SB Nation - Clemson Tigers http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/teams/clemson-tigers Stories From Around SB Nation About Clemson Tigers Sammy Watkins 2014 NFL Draft scouting report http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2014/4/17/5624280/sammy-watkins-scouting-report Dan Kadar http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2014/4/17/5624280/sammy-watkins-scouting-report Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:03 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31763441/125445742.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Say hello the best offensive skill player in this year's draft.</p> <p>The only thing stopping <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133723/sammy-watkins">Sammy Watkins</a> from being in the same class as <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/36143/a-j-green">A.J. Green</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/35164/julio-jones">Julio Jones</a> &ndash; the best receiver prospects of the last five years &ndash; is a few inches in height. Other than overly impressive size, there is little Watkins can't do.</p> <p>Of all the wide receivers in the draft this year, Watkins is easily the best combination of hands, playmaking ability and just general upside potential. Whether it's going deep, working short screens or even executing gadget plays, Watkins is the best offensive weapon in the draft this year.</p> <p>Watkins may have been overshadowed by <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/113219/deandre-hopkins">DeAndre Hopkins</a> at Clemson in 2012, but that was due largely to being suspended the first two games of the season. He was arrested before the 2012 season and charge with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. As a result, Watkins never seemed to get in rhythm with quarterback <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/75473/tajh-boyd">Tajh Boyd</a>.</p> <p>The 2013 season was a different story for Watkins. He returned to the superstar form he showed as a freshman and pulled in 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns.</p> <p><b>Body control: </b>Although Watkins isn&rsquo;t a classic 6-foot-4 receiver, he&rsquo;s very good at high-pointing the ball. He times his jumps properly and knows how to extend his hands to make difficult catches. Watkins also shows his body control on short throws. On screens, Watkins sometimes had to contort his frame to either catch a low ball or quickly elude a defensive back after the catch. That elusiveness is also on display in the return game, where Watkins can be a real asset.</p> <p><b>Hands:</b> Watkins&rsquo; hands are typically exceptional. He consistently pulls the ball in away from his frame and will get aggressive targeting a pass. Showed on a lot of deep passes that he can track the ball over his shoulder in stride. Does have some issues with his hands when defenders are closing in for a hit. Has had the ball knocked out of his hands.</p> <p><b>Release:</b> If a stronger cornerback is lined up opposite Watkins in press coverage, he can be stopped at the line. That is if the defender can get a hand on him. Watkins has a good first move and initial burst off the line of scrimmage to beat the jam.</p> <p><b>Route running: </b>Watkins&rsquo; success as a route runner can be attributed to his burst. He gets separation on his routes by firing through his cuts, giving him just enough space for the quarterback to deliver the ball in a tight window. At Clemson, Watkins wasn't always asked to run a lot of different, complex routes. That's something he'll have to get better at in the NFL. The skills are there to do so.</p> <p><b>Speed: </b>It&rsquo;s one thing for a wide receiver to have great speed. Many of them do. It&rsquo;s another thing for a wide receiver to have great speed and know how to utilize it. That&rsquo;s Watkins. He gets up to top speed, but knows how to use it. He can change pace, with or without the ball, to get separation from defensive backs. Watkins has the speed to break a big play open over the top, but can slow down to let a block develop before ramping back up to top speed.</p> <p><b>Final word: </b>Watkins is a sensation of a wide receiver. As a player, there are few flaws in his game. Those that are there &ndash; running a more diverse route tree, catching the ball when pressure is closing on him &ndash; are coachable points. Watkins is the type of receiver that can be brought in, start straight away and become a star. Expecting him to have the same type of impact Green did for the Bengals should be the expectation.</p> Clemson QB Recruiting: Chad Kelly Implications and Kelly Bryant http://www.shakinthesouthland.com/2014/4/17/5621424/clemson-qb-recruiting-chad-kelly-implications QuackingTiger http://www.shakinthesouthland.com/2014/4/17/5621424/clemson-qb-recruiting-chad-kelly-implications Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:15:54 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31760225/179958194.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Thought this might be a good time to add in a nice little recruiting nugget and to fully flesh out our QB recruiting situation for the 2015 year. For the record Clemson is still only going to take 2 QBs.</p> <p><b>UPDATE***</b>This was in the queue to be posted today but Bryant just had to go ahead and commit and spoil my party.</p> <p> </p> <p>The direct impact of <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159006/chad-kelly">Chad Kelly's</a> expulsion from the team is that Deshaun Watson will not redshirt this year. He must be ready to play next year without anyone else to push him. