Alright guys, I'm in. Welcome to our tune-up chat ... our Appalachian State chat, if you will. (That joke was funnier before 2007. Looking at you, Michigan.)
Go ahead and pepper in any questions, comments, anecdotes, cheers, or straight-up rants you just wanna get off your chest.
Seckinger's the best pass-catching option the Tigers have at tight end for the short-term. Jordan Leggett should be back soon, and they say Sam Cooper is healing real nicely (I'm skeptical he can be effective in the first 8 months after an ACL tear, but we'll see.) Seck would benefit by making a few big plays early on to garner Tajh Boyd's trust (and that of Chad Morris.)
I'll say this for Seckinger: coaches and players talk about the need for a hefty tight end, well, he's got the weight to play the position.
Sure thing, Billy. Charone Peake is my pick to finish as the No. 2 receiver, not just because he's starting or he's got the most returning catches. (OK, that has a little to do with it.) This offense needs good consistent open threats, and while Watkins will command most the attention, I see Peake getting that nice open field underneath.
I think Bryant's a fascinating story, but he looks like more of the Jaron Brown type right now. They'll ask him to go out on fly routes mostly, and he'll need to shore up his run-blocking ability. He had 10 catches last year, and if he makes 25 this year, that's a successful season. I'm not sure I see him rising into the 30s or 40s ... just yet.
After that, Humphries, Hopper, and the freshman Mike Williams will compete for looks. All about who makes plays when they have a chance.
Slower than we originally thought. We're not real sure if he will be good to go for the Bulldogs, and I don't necessarily think he's a redshirt candidate right now ... but if he doesn't heal the way he needs to, it could be a fallback option. Mackensie Alexander can help this defense, which is why I'm sure the coaches are crossing their fingers.
They end the year with Maryland, Miami and Pittsburgh coming to Littlejohn. That to me is the best tidbit.
Frank, the schedule was made before I got here; I'm not totally clear if they lost a game somewhere along the line. (Set me straight if you know.)
I do know these two things: ideally, Clemson wants to play South Carolina, a major non-con opponent (Georgia), an FBS foe from a smaller conference, and an FCS team each year. Next year, it follows that lead: USC, Georgia, Georgia State (a new FBS squad) and Coastal Carolina.
And Clemson's BCS fate is pretty straightforward. Win 'em all, it (probably) won't be a problem. Lose one, they're probably still fine for one of the BCS bowls. Lose two, hello CFA or Russell Athletic. That's a product of taking on two preseason top-7s and a No. 11 (FSU.)
Correctamundo. Forgot about that - was in Big Ten land at the time. Thanks 07.
Easier said than done. Not just for challenge purposes (would YOU willingly take on Georgia and, say, Arkansas back-to-back just because?), but logistically. These things are hard to peg. Usually, the Sun Belts of the world are easier to nab. If they did want to beef up the non-con, you go USC, an SEC team (and hope they're really really good when you finally face them, like Georgia is), then maybe a Louisiana Tech or Tulsa or something.
Ah, the James Island walk-on. Not significantly, House. Just too many solid options in front of him, but look for him to maybe contribute on special teams. He did play 71 snaps last year, which isn't a shabby number. I can't honestly tell you his name's been mentioned this fall camp.
Very good question. I lean toward NC State. Let's remember what happened at Carter-Finley last year when Florida State came to town on a Thursday night, took a 16-0 halftime lead ... and then before you know it, fat shirtless guys are waving their shirts around while a pole hangs on to them for dear life. Definitely a trap game.
Well, he looks like he's in shape. And Morris has said he's worked harder than he ever has before. And Tajh has said glowing things about Watkins' work ethic. Of course, this is as some refer to as 'talking season'. It's put-up-or-shut-up time soon enough. Finally.
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Really, really interesting question. I'm surprised how much his name comes up. I hate to play the "he's just a walk-on" card, but well, he's just a walk-on. That said ... Chad Morris seems much more pleased with Davidson than D.J. Howard right now. Swinney sounds the same. So, don't be surprised if he's out there vs. Georgia.
Been quiet from up there, Frank. Cops haven't even found the other piece, yet. Doubt we'll know for a long time. Lawsuits and legal action moves about as fast as Clemson's offense ... except, you know, the complete opposite.
Teddy Bridgewater's the favorite; right now. I think if Boyd or Murray outdoes themselves, they should be better than Bovada's 12-1, 14-1 odds. I also like TJ Yeldon, Marcus Mariot'a, Braxton Miller, Jadeveon Clowney, and ... yeah, it's fairly wide-open.
It's not unfair to make that comparison. Hype is a fickle mistress. Sometimes it's legit, sometimes it quits. Everything I've heard and learned about Clemson football is that when they roll with the tide (no, that's not an Alabama reference.) When things are good, they're good. When something's a little off, then it gets bad.
Tajh Boyd has shows a slight propensity to let emotions get the best of him - for good and for bad. He just can't mope if he's not totally on his game, and you'd like to think a fifth-year senior is above that. His body language can and will affect the entire rest of the team. Very crucial thing for him this year.
What has defined Clemson defense, Deion, is big plays. Big plays for them, big plays against them. They get sacks (tied for 20th nationwide last year, with South Carolina, who I hear has a guy with experience in that area), they play well on 3rd down, they hold up in the red zone. But they can't let receivers get behind them or miss gaps or assignments and allow other offenses the quick-strike touchdowns. As a great lady once said, "ain't nobody got time for that."
Oh, an emerging star? Give me Travis Blanks. Loaded with skill, has some experience, plays a key position and a need position.
I'm real pleased actually with our pace today. I presume most of you stopped in via Twitter or Facebook; the web site's having some issues, so hopefully the traffic will only increase next week. Good stuff, though, I'm encouraged for our first chat.
A lineman? Not sure those guys have the big mouths. I could see, like, a defensive back woof at Clowney while he's on the sideline. But yeah, let's see Gifford Timothy call Jadeveon Clowney "Doo Doo" and live to tell the tale.
Before we wrap up, remember we'll give it a go next Thursday too, leading into the first run of games. I'll be down in Columbia to help out on UNC-USC, but I'm also happy to help preview Georgia-Clemson just 48 hours before kickoff.
Thanks for the opening run of questions, and we'll see you on the Interwebs soon. Have a great weekend!