Why can this team not get over the hump?
For whatever reason, this team does not have the killer instinct. On the road when you have a chance to bury someone, you have to do it. A killer instinct is developed from the top down in my opinion. To this point, I believe it is far to say Coach Bowden does not always show the killer instinct. If you talk to current and former players, they will tell you if Coach Bowden coached every week like he does South Carolina and Florida State things would change. Personally, I feel this season is a very accurate picture of where this program is. They are right there at where they want to be, but this team is not there yet.
Can Clemson go to a bowl at 6-5?
If Clemson loses to Duke or Florida State, it will be difficult to land a bowl slot at 3-5 in the conference. The Tigers would likely have to land an at-large bid, and that is always risky. Clemson needs to win their final three games to secure a bowl bid.
Why does Coach Bowden release the injury news on Charlie now?
It is unclear to me why he felt there was no need to discuss Charlie’s injury now. It has been bothering him since before Wake Forest, and they chose not to discuss it. In reality, Whitehurst is hurt, but releasing it now comes off as making excuses. The rust has been apparent the last two weeks, and it will make you wonder. Coach Bowden admitted that Coach Spence has called for Proctor on more than one occasion. If that is truly the case, then Proctor should have been in the game by now. This offense has been put in the hands of Spence, and he sees the quarterbacks everyday in practice. If he felt an 85% Whitehurst was better than Proctor, things might be different.
On a positive not, is Aaron Kelly and Tyler Grisham the answer to our kickoff return issues?
Certainly off to a good start. Kelly made his move and exploded, which is how you get big kickoff returns. You have to see a hole before it is there. Duane Coleman and CJ Gaddis did too much dancing. Kelly and Grisham both run hard and show no signs of selfish play. Whoever does not receive the ball gets out and makes a block. Grisham was a player we had mentioned all season as a possibility, but Kelly has been a pleasant surprise.