Orange and White Preview with Rosters
|Thursday, April 7, 2016, 4:19 PM-|
CLEMSON, S.C. — Defending ACC Champion and College Football Playoff finalist Clemson will conclude its spring practice season with the annual Orange & White game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 9. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the contest.
The game will be played with normal clock rules for the first two quarters. After the second possession of the third quarter, the clock will run continuously except during a timeout, a quarter change or injury. Unlike recent seasons, all kickoffs and punts will be covered live.
Clemson returns 14 starters and 52 lettermen from last year’s team, plus wide receiver Mike Williams and nickel back Korrin Wiggins, who were starters in 2014. Both missed most of the 2015 season due to injury and will sit out the spring game, but will be ready in August.
All-American quarterback Deshaun Watson will play at times for both teams on Saturday. He will be the first quarterback to play for both teams in the spring game since Charlie Whitehurst did so in 2004.
Watson became the first quarterback in the history of FBS football to throw for at least 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season when he led Clemson to a 14-1 season and No. 2 final ranking in 2015. He was the consensus first-team All-American quarterback and Clemson’s first Heisman Trophy finalist.
“It should be a great day for football at Death Valley on Saturday,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney, the consensus National Coach of the Year for 2015. “It is a day we all look forward to, and I encourage all Clemson fans to join us. I am looking for a record crowd.”
The attendance record for a Clemson spring game was set last year at 37,000.
“We have divided the team evenly and it is a day that we evaluate the players in every way, including putting them in a competitive situation.”
Clemson coaches divided the teams on Thursday morning. The White team offense will feature quarterbacks Nick Schuessler and Tucker Israel, All-ACC wide receiver Artavis Scott, and running backs Tyshon Dye and C.J. Fuller. The White team defense will include defensive lineman Scott Pagano, Freshman All-American Christian Wilkins, All-ACC linebacker Ben Boulware, and defensive backs Ryan Carter and Van Smith.
The White team coaching staff will be led by Head Coach Brandon Streeter, offensive coordinator Jeff Scott and defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Rounding out the White team staff will be Robbie Caldwell and Dan Brooks.
The Orange team will be quarterbacked by Kelly Bryant and feature All-American tight end Jordan Leggett, All-ACC running back Wayne Gallman, receivers Hunter Renfrow and Ray-Ray McCloud, and All-ACC offensive linemen Mitch Hyatt, Tyrone Crowder and Jay Guillermo. The Orange defense will include All-ACC defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, defensive ends Austin Bryant and Richard Yeargin, linebacker Dorian O’Daniel and All-ACC cornerback Cordrea Tankersley.
The head coach of the Orange team will be Mike Reed. Tony Elliott will serve as offensive coordinator and Marion Hobby will be the defensive coordinator. Danny Pearman will also be a part of the Orange staff.
There will be no fake kicks allowed and the quarterbacks will not be tackled. The team will run down the Hill prior to the kickoff. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Roy Philpott and former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd providing the commentary. The Clemson radio network also will broadcast the game on its regular list of stations beginning at 2 p.m.
