Watson throws 2 touchdowns in Saturday's scrimmage

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Watson completed 5-10 passes for 110 yards and two scores.
Watson completed 5-10 passes for 110 yards and two scores.

Clemson, S.C.—Clemson held its first full scale scrimmage of the preseason in Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers worked for over two hours and ran over 90 plays from scrimmage, plus special teams plays on a beautiful day. There were many outstanding performances, but some mistakes have to be corrected according to Head Coach Dabo Swinney.

“We had way too many critical penalties today,” said Swinney. “Those are the things that get you beat. Our kickers were inconsistent today, which was disappointing because you can see they’re very capable in practice. We have a lot of work to do to be ready in front of over 80,000 fans.”

Marcus EdmondMarcus Edmond
RS So. Cornerback
#29 5-11, 170
Hopkins, SC

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made a great play on a pick-six, where he jumped the receiver’s route. Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Gr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-2, 205
Moore, SC

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had a really good day as a receiver (72-yard touchdown reception from Watson). I thought Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
So. Quarterback
#4 6-2, 205
Gainesville, GA

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was excellent all day. A lot of different guys on offense made plays, from Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Jr. Tight End
#16 6-5, 250
Navarre, FL

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and Ray-Ray McCloudRay-Ray McCloud
Fr. Wide Receiver
#34 5-9, 175
Land O' Lakes, FL

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to Trevion ThompsonTrevion Thompson
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-2, 195
Durham, NC

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“We’ve got three weeks to be ready to play, and we’ll be ready when it comes time.”

Watson completed 5-10 passes for 110 yards and two scores, the 72-yarder to Peake and a five-yarder to Jordan Leggett. The running game was balanced. Freshman C.J. FullerC.J. Fuller
RS Fr. Running Back
#27 5-9, 215
Easley, SC

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had eight rushes for 80 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run against the reserve defense.

Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS So. Running Back
#9 6-1, 205
Loganville, GA

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had nine carries for 43 yards to lead the backs running with the first unit. Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
RS So. Running Back
#22 5-11, 215
Elberton, GA

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had six rushes for 35 yards, while C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS Sr. Running Back
#21 5-10, 200
Clemson, SC

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had 8-24 rushing and Adam ChoiceAdam Choice
So. Running Back
#26 5-9, 215
Thomasville, GA

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added 9-25 on the ground. Zak Brooks did not play in the scrimmage due to a shoulder injury.

Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#5 5-11, 175
Charlotte, NC

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had three catches for 37 yards, while Ray-Ray McCloud had 2-33 and Hunter RenfrowHunter Renfrow
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-10, 170
Myrtle Beach, SC

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had 2-10. Ten other players had a reception in the balanced attack. In addition to Peake’s 72-yard reception from Watson, the graduate from Spartanburg also had 50-yard touchdown catch from Watson that did not count after officials ruled Watson had been touched by a defender on the pass and thus sacked. The scrimmage was played with the no tackling of the quarterback rule.

Three players on defense had interceptions. In addition to Marcus Edmond’s 50-yard interception return for a score, Dorian O’Daniel and Jalen WilliamsJalen Williams
Fr. Linebacker
#30 6-0, 215
Columbia, SC

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also had interceptions. Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Safety (2012 - 2015)
#11 6-0, 210
Tallahassee, FL

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had a 50-yard fumble return for a score, giving the defense two scores on the day.

Williams, a freshman from Columbia, S.C., led all tacklers with eight, led everyone in tackles for loss with three, had two sacks, a pass broken up and the interception. O’Daniel and Jefferie GibsonJefferie Gibson
RS Fr. Safety
#17 6-4, 200
Hope Mills, NC

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added six tackles apiece. Williams and Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 295
Mooresboro, NC

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had two sacks apiece. Freshman Christian WilkinsChristian Wilkins
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#42 6-5, 305
Longmeadow, CT

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had two tackles for loss and a caused fumble.

Starting receiver Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Jr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-4, 210
Vance, SC

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missed the scrimmage recovering from a hamstring pull. He is expected to return next week.

Swinney announced after practice that red-shirt freshman Korie RogersKorie Rogers
RS Fr. Outside Linebacker
#43 6-2, 235
Buford, GA

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of Flowery Branch, Ga., had decided to retire from football. Swinney also announced that punter Andy TeasdallAndy Teasdall
RS Jr. Punter
#32 5-11, 185
Winston-Salem, NC

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and receiver Hunter Renfrow had been placed on scholarship effective immediately.

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