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/179647/nick-schuessler">Nick Schuessler</a> can run the ball and might develop into a passer in time but is only an emergency option that you don't want to see in the game right now. Watson definitely needs to put on an additional 10-20 pounds to be ready for the rigors of fall camp. I doubt we see much live hitting in practice now, certainly not to the extent of this Spring. Stoudt is the starter now and although Watson will get every opportunity to push him in the fall, it seems safe to say that Stoudt will be the starter barring something dramatic happening like Watson transforming into Cam Newton Jr. in the offseason or Cole screwing up (arrested or something), which are not happening.</p> <p>The next major implication of the Kelly situation is very positive. I am hearing that we are now well positioned with <b>Kelly Bryant</b> (6'4 205). Here is my take on the situation: Bryant is from nearby Wren High School and deep down he loves Clemson. He started out the year as nothing more than an awesome athlete taking snaps but he has developed into a QB prospect--that is certain. That familiarity and affinity for Clemson will only go so far though and before this change he had begun to move in a different direction. As a QB recruit he will make a pragmatic decision based up depth charts and his perception of being able to get on the field (as is the case with most major QB recruits--they are just more careful with depth charts). He really likes Clemson but at the end of the day this will be a business decision.</p> <p>Deshaun Watson has gravitas. Recruits know who he is, especially in GA and even in South Carolina and nearby states. His presence scares a lot of recruits (I know people want to say, QB's get hurt all the time or man up and just trust your talent but this is about a kids future for parents and surrounding entourages and QB's don't like playing second fiddle). Bryant was turning away from Clemson because Watson was possibly going to redshirt but because that is no longer an option Clemson had moved back up the list.</p> <p>Our main competition is probably still Florida but they have super recruit from last year Will Grier redshirting this year, which hurts there chances. Tennessee is the other school to look out for if they decide to move on Bryant with his interest in Clemson rising. Tennessee also has a logjam at QB and Bryant is not as high on their pecking order but that could change and we know that staff can be very persuasive. NC State was an early offer and have hung around. I expect Bryant to make a decision before the end of the summer and perhaps much much sooner--like within the month. He might visit Clemson this week which would be just another good sign for the Tigers (although I don't think we need many more with the way things are trending).</p> <p>So what do you get with a QB like Kelly Bryant? He would be the best runner on Clemson's campus (probably better than Kelly was). He is raw but as I said is improving immensely. At Wren last year he didn't have much of an offensive line and he was brand new to the offense. At the beginning of the year I am told it was basically a one read--throw it to this guy type of deal but by the end of the year he had developed into a real QB--actually going through some reads and progressions. He is a smart player and a hard worker, which is evident in the amount of work he put in during the season. He is working with different coaches and getting some outside mentoring so I really think he will improve dramatically during his senior year. He has a strong arm but right now short arms/slingshots a lot of his passes, which results in a lack of touch on his throws. The right teaching should improve his mechanics and raw talent.</p> <p>What will Clemson do? Right now, as I said before, Clemson was in a first come first serve mode with the major remaining QB targets (remember QB's generally commit earlier than any other position) being Mesquite, TX Chase Virgil (6'1 170) and to a lesser extent Kennesaw, GA Lorenzo Nunez (6'2 190) and Boynton, FL Lamar Jackson (6'2 185). I was going to go into more detail on all of them but now there is no real need to. I know Morris really likes Virgil, especially with the Texas ties but Kelly is a physical specimen at 6'4 and is an excellent runner. The local product cannot be supplanted. Rivals has him rated as a 4*, 5.9 prospect, which is appropriate because there is still a degree of risk in taking a QB target as raw as Bryant but the ceiling is superstar high. Again, I don't throw this around lightly but based on my most recent information, I will be surprised if Kelly is not a Tiger and soon.</p> <p>***Obviously with his commitment today the wheels had been set in motion after the Chad Kelly departure. I think you have to be excited about Bryant as a prospect. He will allow Clemson to continue to recruit QBs in 2016 (he won't scare people off like Watson but he has that kind of a ceiling. Still very raw but will get a chance to be tutored by the Chad while waiting in the wings during the Watson era. There could also be some ripples from this recruitment that are positive for Clemson. DE Michael Barnett and Kelly Bryant are good friends and it is thought that this will have some bearing on Barnett's ultimate decision (Clemson was already in good standing but Barnett is a bit all over the place, he likes a lot of schools--this should solidify Clemson in the top group).</p> Technical Tidbits 4/16 http://www.fromtherumbleseat.com/2014/4/16/5618392/technical-tidbits-georgia-tech-yellow-jackets-news-notes-april-16-2014 edac46 http://www.fromtherumbleseat.com/2014/4/16/5618392/technical-tidbits-georgia-tech-yellow-jackets-news-notes-april-16-2014 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:00:01 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31691039/20130921_mbr_av3_054.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Jeremiah Attaochu impatiently awaits the draft, Vad Lee shoots for the stars at James Madison, the off-season quarterback battles continue, and more in today's edition of Technical Tidbits.</p> <p><i>Yesterday was another eventful day for Georgia Tech alumni and sports! There is a lot of ground to cover, so lets get started!