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:
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.
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.
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.
September 29, 2009; 12:03 PM ET
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