number increases this season and look for Pinion to be a factor.
"Scoop and score" is a term used by defensive coordinators all of the country. Teams are obviously more dangerous when the defense becomes offensive. Last season Clemson had only one fumble return and it was for 16 yards and a touchdown. I would like to grow.
The Tigers only forced 12 fumbles last season with only four guys returning that caused a fumble. I would like to see Anthony,
Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
View Full Profile , Quandon ChristianQuandon Christian
RS Sr. Linebacker
#34 6-2, 225
Lake View, SC
View Full Profile and Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 285
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Clemson's defensive tackles
Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
View Full Profile , Josh Watson, DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 285
View Full Profile , DJ Reader and Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
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#98 6-2, 310
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