</i></p> <p>Former Georgia Tech OLB/DE Jeremiah Attaochu <a href="http://georgiatech.blog.ajc.com/2014/04/15/draft-wait-driving-attaochu-crazy/" target="_blank">cannot wait to go pro</a>, and who could blame him? His draft stock has climbed lately as he gains more and more attention from media and NFL front offices leading up to the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-draft">NFL draft</a> in May. Attaochu, who is projected as a second or third round pick in most mock drafts, has even begun to see his name penciled in at the bottom of the first round by some experts as his versatility and athleticism continue to garner national interest. He is currently the fifth ranked OLB in the nation and a top fifty prospect overall. Attaochu finished his career at Georgia Tech with a school record 31.5 sacks(!) and 134 total tackles after spending his first three years as a linebacker (in a 3-4 defense) and then converting to defensive end for his final season (in a 4-3 defense). He had a career high 12.5 sacks in 2013 including 4 against Georgia alone (4! In one game! Against an SEC team!) and I can't think of another player I have missed seeing in white and gold more than him.</p> <p>In case you are a nostalgic Attaochu super-fan (like me), enjoy <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLceQLeY2f8" target="_blank">these career highlights</a> to get one more taste before the draft comes around.</p> <p>We move on from fan-favorite Jeremiah Attaochu to not so fan-favorite <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133881/vad-lee">Vad Lee</a>, the former quarterback who decided to transfer to FCS school James Madison this off-season. He is <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/sports/college/james-madison/sky-is-the-limit-at-jmu-says-lee/article_c4cc7bb5-5376-55c4-b721-d6d545e06927.html" target="_blank">expecting big things</a> for his team at James Madison and is thought to be the clear-cut favorite to start for the Dukes during his last two years of eligibility. Lee's decision to transfer came as a shock to many, but looking back now it seems a bit more apparent as to why he made his decision. While it is hard to argue that he was not a fit for the offensive system coming out of high school (he had a lot of success backing up <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/36194/tevin-washington">Tevin Washington</a> during his freshman season as well), Lee did look very uncomfortable making reads and struggled to gain yards while carrying the ball in his first season as a starter. While he will be missed (mostly because of his highly touted arm), <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/75679/justin-thomas">Justin Thomas</a> is a better model of what an "option quarterback" is and should fit in a bit better in the system, so we wish Vad the best- there is surely a slew of JMU fans up in Harrisonburg who are thrilled to have him.</p> <p>Now that the Vad Lee era is officially over, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/161129/justin-thomas">Justin Thomas</a> is thought to be the next man up at Tech, but <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159139/tim-byerly">Tim Byerly</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/38269/matthew-jordan">Matthew Jordan</a> are going to <a href="http://www.macon.com/2014/04/12/3044604/quarterback-competition-at-georgia.html?sp=/99/160/169/" target="_blank">give him a run for his money</a> as the off-season progresses. Byerly spent all of last season as the third-string quarterback behind Lee and Thomas respectively and Matthew Jordan is a true freshman this year (a three star prospect out of Alabama). It is almost certain that we will see all three quarterbacks in action at some point during the season (barring injury) given Paul Johnson's history of using two different quarterbacks in a season for different situations, especially when the starter hits a rough patch in a game, and the third will probably see some snaps against FCS opponents or blowout games.</p> <p>Georgia Tech fans around the country may need to have words with Mr. Andrew Coppens, a writer for Bleacher Report who lists Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate as one of ten rivalry games which <a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2024172-10-college-football-rivalry-games-that-wont-even-be-close-in-2014/page/7" target="_blank">"won't even be close"</a> in 2014, citing questions at quarterback as the main reason for a UGA blowout. I personally can't see a situation in which a UGA blowout occurs, a big reason being they lose quite a few key offensive starters and will go up against a Tech defense which is poised to have another good season this year with some solid commitments to bolster the pass rush and a number of key returning players, including <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133894/jabari-hunt-days">Jabari Hunt-Days</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/201229/isaiah-johnson">Isaiah Johnson</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133890/jamal-golden">Jamal Golden</a>, and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159170/adam-gotsis">Adam Gotsis</a> on defense. It also doesn't hurt that UGA lost a very good safety in <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/158483/josh-harvey-clemons">Josh Harvey-Clemons</a> to some<a href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10762379/former-georgia-bulldogs-safety-josh-harvey-clemons-transfer-louisville-cardinals-per-source" target="_blank"> off-field antics</a>.