Clemson football had 9 players enter or declare their intention to enter the transfer portal on Monday. That’s a lot, or at least it sounds like a lot.
Previously the transfers trickled in, generally one at a time, or at least that’s how it seemed. Now, with players unable to enter the portal until a window opens, it looks like everyone is bolting at once, whether it’s Clemson or another school.
The truth is Clemson had more transfers last year (11) than they’ve had to date this year. To be clear, the Tigers could end up with more than 11 this season, but it will likely end up around the same number, just packaged differently.
The biggest of course is D.J. Uiagalelei, in a move that was not unexpected to me or many other Clemson fans. I was of the mind that this was D.J.’s last season in a Clemson uniform one way or another ever since Dabo mentioned before the season that D.J. was graduating in December.
You may remember after Klubnik came in against Syracuse and the Tigers rallied for a win Klubnik reiterated that this was still D.J.’s team. As of yesterday, that’s no longer the case and now it’s Klubnik’s team.
I’m really intrigued to see how Klubnik does as the starter, knowing that he’s the guy from the get-go vs. coming in mid-game.
We saw a glimpse of this on his reception Saturday against North Carolina, but I expect many will be surprised by Klubnik’s speed. Klubnik ran a 51.52 400 in high school and was a superb track athlete.
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Clemson basketball is off to a 7-2 start on the season and takes on Towson Wednesday at Littlejohn.
The Tigers are up to No. 54 in the Kenpom.com rankings and have shot well early in the season with a 55.3% effective field goal percentage, good enough for 33rd in the nation. The Tigers have also been outstanding from the three-point range, hitting 39.8% which is top 20 in the nation.
Towson is No. 102 in the Kenpom.com rankings and Clemson should be favored by around 6 or 7.
Rubbingtherock.com will have a preview of the game and post-game story, too.