Where the Clemson Tigers Currently Stand Heading into Auburn
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Clemson saw a good turnout on Saturday as the Tigers battered and bruised the Blue Hose with a 58-21 victory.
Saturday's game saw a myriad of players be productive on the field this Saturday. It may just be Presbyterian, but anything can happen. Just ask Virginia Tech.
Moving on, the Presbyterian game was important in developing the depth below the starters and continuing to establish where the wide receiver position currently stands.
Tajh Boyd was able to step into the limelight with a good day, throwing his first career touchdown and rushing for a touchdown as well. DeAndre Hopkins also had a productive day, scoring his first collegiate touchdown.
As for the wide receiver position, the eight-man rotation continued yet again against Presbyterian. The receivers looked more comfortable at the start of the game, aided by Clemson's balanced offensive attack.
Jaron Brown continues his progress. He caught a touchdown pass and had a 23-yard run on a reverse. Hopkins continues to slowly emerge as a threat. Marquan Jones and Bryce McNeal continue to log their share of snaps as well.
With the first two preliminary games against North Texas and Presbyterian out of the way, Clemson now enters the brunt of its schedule, starting on the road with a prime time setting against Auburn. The first two games were able to serve as jumping-off points to better evaluate the progress made. While all questions weren't all answered, Clemson fans have a better idea of what they have heading into Auburn.
Offensively, the running game and offensive line are exceptional and will command respect from opposing defenses. The wide receivers have seen an eight-man rotation the past two weeks, with DeAndre Hopkins, Jaron Brown, Bryce McNeal, Dwayne Allen, Brandon Clear, and Marquan Jones as the main receivers in the rotation in Week 3 against Auburn.
Defensively, questions remain at linebacker, and how Brandon Maye has adjusted to weak-side linebacker has yet to be seen. Maye is more likely to play this week, and if he does not, Jonathan Willard will again start in his place. The main work for Clemson this week will be emphasis on the draw plays and the athletic ability of Cameron Newton, Auburn's dual-threat quarterback.
Special teams looks to be in good hands with Dawson Zimmerman at punter, Marcus Gilchrist handling return duties, and Chandler Cantanzaro at kicker.
After passing successfully through the first two games without any embarrassing losses, Clemson holds good position to succeed in the ACC and is not afraid of any team in the conference.
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