Movers and Shakers

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Swinney likes what he has seen out of Zach Riggs in camp
Swinney likes what he has seen out of Zach Riggs in camp

CLEMSON – Two weeks into fall camp and with two big scrimmages in the books, several players on the Clemson roster are making the coaches take notice.

That list includes redshirt freshmen, true freshmen and veterans and with another big scrimmage looming Thursday they have another chance to earn playing time.

Following Saturday’s scrimmage, the coaches noted some of those players.

Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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“Right now it's Jalen WilliamsJalen Williams
Fr. Linebacker
#30 6-0, 215
Columbia, SC

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who has had a heck of a camp. We took Martin AikenMartin Aiken
RS Jr. Defensive End
#53 6-2, 255
Smoaks, SC

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and moved him to WILL as well. We are trying to give us a little bit more veteran guy there. He has a good two days at that position. Hopefully, we will get that shored up. But Jalen Williams has had a nice camp and slowly but surely getting to where we need him to be. Kendall JosephKendall Joseph
RS Fr. Linebacker
#34 5-11, 225
Belton, SC

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I think is ready to play for us. We got to get him healthy. He is kind of banged up a little bit, but he will be a guy who is ready to go as we go through this season. He can play either spot. So that is big challenge for us right now is developing those young guys because J.D. (Davis), Judah (Davis), Chad (Smith) and Jalen, they are just all young guys and they have all done some good things. But we just got a lot to teach. A lot to do. Losing Korie (Rogers) is a big loss for us.”

On Hunter RenfrowHunter Renfrow
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-10, 170
Myrtle Beach, SC

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and Andy TeasdallAndy Teasdall
RS Jr. Punter
#32 5-11, 185
Winston-Salem, NC

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earning scholarships

“It's always fun when you get a chance to do that. I hadn't had chance to do it in the last couple of years. C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS Sr. Running Back
#21 5-10, 200
Clemson, SC

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was a guy a couple of years ago we were able to put on. He really has had a great camp. He's a guy that is poised to have an excellent year for us. He has had some good moments, helped us win. Helped us win the Orange Bowl. Helped us win big up at BC last year. Teasdall is a guy that came out to try out in the spring one year. We were like yeah we like this guy let's keep this guy. One of the things we try to teach our guys is just prepare for your opportunities. Even if you don't get it prepare. Better to be prepared without an opportunity than not be prepared with one. That's just the mentality we try to create. And when that young man got his chance he was ready, and now he is on scholarship at Clemson and the starting punter for the Tigers. His teammates were just so happy.”

On tight end Garrett WilliamsGarrett Williams
Fr. Tight End
#44 6-4, 225
Orlando, FL

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“Not surprised how good he has looked physically. Physically, he can flat out run. He's gifted from a strength stand point. He was a power lifter in high school. He reminds me of a Chad DiehlChad Diehl
Fullback (2007 - 2011)
#30 6-2, 260
Lyman, SC

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. A faster, bigger, more athletic Chad Diehl. That's the kind of mentality he brings. The edge he brings every single day to practice. But the thing that has surprised me was mentally how he has picked it up because it is a very difficult position. Probably outside of the quarterback probably the most difficult position just from a mental standpoint to be able to do all the things that we ask that position to do. I have been very, very impressed with him mentally. He is going to be a player. No doubt.”

Other players that have improved this spring

“There are a lot of those guys. A guy like Justin FalcinelliJustin Falcinelli
RS Fr. Offensive Tackle
#50 6-3, 305
Middleton, MD

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, a guy like Trevion ThompsonTrevion Thompson
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-2, 195
Durham, NC

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, a guy like T.J. GreenT.J. Green
Jr. Safety
#15 6-3, 205
Sylacauga, AL

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. Marcus EdmondMarcus Edmond
RS So. Cornerback
#29 5-11, 170
Hopkins, SC

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and Adrian BakerAdrian Baker
RS So. Cornerback
#21 5-11, 180
Hallandale, FL

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have had an excellent camp. I mean a really, really good camp. Ryan CarterRyan Carter
RS So. Cornerback
#31 5-9, 180
Grayson, GA

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. Those three guys can play. I'm really, really encouraged by their development and just the depth we have created on the backend. Jefferie GibsonJefferie Gibson
RS Fr. Safety
#17 6-4, 200
Hope Mills, NC

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is another guy. He isn't ready to play but boy you talk about improvement from the spring till now, that kid has really made a step. Those are the things that excite you as a coach when you see that. A guy like Zach RiggsZach Riggs
RS So. Center
#54 6-5, 270
Greer, SC

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. Nobody ever asks about Zach Riggs but he is a guy that has learned to play offensive line. He has played both tackles, both guards, center and that's a guy from his own measurement from where he was in the spring to where he is right now there is tremendous improvement. So it is all across the board. Different levels and different guys.”

Jalen Williams is in a position to earn valuable snaps this season

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Co-OC / Running Backs
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On the running backs

Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS So. Running Back
#9 6-1, 205
Loganville, GA

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is up to about 213 pounds and running hard. Terry Allen’s assistance has been valuable with him. C.J. Davidson and C.J. FullerC.J. Fuller
RS Fr. Running Back
#27 5-9, 215
Easley, SC

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are looking tough. Adam ChoiceAdam Choice
So. Running Back
#26 5-9, 215
Thomasville, GA

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looks good when he gets in there but obviously isn't 100 percent back yet. And Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Running Back (2012 - 2015)
#24 6-0, 200
Jonesboro, AR

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was out today so we didn't get to see much of him.”

On Kelly BryantKelly Bryant
Fr. Quarterback
#2 6-4, 205
Calhoun Falls, SC

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“I thought Kelly did some positive things today. He is continuing to push Nick (Schuessler) and pressing him to continue to be that guy that he was in the spring. He isn't far from that but he has had some opportunities to grow.”

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