Orange Roster # Player Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp. Hometown High School or Junior College 2 Kelly Bryant QB 6-3 215 So. 1VL Calhoun Falls, S.C. Wren HS 2 Mark Fields CB 5-10 195 So. 1VL Charlotte, N.C. William Amos Hough HS 4 Deshaun Watson QB 6-2 210 Jr. 2VL Gainesville, Ga. Gainesville HS 5 Shaq Smith LB 6-3 240 Fr. HS Baltimore, Md. IMG (Fla.) Academy 6 Dorian O’Daniel LB 6-1 215 *Jr. 2VL Olney, Md. Our Lady of Good Counsel HS 7 LaSamuel Davis DL 6-4 215 Fr. HS Bamberg, S.C. Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS 7 Mike Williams WR 6-4 220 *Jr. 2VL Vance, S.C. Lake Marion HS 9 Wayne Gallman RB 6-1 215 *Jr. 2VL Loganville, Ga. Grayson HS 13 Hunter Renfrow WR 5-10 175 *So. 1VL Myrtle Beach, S.C. Socastee HS Socastee 16 Jordan Leggett TE 6-5 255 Sr. 3VL Navarre, Fla. Navarre HS Navarre 18 James Barnes QB 6-1 175 *Fr. RS Sumter, S.C. Sumter HS 18 Jadar Johnson S 6-1 205 Sr. 3VL Orangeburg, S.C. Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS 19 Tanner Muse S 6-2 230 *Fr. RS Belmont, N.C. South Point HS 21 Adrian Baker CB 6-0 180 *Jr. 2VL Hallandale, Fla. Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory 25 Cordrea Tankersley CB 6-1 195 Sr. 3VL Beech Island, S.C. Silver Bluff HS Cordrea 26 Adam Choice RB 5-9 215 *So. 1VL Thomasville, Ga. Thomas County Central HS 33 J.D. Davis LB 6-1 225 So. 1VL Clemson, S.C. Daniel HS 34 Kendall Joseph LB 6-0 230 *So. 1VL Belton, S.C. Belton-Honea Path HS Honea 34 Ray-Ray McCloud WR 5-10 180 So. 1VL Tampa, Fla. Sickles HS 37 Austin Jackson S 6-2 200 So. TR Cary, N.C. Green Hope HS 38 Amir Trapp CB 5-8 155 *Fr. RS Clemson, S.C. Daniel HS 39 Christian Groomes K 5-10 185 *So. SQ Central, S.C. Daniel HS 43 Chad Smith LB 6-4 235 *Fr. RS Sterling, Va. Dominion HS 44 Garrett Williams TE 6-2 235 So. 1VL Orlando, Fla. The First Academy 49 Richard Yeargin DE 6-3 255 *So. 1VL Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. University School of Nova SE University 50 Jabril Robinson DT 6-2 280 *So. 1VL Leland, N.C. North Brunswick HS Leland 52 Connor Prevost LB 6-0 220 *Jr. SQ Raleigh, N.C. Cardinal Gibbons HS 52 Austin Spence LS 6-2 195 *Fr. SQ Florence, S.C. West Florence HS 55 Tyrone Crowder OG 6-2 330 *Jr. 2VL Marston, N.C. Richmond Senior HS 57 Jay Guillermo OL 6-3 325 *Sr. 3VL Maryville, Tenn. Maryville HS Guillermo 58 Patrick Phibbs LS 6-3 200 *Fr. HS Pittsburgh, Pa. Central Catholic HS 60 Kelby Bevelle DE 6-4 260 *Jr. SQ Apopka, Fla. Apopka HS Bevelle 64 Pat Godfrey OL 6-3 260 *Fr. RS Greenlawn, N.Y. Harborfields HS 71 Noah Green OL 6-5 285 *Fr. RS Boiling Springs, S.C. Boiling Springs HS 72 Logan Tisch OL 6-2 290 *Fr. RS Chapel Hill, N.C. Chapel Hill HS 75 Mitch Hyatt OT 6-5 295 So. 1VL Suwanee, Ga. North Gwinnett HS 76 Sean Pollard OL 6-5 295 Fr. HS Jackson Springs, N.C. Pinecrest HS 81 Kanyon Tuttle WR 5-11 170 *Fr. TR Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Latin School 85 Seth Ryan WR 6-0 175 *Jr. 1VL Summit, N.J. Summit HS 86 Ty Thomason WR 5-10 210 *Fr. RS Greenville, S.C. Eastside HS 87 D.J. Greenlee TE 6-2 245 *Jr. 1VL Clemson, S.C. Daniel HS 90 Dexter Lawrence DL 6-5 340 Fr. HS Wake Forest, N.C. Wake Forest HS 91 Austin Bryant DE 6-4 265 So. 1VL Pavo, Ga. Thomas County Central HS Pavo 92 Greg Huegel PK 5-11 185 *So. 1VL Blythewood, S.C. Blythewood HS Huegel 92 Nyles Pinckney DL 6-3 300 Fr. HS Beaufort, S.C. Whale Branch Early College HS 94 Carlos Watkins DT 6-3 300 *Sr. 3VL Mooresboro, N.C. Chase HS 96 Michael Batson P 5-10 200 *Fr. RS Central, S.C. Christ Church Episcopal School Orange Roster Coaches Coach Title(s) Position(s) CU Years Alma Mater Dabo Swinney Head Coach *14th Alabama ‘93 Danny Pearman Assistant Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator TEs 9th Clemson ‘87 Marion Hobby Assistant Coach, Co-Defensive Coordinator DEs ^7th Tennessee ‘95 Tony Elliott Assistant Coach, Co-Offensive Coordinator RBs 6th Clemson ‘02 Mike Reed Assistant Coach Defensive Backs 4th Boston College ‘94 White Roster # Player Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp. Hometown