1) The fluff over Cole Stoudt's injury during Saturday's practice was exactly that... fluff. It wasn't serious. Never was. A slight bruise to the knee and that's it. All x-rays were negative and there's no reason for concern. Bigger picture, every single person we've talked to who has been at practice or at Saturday's scrimmage has been very impressed with Stoudt and what he brings to the table. I haven't heard a negative word. I said on the radio today I think this offense will be more dink-and-dunk rather than the big plays we've grown accustomed to seeing with Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant over the years... I think that plays right into Stoudt's strengths. He's accurate, makes good decisions and he isn't afraid to go to his check down receiver/running back. He'll take what the defense gives you. And you know what? I'll take that.
2) Talked to Stephone Anthony a good bit after practice this morning and he's chomping at the bit for the season opener. You can tell the grind of camp isn't here necessarily just yet, but it's approaching quickly this week. He confirmed they worked on Georgia stuff through the summer and even going back to last spring while also admitting it would be another week before they all start to focus on the Dawgs again. Physically, Anthony looks different this year. As we wrote this weekend, he's the quarterback of the defense. And damn, he looks the part.
3) Good news on the injury front as Isaiah Battle and Charone Peake are expected back this week. Battle will be full strength tomorrow and Peake will be doing more work later this week. Peake's lateral improvement has greatly improved according to Dabo Swinney and that's very encouraging. Meanwhile Battle has been out since last Wednesday- the first day in full pads. Even though Peake could wind up being the leading wide receiver this year, I would argue it's more important to get Battle healthy again. Think about it - how many other proven left tackles does Clemson currently has on its roster? Yikes.
4) The soft-spoken Mike Williams talked to us for a while today and he told me he's been very impressed with both quarterbacks - Stoudt and DeShaun Watson. Jeff Scott told us a few weeks ago that he believes Williams can be in the same league as former South Carolina standout Alshon Jeffrey. I remember hearing those comparisons when Williams camped with the Tigers more than three years ago. Needless to say, this could be his breakout season. Through the first week of camp, it feels like he is Clemson's best down field threat.
5) Another common theme throughout fall camp has been the consistency of Bradley Pinion and Ammon Lakip. Can't emphasize how important this is headed into a brutal month to open the season. If Clemson is to beat Georgia, these two guys have to be huge factors. Lakip needs to be perfect on field goals and Pinion has to be able to flip the field with his booming punts. Both players did well again today and were talked about by Coach Swinney. It also sounds like Mackensie Alexander and T.J. Green have been quality returners as well. So far so good when it comes to Clemson's special teams.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Most encouraging thing about Monday has to be the injury news. With Battle and Peake back this week, two more potential questions begin to be answered. If those two are healthy for Georgia, we should all be happy. If not, honestly, there's cause for concern.
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