|Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:04 AM- -|
Yesterday I got a chance to go to practice for the second time in six days, and even though both were limited I did come away with several observations.
This is another big, physical football team. Over the past two seasons Clemson has stood toe to toe with physical teams like LSU and Ohio State and dominated. This team looks a lot like the past two teams. This team lacks big time, explosive playmakers on offense but both sides of the ball feature depth in the big body department.
Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
Jr. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-7, 285
View Full Profile went down with an ankle injury during PAW drills but it does not appear to be serious. Tight end Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Jr. Tight End
#81 6-4, 241
Isle of Palms, SC
View Full Profile 's ankle injury is more serious than it first appeared. Seckinger could be out three to four weeks. Another Tiger who missed practice was nickel back Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
#11 6-0, 210
View Full Profile who had some inflammation in his knee but it is not serious.
When Battle went down,
Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Sr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 340
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RS Fr. Offensive Guard
#55 6-2, 322
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View Full Profile said after practice that the entire line played musical chairs with several players playing multiple positions throughout practice.
I was impressed with all of the running backs yesterday. It is hard to see a lot of separation between any of the backs in my opinion but my favorite at this point might be CJ Davidson. I think Davidson may be the most athletic and fastest of the group. Zack Brooks looks bigger and catches the ball as well or better than the rest of the backs.
Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 209
View Full Profile runs very hard and has some wiggle. I thought both freshmen, Adam ChoiceAdam Choice
Fr. Running Back
#26 5-10, 211
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The offensive line got the best of the defense for most of the PAW drill which was somewhat surprising. This was just one day and one drill but the offense more than held their own against a highly thought of defense.
In individual drills I was impressed with the wide receiver crew, including
Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
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The freshmen wide outs look good at times and like freshmen at other times.
Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
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Fr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-3, 191
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The tight end group of
Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
So. Tight End
#16 6-5, 251
View Full Profile , Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Sr. Tight End
#86 6-6, 250
View Full Profile , Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
RS So. Tight End
#89 6-3, 248
Fort Mill, SC
View Full Profile and Milan RichardMilan Richard
Fr. Tight End
#80 6-3, 243
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The one player that caught my eye on defense was
MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
RS Fr. Cornerback
#2 5-11, 190
View Full Profile . He just looks like a corner back. Alexander has gotten a little bigger and shows tremendous athleticism. He also looks like a natural punt returner.
Finally, I spent most of the two days watching
Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
#4 6-3, 204
View Full Profile . On the day I went the Tigers were in shorts I meant to spend a lot of time watching him and his development. Today I went with the idea of watching other positions but I just keep coming back to watch Watson spin it. This is a great looking prospect. He just has an air about him. He looks confident.
Watson has a terrific arm with excellent accuracy. His body looks like a guy that is going to be able to escape the pocket and hurt defenses with his feet as well. But mainly he looks like a guy that just has it. With over 100 players out there, Watson is a guy that observers just can't take their eyes off. I don't have idea where he is in picking up the offense but physically he looks like he has all of the tools to be a great one very soon. I think he plays this season and plays a big role.
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Defensive Tackle (2008 - 2011)
#98 6-2, 310
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Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
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RS Sr. Defensive End
#9 6-4, 273
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