Clemson Football: Power Ranking the Tigers' 10 Best Offensive Weapons for 2014
The Tigers lost some very good players on offense from last year, but they should be able to reload with talent for the upcoming fall. Replacing Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant won't be easy, but they have some offensive playmakers who will step up this season.
As you'll see, there are a lot of receivers on the list, as I expect the Tigers to throw the ball a good bit. With uncertainty at the running back position, Dabo Swinney's squad will likely rely on senior Cole Stoudt to lead the offense.
10. RB D.J. Howard
D.J. Howard is the most experienced of the running backs, but that doesn’t mean he will be the most effective. With a few running backs in contention for the starting job, I expect Howard to see good playing time because of his experience.
He had only two touchdowns last season, but with Rod McDowell out of the picture, Howard should see his carries go up.
9. TE Jordan Leggett
Jordan Leggett is entering his sophomore season and will emerge as a star this season. Sam Cooper battled an injury this spring, but Leggett will have to compete with Stanton Seckinger at the tight end position.
Leggett had a big play in the Orange Bowl when he made a 43-yard reception for the Tigers. He was a big-time recruit coming out of high school, ranked as the No.7 tight end in the nation. After a season to mature, Leggett will be ready to break out this season.
8. WR Artavis Scott
Artavis Scott will be a true freshman this fall, but he was able to participate in spring practice because of early enrollment. He will be ahead of the pace of most freshmen in terms of reps and knowledge of the offense.
Scott is explosive and will fit right in with Clemson's offense. His speed will allow him to make big plays in this offense in his first year, much like Sammy Watkins did as a freshman.
7. RB Wayne Gallman
Even though the running back job is up for grabs, it is Wayne Gallman who will win the job this summer. Gallman redshirted last season, so he will enter this season as a freshman.
Gallman was the most impressive of the backs in the spring game, totaling 61 yards. Look out for him to make an impact in the Tigers’ rushing game this fall.
6. TE Stanton Seckinger
Stanton Seckinger had touchdown catches in the fourth quarter of two of the biggest games last season, and he will look to continue his success this season. Given how much offensive coordinator Chad Morris utilizes the tight end in his offense, Seckinger should be a main target for Stoudt this season.
5. WR Mike Williams
Mike Williams provided Boyd with a big target last season, and he should be a big factor in this year's offense as well.
The 6'5" wide receiver performed well in his freshman season, totaling 20 receptions and three touchdowns.
With Watkins and Bryant out of the picture, the Tigers will need a receiver to step up, and Williams is one of the contenders for that role.
4. WR Germone Hopper
Germone Hopper is another guy who could have a breakout season because of his speed. He has the athletic ability most similar to Watkins, but his maturity is the issue.
His spring practice was cut short by Coach Swinney, giving him a chance to get his priorities straight. If Hopper can mature and play to his capabilities, he could be a very important part of this offense.
3. WR Adam Humphries
Adam Humphries is probably the most reliable of the receivers because of his experience and consistency. He is an almost sure thing when it comes to catching the football and will likely be someone Stoudt relies on heavily.
He may not have the size or speed of other receivers, but he is a reliable target, and that will be big in this Chad Morris offense.
2. WR Charone Peake
Charone Peake appeared to be set for a breakout season last year before a season-ending injury. After taking things easy in the spring, he should be set to go full speed in the summer.
Peake was a highly recruited prospect and hasn't had that breakout season yet. If he can stay healthy, this year will likely be that year.
1. QB Cole Stoudt
Who other than the quarterback for the No. 1 spot? Of course, Cole Stoudt will be the main playmaker in this year's offense because of his leadership and consistency. He doesn't have Boyd's arm strength or running ability, but he makes up for it with accuracy and smart decision-making.
Stoudt has the starting job to lose now, and it's likely that he will hold on to it this summer, even with Deshaun Watson also competing for the job.
While the offense won't have as many big plays as it did with Boyd and Watkins, Stoudt should be able to find success by simply moving the ball and not making mistakes.