Plenty to ponder

CLEMSON - Brent Venables wasn't very impressed with what he saw from Bashaud Breeland during his first year as Clemson's defensive coordinator.

In 10 games last season, Breeland had 32 tackles and three pass breakups.

"He was absolutely horrible last year," Venables said. "I tell him that everyday. A year ago, he was terrible."

It's been a complete 180 for Breeland in 2013. Through 12 games, the redshirt junior cornerback has 52 tackles and four interceptions. He believes the stats aren't the only reflection of his strong play this season.

One would have to imagine that NFL talent evaluators have taken notice.

"I'm pretty sure, if they've watched the film, they can see that I've improved over these two years, three years that I've played," Breeland said.

That high level of play during his redshirt junior season has afforded Breeland the opportunity to consider what the possibilities are on the next level.

"He's played well for us this year. He's worked hard in the offseason, has been more consistent," Venables said.

Late last month, Breeland indicated that he wasn't quite ready to think weigh out his options.

"My main focus is to finish out the season," he said. "After the season, I'll give some thoughts about it."

A former four-star recruit out of Allendale-Fairfax High School, Breeland's excited that turning pro is in the cards.

"But, at the same time, it's kind of -- I wouldn't say you put a lot of pressure on yourself, but it brings a lot of pressure when you have to make a decision like that," he said. "As far as being a junior and having an opportunity to make a decision like that, it's kind of hard, but you have to just pray about it."

Several factors are going to be kept in consideration as he works towards that decision.

"The people that I meet here, like the players, what the players that allow me to make the plays that I make and help me to make the plays that I make, depends on them," Breeland said. "School, I do want to get my degree. That will have a big key in it.

"I have a five-month-year-old daughter. She will be taken into consideration towards my decision."

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