E-Mail Bag: 9/15

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What do you think of Duane Coleman’s move to cornerback?

By knowing Coleman’s competitive nature, it is not a total shock. I thought maybe he would be move to receiver. Cornerback surprises me a little because I think he may be a better fit at safety. He will get his chance. Initially, I thought he would see some game action against Temple, but he will most likely serve his one-game suspension then. Personally, I would be very surprised if Coleman makes a big impact this year. I do think his intensity and competitiveness is needed on the defensive side of the ball. His biggest contribution may come in that aspect.

Are there some big names coming to Clemson this weekend for visits?

I expect Clemson will have its largest number of visitors this weekend. One thing that could be on hold is Lee Tilley. Tilley was scheduled to make his official visit this weekend, but no one has been able to confirm that he is coming. We have been unsuccessful in our attempts to reach Tilley this week. Clifton Geathers is expected to be there. Jamie Cumbie and Jeremy Campbell will be on official visits. All of the in-state commitments are expected to be on hand, along with JoJo Cox. Cox is bringing a talented junior offensive lineman that Clemson is in good shape with from Twiggs County. We are going to try and release a list Friday afternoon of the players we are confident are coming.

Will the offense open up more this week?

Personally, I hope it does not have to. If Clemson is able to control the clock and keep Miami’s offense on the sidelines, I think they stand a much better chance of winning. This offense is capable of exploding when asked to. If teams fall asleep on Whitehurst, he will make them pay. The bread and butter is running the football. Reggie Merriweather and James Davis are playing extremely well coming into this week. Rob Spence is serious about running the football. He stayed committed to the run, and it paid off against Maryland. Spence called a run on a passing down, and Merriweather broke it for a long touchdown. When you open the offense up, you open yourself up for turnovers as was the case at the start of last season. The more clock this offense control, the more it will help the defense.

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