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By Steven Lassan, 5 days 14 hours ago
Clemson and Georgia are set to meet in the season opener for both teams next season (Aug. 30), but the Tigers will be shorthanded for the meeting in Athens.
Coach Dabo Swinney announced in his pre-spring press conference four players are suspended for that game due to a violation of team rules. Guard David Beasley, tackle Shaq Anthony, cornerback Garry Peters and defensive end Corey Crawford will all miss the non-conference matchup against Georgia.
And these aren’t minor losses for Clemson. Peters recorded 28 tackles last season, Anthony and Beasley combined for 11 starts on the offensive line, while Crawford registered 52 tackles and three sacks in 2013.
While the suspensions are bad news for Swinney and the Tigers, this team has all offseason to prepare for that game without the four players.
David Beasley, Shaq Anthony, Garry Peters and Corey Crawford will miss the opener against UGA. "Violation of team rule."— Greg Wallace (@gc_wallace) March 4, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was sharp in Thursday night’s win over Georgia Tech, completing 20 of 26 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns. Boyd also added 43 yards and one score on the ground.
However, Boyd was injured in the third quarter and did not return to the game.
The senior suffered a bruised sternum and collarbone but avoided a significant injury.
Boyd has some extra time to heal before Clemson’s Nov. 23 scrimmage against Citadel.
Even if Boyd isn’t 100 percent, next Saturday is his final home game and should see a handful of snaps before giving way to Chad Kelly and Cole Stoudt.
Clemson has two weeks to get Boyd healthy for the Nov. 30 showdown against South Carolina.
By Steven Lassan, 7 months 2 weeks ago
As you may remember, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had some interesting comments at SEC Media Days last week. The junior noted Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Georgia's Aaron Murray and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson were all scared when they played South Carolina last season.
Well, the tables were turned this week, as Boyd had a chance to respond to Clowney at ACC Media Days:
Expect to see plenty of highlights from both players this fall, but you can expect Boyd to have the Nov. 30 date circled when Clemson takes on South Carolina.
By Steven Lassan, 7 months 3 weeks ago
The ACC has only two top-25 teams in Athlon’s projected final 125 rankings, but the conference should make a run at having 10 teams make a postseason appearance.
It’s not the biggest indicator when predicting success, but returning starters are an interesting trend to look at before the season starts.
And it’s interesting to note that four teams in the Coastal Division have 13 returning starters, while Georgia Tech – the division’s ACC title representative last year – has a conference-best 16 starters back for 2013.
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By Steven Lassan, 7 months 3 weeks ago
For the most part, conference media days are a cliché fest. However, from time-to-time, there are a few gems that resonate throughout the offseason.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney dropped one of the top soundbites from the first day of SEC Media Days on Tuesday, calling out Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Georgia’s Aaron Murray.
Jadeveon Clowney, on Clemson's Tajh Boyd: "He's scared every time we play him."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) July 16, 2013
Clowney also said he saw the fear in Aaron Murray and Tyler Wilson's eyes last year.
— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) July 16, 2013
How did Boyd and Murray fare against South Carolina last season? Well, it wasn’t pretty. Murray went 11 of 31 for 109 yards and one interception, with Boyd completing 11 of 24 throws for 183 yards and two picks.
So is there truth to what Clowney was saying? I mean, who wouldn’t be intimidated by a 6-foot-6 defensive end with sub-4.6 speed?
Needless to say, Clowney’s comments should work well for bulletin board material at Georgia and Clemson, especially since those two matchups could be the toughest for South Carolina in 2013.