With a 19-10 victory over Colorado, an outstanding group of seniors closed the book on their Clemson careers. Charlie Whitehurst, Tye Hill, Curtis Baham, and Charles Bennett showcased leadership skills that all Tiger faithful hope will be carried. Whitehurst was the face of the program the last three and half years.
Whitehurst’s career is now over and there is very little question who will take his place. Freshman running back James Davis is willing and ready to take the torch and run with it.
The final offensive play of 2005 was fittingly a handoff from Whitehurst to Davis, and you could make the case that Whitehurst passed the torch right there.
Davis is clearly the best running back to put on the Clemson uniform since Terry Allen. Davis has everything you would want from a running back with his power and speed, blocking, and hands out of the backfield.
Fans always hear a running back’s job is to make the first guy miss. This season you would be hard pressed to find too many players where Davis did not make the first guy miss.
With all five starters returning on the offensive line, Davis could be even better in his sophomore season. The wealth of young talent returning on defense also points towards more carries for Davis. Clemson will win with defense and pound the ball with Davis.
While Davis may become the face of the program, there is no shortage of talent around Davis. The aforementioned five returning starters on the offensive line, five of the top six receivers returning, and a defense that has only given up more than 14 points in one of its last seven games, plus another top notch recruiting class being assembled. It is clear why everyone is excited about the Tigers in 2006.