Mail Call-July 7
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Question-Simple but hard one for you, how will Clemson do on the field? Don't dodge it, give me the win and loss totals.
Answer-I think the Tigers will be more talented but the wins may not show it. Remember one thing when you talk record--Schedule. This schedule is brutal. Clemson may have the most difficult road schedule in the country. With that said, how about 7-4? The Tigers will be underdogs at FSU, Miami and Virginia. Maryland gives Clemson fits. Like almost every team in America the Tigers will win one they are supposed to win and lose one they are supposed to lose. Anything above 7-4 is a success and below would be a disappointment.
Question-How will McDuffie's suspension affect the team?
Answer-Good question but I don't know enough about the case to give a good answer. I only know what I have read from the release. Remember that he is only charged and is innocent until proven guilty. I also don't know the timetable here. His current suspension leaves the Tigers with little depth at defensive tackle. It also means another opportunity for one of the true freshmen. Maybe more important though is how this will be handle among his teammates. How will they respond and what does this do to the chemistry? These are questions that we will find the answers to in the next few weeks.
Question-You say Clemson will sign more tight ends in this class. It seems we have a bunch of tight ends and more were signed last year. How many more do we need?
Answer-Tight end prospects are valuable assets. If they stay the same size then they can stay at tight end or defensive end. If they grow they can move to the interior lines of scrimmage. The versatility of tight end prospects are valued at most programs in the nation. Like other staffs, Clemson like the 6-5 to 6-6 frames that can add weight. This will be an area of emphasis again this season.