Players to watch: Tech at Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins, Embry Peeples and Julian Bennett are three players to keep an eye on Saturday.

CLEMSON

Parker completed a season-low seven passes last week, and although he was victimized by six drops, he needs to show more accuracy as well. (Roy Philpott)
QB Kyle Parker -- Parker realizes Clemson's passing game will have to get untracked in order to keep Georgia Tech's defense honest. "We've got some receivers who haven't been out there very long, but these guys can make plays," Parker said. "We're going to have to do that. Getting DeAndre (Hopkins) back should help." Parker completed a season-low seven passes last week, and although he was victimized by six drops, he needs to show more accuracy as well.

WR DeAndre Hopkins -- Hopkins missed last week's game with an upper-body muscle injury, but is expected to return this week. That's a good thing, because he was sorely missed. "Everybody has seen what he can bring to the table," Parker said of Hopkins, who had seven catches and a 41-yard punt return two weeks ago against North Carolina.

DE Andre Branch -- Fellow end Da'Quan Bowers will be afforded most of the double teams, which may leave Branch with more favorable matchups. He has proven to be a capable playmaker this season, recording 20 tackles and four tackles for loss. His primary quest will be to maintain his position and keep his lane filled in order to slow Tech's option ground attack.



GEORGIA TECH

Junior A-back Embry Peeples looks to bounce back after dropping a 73-yard touchdown pass last week and another ball that could have gone for a score. (Getty Images)
A-back Embry Peeples -- The junior looks to bounce back after dropping a 73-yard touchdown pass last week and another ball that could have gone for a score. Peeples is too fast and elusive to bench, but he must convince coaches he can be trusted.

B-back Anthony Allen -- The senior has found his rhythm recently, running for five touchdowns the past two weeks. He's averaging 6.1 yards per carry and has had previous success against Clemson- taking the first handoff a year ago for a 82 yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage.

LB Julian Burnett -- Since moving to inside linebacker, Burnett has been a beast. He and fellow linebacker Brad Jefferson will be critical to stopping Clemson's Andre Ellington, who has run for eight scores while averaging 5.8 yards per carry.


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