E-Mail Bag 6/16

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Is there reason for concern with Maxwell's knee injury?

A few years ago maybe, but not now. The advancements that have been in rehabilitation have decreased the severity of knee injuries. Florida and Georgia were not concerned about, and obviously Clemson was not. Even if there was some concern, the way he played before the injury makes it worth the risk.

Any news on Brent Schaeffer?

We have not reached Schaeffer or his Mom since before he left for Texas A&M. He should have an announcement by the middle of next week at the latest.

When or will Clemson offer Richard Jackson?

I would be surprised if Jackson did not have an offer from Clemson by the end of June. Jad Dean and Cole Chason will both be juniors this year, so they will sign a kicker this year. Jackson has drawn offers from several big programs like Southern Cal and Texas A&M. We will have a story on Jackson next week.

Do you think we lose anyone other than Harvey and Rohrbaugh?

Jeff Hahn is obviously gone, because he was a senior. Adrian Casanova has reportedly said he was coming back, but I will have to wait and see on him. I still think there is a chance Casanova signs. Drew Fiorenza will have to give very serious consideration to signing. This is the third time Fiorenza has been drafted. When I spoke with an academic advisor in the middle of the season, he told me Fiorenza was anticipating signing. However, Fiorenza did not have the season he would have liked. He could potentially be this year's Tony Sipp, if he performs well in the summer leagues.

Have you heard how the "voluntary" workouts are going?

I spoke with a couple of the players at the baseball games two weeks ago, and they all were very excited about the season. They really bragged about how the coaches sat down the last day of spring and laid out what they wanted done this summer. The players feel this could be a big step towards fixing the slow starts and inconsistency. This has become very necessary, because Clemson was really hurt last year by the lack of two-a-days. If you speak to players who have come and gone, they will tell you that though they despised two-a-days that was when the most was accomplished. The true freshmen who have the chance to play early are hurt the most by the change. This incoming class does have the benefit of a great group of seniors who have stepped up as leaders.

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