ESPN: Spring practice capsules


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Pos: QB   Height: 6-1   Weight: 225   Hometown: Hampton, VA (Phoebus HS)  
Years Played: 2009 - 2013

From Heather Dinich of ESPN:

Defensive progress: This is the second spring under coordinator Brent Venables, and the defense is the missing piece to the program becoming a contender on the national level. The defensive backs will have the most to prove as three starters have to be replaced.

The new playmakers: Clemson lost two big names on offense in receiver DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
Wide Receiver
#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC

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, who left early for the NFL, and running back Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Sr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC

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. There is plenty of talent remaining in the wings, but it has to step out of the shadows this spring.

Front and center: The Tigers return four starters to the offensive line, but have to replace their anchor in veteran center Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
Gr. Center
#55 6-5, 265
Pelion, SC

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. While quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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returns, the communication with the new center will be critical for calls and snaps.

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