</p> <p>To round things out today, we will broaden our horizon and focus on Clemson, who Georgia Tech will play at home in football this season. The big news for the Jacket's Atlantic Division rival Tigers is that they have dismissed quarterback <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159006/chad-kelly">Chad Kelly</a> for <a href="http://college-football.si.com/2014/04/14/clemson-quarterback-chad-kelly-dismissed/" target="_blank">"conduct detrimental to program"</a>. This move leaves <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133724/cole-stoudt">Cole Stoudt</a> as the probable starter to face Georgia Tech in November at Bobby Dodd (where the Tigers and Jackets have not played since Georgia Tech upset then #5 Clemson in 2011). Stoudt, a senior this season, has had plenty of success both throwing and running against Georgia Tech in limited action, most of which came last time the teams faced when Tahj Boyd (who no Tech fan should miss) was injured on a play early in the game and was removed from the game for a few drives.</p> <p>Thanks for reading and enjoy your Wednesday!</p> <p><i>Note: If you happen to come across an article that you would like to see included in an edition of Technical Tidbits, contact me (Cade Lawson) in the comments or via twitter (my account is listed above). </i></p> Freedom From Religion Foundation complains about Clemson football program http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/4/15/5616602/clemson-football-dabo-swinney-religious-freedom-complaint k_trahan http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/4/15/5616602/clemson-football-dabo-swinney-religious-freedom-complaint Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:10:24 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31649517/126307622.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>The nonprofit alleges that coach Dabo Swinney crosses the line by using his position to promote Christianity.</p> <p>The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint to Clemson University, citing concerns about how much religious influence coaches have on football players,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/sports/college/clemson/2014/04/15/organization-files-complaint-clemson/7726663/">according to The Greenville News</a>.</p> <blockquote> <p>According to the foundation, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has promoted a culture in the program that violates constitutional stipulations of the separation of church and state.</p> <p>A spokesman for the athletic department declined to comment on the letter. Cathy Sams, the university's chief public affairs officer, said her department has not completed its review of the letter but said Swinney hasn't forced his religion onto his players.</p> </blockquote> <p>The foundation does not plan to bring this to litigation, and according to the article, it does not want to infringe on Swinney's rights of religious freedom. However, it wants to ensure that the Clemson players are protected &mdash; for instance, it wants to make sure that some players aren't given preferential treatment on the basis of religion. It also wants to make sure Swinney's position as head coach doesn't pressure athletes into becoming more religious.</p> <p> <link href="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3706325/bloglinks.css" rel="stylesheet"></p> <div class="blog-links-main-container"> <h4> <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> More from our Clemson site <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="blog-links-link-container"> <a href="http://www.shakinthesouthland.com?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=bloglinks&utm_campaign=blogs" title="Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland">Clemson Tigers<br><img src="http://cdn1.sbnation.com/uploads/blog/sbnu_logo/255/large_shakinthesouthland.com.full.9109.png" class="blog-links-blog-logo" alt="Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland"></a> <div> <a data-size="small" data-show-count="true" data-show-screen-name="false" class="twitter-follow-button" href="https://twitter.com/ShakinSouthland">Follow</a> <div class="fb-like" data-href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shakin-The-Southland/124841957526936" data-layout="button_count" data-action="like" data-show-faces="false" data-share="false"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="blog-links-compact-container"> <h4> <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> More from our Clemson site <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="blog-links-compact-link-container"><a href="http://www.shakinthesouthland.com?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=bloglinks&utm_campaign=blogs">Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland</a></div> </div> <blockquote> <p>"What we have observed in the records is that the football coaching staff is doing a number of things to promote Christianity to their student-athletes," foundation staff attorney Patrick Elliott said.</p> <p>...</p> <p>"What we'd like to see is the end of this chaplaincy position and end to Bible distributions by coaches, an end to devotionals scheduled and put on by coaches and staff. The coaches need to step back and just coach (football) and not coach in religious matters."</p> </blockquote> <p>Under Swinney, Clemson has had an outwardly religious program,&nbsp;<a href="http://chronicle.com/article/With-God-on-Our-Side/143231/">which was discussed in a Chronicle of Higher Education feature last year</a>. According to the piece, there are Bible studies for coaches twice a week, three other devotionals each week and a voluntary chapel for players the night before each game. Star receiver <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/113219/deandre-hopkins" class="sbn-auto-link">DeAndre Hopkins</a> was baptized in a livestock trough on the 50-yard line after a practice in 2012. Swinney says he is up front about his faith.</p> <blockquote> <p>Before they ever joined the team, some of them prayed with coaches on the phone during recruiting calls. On recruiting visits, they heard from Mr. Swinney: "I'm a Christian. If you have a problem with that, you don't have to be here."