2013 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE: Andre Ellington-RB, Jaron Brown-WR, Brandon Ford-TE, Dalton Freeman-C, Benton Spencer-K/P
DEFENSE: Malliciah Goodman-DE, Jonathan Willard-LB, Xavier Brewer-CB, Jonathan Meeks-SS, Rashard Hall-FS
WR DeAndre Hopkins
Quarterback / Receiver

While other explosive offenses exist across the college landscape like at Oregon, none possess the athletic pop Clemson will have at its disposal with seniors Tajh Boyd, DeAndre Hopkins and junior Sammy Watkins. All three have the potential to be All-Americans.


Clemson continues to be one of the worst pass defenses. Until they solve the entire defensive puzzle starting with the defensive backs, Clemson will be good but never great. They can start rebuilding as the Tigers will lose three starters from this defensive backfield.

LB Stephone Anthony
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2013 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Tajh Boyd-Sr Cole Stoudt-Jr
RB Roderick McDowell-Sr D.J. Howard-Jr
WR DeAndre Hopkins-Sr Martavis Bryant-Jr
WR Sammy Watkins-Jr Adam Humphries-Jr
WR Charone Peake-Jr Daniel Rodriguez-So
TE Sam Cooper-Jr ..
OT Brandon Thomas-Sr ..
OG David Beasley-Jr Kalon Davis-Jr
C .. ..
OG Tyler Shatley-Sr ..
OT Gifford Timothy-Jr Shaq Anthony-So
K Chandler Catanzaro-Sr ..
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Tavaris Barnes-Jr ..
NG Grady Jarrett-Jr D.J. Reader-So
DT Josh Watson-Jr DeShawn Williams-Jr
DE Corey Crawford-Jr Vic Beasley-Jr
SLB Quandon Christian-Sr Travis Blanks-So
MLB Stephone Anthony-Jr Spencer Shuey-Sr
WLB Tony Steward-Jr ..
CB Darius Robinson-Sr Garry Peters-Jr / Dante Stewart-Jr
CB Bashaud Breeland-Jr Cortez Davis-So
SS Robert Smith-Jr ..
FS .. ..
P Bradley Pinion-So ..


  • It would not be surprising to see Clemson dot a few Top Ten preseason lists based on the offensive firepower returning. However, after watching Clemson falter against top ranked opponents time and time again it's hard to designate them that high in such a list. Until they rise up and beat a Top Ten team, they just are not going to garner Top 10 respect.
  • Quarterback Tajh Boyd is Clemson's barometer. When he plays well Clemson is hot, when he is off Clemson does not.
  • The Clemson ground game has revolved around Andre Ellington. It now has to revolve around senior Roderick McDowell, an experienced Palmetto State product who is more than capable of handling the load.
  • The offensive line will continue to be a dominating factor in the ACC. A great deal of experience rests with this unit.
  • What ultimately has been killing Clemson through recent years in spite of the high scoring offense has been a defense that at times appears to be non-existent. The Tigers will be better up front with the maturation of several young defensive linemen including Josh Watson, DeShawn Williams and Grady Jarrett.
  • The secondary is hurting at safety. Despite having veterans man these spots the unit has been victimized over and over by big pass plays the entire season. Changing these fortunes won't be easy.



Aug. 31 - Georgia
Sept. 7 - South Carolina State
Nov. 23 - The Citadel
Nov. 30 - at South Carolina
Conference Games TBA