Orange and White Game Preview


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ORANGE & WHITE CHECKLIST

WHAT: Annual Orange & White spring intrasquad scrimmage

WHEN: Saturday at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Memorial Stadium

PARKING: Parking is free, and will be available in Lot 3A, Lot 4, Lot 5, Lot 6, Lot 8, Lot 10, McFadden Lot, Shot Gun Alley and the streets surrounding Littlejohn Coliseum. Handicap accessible parking will be available in the North Lot (C-7).

ADMISSION: FREE. Gates open at 1:00 PM. Enter through Gates 5, 9, 11 or 13. Seating available in the north stands and west end zone. Concessions and restrooms will be open on the north side of the stadium. First aid stand will be open at Portal T.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: Internet broadcast on ESPN3

THINGS TO WATCH:

*Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Jr. Quarterback
#8 6-5, 205
Dublin, OH

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and Chad KellyChad Kelly
So. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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– The quarterback duo will see most of the snaps during Saturday’s scrimmage as they continue what has been a neck-and-neck battle that will likely continue into the fall. Offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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said earlier this week that one practice will see Stoudt surge ahead, only to see Kelly catch back up in the next practice. Stoudt knows the system and is quickly maturing, while Kelly has all of the physical tools to be a good one.

*Left tackle and left guard – The coaches wanted Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
St. George, VA

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to take over the left tackle spot this spring and allow Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
RS Sr. Offensive Line
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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to move somewhere else, possibly to left guard. Morris said this week that Battle – despite his impressive performance in the bowl game – is a “long way away” from being the starter. In the same boat are left guards David BeasleyDavid Beasley
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#68 6-4, 315
Columbus, GA

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and Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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, who have battled inconsistency. Can they show a physical push?

*Center - Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS So. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 270
Mauldin, SC

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is the starting center and by all accounts has had a terrific spring. However, backup center and redshirt freshman Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
So. Center
#57 6-3, 290
Maryville, TN

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has drawn rave reviews from Morris, and Morris said Wednesday that if the left side of the line didn’t get settled soon, he might move Norton to left guard.

*Tight ends – Can Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Jr. Tight End
#86 6-5, 250
Brentwood, TN

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show he has the hands to be a receiving threat in this offense, or will he be rendered solely a blocking back? Freshman Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Fr. Tight End
#16 6-6, 235
Navarre, FL

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already looks the part, and has had a solid first spring. He should be a target Saturday.

*Zac BrooksZac Brooks
So. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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– We know what Rod McDowell and D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Jr. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
Lincoln, AL

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can do, but Brooks has added weight this spring and the spring game could be his time to shine and leave the coaches with positive film to look at over the summer. Don’t be surprised to see him line up in the slot and in the backfield.

*Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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– Watkins has a new position, the boundary receiver played by Nuk Hopkins over the past three seasons. He should see more 1-on-1 matchups, and has said this spring he has re-dedicated himself to his career. He might not get a lot of snaps Saturday, but it could be a preview of the fall.

*Germone HopperGermone Hopper
So. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 175
Charlotte, NC

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– The Tigers were able to redshirt Hopper last season, and he slips into the “2” wide receiver slot with Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Jr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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, the same position Watkins played his first two seasons. Hopper has an electric style and a quick burst, and this will be the first opportunity for Clemson fans to see “G-Hop” do his thing.

*Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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and the other defensive ends – Beasley terrorized quarterbacks last fall despite lacking technique and size, two things he has added so far this spring. He already has taken two Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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passes back for touchdowns this spring, and he appears poised to take that next step. Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Jr. Defensive End
#6 6-4, 275
Jacksonville, FL

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is battling freshman Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
Fr. Defensive End
#90 6-4, 240
Central, SC

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on the other side of the line.

*Linebackers – Clemson fans get to see a healthy Kellen JonesKellen Jones
Jr. Linebacker
#52 6-1, 215
Houston, TX

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, a healthy Tony StewardTony Steward
Jr. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 235
Hastings, FL

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and a rejuvenated Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Jr. Linebacker
#12 6-3, 235
Polkton, NC

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Saturday. Defensive coordinator Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
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said that Anthony – who weighs in at 242 – finally understands the angles and techniques it takes to be an outstanding middle linebacker. Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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calls Jones a violent tackler.

Corners – Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
RS Jr. Cornerback
#17 6-0, 195
Allendale, SC

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, Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS Jr. Defensive Back
#26 6-0, 195
Conyers, GA

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, Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
Cornerback
#21 5-10, 175
College Park, GA

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and Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
Cornerback
#14 5-10, 180
Roswell, GA

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all battled injuries and inconsistency lasts season. Have they improved under new secondary coach Mike ReedMike Reed
Defensive Backs Coach
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? Saturday will be the first time we’ve seen them in action since the bowl game, and it will be the last time they get a chance to show their stuff to the coaches before the cavalry arrives in the form of freshman help in the summer. It’s make or break time for a few of them.

Safeties – Robert SmithRobert Smith
Jr. Safety
#27 5-11, 210
St. George, SC

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and Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
So. Defensive Back
#11 6-1, 190
Tallahassee, FL

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are Clemson’s new starters at safety, and both appear to be blossoming under Reed. Can the coverage busts and the serious lack of tackling technique that have plagued the back end of the secondary over the past few seasons finally be fixed?

*Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
So. Punter
#92 6-6, 230
Concord, NC

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– The punting and kickoff jobs appear to belong to the strong sophomore. However, short kickoffs hurt the Tigers last season, and Pinion needs to show he can consistently put the ball in the end zone.

*Numbers – Chad Morris’ offense now runs off numbers, something he says will help him get the plays in quicker. It will be interesting to see if the officials can keep up with the tempo.

*Defensive tackles – This group is solid, and the fun will be in watching which player steps up and shows out among Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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, DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 285
Central, SC

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, Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 285
Wilmington, DE

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, D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
So. Defensive Tackle
#48 6-3, 335
Greensboro, NC

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and Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
Forest City, NC

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Re: Front Page Story: Orange and White Game Preview
1portroyalty
He's been solid in a cover 2 package.***
ALL IN Tiger 888
Peters will be in pads. So probably not much
cutigerbob®
Re: Front Page Story: Orange and White Game Preview
joetigerny
Re: Front Page Story: Orange and White Game Preview
clemjim
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tigerfootball_48
I hope their in orange... otherwise, might get boring quick.***
TigerGrad11
Re: I hope their in orange... otherwise, might get boring quick.***
tigerfootball_48
I really hope y'all aren't serious***
PenthouseTiger
Why? Being physical/ tough is a huge part of our QB scheme
TigerGrad11
FSU fans probably said the same
PenthouseTiger
Nice 15 year old reference***
TigerGrad11
That's the last time
PenthouseTiger
Our backups played live last year except Stoudt,***
TigerGrad11
Re: Our backups played live last year except Stoudt,***
PenthouseTiger
Pretty sure McNeil and Roberts were in orange/white jerseys
TigerGrad11
hmm you're right, just found pictures***
PenthouseTiger
How did that work out for McNeil?
ALL IN Tiger 888
Did he get injured during the spring game?***
TigerGrad11
Yes, but it was jsut him stepping oddly and falling badly
CUgrad2011
Re: Front Page Story: Orange and White Game Preview
joetigerny
Name has been changed to the Orange and
cutigerbob®
Re: Name has been changed to the Orange and
joetigerny
Re: Pretty sure McNeil and Roberts were in orange/white jerseys
NorthATLtiger
Chad Kelly
Prime T. Tiger
What's the point spread? :-)***
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