Phil Steele's Clemson Preview

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Phil Steel Clemson Preview

The best preview magazine each year is Phil Steele's Preview. It came out Tuesday and he had some interesting notes on Clemson. Below are some of the highlights:

*Steel ranks Clemson 15th in the country.

* Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
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Fort Myers, FL

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is a first team All-American.

* Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
RS Sr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC

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is a fourth team All-American.

*Steele ranks players that are draft eligible. He ranks:

Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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second at quarterback.

Sammy Watkins second at wide receiver.

Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
RS Sr. Offensive Guard
#62 6-3, 295
Icard, NC

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as the nation's 26th guard.

Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
RS Sr. Offensive Line
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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26th among the tackles.

Chandler Catanzaro third among the kickers.

Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Jr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
Columbus, GA

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25th at defensive end.

Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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 34th at defensive end.

Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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27th at defensive tackle.

Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
RS Sr. Linebacker
#33 6-3, 230
Charlotte, NC

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45th at inside linebacker.

Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Jr. Linebacker
#12 6-3, 235
Polkton, NC

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35th at outside linebacker.

*Steele ranks position units. He has Clemson:

The nation's fourth best quarterbacks.

The seventh best wide receiver unit.

The 28th best group of offensive linemen.

The defensive line is ranked 15th.

The linebackers are ranked 32nd.

The secondary is 39th in the country.

*Steel has Clemson as the nation's seventh biggest surprise team of 2013.

*He predicts Clemson will have the nation's 10th best passing attack.

*He thinks the Tigers will have the nation's 11th best scoring offense.

*He projects Clemson to finish ninth in total offense.

*Steele has Clemson playing Central Florida in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

*He has Clemson tied with Florida State atop the ACC power rankings.

*In his power poll the Tigers are ranked 20th.

*Steele says Clemson is ranked 67th in terms of experience.

*He predicts Clemson to finish second in the Atlantic division behind FSU.

*Steele has several Tigers on his All-ACC team.

All-ACC First Team

QB - Tajh Boyd

WR - Sammy Watkins

All-ACC Second Team

T - Brandon Thomas

K - Chandler Catanzaro

LB - Stephone Anthony

All-ACC Third Team 

DE - Vic Beasley

DE - Corey Crawford

DT - Grady Jarrett

All-ACC Fourth Team

WR - Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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G - Tyler Shatley

LB - Spencer Shuey

S - Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
So. Defensive Back
#11 6-1, 190
Tallahassee, FL

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*Steele ranks Clemson's units against the rest of the ACC. He has the Tigers:










*Steele Ranks the recruiting class as the nation's 14th best class.2013 Recruiting Class - 14th.

*In terms of each position among the incoming freshmen he ranks:

Running Back

20 - Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
Fr. Running Back
# 6-1, 210
Elberton, GA

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33 - Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
Fr. Running Back
# 6-1, 195
Loganville, GA

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Wide Receiver 

26 - Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Fr. Wide Receiver
# 6-5, 205
Holly Hill, SC

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57 - Kyrin PriesterKyrin Priester
Fr. Wide Receiver
# 6-2, 190
Snellville, GA

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Offensive Line

18 - Tyrone CrowderTyrone Crowder
Fr. Offensive Guard
# 6-2, 315
Rockingham, NC

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Defensive Line

38 - Scott PaganoScott Pagano
Fr. Defensive Tackle
# 6-4, 280
Honolulu, HI

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41 - Ebenezer OgundekoEbenezer Ogundeko
Fr. Outside Linebacker
#1 6-3, 240
Brooklyn, NY

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81 - Dane RogersDane Rogers
Fr. Defensive End
# 6-3, 245
Shelby, NC

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13 - Dorian O'DanielDorian O'Daniel
Fr. Outside Linebacker
# 6-1, 205
Olney, MD

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24 - Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
Fr. Outside Linebacker
# 6-1, 230
Anderson, SC

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Defensive Back

8 - MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
Fr. Defensive Back
# 5-11, 175
Immokalee, FL

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39 - Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
Fr. Safety
# 6-4, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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70 - Adrian BakerAdrian Baker
Fr. Cornerback
# 6-1, 170
Hollywood, FL

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*In terms of the NFL Draft he ranks Sammy Watkins number nine and Tajh Boyd 12th.

*He has Clemson with the 55th most difficult schedule.

*In his Heisman Trophy rankings he list Tajh Boyd eighth and Sammy Watkins as a contender.

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spacer His magazine is a joke!!!
spacer that sounds like a local sports radio know it all***
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spacer Alexander only the 8th best freshmen DB?? What a joke***
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spacer Please explain how its obvious we'll be better this year?
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spacer I'd like to see how AllTimeClemson's predictions...
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spacer LSU win got us over the hump!***
spacer Re: Please explain how its obvious we'll be better this year?
spacer Thanks for saving me 8 bucks***
spacer I know. I usually buy it, but not this year***
spacer FSU Again
spacer who cares what he says...has no impact on the season at all***
spacer Steele is
spacer We could finish 11-1 and play Central Florida in our bowl?
spacer Theres no way that would happen
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spacer Win one at a time...***
spacer 5th Best Coaching Staff????
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spacer What really got me at that
spacer Yep, Steele has lost it!***
spacer Central Fl in the Russell Athletic Bowl!!!???
spacer 2 Words for Steel...."WHO CARES!!"
Prime T. Tiger
spacer I guess we should thank Mr. Steele.
spacer My thoughts exactly. I'm glad somebody with a big
spacer Steele is a complete idiot
spacer Re: Steele is a complete idiot- AGREE - WELL SAID***
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spacer Wow. Our bowl tie-ins are quite bad.
spacer tied in to Rose Bowl in Pasadena - ALL IN ALL THE WAY!***
spacer ***Here is Phil Steel in his UGA polo shirt, this is why ***
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spacer Lol, russel athletic bowl? LMFAO!!