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As we sometimes do, I have compiled some Clemson related thoughts for this Thursday:
Robert SmithRobert Smith
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St. George, SC
View Full Profile 's controversial suspension for the first half could have a big impact in Saturday's game at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets' offense stresses the safeties because they have to be very disciplined. T.J. GreenT.J. Green
#15 6-3, 205
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Smith is not the best athlete in the Clemson secondary but he is the most experienced and is the most disciplined. Clemson will miss him in the first half and will need to limit Green's mistakes.
One of the keys to stopping Georgia Tech's offense is to win the battle up front. The last time Clemson was dominant up front on defense was 2010 when the Tigers held Tech to 13 points.
I feel very good about
Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Sr. Defensive Tackle
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View Full Profile , DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 292
View Full Profile , Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Sr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 292
View Full Profile , DJ Reader, Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 294
View Full Profile , Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-2, 236
View Full Profile , Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Sr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 276
View Full Profile , Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Sr. Defensive End
#9 6-4, 273
View Full Profile and Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
So. Defensive End
#90 6-3, 269
View Full Profile . I am hopeful the Tigers talent and depth will cause major disruptions and the Tigers will be able to get the Jackets behind the chains throughout the contest.
We have been fortunate to have several "special" players at Clemson through the years and this year has been
Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
#4 6-3, 204
View Full Profile 's coming out party. Watson's injury put a damper on the season, but I am extremely excited for his return this Saturday. There is a buzz around the program again. This week just feels a lot different knowing Watson will be back on the field again.
Georgia Tech ranks number one in the nation in third-down conversions. The Yellow Jackets convert 59.2 percent of their third downs.
Clemson's defense leads the nation in third-down conversions. The Tigers allow the opponent to convert only 23 percent on third down.
Third down conversions and turnovers are the two keys in my mind Saturday.
Among the unknowns Saturday is the atmosphere in Bobby Dodd Stadium. Tech is 8-2 and ranked. They are playing as well as they have in the past few seasons. It is also senior day. One would think this is a great opportunity to get excited about Georgia Tech football. However we have seen a decline in recent seasons with the support of the program in Atlanta and the noon start may deter some from getting an early start. Therefore, I have no idea what to expect of the game day atmosphere this weekend.
Friday night Clemson opens the 2014-15 basketball season against Florida A&M. This year's team is hoping to continue the momentum built from last season's run in the NIT. This team will have to find a way to replace KJ McDaniels, but several key players return and the newcomers should get an early look starting Friday. One newcomer that has gotten good reviews so far is Donte Grantham, a 6’8” forward with high skills. Grantham has range and is considered an excellent passer. I am looking forward to seeing him for the first time in the opener.
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