Clemson's Young Guns

CLEMSON – Quandon Christian re-discovered one of the perks of playing Division I college football earlier this week.

He's on the new NCAA Football 2011.

Well, technically it's not him. There are no names on the game that was released on Tuesday, only likenesses, because of NCAA rules.

But the game's creators at EA Sports do their homework. Anyone with the game can change Clemson's OLB No. 34 to Quandon Christian.

"I think my overall is a 79, 80. I guess I'll be pretty straight with that," he said, cracking a smile after Tuesday's skills and drills workout. "It's very cool. Everybody has been calling me from back home saying, ‘We've been playing with you on the game.' That's straight."

Surely Christian made a case to be included on this year's game by finishing the spring atop the starting strong-side linebacker depth chart—an even bigger reason to be excited.

"But my work doesn't stop there," he said. "I've got to keep pushing and pushing. I've still got four years here. Like the starter (before me), he got hurt. I could get hurt—you never know what can happen.

"I just have to keep pushing to get stronger, faster and learn the plays."

Despite red-shirting a season ago, Christian said he picked up a lot about Kevin Steele's defense by just watching.

"It helped me a lot during my red shirt year, just learning the plays," Christian said. "I followed that up into the spring. I went on my own to watch film. I would go with Corico (Hawkins) and Spencer Shuey—a lot of other linebackers to watch film. That really helped me, too."

Christian looks forward to taking the field with his fellow 2009 ‘Dandy Dozen' classmates.

"I came in with them, so I know them real, real good. They're pretty good players. Either Corico or Spencer is going to start at the middle. I'm really excited about them," he said.

Christian also found himself on all four special teams during the spring.

"I just want to help the team out the best I can. If it's on special teams or starting SAM, second-string SAM, third-string SAM—I just want to help out," he said.

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