Clemson holds second scrimmage


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Clemson, SC—Wide receiver DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
So. Wide Receiver
#6 6-1, 200
Central, SC

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had 160 receiving yards to key the offense, and linebackers Corico HawkinsCorico Hawkins
Jr. Linebacker
#42 5-11, 230
Milledgeville, GA

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and Tig Willard had seven tackles apiece to lead the defense during a football scrimmage at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Monday.


It was the final full scrimmage for Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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’s Tigers prior to Saturday’s Spring Game at Death Valley at 4 PM. Admission is free and there will be no live television of the game. The game will be broadcast on the Clemson radio network.

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney was please with his squad’s performance. “We showed improvement in a lot of areas, but we are still not consistent enough overall.



“The defense started fast and the offense started slowly, then it switched the second half of the practice.

Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS So. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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got better today. He responded and showed some leadership. He made a couple of mistakes early (two interceptions), but came back to have one of his better days.

“The player of the day was Nuke Hopkins. He has been the epitome of consistency. He has played all spring like you need to play to be a top 10 program. I was also pleased with Rod McDowell, and Tony McNealTony McNeal
RS Fr. Quarterback
#12 6-0, 195
Chester, SC

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had a good day, perhaps his best day of the spring. Matt PorterMatt Porter
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#87 5-11, 190
Charleston, SC

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is a walk-on with four years of eligibility and you are going to hear about him

“The offensive line did some good things. Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Fr. Offensive Line
#67 6-5, 335
Chester, SC

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continues to improve and I think Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
RS So. Offensive Line
#43 6-3, 295
Icard, NC

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can be a difference maker.

“Defensive, Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-0, 290
Conyers, GA

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has been consistent in the trenches along with DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 290
Central, SC

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. Justin ParkerJustin Parker
So. Linebacker
#8 6-1, 225
Port Royal, SC

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is coming along at linebacker. He has been fun to watch improve and he is instinctive. I am also excited about Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
RS Fr. Defensive Back
#17 6-0, 185
Allendale, SC

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and Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
So. Defensive Back
#21 5-11, 170
College Park, GA

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in the secondary. Darius has responded to competing against Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Fr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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in practice. Sammy is making Darius better each day.”

Boyd finished the day 13-20 for 214 yards and a touchdown, a 13-yard scoring pass to Hopkins. He also completed an 89-yard pass to Hopkins coming off the goal line. McNeal completed 3-7-76 yards, including a 54-yard scoring pass to Matt Porter. Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Fr. Quarterback
#8 6-4, 200
Dublin, OH

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was 4-7 for 31 yards and Morgan RobertsMorgan Roberts
RS Fr. Quarterback
#16 6-2, 200
Charlotte, NC

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was 4-8-42 yards.

Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Jr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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led the rushers with six carries for 93 yards, while Rod McDowell had 7-49, including a 15-yard touchdown run. Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Fr. Athlete
# 6-2, 180
Jonesboro, AR

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, a first-year freshman who entered in January, had five rushes for 26 yards. D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Fr. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
Lincoln, AL

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had 5-17 rushing and Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
Fr. Running Back
#5 5-10, 175
Nocatee, FL

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had 7-17 rushing and a seven-yard reception.

Hopkins had 160 yards receiving on six receptions, while Sammy Watkins had 6-56. Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#81 6-5, 200
Isle of Palms, SC

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had four catches for 42 yards and Eric Mac Lain had 2-30. Porter had the 54-yard touchdown catch, plus two rushes for 25 yards.

The defense was led by the aforementioned Hawkins and Williard combination in the tackle department. Parker had five tackles, as did defensive lineman Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Fr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 290
Wilmington, DE

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. Watson also had two tackles for loss, including a sack. Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Fr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 280
Columbus, GA

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had four tackles, including a sack, while DeShawn Williams had four tackles, including two tackles for loss.

Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Fr. Defensive Back
# 6-1, 180
Tallahassee, FL

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, a true freshman from Tallahassee, FL, had a 27-yard interception return and senior Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer
RS Jr. Defensive Back
#29 5-11, 190
Jacksonville, FL

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also had an interception. Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
Jr. Defensive End
#97 6-4, 280
Florence, SC

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had a sack and a force fumble.

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