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

While other explosive offenses exist across the college landscape like at Oregon, few possess the athletic pop Clemson will have at its disposal with seniors Tajh Boyd and junior Sammy Watkins. Both have the potential to be on most every award list come post-season.


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 premier starters from this defensive backfield.

LB Stephone Anthony
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Tajh Boyd-Sr (6-1, 225) Cole Stoudt-Jr (6-5, 205)
RB Roderick McDowell-Sr (5-9, 195) D.J. Howard-Jr (5-11, 195)
WR Adam Humphries-Jr (5-11, 190) Germone Hopper-RFr (6-0, 175)
WR Sammy Watkins-Jr (6-1, 205) Martavis Bryant-Jr (6-5, 200)
WR Charone Peake-Jr (6-3, 200) Matt Porter-Jr (5-11, 190)
TE Stanton Seckinger-So (6-4, 210) Jordan Leggett-Fr (6-6, 235)
OT Brandon Thomas-Sr (6-3, 305) Eric Mac Lain-So (6-4, 260)
OG David Beasley-Jr (6-4, 315) Kalon Davis-Jr (6-5, 330)
C Ryan Norton-So (6-3, 270) Jay Guillermo-RFr (6-3, 290)
OG Tyler Shatley-Sr (6-3, 295) Reid Webster-Jr (6-5, 285)
OT Gifford Timothy-Jr (6-6, 310) Joe Gore-So (6-5, 275)
K Chandler Catanzaro-Sr (6-2, 195) Bradley Pinion-So (6-6, 230)
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Vic Beasley-Jr (6-3, 225) Kevin Dodd-So (6-5, 280)
DT Grady Jarrett-Jr (6-1, 290) DeShawn Williams-Jr (6-1, 285)
DT Josh Watson-Jr (6-4, 285) D.J. Reader-So (6-3, 335)
DE Corey Crawford-Jr (6-5, 270) Tavaris Barnes-Jr (6-4, 275)
SLB Quandon Christian-Sr (6-2, 225) T.J. Burrell-RFr (5-11, 215)
MLB Stephone Anthony-Jr (6-3, 235) B.J. Goodson-So (6-1, 240)
WLB Spencer Shuey-Sr (6-3, 230) Tony Steward-Jr (6-1, 235)
CB Darius Robinson-Sr (5-10, 175) Martin Jenkins-Jr (5-10, 180)
CB Bashaud Breeland-Jr (6-0, 195) Garry Peters-Jr (6-0, 195)
SS Robert Smith-Jr (5-11, 210) Jadar Johnson-Fr (6-1, 180)
FS Travis Blanks-So (6-1, 190) Taylor Watson-Jr (5-11, 205)
P Bradley Pinion-So (6-6, 230) ..


  • Clemson will be a Top Ten team if they beat Georgia in the opener, making it the second SEC power in a row the Tigers have overcome dating back to last season's huge bowl win over LSU. In the past Clemson would falter against top ranked opponents time and time again. That opener on August 31 is huge for the Clemson program.
  • 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. Defensive end Vic Beasly is also a pass rushing monster.
  • 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
Sept. 19 - at North Carolina State (Thur.)
Sept. 28 - Wake Forest
Oct. 5 - at Syracuse
Oct. 12 - Boston College
Oct. 19 - Florida State
Oct. 26 - at Maryland
Nov. 2 - at Virginia
Nov. 14 - Georgia Tech (Thur.)
Nov. 23 - The Citadel
Nov. 30 - at South Carolina