</p> <p>Clemson officials insist they don't force religion on players, and that they are open to people of all faiths. "I've had Muslims, Catholics-I've got two Mormons on this team right now," says Mr. Swinney, a boyish-looking 44-year-old with a straight-talking Southern drawl.</p> </blockquote> <p>Swinney has previously referenced his religion&nbsp;<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf--dabo-swinney-emphasized-more-than-x-s-and-o-s-to-reserruct-clemson-055947686.html">as part of how he turned Clemson around</a>, and on the day he was introduced as Clemson's head coach,&nbsp;<a href="http://baptistcourier.com/2008/12/dabo-shares-secret-to-success-on-first-day-as-clemsons-new-football-coach/">he called his faith the "secret to success,"</a> which led him from a walk-on at Alabama to a prominent head coaching position.</p> Chad Kelly Dismissed from Clemson: What Should Buffalo Do? http://www.ubbullrun.com/2014/4/14/5615232/chad-kelly-dismissed-from-clemson-what-should-buffalo-do BCBull http://www.ubbullrun.com/2014/4/14/5615232/chad-kelly-dismissed-from-clemson-what-should-buffalo-do Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:31:07 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31632979/179958202.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Chad Kelly has been dismissed from Clemson football by Coach Dabo Swinney. What does the Buffalo-connected quarterback's newfound freedom mean for UB?</p> <p>The <i>en vogue </i>WNY alum in the college football ranks right now is Penn State lineman John Urschel. The All-Big Ten player and third-team All <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/teams/american" class="sbn-auto-link">American</a> is also an academic superstar with three degrees and a 4.0 GPA. But he was also one of the last players in the 2009 recruiting class to receive an offer from Penn State.</p> <p>On the flip side, the unquestionable highest-ranked recruit out of WNY in recent memory is Chad Kelly. The four-star recruit featured Hall of Fame bloodlines, experience in the hallowed Western Pennsylvania region, a handful of New York State records, and an invitation to the prestigious Elite 11 camp.</p> <p>Ultimately accepting an offer to join the <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/teams/clemson-tigers" class="sbn-auto-link">Clemson Tigers</a>, Kelly made a splash well before he even arrived on campus, addressing this tweet to fellow Tigers QB Cole Stoudt:<a href="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/imported_assets/2149409/Screen_shot_2012-01-26_at_11.05.24_AM.png"><img src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/imported_assets/2149409/Screen_shot_2012-01-26_at_11.05.24_AM_medium.png" class="photo" alt="Screen_shot_2012-01-26_at_11"></a></p> <p>While Tajh Boyd's career took off in upstate South Carolina, Kelly lost a year to a torn ACL and dealt with occasional outbursts in practices.</p> <p>Suddenly, the telling moment on <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159006/chad-kelly" class="sbn-auto-link">Chad Kelly's</a> resume was not from the football field, but rather the disciplinary incidents that led to his dismissal from his first high school in Pennsylvania and transfer to St. Joe's on Kenmore Avenue.</p> <p><a href="http://www.shakinthesouthland.com/2014/4/14/5614844/chad-swag-kelly-dismissed-from-the-clemson-football-program">Chad "Swag" Kelly Dismissed from the Clemson Football Program - Shakin The Southland</a></p> <blockquote> <p>Chad Kelly's Clemson football career has come to a close.&nbsp; Kelly, the fiery 2012 enrollee, capped off a tough weekend by getting dismissed from the Clemson football program by Dabo Swinney.&nbsp; Yesterday we discussed Kelly's poor Spring Game outing and his ridiculous insubordinate sideline outburst following a coaching decision to punt on 4th and 3 around mid-field.&nbsp; Chad Morris and <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/116044/jeff-scott" class="sbn-auto-link">Jeff Scott</a> recommended Kelly be benched for the balance of the game and Swinney concurred, causing Kelly to show out even more on the sidelines.</p> </blockquote> <p>Kelly is clearly going to land somewhere. He healed ridiculously quickly from his ACL tear and is a former Elite 11 participant who hasn't taken that much wear and tear so far in his college career. Despite his level of competition in high school, he still garnered attention from tons of BCS schools during his time in Western New York.</p> <p>It's only a matter of time before someone here in Buffalo types up a public plea for Jeff Quinn to get in touch with Mr. Kelly and attempt to woo him to UB for his remaining eligibility. Unlike Chazz Anderson, Kelly has multiple years of eligibility left and could still build an excellent draft profile with his remaining time. Add in the dual-threat quarterback's Buffalo connections, and it's almost a no-brainer.</p> <p>To that I say OH HELL NO. Just like when Riverside HS alum <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/201833/mike-williams" class="sbn-auto-link">Mike Williams</a> was dismissed from the <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/teams/syracuse-orange" class="sbn-auto-link">Syracuse Orange</a> (the first time), UB should stay far away from this opportunity.</p> <p>(Williams for his part, has parlayed a breakout season and a few middling ones into a reputation as a partier who hangs with the wrong crowd and got kicked out of Tampa by new coach Lovie Smith. As a Bills fan, I am less than optimistic that the high-risk trade for the wide receiver will pan out.)</p> <p>As I said above, the whole reason that Kelly ended up the pride of Western New York in the first place was because he left his first high school in Pennsylvania for disciplinary reasons. Furthermore, there has to be a significant part of the story out of Clemson going untold. A player is not just dismissed for an eruption during the Spring Game, no matter how volcanic. Clearly, Kelly had either been playing with Coach Swinney's nerves for a while, or more happened this weekend than is being reported.