Observations from Clemson's first practice
|Tuesday, August 4, 2015 7:14 PM- -|
Clemson football SID Tim Bourret said the media will get an extended look at practice this week because of the amount of young talent on the roster.
Let’s get started:
He looks as good as ever. He still looks like maybe he doesn’t entirely trust his knee when he throws on the run, but his throws in the pocket are spot on. In fact, there were three or four times during the practice when he made throws that just kind of made the jaw drop. One was a stutter-and-go that turned into a long touchdown to
Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
So. Wide Receiver
#3 5-10, 190
View Full Profile and another was a bullet through traffic to tight end Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Jr. Tight End
#16 6-5, 250
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The longer Watson practiced, the better he looked, including taking a zone read through traffic.
Kelly BryantKelly Bryant
#2 6-4, 205
Calhoun Falls, SC
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Like we expected, there is a lot of cross training going on with the offensive line.
Maverick MorrisMaverick Morris
RS So. Offensive Line
#69 6-4, 295
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RS Sr. Offensive Tackle
#78 6-4, 305
Hope Mills, NC
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RS Jr. Center
#57 6-3, 310
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One of the concerns on the defensive line is leadership after the graduation of so many team players. However, defensive end
Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
So. Defensive End
#90 6-3, 269
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Fr. Defensive End
#91 6-4, 250
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Ray-Ray McCloudRay-Ray McCloud
Fr. Wide Receiver
#34 5-9, 175
Land O' Lakes, FL
View Full Profile ’s talent is undeniable, and in the early part of practice he was trying to move too fast. Veteran Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Gr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-2, 205
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Trevion ThompsonTrevion Thompson
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-2, 195
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Mackensie AlexanderMackensie Alexander
RS So. Cornerback
#2 5-10, 190
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RS Jr. Quarterback
#12 6-3, 195
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Cordrea TankersleyCordrea Tankersley
Jr. Defensive Back
#25 6-1, 195
Beech Island, SC
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Dabo Swinney can sometimes go a little over the top when it comes to walk-ons, and he spent a lot of the spring hyping up
Hunter RenfrowHunter Renfrow
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#35 5-10, 170
Myrtle Beach, SC
View Full Profile . However, Renfrow looked the best out of all the punters during the early session, and then he was involved with the wide receivers and then acted like a defensive back during other drills.
Cannon SmithCannon Smith
RS Fr. Tight End
#84 6-4, 240
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Fr. Tight End
#44 6-4, 225
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Milan RichardMilan Richard
RS Fr. Tight End
#80 6-2, 245
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*The offense did well as long as it ran away from Lawson. When the play came to his side? Not a lot going on.
Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#5 5-11, 175
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RS So. Wide Receiver
#82 5-7, 170
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* Freshman WR Deon Cain had a nice one handed grab for a touchdown.
* DT Carlos Watkins tipped a ball for an interception.