Quick Hits with Brian Staley

Brian Staley, a junior college All-American out of Georgia Military, was one of Clemson's top signees in the 2003 class. Today we take a look at some interesting tidbits surrounding one of several players that will come in a compete for a starting spot this fall.

Brian Staley
Georgia Military Academy (Greenwood, SC)
NR: JUCO Rating: *****

THE STATS: Brian Staley had 10 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns last season at Georgia Military College. He also made 68 tackles; 26-pass break ups, and blocked a punt in being named a JUCO All-American at cornerback for the 2nd consecutive year. As a freshman, he led the country with 9 interceptions, returning 6 of those for touchdowns. As a high school senior at Aiken, Staley excelled as a two-way player his senior year in helping lead the Hornets to the Class 4A State Championship game.

STRENGTH: Staley is a true cover corner and a ball hawk. He has excellent speed, good hips, and the ability to cut on a dime with an opposing team's top wide receiver. He led the country in interceptions in each of the past two seasons, and the Clemson coaching staff has hinted that he could likely grab the starting spot left by senior Brian Mance next season.

WEAKNESS: Staley had the luxury of overmatching a lot of the wide receivers he's played against the last two years. He could often bait an opposing quarterback into making a throw that he knew he could pick off. At the collegiate level, he'll find the receivers a step faster and the quarterbacks a step quicker with their throws, so he'll need to adjust to the overall speed of the game in the ACC.

WHY CLEMSON? "I've always wanted to play at Clemson, it's been a dream of mine for sometime," said Staley. "They really want me to come in and start next season because they need that other corner to put on an island to work the defense the way they want it to work. I'm ready to do it too. I'm just looking forward to getting there and helping out the team in any way I can. If I can make a big play, I will. I love to get the fans into the game."

COACH BOWDEN: "We placed Brian Staley out of high school at Aiken at Georgia Military and followed his progress closely the last two years. He's a real confident athlete that likes to make the big play. I think had something like 16 interceptions in his two years there. With him being a couple of years older than all the other guys, we expect that he'll have the chance to play a little earlier for us."

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