Lots of interesting Clemson Tigers news today. Just in time for lunch, here are the Clemson Tigers links for July 9th, 2014.
Aaron Brenner at The Post and Courier names S Jayron Kearse as the fifth-most important player for the Clemson Tigers football program going into 2014
[Kearse is] the definition of a playmaker, swarming to the ball and stabbing four picks last fall, equaling top cornerback Bashaud Breeland to pace Clemson.
Similarly, Zach Gilliland at Bleacher Report compiled a list of Clemson Tigers upperclassmen that have something to prove, starting with QB Cole Stoudt.
The amount of wins the Tigers have in 2014 really depends on how well [Stoudt] can run the offense. With a defense that will be improved from previous years, he doesn’t have to put up Boyd’s numbers, but his leadership and efficiency will be important.
Former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd spoke with Randy Lange of NewYorkJets.com about how he is acclimating to life in New York City and preparing for training camp.
Once the next two weeks of cramming are over, Boyd will pass his conditioning run here at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and then join his young teammates for the busride to Cortland, NY, for the start of training camp.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do as far as me understanding,” he said. “So you tell the guys to get breaks, and I’m going to get a break mentally as much as I can. But at the same time, I have to grind. There’s certain work that has to be done, so I’ve got to get in the best shape possible and get ready to compete.”
ClemsonTigers.com reports on junior C Ryan Nortan being named to the Rimington Award watch list.
A native of Simpsonville, S.C. and graduate of Mauldin High School, Norton was Clemson’s starting center in all 13 games last year and played 841 snaps and had 28 knockdown blocks for the season. He was named ACC Co-Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week last year for his performance against No. 5 Georgia when he helped the Tigers to a 38-35 win.
Ben Kercheval at Bleacher Report named Clemson as one of his best long-shot picks to win the national title in 2014, despite the 66-1 odds.
If you can believe it, Clemson’s questions lie on offense given the departures of quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins. But Cole Stoudt has already been named the starting quarterback, and Morris has a history of plug and go at the skill positions. The group is going to have to gel and grow up quickly in the first month. If it can, there’s plenty of reason to be excited about its future.