Friday Clemson football notebook

CLEMSON - In August of 2009, Vic Beasley committed to play tight end for Clemson over offers from Alabama and Auburn.

The former three-star prospect had high expectations when he arrived to Tigertown almost a full year after his pledge to Dabo Swinney.

"My freshman year, I came here thinking I was going to stand out," Beasley said.

That didn't happen, at least as quickly as he'd hoped. Beasley took a redshirt that first-year on campus and eventually switched positions, moving from tight end to linebacker.

Beasley played in 2011, but only logged 16 snaps that season. Buying into the program was bit of an issue.

When asked if it took some time to buy into Swinney's system, Beasley said, "A little bit.

"I just had guys in front of me that were better than me, maybe at the time. It just took a little while."

Twenty sacks later, Beasley could be a first-round draft pick if he opts to forego his senior season. He's leaning towards going to the NFL, but understands there are a several folks who would like him to stay, specifically his teammates.

"I'm pretty sure it would hurt them a lot, some of the guys I've developed great friendships with," Beasley said. "But, I hope my legacy carries on if I do leave. I just hope to leave a legacy and play a good game against Ohio State."

The forward pass

During the first week or so of availability in Clemson, most of the questions for the Tigers' defensive players were focused on the Ohio State run game, specifically the duo of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde.

In his third season, Miller has made strides as a passer, connecting on 146 of 231 throws for 1,860 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. His 157.94 passer rating is 13th in the country.

His favorite receiver is Corey Brown, who leads the team with 55 catches and 10 touchdown receptions. His tied for first in receiving yards [655] with Devin Smith, who's caught 42 passes and scored eight touchdowns. Tight end Heuerman has 25 catches for 409 yards.

Darius Robinson will spend most of his time on Jan. 3 dealing with Brown and Smith.

"They're talented guys, of course, they're playing at Ohio State University," Robinson said. "It's just about -- they like the short routes and things of that sort. They bring a lot to the table. They're good possession receivers. They run good routes.

"It's all about us playing the best coverage we can play."

Fatherly advice

The relationship between Cole Stoudt and his father, Cliff, has been well-documented. Cliff serves as the at-home quarterback coach for his youngest son.

"He can correct my form over the phone," Cole said. "I can tell him my ball is dying and he says, ‘Well, you're not bending your knees. You're lowering your elbow.' Literally, over the phone, I can throw a ball and it will be a perfect spiral. I just won't say anything back because I'm angry at him."

Cliff isn't a bad sounding board. He, of course, spent over a decade in the NFL with the Steelers, Cardinals, Dolphins and Cowboys.

"Anytime I have a bad day throwing, I can just call him up and he can correct me right away," Cole said. "Talking to him, it's got me knowing, right when I throw a bad ball, I know exactly why I threw the ball. I can just hear him in my head." Top Stories