</p> <p>Just about every recruit Bull Run spoke to before National Signing Day referred glowingly to the family atmosphere that Jeff Quinn has built around his program. It may be fluff, and it may not, but even a generous interpretation of the events surrounding Kelly's departure from Death Valley doesn't really paint him as a team player.</p> <p>And finally, of course, we already have our QB1. It's Joe Licata, who while not on Kelly's level out of high school, has more college experience than the big time recruit and is set to be the first stable quarterback in Amherst year over year since Drew Willy. At this point, we are all in with Licata, and shifting gears would do little but ruin the continuity that Quinn has finally built after the post-Gill nadir, a continuity that was damaged when <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/135642/zach-maynard" class="sbn-auto-link">Zach Maynard</a> decided to take a ride on his brother's coattails and that took too long to rebuild before Licata forced Quinn's hand.</p> <p>I cannot say this strongly enough: Licata is the Bulls QB, barring injury, until he graduates, and anything else would be disaster for the program still looking to string consecutive winning seasons together. No matter how good Kelly can be on the field, the apparent off-field issues are enough to convince me that any talk of him coming 'home' should be nipped in the bud.</p> <p>Someone is going to say it, so I'm saying my piece. There are too many people in this town who get stars in their eyes when the Kelly name is invoked. But the ex-Tiger is not in any way a good fit for the Bulls and UB should stay away. Go Bulls.</p> QB Chad Kelly kicked off Clemson football team for 'detrimental conduct' http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/4/14/5614250/chad-kelly-clemson-quarterback-dismissed k_trahan http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/4/14/5614250/chad-kelly-clemson-quarterback-dismissed Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:37:25 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31619233/179958202.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>The nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is gone after two colorful seasons with the Tigers.</p> <p>Two days after snapping at coaches during the Clemson spring game, quarterback <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159006/chad-kelly" class="sbn-auto-link">Chad Kelly</a> is now no longer a member of the Tigers, Dabo Swinney has announced in a statement. The Clemson head coach said Kelly showed "a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program."</p> <p>Swinney announced Kelly's dismissal shortly after the quarterback was escorted away from school football facilities:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Multiple sources now, Chad Kelly escorted out of West End Zone by CU Police, waiting to hear if he is still on the team (thinking no)</p> &mdash; Marc Dopher (@MarcDopher) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarcDopher/statuses/455795469776457729">April 14, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p>"I hope he will mature and grow from this and become the man and player I know he can be," Swinney also said. "I wish him nothing but the best in the future academically and athletically."</p> <p>Emerging details suggest Kelly got into a post-spring game incident, which reportedly contributed to his dismissal:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Kelly was been kicked off the team at Clemson. Initial incident was Saturday night was a minor fender-bender in the parking lot.</p> &mdash; Roy Philpott (@RoyPhilpott) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyPhilpott/statuses/455809106604212224">April 14, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>No police report was filed as a result of this incident. Kelly met with Clemson coaches today. It did not go well and he was dismissed.</p> &mdash; Roy Philpott (@RoyPhilpott) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyPhilpott/statuses/455810021000237058">April 14, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Kelly, who was battling for the post-<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/75473/tajh-boyd">Tajh Boyd</a> starting quarterback job with <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133724/cole-stoudt" class="sbn-auto-link">Cole Stoudt</a> and five-star freshman Deshaun Watson, was benched in the second half of Clemson's spring game. According to The Post and Courier's Aaron Brenner,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140412/PC20/140419727/1032/cole-stoudt-shines-chad-kelly-benched-in-clemson-spring-game">Kelly spent the second half yelling at coaches</a>.</p> <p> <link href="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3706325/bloglinks.css" rel="stylesheet"></p> <div class="blog-links-main-container"> <h4> <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> More from our team sites <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="blog-links-link-container"> <a href="http://www.shakinthesouthland.com?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=bloglinks&utm_campaign=blogs" title="Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland">Clemson Tigers<br><img src="http://cdn1.sbnation.com/uploads/blog/sbnu_logo/255/large_shakinthesouthland.com.full.9109.png" class="blog-links-blog-logo" alt="Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland"></a> <div> <a data-size="small" data-show-count="true" data-show-screen-name="false" class="twitter-follow-button" href="https://twitter.com/ShakinSouthland">Follow</a> <div class="fb-like" data-href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shakin-The-Southland/124841957526936" data-layout="button_count" data-action="like" data-show-faces="false" data-share="false"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="blog-links-compact-container"> <h4> <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> More from our team sites <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="blog-links-compact-link-container"><a href="http://www.shakinthesouthland.com?