Thursday Thoughts

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Thursday Thoughts

Here are a few thoughts I have on this Thursday:

*It’s nice to see two guys fight their ways out of the doghouse and play the best games of their careers last week. Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS Sr. Cornerback
#26 6-0, 194
Conyers, GA

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and Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS So. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 175
Charlotte, NC

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 have been in and out of Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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's favor but both have responded and both had tremendous outings against North Carolina.

Peters was all over the field and played well against the pass and run.  He had a couple of opportunities for interceptions and was physical in the run game.  With MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
RS Fr. Cornerback
#2 5-11, 190
Immokalee, FL

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on the other side of the field, I still expect Peters to get tested often.  However, if he plays like he did this past weekend then the secondary will be a strength.

Hopper had two long touchdown receptions against North Carolina.  Like Peters, I expect big things from Hopper moving forward.  Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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gives the wide receiver corps renewed enthusiasm because he can stretch the field and receivers have more chances for big plays.

*During the games I try to watch the lines of scrimmage but often times end of following the football.  When I go back and watch the tape of the game I try to notice every aspect.  In both cases it’s easy to see why Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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gets such rave reviews from the staff.  He plays with great leverage and great technique but, more than anything else, he alsoplays with great effort.  Clemson is fortunate to have a lot of talent and depth at defensive tackle, but it’s easy to see why Jarrett is the headliner.

*There has been a lot of press with the emergence of Watson and Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
Oldsmar, FL

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deserves a lot of the nice things that are being said about him.  However, Clemson's second best freshman is Mackensie Alexander.  The red-shirt freshman corner has had a terrific start to his career.  Alexander did give up a few plays Saturday against the Tar Heels but he has played well and his intensity has been a blessing.

*It is obvious the running game has struggled so far this season.  In my opinion the offensive line is not physical and doesn't play with a nasty streak.  The tight ends have been a major disappointment in the run game.  The running backs' limitations contribute a lot to this as well.  If Clemson wants to run the ball better it will need better blocking up front and I think they will need to find more consistent play at running back.  At this point I see DJ Howard as a back that lacks vision, has a hard time making people miss and doesn't break tackles.  C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS Jr. Running Back
#32 5-10, 203
Clemson, SC

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is not a natural tailback but may be the most complete option at this point.  Of course, his fumble in Tallahassee hurt.  Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 209
Loganville, GA

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is physical but dances in the open field and does not have natural open field talent.  Adam ChoiceAdam Choice
Fr. Running Back
#26 5-10, 211
Thomasville, GA

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is my choice for the top back, but he is learning the position and an injury set him back last week.  Maybe Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
RS Fr. Running Back
#23 5-11, 214
Elberton, GA

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can give the Tigers a boost later this month or in November.  Maybe Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Jr. Running Back
#24 6-1, 199
Jonesboro, AR

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can come back and be more consistent next year.  Maybe Jae'lon Oglesby can come in next season and be the guy.  Maybe moving Dorian O'DanielDorian O'Daniel
RS Fr. Linebacker
#6 6-1, 217
Olney, MD

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to running back will be a fix.  It’s clear to me that someone will have to step up because the running game is suffering and it’s hard to win games with a decent running game.

*Speaking of the running game, I can't see Clemson running the table if the run game doesn't improve.  Watson has been fantastic and the passing game is dangerous, but at some point Clemson will have to run the ball better.  There will be a couple of occasions this season where the Tigers will have to depend on the running game and at this point I just don't see how a 10-2 finish is possible without more productivity here.

*Finally, depth is once again a factor at right tackle. Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS Jr. Offensive Tackle
#73 6-5, 283
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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had appendectomy surgery Wednesday and will be out at least two weeks. This means more shuffling along the offensive front that has struggled to this point.

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Defensive Tackle (2008 - 2011)
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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, Alvin Sammons, Georgine McAlhaney, Glen Davis, Mike Price, Clay Childers, Aaron Knight, Danielle Johnston and family, Nicholas Abrams, Lana Kuykendall, Gary, Gary G., William Huggins, Jim Bennett, Chantz Fowler, Ethel McElveen, Michele Gurganus, William Gentry, Lewis Usher and Tanya Sanders,  Shon Cooper, Nick Collins, Amanda Peake, Danny Hammond, Chip Turner, Nick Collins, Allen Steen, the Sturkey family, the Lance family, Nick Chrisley's family, Allison Williams, Lt. Kyle Walker, Summer and Joel Johnson, Nicole O'Donnell, James O. Johnson, Joy Pruett and family, Bill Schmidt, Jack Bailey, Gardner Family, Charles Turner, Kathy Bartholomew, Ray Sanders, David and Robin Blocker, J.R. Ray, Kenneth Kowe, Lauren Sielicki, Jenna Phipps, Mark Lawrence, Harlan Sullins, Peter Laboy, Kat and Carlisle Jones, Elizabeth Galloway and family, Anita McDonald, Willard Harryman, Liz Surratt, Molly Senn, Jackie Shearer, Richard Sellers, Tim Drisdelle, Edward Easterling, Dawson Bourne, Susan and Mike Brown, Julie Goodman Marshall, Willard and Dorothy Harryman, Justin Jernigan, Jack  Cunningham,  Mia Daughtery, Tee Senn, Bob Garrett, Skylar, Joseph Thomas, Mrs. Nelis, Jeanne Thompson, Sean Rowell, George Parker, Levon KirklandLevon Kirkland
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and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
Spartanburg, SC

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, David Vaughn, Keith Dalton, B.T., Bill Hilbig, Rita Elrod Hammond and family, Jim McKeller, Tony Alewine, Sharon Storck, Dick Baird, Richard Bagnal, Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Sr. Defensive End
#9 6-4, 273
Jacksonville, FL

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and family, Dustin and Brittany Peurifoy, Jan Allan, Josh Cox, Tommy "Red" Harper, Gregg and Sylvia Lewis, Travis Hamrick, Kaki Harmon, Brandy Stephens, Jammie McKellar and babies, Karen Edwards, Jackson Lindsey, Cathy Hutson Gregg, and our great country and the men and women in uniform that protect and serve it every day, plus their families.

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