The eighth-ranked Tigers (AP and USA Today) are preparing for their season opener against fifth-ranked Georgia at Clemson's Memorial Stadium on August 31.
Freshman receiver Mike Williams had three receptions for 111 yards,
including a 50-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Nick Shuessler.
Freshman T.J. Green, who had missed 10 preseason practices with a knee
injury, returned Saturday and had three catches for 24 yards.
Red-shirt freshman Germone Hopper had a 22-yard touchdown catch from
Cole Stoudt. Freshman Marcus Edmond of Lower Richland High School in
Hopkins, SC, had two interceptions for 56 return yards. He returned one
interception for a 26-yard score. Freshman Jadar Johnson had the other
The top tackler in the scrimmage was freshman Ben Boulware of nearby
Anderson, SC. He had seven tackles from a linebacker position.
Freshman Shaq Lawson had three sacks. And finally, the top rusher in
the scrimmage was freshman Wayne Gallaman, who had 10 carries for 30
"We got a lot done today," said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "We held out
some players today and got a lot of work for some younger players. They
performed well. We went over a lot of special situations the second
part of the scrimmage and even played an overtime period."
Many of Clemson veterans saw little or no action. All-America
auarterback Tajh Boyd played just one series and threw just one pass.
Sammy Watkins did not play in the scrimmage at all. Charone Peake
played just one series as well. On defense Travis Blanks, Spencer
Shuey, Stephone Anthony, Grady Jarrett and Robert Smith were all held
out the scrimmage.
There were some good performances by veterans as well. With Boyd held
out, Cole Stoudt got the majority of the work with the first team and
completed 9-17 passes for 157 yards and a score. Martavis Bryant made
two leaping catches for 28 yards.
Daniel Rodriguez had two receptions for 26 yards and Chandler Catanzaro had field
goals of 41 and 46 yards. Ammon Lakip had a 47-yard boot as well. On defense Vic
Beasley had three sacks and Corey Crawford had two.
"We saw a lot of the freshmen make some plays today. You can see the impact of Shaq
Lawson being here in the spring. It has made a difference for him as he came to
camp advanced. Korrin Wiggins has been impressive as have a number of the other
freshman defensive backs.
"We will meet soon to try to determine what players we intend to red-shirt and what
players we intend to play. Of course that can change. Three weeks into the season
we might play someone we intended to red-shirt because of injury or other personnel
"The toughest part of camp is now over. We have one more two-a-day on Monday, then a
practice on Tuesday before we take a day off for the start of school on Wednesday."
The Tigers will have Fan Appreciation Day at 2:30 PM on Sunday at Memorial Stadium.
Admission is free.
Saturday practice brief
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