Friday Clemson football notebook

CLEMSON - With a win on Saturday, Clemson will match last year's total of six.

What took 11 tries in 2010 could take six in 2011.

Corico Hawkins said the Tigers still haven't forgotten about last season's disappointing record.

"We just know where we come from. We're still a 6-7 football team until the end of the season comes around," he said. "Like I said last week, the same we were 4-0, we're 5-0 now, the same way we could be 5-5, five weeks from now.

"We've got to stay grounded and remember we were a 6-7 football team last year."

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Dwayne Allen has put up quality numbers through the first five games of the season.

Seven catches for 80 yards and a touchdown against Auburn.

Four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown against Florida State.

Four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech.

He's a must start on your college fantasy football team.

"I'm not a finished product, by no means," Allen said. "I still haven't had my best blocking game.

"I still haven't had my best receiving game, route running, run after catch. That's one of the biggest things I wanted to improve on, coming into this year. I have tons of things to work on."

LET'S KICK IT: Kickoff specialist Spencer Benton is out for this weekend's game against Boston College after suffering a broken shoulder blade against Virginia Tech.

Chandler Catanzaro will handle the first kickoff. Dawson Zimmerman will get work , too, assuming there's more than one kickoff. Catanzaro is backup punter. Zimmerman will hold on field goals and extra-points.

"It's kind of a freak thing. Me and Chandler are just going to have to shoulder the load there. Spencer's a good player. He's a great kickoff guy and a great holder," Zimmerman said. "We're going to have to, for however long he's out, be the guys, and bring up our game."


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