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=bloglinks&utm_campaign=blogs">Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland</a></div> </div> <blockquote> <p>(Kelly) let the coaches hear it at halftime. The coaches' response was to bench Kelly for the entire second half, which he spent fuming on the sideline - even sniping into the fourth quarter at nearby coaches.</p> <p>"You're not going to have guys crossing a line with the coaches just because they're frustrated with whatever," (Coach Dabo) Swinney said. "He got frustrated and reacted the way your leader can't react. It's just that simple."</p> </blockquote> <p>Kelly has been known for his unorthodox antics since arriving at Clemson. A former four-star recruit,&nbsp;<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/chad-kelly-fightin-words-clemson-backup-qb-cole-182345699.html">he took shots at Stoudt</a> before even arriving at Clemson.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2012/3/26/2903317/chad-kelly-money-clemson-jim-kelly">He also wrote his own rap song</a> and is&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GABAttack/status/455799858952040448">known for his odd social media presence</a>.</p> <p>After redshirting in 2012, Kelly went 10-17 with 58 yards on 55 snaps in his five 2013 appearances.</p> <p>The team now has perilous quarterback depth,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shakinthesouthland.com/2014/4/14/5614844/chad-swag-kelly-dismissed-from-the-clemson-football-program">but there's one bright side for Clemson fans</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p id="paragraph4">However, if Kelly were going to completely lose it, now is much better than on the road in Athens or Tallahassee.&nbsp; Further, I wonder how much the coaching staff itself applied pressure to Kelly to see how he would react.&nbsp; Certainly no one expected or wanted this result but a blow up in the spring is much better than one in the fall.</p> </blockquote> <p><b> Update: Chad Kelly issued an apology</b></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Received a statement from Dan Kelly (Jim Kelly's brother) on nephew Chad Kelly getting dismissed from Clemson football team. Quotes to come</p> &mdash; Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrentAxeMedia/statuses/456525349996597248">April 16, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>"I have apologized to the coaching staff for my behavior," said Chad Kelly. "I am disappointed in myself." (more)</p> &mdash; Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrentAxeMedia/statuses/456525660261871617">April 16, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>"I let down not only my coaches, and teammates, but also Clemson University and all of our fans." -Chad Kelly (more)</p> &mdash; Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrentAxeMedia/statuses/456525978659876865">April 16, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>"Most importantly, I&rsquo;ve let down myself and my family." -Chad Kelly</p> &mdash; Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrentAxeMedia/statuses/456526188899356672">April 16, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>"I&rsquo;m optimistic about the future. It&rsquo;s not going to be easy, but no matter what happens, I&rsquo;ll be a better person both on and off the field."</p> &mdash; Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrentAxeMedia/statuses/456526592525606912">April 16, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> Kaleb Chalmers Commits to Clemson http://www.shakinthesouthland.com/2014/4/14/5612290/kaleb-chalmers-commits-to-clemson QuackingTiger http://www.shakinthesouthland.com/2014/4/14/5612290/kaleb-chalmers-commits-to-clemson Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:01 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31603149/13545904475_c1f6508b41.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Apologies for the lateness...wife went into labor early (our third) and now we have our first baby girl (so now even if the rest of the article is awful--you still have to be nice to me!!).</p> <p>CB<b> Kaleb Chalmers</b> (5'11 180) from Greenwood, SC committed to Clemson during the spring game. There is a lot to like about Kaleb Chalmers. First he comes from Greenwood where Clemson has historically performed poorly with area recruits. Lots of talent goes through that school and it would be nice for Clemson to be competitive for some of those players.</p> <p>Chalmers as a player has a high ceiling but right now is not a polished product. He jumped onto recruiting radars with some spectacular plays as a sophomore where you could see early on the ball skills and athleticism--the ability to make a big play. His junior campaign didn't show the consistency needed to vault him into the upper echelon of CB prospects but you can still see that potential. He is not a polished player at all and will need a redshirt year to polish his craft and fill out his frame. Right now he is not a great tackler and struggles a bit in run support.</p> <p>I don't mean to sound like I am down on Kaleb though at all. He does have great length and top-end speed. He has that build that you really want with modern DB's--long arms and a good frame. He has great hands and ball skills coupled with good change of direction and some fluid hips. This is a big point of emphasis for the Venables era of DB recruits (it should have always been a point of emphasis). I think he will stick at CB but also has the frame to play some Nickel as well. Bottomline there is a whole lot of natural talent to like especially with a DB coach like Coach Reed.</p> <p>We do have a few higher rated guys still on the CB board but we decided to go with the local guy who we knew we could grab rather than wait on those guys who we don't lead for and are slipping with some of them.