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Update: April 15
Clemson had a mixed bag of goodies during the spring game with a little bit of good and bad. The good news is that the offense is looking better than ever with wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant both performing well.
The bad news is that there were plenty of injuries taking place, including a serious injury to quarterback Chad Kelly, as head coach Dabo Swinney told Cory Fravel of 247Sports.
“It looks like a torn ACL. We will see the MRI results to make sure. It was tough. We had a purple jersey on him, but he got hurt making a cut and the leg gave way. I am very disappointed and I know Chad is. Travis Blanks (involved in the play) did nothing wrong."
Other injured players include Kalon Davis and Sam Cooper, but Swinney doesn't believe those are serious, according to the report.
“I don’t believe Kalon Davis and Sam Cooper have severe injuries, but we will get a report on them. They were both knee injuries as well. That was a bad run there early in the game (all three knee injuries took place within the first 20 plays of the game."
Update: April 11
Dabo Swinney wants to see more consistency out of the offensive line, according to Kerry Capps of Orange and White.
"It's not all about who's the tallest or fastest or who can jump the highest. If it was all about that, I never would have played. It's all about who's going to be dependable and accountable and responsible."
Also, as the spring is getting ready to wrap up, that confidence is still riding high. Quarterback Tajh Boyd told Andrea Adelson of ESPN that he will continue to work this offseason to be the best quarterback in the country this year.
Head coach Dabo Swinney also recently spoke to ESPN and seems ready to help this Clemson program turn the corner as well.
Update: March 15
We have good and bad news for the Clemson Tigers before entering spring practice. The not so good news is that linebacker Justin Parker has decided to call it quits on his football career. According to Kerry Capps of Orange and White, due to chronic knee pain, he just knew it was time to give up the sport.
“He said that he just can't do it anymore with his left knee," Swinney said. "He's kept a lot to himself. He's been playing with pain. He said he wakes up with pain every day.
As for the rest of the team, the head coach couldn't be more proud before the team enters spring break. He told Capps that the team had practiced as well as he has seen and the physicality that the coaching staff was looking for was also there.
We're going to open up with a top-five or top-10 team, and we've tried to create that atmosphere. Said Swinney, whose Tigers worked in controlled scrimmage situations on Wednesday. Today was as good a practice as we've had in a long time - outstanding, and very physical.
Clemson will now take the next several days off before resuming practice on March 25.
Update: March 11
In some early surprising news of spring practice, defensive coordinator Brent Venables has decided to keep Stephone Anthony at the middle linebacker position. Last season was a tough year for the defensive player, as he lost his starting job and struggled to see playing time for the remainder of the year due to solid play from Spencer Shuey.
According to Kerry Capps of Orange and White, this is what Venables had to say:
He's is the prototypical middle linebacker. Said Venables of Anthony, who emerged as a starter midway through his freshman season in 2011. He's really comfortable. He's just now getting comfortable at Mike. I would hate to put him in a position where he now has to start over.
In news that shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, wide receiver Sammy Watkins has now moved to the '9' spot within this Clemson offense. This means the speedy wideout will have the task of replacing DeAndre Hopkins. According to Kerry Capps of Orange and White, Charone Peake will also replace Jaron Brown, while Adam Humphries and Germone Hopper are currently battling for the other spot.
It is all part of trying to figure things out for offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
We're trying to do some new things and tweak and change and try to get better, based on our studies of ourselves this past season. Morris said. We want to put our best on the field, so we're making moves and putting Sammy out at what we call our 9-man. Adam is working at the two-man, where he played last year, along with G-Hop. And Charone has had a really good two days. We have to continue to push him and keep him going.
Update: March 7
Tajh Boyd has already proven himself to be one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football. However, throwing for more than 8,000 yards and 73 touchdowns in his career simply isn't enough to satisfy the senior.
According to Andrea Adelson of ESPN, Boyd is setting the bar even higher for the upcoming season.
"AP All-American, every category — no ifs, ands or buts about it," Boyd said. "I mean, there’s a lot of reasons I came back. A lot of it was for the team. I feel like we have the opportunity to make some history but it’s going to take a lot of work. Individually, I want to be the best quarterback in the country. I don’t want to be the No. 2, 3, 4. I want to be the No. 1 quarterback. It’s going to take a lot of work. We want to be the No. 1 team and we just have to continue to grind and take it from there."
Boyd certainly has the ability to get the job done and Clemson fans have to love the confidence coming from its leader.
Defensive end Vic Beasley showed last season what he could do in a limited role as a pass-rusher. Now that he is expected to see even more playing time, he has decided to add on a few more pounds.
According to Kerry Capps of Orange and White, the talented defensive lineman is shooting toward a goal of anywhere between 238 and 245 pounds.
"If he can get there, it's like anybody else at 270," Swinney said. "He's that strong and powerful."