E-Mail Bag: 12/9

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What would be the biggest need to fill in the 2006 recruiting class?

The staff has done a tremendous job of stockpiling some big names on defense thus far. The staff still is heavily focused on defense this year. One more linebacker and one more edge rusher would be the biggest needs. The staff has assembled one of the top secondary classes in the country. The idea was continue to upgrade talent defensively with this class. If the staff does not land another defensive player, I believe that goal has been accomplished. Offensively, the staff does want to sign one running back and a tight end.

Is there one prospect out there that could be this year's Antonio Clay?

It is still a little early to tell. The position it would most likely happen at would be running back. Clemson has positioned themselves with a who's who at running back. The good news for the Tigers is it is pretty much the same schools across the board, and the Tigers have a better than average chance to land a big name running back.

Does Barnett's firing help our hurt Clemson?

Until the game is played, I have to believe this move hurts Clemson more than helps. Clemson is now in a no-win situation against Colorado. If Clemson handles Colorado, everyone will say Colorado quit. If Colorado upsets Clemson, then the loss would be portrayed as an embarrassing loss. The Tigers still have a chance to pick up a win over a Big 12 Division champion, but if Clemson wins, it is highly unlikely that is how the win will be portrayed.

Was media asleep at the basketball media days?

Absolutely, Clemson is much better than 10th in the ACC. It has probably worked out for the best. The team is flying under the radar, and they are positioning themselves to make some noise. The close game against Wofford was not a tremendous surprise, but an ugly win is much better than a bad loss on an NCAA resume. The team is 7-0 without much scoring contribution from Cliff Hammonds. Hammonds is struggling, but he is too good of a player to remain in this slump much longer. Hammonds needs to have a breakout game to build up his confidence, then I am confident he will have a solid season. Despite his numbers offensively, Hammonds has played well defensively for the Tigers.

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