High School or Junior College Pronunciation 1 Trevion Thompson WR 6-2 200 *So. 1VL Durham, N.C. Hillside HS Trevion 3 Artavis Scott WR 5-11 190 Jr. 2VL Clearwater, Fla. East Lake HS 4 Deshaun Watson QB 6-2 210 Jr. 2VL Gainesville, Ga. Gainesville HS 8 Deon Cain WR 6-2 200 So. 1VL Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay Technical HS 10 Ben Boulware LB 5-11 240 Sr. 3VL Anderson, S.C. T.L. Hanna HS 10 Tucker Israel QB 5-11 195 *Fr. RS Orlando, Fla. Lake Nona HS 11 Shadell Bell WR 6-2 200 *Fr. RS Decatur, Ga. Columbia HS 12 Nick Schuessler QB 6-3 200 *Sr. 2VL Grayson, Ga. Grayson HS Schuessler 14 Denzel Johnson CB 6-0 200 *Fr. RS Columbia, S.C. A.C. Flora HS 15 Korrin Wiggins S 6-0 200 *Jr. 2VL Durham, N.C. Hillside HS Korrin 22 Tyshon Dye RB 6-0 215 *Jr. 2VL Elberton, Ga. Elbert County Comprehensive HS 23 Van Smith S 6-0 190 So. 1VL Charlotte, N.C. William Amos Hough HS 27 C.J. Fuller RB 5-10 210 *So. 1VL Easley, S.C. Easley HS 29 Marcus Edmond CB 6-0 170 *Jr. 1VL Hopkins, S.C. Lower Richland HS 30 Jalen Williams LB 5-9 225 So. 1VL Columbia, S.C. Blythewood HS 31 Ryan Carter CB 5-9 175 *Jr. 2VL Grayson, Ga. Grayson HS 32 Kyle Cote S 5-10 170 *Fr. RS Six Mile, S.C. Daniel HS Cote 32 Andy Teasdall P 5-11 190 *Sr. 1VL Winston-Salem, N.C. R.J. Reynolds HS Teasdall 36 Judah Davis LB 6-1 230 So. 1VL Clemson, S.C. Daniel HS 37 Cameron Scott S 5-10 205 *So. SQ Florence, S.C. Wilson HS 40 Jaquarius Brice DE 6-1 215 *Jr. SQ Lancaster, S.C. Lancaster HS 42 Christian Wilkins DT 6-4 315 So. 1VL Springfield, Mass. Suffield (Conn.) Academy 45 Chris Register DE 6-2 245 *So. SQ Browns Summit, N.C. Dudley HS 46 Jarvis Magwood LB 6-0 215 *So. SQ Greenville, S.C. James F. Byrnes HS 47 Alex Spence PK 6-1 190 *So. SQ Florence, S.C. West Florence HS 50 Justin Falcinelli OL 6-3 305 *So. 1VL Middletown, Md. Middletown HS Falcinelli 51 Taylor Hearn OL 6-5 330 *So. 1VL Williston, S.C. Williston-Elko HS 56 Scott Pagano DT 6-3 295 *Jr. 2VL Honolulu, Hawaii Moanalua HS 57 Tre Lamar LB 6-4 240 Fr. HS Roswell, Ga. Roswell HS 59 Connor Sekas LB 6-2 220 *So. HS Vienna, Va. James Madison HS Sekas 59 Bradley Tatko LS 6-0 225 *Jr. SQ Greenwood, S.C. Greenwood HS 61 Kaleb Bevelle DE 6-4 255 *Jr. SQ Apopka, Fla. Apopka HS Bevelle 62 David Estes LS 6-1 200 *Sr. 1VL Mauldin, S.C. St. Joseph’s Catholic School 63 Jake Fruhmorgen OT 6-6 280 So. 1VL Tampa, Fla. Plant HS Fruhmorgen 67 Albert Huggins DT 6-4 295 So. 1VL Orangeburg, S.C. Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS 69 Maverick Morris OG 6-5 300 *Jr. 2VL Broxton, Ga. Coffee HS 70 Seth Penner OG 6-3 320 *Fr. RS Naples, Fla. First Baptist Academy 73 Tremayne Anchrum OL 6-3 290 Fr. HS Powder Springs, Ga. McEachern HS 77 Zach Giella C 6-5 295 *Fr. RS Lincolnton, Ga. Augusta Christian Schools Giella 80 Milan Richard TE 6-2 250 *So. 1VL Savannah, Ga. Calvary Day School 82 Adrien Dunn WR 5-7 175 *Jr. 2VL Clemson, S.C. Daniel HS 83 Jesse Fisher TE 6-4 215 *Fr. RS Travelers Rest, S.C. 84 Cannon Smith TE 6-5 260 *So. 1VL Columbia, S.C. Hammond School 88 Sean Mac Lain WR 6-4 210 Sr. 1VL Hope Mills, N.C. Jack Britt HS Mac Lain 93 Sterling Johnson DE 6-4 295 *Fr. RS Clayton, N.C. Cleveland HS 95 Gage Cervenka DT 6-3 305 *Fr. RS Greenwood, S.C. Emerald HS 97 Carson King P 6-0 215 *Fr. HS Nashville, Tenn. Brentwood Academy 99 Clelin Ferrell DE 6-5 255 *Fr. RS Richmond, Va. Benedictine HS Clelin (CLEE-lihn) White Roster Coaches Coach Title(s) Position(s) CU Years Alma Mater Dabo Swinney Head Coach *14th Alabama ‘93 Dan Brooks Associate Head Coach Defensive Tackles 8th Western Carolina ‘76 Brent Venables Assistant Coach, Defensive Coordinator LBs 5th Kansas State ‘92 Jeff Scott Assistant Coach, Co-Offensive Coordinator WRs 9th Clemson ‘03 Robbie Caldwell Assistant Coach Offensive Linemen 6th Furman ‘77 Brandon Streeter Assistant Coach, Recruiting Coordinator Qbacks 3rd Clemson ‘99