|Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 11:29 AM- -|
I am looking forward to visiting with the Charleston Clemson Club tonight in Mt. Pleasant. This is an exciting time of year every season but especially this one.
Before I leave for the coast, I just wanted to pass along a few thoughts.
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*Camp is in its second week and I wanted to highlight a few standouts so far. Camp is always an interesting subject because fans want to know how the freshmen and red-shirt freshmen are performing. They want to know about the surprises and the depth chart battles as well.
Most of camp coverage is about uncovering new information on new players. However this is not what the season holds in store in many cases. This offense will revolve around
Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
View Full Profile . In covering camp there is little time spent on Boyd because we already know what he brings to the table. On the subject of quarterbacks, most of the talk has been about the reserves. How has Chad KellyChad Kelly
#11 6-3, 210
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#8 6-4, 200
View Full Profile and Morgan RobertsMorgan Roberts
RS So. Quarterback
#15 6-2, 200
View Full Profile ? Camp coverage would be boring if we actually talked about the guy that we saw break school records last season.
The same is true for the other positions.
Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
So. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 200
Fort Myers, FL
View Full Profile is a superstar. He is fast, athletic, strong, physical and has great hands. I don't know how many ways you could describe Watkins to get a point across that fans already know.The story of last year's camp was Watkins. This year we are more inclined to follow the development of Charone PeakeCharone Peake
So. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 205
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Running back is a similar story.
Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Sr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC
View Full Profile is the guy. Everyone already knows that. The camp story is about D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS So. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
View Full Profile , Rod McDowell and Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Fr. Running Back
#24 6-2, 180
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So here are ten story lines from the first week of camp:
The starting right tackle tore his meniscus and had surgery last week. The staff is hoping to get him back for a full week of preparation for the Auburn game. If he can't go then
Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS Fr. Offensive Line
#73 6-6, 260
Lake Waccamaw, NC
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The true freshman has shown enough in the first week that the staff is now considering playing Kelly instead of red-shirting him. He has all of the physical tools but the staff is trying to decide if he will play enough to warrant playing him instead of red-shirting.
Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
View Full Profile claimed that Peake was the fastest player in terms of 40 yard dash speed this summer. Peake caught two touchdowns in Saturday's scrimmage and appears to be one of the weapons the staff plans to use to off-set the suspension of Sammy Watkins in the first two games.
This is perhaps the biggest surprise in camp. Fans were expecting to hear big things from
Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
Fr. Offensive Line
#79 6-7, 265
St. George, VA
View Full Profile at left tackle but Anthony has drawn more praise from Swinney and Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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We knew the staff was high on Norton but he has surprised so far. They wanted to limit
Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
RS Sr. Offensive Line
#55 6-5, 285
View Full Profile 's reps early in camp and Norton has given the staff every reason to be excited about the future at the position.
Norton's development and Timothy's injury forced
Robbie CaldwellRobbie Caldwell
Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
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The staff decided to move Maybank to his natural position of offensive line. At this point we don't know if he is a guard or a tackle but he fits in better for the future at his new position.
This move may see the most production of any position moves this season. Barnes looks more like a defensive end at this point. He is athletic enough to rush the passer and has a good chance at a bunch of snaps at his new position.
Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
#98 6-2, 310
View Full Profile and Rennie MooreRennie Moore
#94 6-3, 265
Saint Marys, GA
View Full Profile as starters from a season ago. There is little experience left but we hear good things about DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
So. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 290
View Full Profile , Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
So. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 295
View Full Profile and Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 290
View Full Profile . All three are not as athletic as last year's starters but they are strong and are sound in their fundamentals and assignments.
At this point we still don't know how productive Steward can be as he comes back from surgery last October. Swinney says he will play this season but
Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
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