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Clemson's quarterback situation isn't as muddled as some think
Cade Klubnik leads Clemson's offense into another offeason.

Clemson's quarterback situation isn't as muddled as some think


by - Senior Writer -

Let’s get this out of the way: Cade Klubnik will start the opener against Georgia, barring an injury.

The biggest takeaway for many out of the Clemson spring game was the play of the quarterbacks. Trent Pearman outpaced Klubnik and Christopher Vizzina, and in talking to current (and recent) former players, there is a belief that they can win with Pearman. And people have repeatedly asked, will he get a shot? Would Swinney make a move? And here is my answer, and it's based off of the fact that I've covered Swinney since 2008.

If we were to sit him down and ask those questions - and you can include Garrett Riley in this - he would tell us that we didn't see the totality of the spring. We didn't watch the other scrimmages. We didn't see Vizzina or Klubnik shine when it was good-on-good. We only saw what happens when you split the teams and go away from your usual scrimmage format. He would say that they not only have all the belief and faith in Klubnik but also in all three.

He would say that all three had to have a good summer and that all three would get a look in August camp. He would then compliment Klubnik and say he thinks Clemson is going to win a lot of games with that guy.

Of course, all the fans can go on is what they saw in Death Valley, and what they saw was Pearman show he’s more than capable. That goes right along with what we’ve heard over the last few years – and it’s why I haven’t shied away from writing about him – is that the people inside the program believe they can win with Pearman. He isn’t going to make big mistakes, he has a calming presence, he understands the game and can make the right reads and get the ball out to his playmakers. With a team as talented as Clemson is, that might be enough.

I am not sure if any jobs were won or lost this spring. The defense looks nasty, the special teams have a chance to be better (provided a kicker steps forward), and the offense looks to have many of its pieces in place.

Offensively, wide receiver TJ Moore arrives in June. He has a bigger body and is a polished route runner who is physical, and he might be one of those guys who can step in and play early as long as he picks up the playbook.

It looks like Keith Adams Jr. has made his case for playing time, but Jarvis Green adds an element of speed that might be a nice change of pace from the battering rams of Adams and Mafah. It remains to be seen if Jay Haynes will be healthy enough to see the field. Freshman David Eziomume is intriguing and summer and fall camp will be big for his development.

I think the secondary will be just fine. When you have veterans like Tyler Venables and RJ Mickens, along with young talents like Khalil Barnes, you know the back end of that group is in good hands. Corners Avieon Terrell and Shelton Lewis are more than good enough, and the pass rush should improve as all of the young defensive linemen step into bigger roles.

Linebacker is one group that really interests me. Wade Woodaz (middle) and Barrett Carter (weakside) are the two starters, and they’ve both proven their worth. But youngsters like Jamal Anderson and Dee Crayton showed over the spring they’ve earned a chance to play.

And then there’s freshman Sammy Brown. He’s simply built differently, plays differently, runs differently, and is different. How Wes Goodwin gets him on the field and finds him a role will be one of the storylines of August camp.

Until then, we wait. Welcome to the long, hot offseason.

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Tigerman1978
spacer I think it's more the data set for Klubnik.
Judge Keller®
spacer For once, I agree with JK! #### hath frozen over! ***
hufferbilly
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spacer I was thinking the same thing
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spacer Re: I think it's more the data set for Klubnik.
tdqtiger
spacer Of course it doesn't tell us if Pearman is the answer.
Judge Keller®
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tdqtiger
spacer I haven't seen many people here saying that Pearman should be our starter.
Judge Keller®
spacer Re: I haven't seen many people here saying that Pearman should be our starter.
tdqtiger
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Tigerman1978
spacer Re: I haven't seen many people here saying that Pearman should be our starter.
Tigerman1978
spacer In general, I feel that it's a double standard for QBs.
Judge Keller®
spacer Re: In general, I feel that it's a double standard for QBs.
Tigerman1978
spacer Exactly. I wouldnt start Pearman against UGA, but if we get to half time and
hufferbilly
spacer Re: I think it's more the data set for Klubnik.
Tigerman1978
spacer Look, Cade seems like a great kid who had an outstanding career in high school.
Judge Keller®
spacer Re: Look, Cade seems like a great kid who had an outstanding career in high school.
Tigerman1978
spacer I keep saying 2+ years because that's how long Cade has been in our program
Judge Keller®
spacer Re: I keep saying 2+ years because that's how long Cade has been in our program
Tigerman1978
spacer Re: I keep saying 2+ years because that's how long Cade has been in our program
Tigerman1978
spacer That's all fine and well, but it doesn't change the fact that he hasn't been
Judge Keller®
spacer Cade was responsible for 50% of the turnovers, it wasnt just the RBs***
hufferbilly
spacer Re: Cade was responsible for 50% of the turnovers, it wasnt just the RBs***
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spacer Re: I think it's more the data set for Klubnik.
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spacer Data set for Klubnick was all year and now spring game give a new guy a shot!***
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spacer Re: Data set for Klubnick was all year and now spring game give a new guy a shot!***
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spacer Re: Data set for Klubnick was all year and now spring game give a new guy a shot!***
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spacer Again, I think many people are basing their opinions more on the fact that
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spacer Pearman starting is an overreaction, but Cades leash should be short
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spacer I don't think it's a lot of people.***
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spacer Trevor didnt wait til his 3rd year to show he was better!***
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spacer CK needs to show he is much improved in that UGA game or the spring game lore of
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spacer I think the leash for Cade should be short is what I am for
hufferbilly
spacer No - that's not what I want. I just don't want obvious spin that conflicts
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Tigerman1978
spacer That would have been better than what we got.
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spacer Re: That would have been better than what we got.
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Tigerman1978
spacer Based on this, why even have a spring game?
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Tigerman1978
spacer I understand that it's for the fans.
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spacer I understand the point of a scrimmage, and how it's different from practice.
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spacer As I said ...
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spacer Re: That would have been better than what we got.
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spacer Those turnovers mean that we didn't outplay those teams.
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spacer Re: Those turnovers mean that we didn't outplay those teams.
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spacer Sounds like you're handing out moral victories.
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spacer A potent offense with the talent advantage...
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spacer when Trent Pearman TDed he had the exact same team
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spacer Stetson Pearman and that walk on running back
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spacer I don't care if it's Paul Crewe or Dottie Hinson
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spacer Good read as usual, David
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spacer I get it; we haven't seen the totality of spring practice. We just saw one
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spacer To be clear, I'm not saying that Pearman is better than Klubnick.
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spacer I'm not sure many people here think Pearman should be the starter.
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spacer Correct. Some, but not many.
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spacer Well, he's being coached by one of the highest paid staffs in the country.
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spacer Anyone who knows Dabo realizes that Cade is his guy.
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spacer Yes, we are all aware that Dabo eventually started Deshaun and Trevor.
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spacer The jury's still out on Cade Klubnik
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