OL Nathan Bennett - If one redshirt freshman emerged as a starter on the offensive line this spring, it has to be right guard Nathan Bennett. The redshirt freshman out of Dallas, Georgia spent more time putting defenders on their back than almost anyone else on the offensive line. He'll be one to watch this fall as a majority of the running game will straight up the gut or to his the right side of the offensive line.
QB Chansi Stuckey - Stuckey electrified the crowd with mind boggling moves and outstanding quickness Saturday afternoon. While he may not have thrown the nicest looking ball, he was somewhat effective in the passing game, completing 3-of-7 passes for 57 yards. Tommy Bowden has hinted on more than one occasion that Stuckey's elusiveness should be enough to put him on the field next season.
WR Kelvin Grant - The redshirt freshman out of Camden concluded a strong spring by hauling in 3 passes for a team-high 72 yards. One catch was of the spectacular variety- Grant leaped up over two defenders on the goal line and brought in a 33-yard pass.
RB Duane Coleman - Coleman demonstrated why he has been one of the most hyped running backs at Clemson University in years by leading the Tigers with 50 yards on the ground Saturday afternoon. The Naples, Florida native showed his uncanny ability to find the hole, elude defenders and cut upfield for nice yardage once he got the ball in his hands.
ROV Jamaal Fudge - Fudge's transition to rover from cornerback appears to be a good one. He recorded one interception on the afternoon, returning the pick down the left sideline for about 31 yards. He also provided ample run support and appeared to have good knowledge of the position despite only playing there since early March.
FS Travis Pugh - Pugh led the Tigers' stingy defense with 8 total tackles and he also had one fumble recovery on the afternoon.
PK Aaron Hunt - The senior from Brookwood, Tennessee has struggled mightily this spring, and Saturday's Orange & White game at Riggs Field was no different. Hunt missed three field goals on the afternoon and looked out of sync on almost all of his kicks. Tommy Bowden has all but penciled in incoming freshman Jad Dean to handle kickoffs next season, but if Hunt continues to perform at this level, he'll have his hands full keeping his job next fall.
The Offensive Line - While the overall talent level of the offensive line looks to be improved, there still is work to be done, especially on the left side of the line. When the Tigers ran over the right side, behind Nathan Bennett and Greg Walker, the running backs seem to be able to break out for long yardage. On the left side it was a different story. The same thing could be said in passing situations as well.
CB Tye Hill - Tye Hill's transition to cornerback is still a work in progress. Hill continues to fall too far back in coverage, allowing receivers to get wide open on the underneath routes. It will be interesting to see how he competes against incoming JUCO All-American Brian Staley this fall.
P Cole Chason - The Tigers' situation on special teams has yet to live up to expectations during the Tommy Bowden era, and this spring hasn't shown us any significant improvement. Cole Chason has the leg strength to get the job done, but he did nothing to stand out Saturday afternoon at Riggs Field.
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