Clemson Football Spring Game 2013: Tigers' Offense Is Too Good for the ACC
The Clemson offense makes the team the one to beat in the ACC this season. The Tigers will dominate defenses all around the ACC the same way they dominated their own defense in the spring game.
Senior quarterback Tajh Boyd leads the offense, and the Tigers have surrounded him with a ton of talent. With an already solid offensive line and potential at the skill positions, Clemson could be the best offense in the country this season and should be the best in the ACC.
The Tigers have explosive elements, a solid running game and multiple Heisman candidates. They have a great group of players to work with, which should put them in the running for a second ACC title in a three-year span.
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The running game will complement a great passing attack
Despite the running game not having a great day during the spring game, the Tigers showed a ton of promise with their talent up front. Their offensive line is returning four starters from the 2012 season.
They are also returning their second, third, fourth and fifth-leading rushers from the 2012 season. While they did lose Andre Ellington to the pros this year, it isn't all terrible for the Tigers as they search to replace him.
Tajh Boyd, D.J. Howard, Zac Brooks and Roderick McDowell will combine in the zone-read offense for a deep, fast group. Brooks has the most potential to be the breakout star of the group and should end up as the starter after the fall practices are said and done.
There are too many explosive options for the ACC to keep up with
Whether it's at tight end or receiver, the Tigers have an abundance talent. Sammy Watkins is the well-known player at wideout, but quite a few guys were impressive in Saturday's spring game. They range from wide receiver to tight end to even running back.
WR Martavis Bryant
Martavis Bryant was excellent in the spring game. While he wasn't responsible for a huge 50-yard play, he showed his ability on multiple 20-plus-yard receptions that occurred at key times in the game. He used his 6'5" frame and great quickness to get separation all day. He will be a good option to start at the receiver spot vacated by DeAndre Hopkins, who heads into the draft.
WR Adam Humphries
While Adam Humphries isn't a big target the way Jaron Brown was, he's a better fit for the slot. He showed his speed on a huge 54-yard reception for a touchdown in the spring game. He was also able to work the middle on a couple of smaller catches. Humphries could be the ideal slot receiver for the Tigers and Tajh Boyd.
TE/WR Stanton Seckinger
Stanton Seckinger showed great speed and ability when he lined up at wide receiver for a long touchdown catch. He also showed versatility lining up at slot receiver and tight end. He will be the best fit for the offense if the Tigers want to run a multiple tight-end set and have a good intermediate and deep passing option for those plays.
TE Jordan Leggett
At 6'6" and 235 pounds, Jordan Leggett has great size to play tight end in any option. Even more than that, he has the speed and frame to develop into an All-American at the position. He's a solid blocker already, but he showed his explosive ability with a 50-yard touchdown catch that started out as a five-yard curl route on a 4th-and-2 play.
RB Zac Brooks
Zac Brooks is a bit taller than the average running back at 6'1", but he showed his burst in the spring game. If the offensive line can create some bigger holes for him, there is every reason for Brooks to be the starter. He has the most big-play potential of any of the backs for Clemson, and he was rarely dropped in the backfield despite defenders being back there all game.
Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd will be in Heisman consideration
In addition to the explosive options already covered and discovered in the spring game, there are the standard go-to guys, Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd. They both are going to have outstanding seasons if they can reach their potential.
Boyd has great rushing skills to go along with his arm, and the talent at receiver has him in consideration for a Heisman. While Boyd was already going to be in the Heisman race as one of the leading candidates, Watkins' performance in the spring game showed that he could join his QB in the trophy talk.
His two touchdown catches were both over 40 yards, and he totaled 156 yards receiving in the first half. This kind of performance will be more than welcome against opposing defenses that don't have the same kind of talent that the Tigers do on their defense.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus' Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
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