PLAYERS TO WATCH: Clemson at FSU

E.J. Manuel, Willie Haulstead and Greg Reid highlight our list for FSU. What about Clemson?


Greg Reid's smallish-build gives teams confidence they can lure him into mistakes and created mismatches. (Getty Images)
QB E.J. Manuel -- We'll assume he plays, which will be his first meaningful snaps since the Gator Bowl win he led over West Virginia last year in Bobby Bowden's farewell. Maneul has good scrambling skills and a solid arm, but it's been puzzling why he hasn't been used more, at least in some situational roles, this season.

WR Willie Haulstead -- He's coming off the best game of his career with 10 catches for 154 yards against North Carolina. But he has also shown a penchant for dropping a couple passes, too. The Seminoles believe his best football his ahead of him.

CB Greg Reid -- The Seminoles' secondary has been besieged in the past two games. Some of the problems are self-inflicted. Reid's smallish-build gives teams confidence they can lure him into mistakes and created mismatches. He'll be under fire again in this game.




DeAndre McDaniel had nine tackles and a key interception against the Seminoles last season and he's hoping for a similar performance this time. (Getty Images)
LT Chris Hairston -- This should be a great matchup: Hairston, Clemson's veteran offensive tackle and one of the league's best, against Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins, who's second in the ACC in sacks. "That's going to be a battle to watch right there," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

RB Roderick McDowell -- Jamie Harper is the starter who has replaced Andre Ellington, but his backup -- McDowell -- needs to make contributions, too, and Swinney stated as much Tuesday. "He'll have to play better," Swinney said. "We need him to contribute." McDowell is a smaller shifty back in the mold of Ellington who needs to complement the burly Harper.

S DeAndre McDaniel -- Simply put, this is a huge game for McDaniel, who's a Tallahassee native. McDaniel had nine tackles and a key interception against the Seminoles last season and he's hoping for a similar performance this time. The All-American will be tested by the Seminoles, who boast multiple receivers capable of big plays.

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