S DeAndre McDaniel -- McDaniel, an All-American a year ago, will need to come up with another big effort if the Tigers are to contain Maryland receiver Torrey Smith. McDaniel is Clemson's second-leading tackler, but he'll be more concerned with covering deep against Smith, a speedster who has converted big plays in each of the past two seasons in Maryland's upset wins over the Tigers.
Da'Quan Bowers has been one of the most productive defensive ends in the country this year. (Roy Philpott)
DE Da'Quan Bowers -- Bowers, who ranks in the top four nationally in both tackles for loss and sacks, has emerged in a very big way during his junior season. And his history against Maryland has been impressive - four tackles, including one for loss, in just 37 snaps against the Terps in 2008, and seven tackles, including two sacks, last season.
QB Jamarr Robinson -- Robinson, who began the season as the starting quarterback, was back to 100 percent in practice this week after missing a pair of games with a bruised shoulder. The question is how he and Danny O'Brien, who led the Terps to a pair of victories in the meantime and looked good throwing the football, will split time. It will be interesting to see how many snaps Robinson, who is the better runner, gets against Clemson.
QB Jamarr Robinson is back after suffering a bruise shoulder in early September. (Getty Images)
WR Torrey Smith -- Smith battled a leg injury and was limited against Duke two weeks ago. If he's back to full strength this week, he'll play a key role on both offense and special teams. The Terps will likely need some big plays to win on the road, and Smith has the speed and talent to provide them. Last season against the Tigers he recorded three catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in Maryland's 24-21 upset win.