Friday Clemson football notebook

CLEMSON - Grady Jarrett has already taken plenty of advice away from veteran defensive tackles Brandon Thompson and Rennie Moore.

Jarrett, like Thompson and Moore, migrated north to Clemson from Georgia.

"I look up to them as big brothers," he said. "I saw Brandon play when he was in high school. My cousin played his team and I went to the game. It's something coming to the same school as him."

Moore, according to Jarrett, has been overlooked by several folks, especially when it comes to projecting future NFL careers.

"A lot of people are sleeping on Rennie," Jarrett said. "He's one of the best technicians, effort -- everything.

"He'll knock your head off. He doesn't care nothing about that size either. He's a lion, for real."

THE LEGACY: From 1990-92, Clemson running back Ronald Williamsrushed for 1,824 yards. On Sept. 3, 2011, his son, DeShawn Williams, made his Clemson debut.

The younger Williams recorded two tackles in 10 snaps against Troy last Saturday.

Before the game, father passed some words of advice along to son.


Freshman DT Deshawn Williams is the son of former Clemson RB Ronald Williams. (Roy Philpott)
"He told me just to play ball like I've been doing, don't be nervous...just to make everybody proud. He just wants to see me succeed, get further than he did," Williams said.

They spoke again after Clemson's 43-19 win.

"He couldn't make it to the game, but he asked me how many reps I got, how did I do. I told him, he was like, that's great -- two tackles, first game, fast-tempo offense that rarely runs the ball."

JUST A LITTLE NERVOUS: Charone Peake quietly went about his business at the team hotel last Friday night. Nothing new there.

What was new was the start of his college football career. And boy was he nervous.

And what calmed him down?

"Probably just the bus ride," he said, referring to the trip around Memorial Stadium to Howard's Rock.

"You can't hear anything going on outside of the bus, and it just calms you down."

Then, the walk off the bus to the top of the hill.

"It's a different story when you're at the hill," Peake said.


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