Mickey Plyler's Blog for April 7th


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Spring game weekend is here so let's cross our fingers about the weather.
Please have a safe trip over the weekend. If you can't make it in
town, you can listen to the spring game and the baseball game at
www.wccpfm.com or 104.9 FM.


I will have more recruiting as a part of the blog starting Monday. On
Fridays during the off-season, I will answer e-mail in the blog. To
send questions, you can e-mail them to mickey.plyler@tigernet.com. Here
are a few e-mails from the week:


Hey Mickey,

Long time listener to your show and I thoroughly enjoy both your sense
of humor and your show content. I am a rabid fan of CU football and
just wanted your most realistic outlook on the Tigers chances of an ACC title this
year. I recently subscribed to another Clemson site and I am just wondering
if there is a little hype involved in their reporting of how things are
shaping up. Thanks for your consideration,


Bill in Easley


Bill,

Thanks for the kind words. I think Clemson can win the conference.
They could have easily won it last year with just one more ACC regular
season win. This year's team has fewer question marks and more difference makers.

The offensive line is deep and talented. I think Proctor will be more
efficient in this offense. James Davis, Reggie Merriweather, and CJ
Spiller make up the best backfield in the conference. Defensively,
there are depth concerns at DE and Bandit. I am a little concerned
about corner, but they have recruited well at both from the incoming
class. I think the return game will be much better, plus the schedule
eases up a bit. Hope this helps.


Mickey,

I loved reading your blog. Thank you for doing that. Be sure to have
someone proof it before you post it.

Hey, I am interested in news on this wide receiver who is big for his
size and will create a lot of problems for defenses...can't think of his name.
You really didn't mention that he is being factored into a lot of the
offense's plans.

I love to read the behind the scenes stuff that you're privy to. Like
The 2 back set info. I haven't heard that. Shoot, that is 3 very talented
backs...and I think you're saying that Chancellor is not bad either.
Wow, what a great problem to have. And to think they'll be behind that O line.
Clemson nation is getting excited.

Thanks man, one of your faithful listeners,

Mark from Easley


Mark,

Thanks for the nice things you said. I am the worst typist and proofer
in the world, but we will try to get better on the typos and grammar so
stay with me. I know it can't get much worse.

The big wide out you asked about is Aaron Kelly. He had a nice
freshman year and can be as good as he wants to be. If he works hard
he will make an even bigger impact in the upcoming season. Last year he caught 47
balls for 575 yards and two touchdowns including the fantastic TD grab against FSU.
Kelly's 70 all-purpose yards per game ranked third on the team behind
Stuckey and Davis. Kelly lead the team with a 26.2 yards per return in
the kick off returns including an 81-yarder that should have won the
Georgia Tech game. He will continue to be a big part of the offense.

Clemson nation should be excited. This program has improved to the
level of conference title contender. It should be a lot of fun to watch.

Hey Mickey,

I have heard that Will Korn is a tremendous baseball player and could
easily be a pretty good draft choice for MLB. Do we stand the chance of losing
him to the pro baseball, i.e.Jeff Francour???

Thanks, Bennett

Bennett,

No. Korn is an outstanding high school shortstop, but is not being
considered for the MLB draft. He is football first.

MP,

Are we gonna see that stupid punt formation again this year? Will they
punt in the spring game?

Tiger Tom

TT,

The staff has made changes to the protection scheme for the punt team.
You will see more of a traditional protection. Originally I thought
they would not punt on Saturday against a live rush, but it sounds like
it may be more of a game format. Hope you will like the new punt team.

Mickey,

There are several football players that there has been little or no
information released on. What is the outlook for Taylor Tremel,
Jamarcus Grant, and Elsmore Gabriel????


Thanks,

Tony



Tony,

Tremel and Gabriel are players that really should not be expected to
see huge amounts of playing time during their career. Both have
limitations and quite frankly the staff has recruited over their ability. In other
words the staff has signed better players at their positions.
Grant is a different story. He has a big upside as an interior
offensive lineman. Brad Scott likes his potential. Grant is a big
body who will be counted on a lot after the 2006 season. Frye and
Bennett are seniors this season and McDuffie will be a junior. The
future at the guard positions includes Thomas Austin and Grant. The
Mullins, SC native will be counted on as a sophomore and beyond.


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