Hot Rod is No. 10

We're into the top 10 of this year's countdown. At this time a year ago, Roderick McDowell would have been nowhere near that high.

CUTigers continues the list of the 25 players we think will have the most productive seasons in 2013.

No. 10

RB Roderick McDowell, Redshirt Senior
It took some time and plenty of patience, but McDowell is finally the starting running back at Clemson.

Better in open space than in-between the tackles, McDowell gives Clemson's offense much-needed explosiveness in the backfield.

The Resume

After rushing for just 224 yards during his first two seasons on the field, McDowell had a breakout 2012. Last season, he ran 83 times for 450 yards and five touchdowns. He also scored the first touchdown of the season against Auburn and did a solid job with pass protection.

Moving Forward

McDowell took over the starting running back job with the departure of Andre Ellington. McDowell entered and exited spring practice as the clear-cut No. 1.

After the spring, D.J. Howard was the second-team running back and Zac Brooks was third. McDowell will have two freshmen to keep at bay when practice opens next month, former four-star prospects Wayne Gallman and Tyshon Dye.

With at least one freshman slated for playing time, Dye figures to give Clemson a physical component in the running game and could challenge for carries.

But for now, McDowell gets the nod.

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