5 things to watch Saturday

CLEMSON - Though Saturday morning's scrimmage is closed to the public, CUTigers will be on hand to provide extensive coverage following its conclusion. Here are five things we'll be watching out for Saturday morning.

Before last week's scrimmage, we named Tajh Boyd No. 1. With Kyle Parker playing on Saturday before heading over to Doug Kingsmore Stadium for game two against Boston College, Boyd will work with the second team.

Parker is going to be the only quarterback running the first team. Earlier in the spring, we saw Parker briefly during a practice scrimmage before leaving early for baseball. We still haven't seen a lot of him during team play this spring, because of his baseball commitments.

The coaching staff said Boyd took a step in the right direction last week. Of course, we'll be looking to see if that's the case this week, though he's going to operate the second group.

We'll also look to firm up our assessment on just how wide the gap separating he and Parker is.

Sidelined for the first half of spring workouts, Maye was on the field last Saturday with the second team defense. Still fighting for the first team middle linebacker job, which is currently owned by Corico Hawkins.

Last year's starter in the middle, Maye is also in the mix on the weak-side for 2010.

On Friday, head coach Dabo Swinney said Maye would probably play both MIKE and WILL during the scrimmage.

Wherever he is, we'll be watching.

In 2009, DeAndre McDaniel and Rashard Hall combined for 14 interceptions. McDaniel (eight) also tied for third in the nation and Hall tied for 19th (six).

Rashard Hall (pictured above) and DeAndre McDaniel should help form one of the top safety combinations in the country in 2010. (Roy Philpott)
Can one (or both) snag one Saturday?

Early in last week's scrimmage, McDaniel nearly picked off a Tajh Boyd pass on the sideline. We believe the most intriguing matchup we're watching is the one between McDaniel and Parker.

And don't forget about Hall, who continues to show tremendous range and excellent instincts.

Clemson's newest version of thunder and lightning, Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington, have gotten rave reviews from Swinney all spring.

Neither has been named a starter and it doesn't appear that one is expected to get more carries than the other this fall.

Other than the goal line situations, neither reached the end zone last Saturday. Harper reeled off a pair of nice runs for over 10 yards. A seven-yard gain by Ellington would have had a long carry had he not fumbled while looking to get to the next level.

Will either pop off a long run for a score? Can the pair show they're capable of pounding the run during the course of a long, sustaining drive?

Kalon Davis has been moved to second team guard on the offensive line since Wilson Norris went down earlier this week with an ACL injury.

Davis spent last week's scrimmage blocking with the third team on the field. He'll be facing a much stiffer test this week when he's trying to fend off the like of Jamie Cumbie and Miguel Chavis.

Will Davis be able to keep his man out of Boyd's face long enough?

His size has never been an issue, but learning the offense and becoming an impact player as a true freshman is what remains in doubt.

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