|Monday, June 30, 2014, 7:24 AM- -|
This weekend I stuck my nose in the 2014 Phil Steele College Football Preview magazine. For those that don't buy it or have not yet, it is by far the best of the preseason mags.
This year he is not very high on Clemson, especially on offense. Steele said Clemson was the seventh most hurt team due to the NFL draft.
He has Clemson number 23 in his power poll and his rankings.
Steele does not have any offensive player in his individual draft eligible rankings on offense. He lists 30 QBs, 30 RB, 40 WR, 5 FB, 20 TE, 20 C, 30 G and 30 T and not one Clemson draft eligible player is listed.
On his defense draft eligible rankings he has
Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
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Sr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
View Full Profile as the number six DT and Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
#42 6-2, 235
View Full Profile as the number nine ILB. Beasley is a first-team All-American.
In his unit rankings he does not list Clemson in his 45 QB units, RB units, WR units or OL units. On defense he has Clemson with the nation's number two defensive line, the number 17 linebacker unit and the number 17 defensive back unit. The Tigers are not listed among the top 45 special team units.
Steele says Clemson has the nation's 34th most difficult schedule this season.
He says Clemson is 22nd in terms of teams that have a chance to have a worse record this year than last.
Steele has Clemson as the nation's 113th most experienced team.
In his power rankings he lists Clemson as the third best team in the ACC behind Florida State and North Carolina.
In an interesting attempt, Steele projects stats for each team. He says Clemson will: *rush for 154.7 yards per game which is 21 yards less than last year.
*pass for 280.8 yards per game which is 53 yards less than last year.
*score 30.8 points per game which is ten points per game less than last year.
*hold teams to 109,6 yards per game on the ground which is 45 yards less than last year.
*hold teams to 208 yards per game through the air which is seven more than last year.
*allow 20.5 points per game which is 1,7 less than last year.
He says Clemson will play Florida in the Belk Bowl.
Steele does not have any player on offense on the top three All-ACC teams. He lists
Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 195
View Full Profile and Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
View Full Profile as fourth team All-ACC performers. On defense he has Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett and Stephone Anthony as first-team All-ACC players. He has Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Sr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
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#20 6-4, 205
Fort Myers, FL
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#7 6-0, 235
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Steele predicts Clemson to finish second in the Atlantic division behind FSU.
In his conference unit rankings he has Clemson at number four at QB, sixth at RB, seventh at WR, 12 on the OL, first at DL, third at LB, fourth in the secondary, 11th in special teams and fourth in coaching.
He is high on Clemson's recruiting class which he ranks 18th. He has
Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
#4 6-3, 190
View Full Profile as his number two QB. Adam ChoiceAdam Choice
Fr. Running Back
# 5-10, 200
View Full Profile is ranked 21 at RB. At WR he has Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 180
Tarpon Springs, FL
View Full Profile is 12th, Demarre KittDemarre Kitt
Fr. Wide Receiver
#8 6-1, 195
View Full Profile number 26, Trevion ThompsonTrevion Thompson
Fr. Wide Receiver
# 6-3, 190
View Full Profile number 26. At tight end Steele has Milan RichardMilan Richard
Fr. Tight End
# 6-3, 233
View Full Profile number 10 and Cannon SmithCannon Smith
Fr. Tight End
# 6-5, 235
View Full Profile number 16. On the defensive line he has Richard YearginRichard Yeargin
Fr. Outside Linebacker
# 6-4, 225
Fort Lauderdale, FL
View Full Profile number 46. Korrie Rogers is his number 12 LB and Chris RegisterChris Register
Fr. Outside Linebacker
#45 6-4, 210
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Defensive Tackle (2008 - 2011)
#98 6-2, 310
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# 0, 0
View Full Profile and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
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