Tigers move down in Athlon's 2012 college football top 25


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From Athlon Sports:

15. Clemson – The defending Atlantic champs are in good position to contend for the conference title once again in 2012. Quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS So. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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and receiver Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Fr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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will form one of the top pass-catch combinations in the nation, while running back Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
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#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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figures to top 1,000 yards once again in 2012. While there’s no shortage of weapons coming back for coordinator Chad Morris, the Tigers will be replacing three starters on the line. The defense allowed nearly 400 yards a game in 2011, prompting coordinator Kevin Steele’s departure. Former Oklahoma coordinator Brent Venables was a terrific hire by coach Dabo Swinney, but the defense may be a year away, especially with the departure of four key linemen.

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Clemson was ranked 12th in the Athlon's very early college football poll released right after the end of the football season.

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