QB NICK SCHUESSLER
Schuessler proved why Dabo Swinney, Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott raved about his improvement on spring long on Saturday. Schuessler demonstrated outstanding command of the offense while connecting on a wide variety of throws - including several deep balls. While no one will question who the star under center will be this fall, Schuessler is poised to handle snaps in case the unthinkable happens. He looks like a different quarterback than the last time we saw him in November at Georgia Tech. Two words that sum up his performance Saturday nicely? Confident. Accurate. Freshmen Kelly Bryant and Tucker Israel weren't bad. But Schuessler was better - at least for now.
LB KENDALL JOSEPH
Joseph has been physical throughout the early stages of his Clemson career- but Saturday was a coming out party of sorts. He doesn't back down from running backs, nor bigger offensive linemen trying to get to the second level, and he also has tremendous natural instincts. He may not be a starter this fall but he should see action during most games and definitely on special teams.
WR ARTAVIS SCOTT
After wide receivers like Nuk Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant have come and gone, the next star in the making appears to be Artavis Scott. For whatever reason, he continues to not receive the national pub he deserves and we saw again Saturday just how explosive he can be. Simple screens can turn into touchdowns while he's also gotten more confident operating in traffic. He's a star in the making with unlimited potential - AND - he's just a sophomore. Lastly, he also showed good speed and instincts in the return game as well.
RB WAYNE GALLMAN
The Wayne train rounds out our list of top skill players. Like Scott, he goes mostly unnoticed even though he's extremely productive. Gallman gives co-offensive coordinators Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott power and experience in the backfield. An aggressive runner, Gallman initiated contact more times than not Saturday afternoon and even displayed surprising speed on occasion. Last summer we predicted Gallman to be the leading rusher on the team when he was a virtual unknown… this summer, there's no reason to believe he won't be even more productive this year. And like Scott, he's only a (redshirt) sophomore. Wow.
OTHER NOTES: There were no major injuries to report during the game Saturday. After both a quarterback and a tight end have gone down to freak knee injuries the last two seasons, that certainly feels good to write. … Andy Teasdall and Hunter Renfro did a good job battling it out for the starting punting position, booming a couple of long balls on the afternoon. … However kickoffs did not appear to be as long nor as consistent. … Tyshon Dye appears to be returning to the form that made him a four-star prospect coming out of Elberton County HS (Ga.). Dye showed good power and vision on most of carries Saturday. … My hunch is Kelly Bryant has the inside track on the third team quarterback position this fall and will likely be the one who avoids a redshirt, but it's still early. Give him a slight edge over Tucker Israel.
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