Clemson Football News: AP Top 25, Transfer Portal update

Clemson Men's Basketball remains at 18th in the new AP Top 25, and Florida State has more transfer drama at the quarterback position.

Dec 22, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson graduate Joseph Girard III and Head Coach Brad Brownell.
Dec 22, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson graduate Joseph Girard III and Head Coach Brad Brownell. / Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports
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Clemson Men’s Basketball is 18th in the AP Top 25

Clemson Men’s Basketball played one game last week, a blowout victory over Queens. As such, they have remained at No. 18 in the most recent AP Top 25.

Memphis, the only team to defeat Clemson this season, is now right behind them at No. 19.

Clemson will host Radford on Friday.

Clemson Football begins on-site bowl practices

Clemson Football is now in Jacksonville and has begun practices for the Gator Bowl this Friday.

Some of the early enrollees from the Class of 2024 are with the Tigers for the bowl game. They are not allowed to dress out for the game, but they can join in for practices.

2024 running back David Eziomume posted this picture of the early enrollees.

The player standing right in front of the Christmas tree is kicker Nolan Hauser, who will have a good shot at being the starting kicker for Clemson next season.

Here is Hauser’s first kick in a Clemson practice.

We interrupt this post for a Tee Higgins touchdown video.

As The Portal Turns

Florida State has had its fair share of success thanks to transfers, but they are not immune to departing players either. The Seminoles learned this week that Tate Rodemaker, who was expected to start for FSU in the Orange Bowl against Georgia, will be entering the transfer portal instead.

This means freshman Brock Glenn, who started for Florida State in the ACC Championship game against Louisville, will be the presumed starter in the Orange Bowl.

FSU must take their lumps here. It has been no secret that the Seminoles have been shopping for a transfer quarterback this offseason. It is obvious they aren’t completely confident in Rodemaker, and I can’t blame him for seeking a new program.

Coaches don’t like to admit in fall camp the guy they brought in isn’t as good as the guy they already had. Rodemaker would be at a disadvantage from the beginning.

One of those transfers that FSU has been eyeing, Cam Ward, is still deciding which direction he wants to go.

https://twitter.com/chris_hummer/status/1739111610436694068

The signs here point to Ward wanting to maximize his value. He is likely considering where he might go in the NFL Draft and what his income will be versus the NIL he could receive by returning to college.

If Florida State can’t afford Ward, then their other primary target has been former Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei.

Another portal note: former Georgia cornerback Nyland Green has committed to Purdue.

Don’t feel bad if you were surprised by that. I don’t think anyone else saw that coming either.

We end this post with an AJ Terrell throwback video.