Saturday Scrimmage Report


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Clemson, SC — Starting quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
Quarterback
#10 6-1, 230
Hampton, VA

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completed 10-12 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown to highlight offensive play in Clemson’s 75-play scrimmage in Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning. The Tigers are preparing for the season opener on September 3 against Troy.


Clemson will have Sunday off, then will have two-a-day practices next Monday and Wednesday with single practices on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day at Death Valley on Sunday, August 21 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.


Boyd had arguably his best practice of the preseason as he completed each of his last eight passes to six different receivers. He threw a 44-yard scoring pass to top receiver DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
Wide Receiver
#6 6-1, 195
Central, SC

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, then connected on a three-yard score to Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
Tight End
#83 6-3, 245
Fayetteville, NC

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in a goal line situation.


Allen had three receptions for 66 yards, including a diving catch over the middle for 14 yards and a first down. Brandon FordBrandon Ford
Tight End
#80 6-4, 220
Wando, SC

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had three receptions for 37 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass from Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Quarterback
#8 6-3, 195
Dublin, OH

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. The freshman QB was 4-14 passing, but threw for 71 yards and two touchdowns, one to Ford and one to Bryce McNealBryce McNeal
Wide Receiver
#7 6-1, 180
Minneapolis, MN

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(23 yards).


The top rusher was Rod McDowell, who had four rushes for 68 yards, including a 39-yarder on his first carry of the day. Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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had 5-41 rushing and added two receptions, while freshman Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
Running Back
#5 5-10, 187
Nocatee, FL

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had five carries for 40 yards.


The first-team defense did not allow a scoring drive and was led by Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
Defensive Back
#27 5-10, 170
Roswell, GA

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with seven tackles, including a tackle for loss. Corico HawkinsCorico Hawkins
Linebacker
#42 5-11, 230
Milledgeville, GA

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had five tackles and a fumble recovery, while freshman defensive end Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Defensive End
#93 6-5, 275
Columbus, GA

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had five stops, including a sack. Other players with sacks were Rennie MooreRennie Moore
Defensive Tackle
#94 6-4, 270
Saint Marys, GA

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, and Victor Beasley. Justin ParkerJustin Parker
Linebacker
#8 6-1, 225
Port Royal, SC

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, Coty SensabaughCoty Sensabaugh
Defensive Back
#15 6-0, 180
Kingsport, TN

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, Bashaud Breland, Kantrell BrownKantrell Brown
Safety
#37 6-1, 195
Saint Matthews, SC

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and Victory Beasley all had passes broken up.


Another bright spot of the day was the kicking game. Clemson’s three kickers, Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 205
Greenville, SC

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, Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
Punter / Kicker
#36 5-11, 175
Alpharetta, GA

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and Brian Symmes were a combined 16-16 on the day in field goal attempts and extra points against a live rush.


Three Tigers missed the scrimmage because they were going through graduation exercises across the street from Memorial Stadium in Littlejohn Coliseum. Starting offensive tackle Landon WalkerLandon Walker
Offensive Line
#72 6-6, 310
North Wilkesboro, NC

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, starting safety Rashard HallRashard Hall
Safety
#31 6-2, 200
St. Augustine, FL

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and reserve defensive end Kourtnei BrownKourtnei Brown
Defensive End
#90 6-5, 250
Charlotte, NC

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all graduated from Clemson on Saturday.



It was especially noteworthy for Hall, who has been at Clemson just three years. He joins Nick Eason (now in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals) as the only scholarship football players to graduate with two years of athletic eligibility remaining.


Four players missed the scrimmage due to injury. Those players were defensive back Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer
Defensive Back
#29 5-11, 190
Jacksonville, FL

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(sprained foot), defensive back Garry PetersGarry Peters
Defensive Back
#38 6-0, 185
Conyers, GA

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(bruised calf), Andre BranchAndre Branch
Defensive End
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA

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(head injury), DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 295
Central, SC

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(sprained ankle).

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