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Poll: What Concerns You Most About Clemson?

I understand Clemson is 2-2, but there is lots of talent on this team. And I was impressed with the Tigers in their 30-27 loss to Georgia Tech on Sept. 10 and felt a bad holding call late in that game changed the outcome. Here are some interesting notes on the Tigers:

Clemson’s Defense:

Cornerback Chris Chancellor will make his 32nd consecutive start, and cornerback Crezdon Butler will make his 30th consecutive start. Chancellor, Butler and safety DeAndre McDaniel have a combined 26 interceptions. McDaniel ranks third in the ACC in tackles, fourth in passes defended and first in interceptions (four). Clemson held Georgia Tech and Boston College to under 30 percent completion percentages. The Tigers also rank ninth nationally in pass efficiency defense. In all, the defense held Boston College to 54 total yards and four first downs in a 25-7 win on Sept. 19.

Clemson’s Offense:

With wide receiver Jacoby Ford and running back C.J. Spiller, Clemson has the fastest duo in college football. Ford has run the 100 meters in 10.01 seconds, while Spiller, who holds 16 school records, has clocked a 10.22. Ford is tied for the ACC lead in receptions (20). Spiller had 112 rushing yards in Saturday's 14-10 loss to Texas Christian, which is significant because it was only the second time in the last 20 games that TCU allowed an opponent to rush for more than 100 yards. Spiller has joined former Southern California star Reggie Bush as the only players in division I-A history to amass 2,500 yards rushing, 1,500 kickoff return yards, 1,000 receiving yards and 500 punt return yards. Clemson’s offensive line has also been impressive. TCU led the nation last season in sacks and entered the game averaging 5.5 sacks per game, but the Tigers did not allow one.

Special Teams:

Spiller needs just 19 kickoff return yards to become Clemson’s career leader. Clemson ranks fourth nationally in punt returns and 20th in kickoff returns. In its first three games, Clemson had two punt returns and one kickoff return for touchdowns. Kicker Richard Jackson has made 12 of 15 field goals and is tied for first in the nation for field goals per game. He made six in Clemson’s victory over Boston College, including a 52-yarder into the wind.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 29, 2009; 12:03 PM ET
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Comments

All those who attacked me for suggesting that Franklin getting the head coach-in-waiting job at MD because he is black can go ahead and post their apologies to me. Debbie Yow says in no uncertain terms that Franklin's race was not simply a factor, it was THE determining factor.

http://www.accsports.com/articles/200909286049/is-a-succession-plan-really-successful.php

From the article: Maryland’s Franklin and Joker Phillips, the heir-apparent at Kentucky, are in fact African American. Only because Franklin is a “qualified minority,” according to Yow, did College Park administrators willingly agree to his preemptive promotion. “It’s part of our fabric,” she said of affirmative hiring, which at Maryland included the ACC’s first black basketball assistant coach and head coach, the first African-American chancellor, and the first and only female AD. “They were very excited about it.”

Posted by: Barno1 | September 29, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

So Gary shouldn't have recruited him because of an act he is accused of doing AFTER he recruited him and is innocent until proven guilty? Should UMD not have admitted you Poop for your admitted illegal use of hallucinogens while at the school?

It's okay though Poop, I know you don't know any better. One day you will surprise us all with a relevant thought. I look forward to that day.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 28, 2009 4:09 PM

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You like to really keep bring up past points Barno, other than telling the rest of us how to be "true fans." So I'll leave you with these words today:

"See, I think drugs have done some good things for us, I really do, and if you don't believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight and take all your albums, all your tapes, and all your CDs and burn 'em. Cause you know what? The musicians who made all that great music that's enhanced your lives throughout the years? Rrrrreal bleepin' high on drugs."

- Bill Hicks

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 29, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

get a room - or message board - you two!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | September 29, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Barno1, I believe you are misreading that quote. It doesn't say the only reason he was hired is he is black. It says the only reason he was pre-emptively considered for promotion is he's black, and it goes without saying qualified (according to them, your mileage may vary).


Why are people more scared of their offense? Our offense is the one more heavily struggling. Rutgers is no Clemson, but until our O turned the ball over 18 times and our D was on the field for 80% of the game they held on decently.

If our O scores, our D isn't on the field as long. If they aren't out there for the majority of the game, they can stand a chance.

If our O scores, we can at least hang in there.

With another flop of an O performance, we'll hang in for 2.5 quarters, then the wheels will fall off.

Fear their D and our craptastic O.

Posted by: ckstevenson | September 29, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm concerned they might get off the bus....

Posted by: restonhoops | September 29, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

only if you join us sargeant. Ten-hut!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 29, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Barno - you're back - yippee!! I was afraid you had offed yourself after last Saurday's debacle. Still thrilled with the overall talent level of the Terps?

Posted by: shanks1 | September 29, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Of course he is. He sais the "real" season starts this weekend and we can still win a national title.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 29, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Keep him away from sharp intruments. This week is going to be brutal.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 29, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Barno1, I believe you are misreading that quote. It doesn't say the only reason he was hired is he is black. It says the only reason he was pre-emptively considered for promotion is he's black, and it goes without saying qualified

Posted by: ckstevenson | September 29, 2009 1:35 PM

This is what the article says: Only because Franklin is a “qualified minority,” according to Yow, did College Park administrators willingly agree to his preemptive promotion.

As I'm sure all of you know, if Franklin were promoted "only because [he is] a ‘qualified minority’" as the article claims, that is in fact discrimination, it is illegal, and because Maryland is a state school, it is unconstitutional.

These quotes vindicate my earlier belief that race played a role in Franklin's promotion. It was pretty obvious considering how far they went out of their way to point out his skin color in their official press release.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 29, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm concerned that they lost their last game and will be hungry for a win.

I'm concerned that they spanked Middle Tenn.

I'm concerned that they are looking for revenge after we beat them last year.

I'm concerned that their RB's are going to have a field day (aka J. Best)

Most of all I'm concerned that they'll cover the (low) 13.5 point spread. Seriously, MD is due to cover eventually.

Posted by: fushezzi | September 29, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

How about Clemson being an actual FBS team??

Posted by: Joe82 | September 29, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

This game is similar to last year in that nobody gave Maryland a chance and that turned out pretty well. My biggest concern is turnovers. If Maryland has none: Terps 24-20. If the butter fingers continue: Tigers 41-10.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | September 30, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

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