</p> <p>Now some self indulgence. Dr. B gave you the real Spring Game analysis but I wanted to chime in with some observations in a slightly different format highlighting specific players (again with the caveat that the spring game is meaningless) with Winners and Losers.</p> <p><b>QB </b></p> <p>Winners</p> <p>Deshaun Watson. I went back and watched the game three times now. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159006/chad-kelly">Chad Kelly</a> definitely hurt himself with his antics and embarrassing himself the entire 3rd and 4th quarter trying to get back in the game. Kelly is all about his running ability and actually had a nice sequence in the 2nd quarter where he looked much better as a passer but got to agree with Dr. B. that Cole looked like the experienced vet. He has put on some good weight and knows the offense and where all the check downs are.</p> <p>But after watching the game I think you really see the ceiling of Stoudt. His arm just isn't elite and multiple times he let the ball float a bit too much. He also threw some bad balls that you just don't want to see--he is a veteran guy but he is still going to make rookie mistakes in real games this season. Watson needs to fill out his frame but The Chad knows he personally isn't sticking around too much longer and I can see a scenario where Watson has shown enough in camp and Chad gets an itchy trigger finger (Dabo loves vets but also loves his recruiting gems). Could they possibly go ahead and make him a co-starter type of deal or just not settle anything going in to the GA game? I think Kelly just cracked that door open. Is Cole going to transfer in the beginning of his senior year--I doubt it and the coaches know that. Certainly Cole is the favorite to win the job but based on positive camp reports about Watson, I think the smallest of chances exists.</p> <p>Loser</p> <p>'The Swag' Kelly</p> <p><b>RB</b></p> <p>Winners</p> <p>Wayne Gallman--positions himself to be the number one guy if he can put on a few more pounds in the offseason. Showed he can block in the backfield. Caught the ball beautifully--that was really impressive and surprising.</p> <p>Kurt Fleming for showing he could be a player in the future or in short yardage. Even showed a burst on that 49 yard run.</p> <p>Davidson continued to show that elite burst and Artavis Scott also looked great on that jet sweep--great balance.</p> <p>Losers</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159013/zac-brooks">Zac Brooks</a> looks like he is still at about 190 lbs. Time to start thinking about getting creative with his position--hybrid WR/RB??</p> <p><b>TE</b></p> <p>Winners</p> <p>Jordan Leggett--Clearly looks like the starter and has started to cast off those lazy descriptions of his game. I think he is beginning to separate himself from the other TE's (granted we haven't seen <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/113250/sam-cooper">Sam Cooper</a>) and made some great runs after the catch in the game. Blocking looks improved. McCullough also seems to be progressing and putting things together.</p> <p>Losers</p> <p>Clemson for recruiting Greenlee</p> <p>Seckinger for looking like he has gained no weight since last year</p> <p><b>OLine</b></p> <p>Winners</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133743/spencer-region">Spencer Region</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133748/jerome-maybank">Jerome Maybank</a> for still being on the team.</p> <p>Tyrone Crowder looked impressive at times during the game--putting some DLineman on the ground. He needs to improve his conditioning for sure but I think he has a chance to crack the 2-deep.</p> <p>Losers</p> <p>Everybody attempting to play RT or high-fiving <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/113217/vic-beasley">Vic Beasley</a> on his way to the QB.</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133742/shaq-anthony">Shaq Anthony</a> for being replaced by Jerome Maybank--that has got to be a career low.</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/113245/david-beasley">David Beasley</a> for looking like he weighs 340+ pounds. This one just ticks me off--he looked so much better at the beginning of his sophomore year and he plays awful at 340. He needs to be at least 320 for his feet to be good enough to pull and could be really good at 310-315. Sigh.</p> <p><b>DLine</b></p> <p>Winners</p> <p>Everybody.</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/201861/scott-pagano">Scott Pagano</a> has been getting great reviews during camp and throughout his RS year--you can see the talent on the field.</p> <p>Has Tavaris Barnes seen the light? He looks in great shape and coming off the ball so much better than anytime he has been here at Clemson. Focused and making plays--if this is true our D-line will be deep and nasty with a legit 4 man rotation at the DE spots.</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133737/grady-jarrett">Grady Jarrett</a> may be the best player on our defense (of course he and Beastly) but I liked what I saw out of <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133749/deshawn-williams">DeShawn Williams</a> who has put in extra work this offseason. He looks much quicker and powerful off the ball and has reshaped his body.</p> <p>Losers</p> <p>Nobody really but I always get worried seeing guys like <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159007/shaq-lawson">Shaq Lawson</a> look a tiny bit overweight. We need Lawson to stay at 275 not just for this year but for the rest of his career. We don't need DE's growing into 3-tech guys.</p> <p><b>Secondary</b></p> <p>Winners</p> <p>Me. I don't always toot my own horn but when I do, it's about Mack Alexander. Last year I had him ranked number 2 on my recruit rankings after fall camp despite his being injured and I kept saying he is elite and would have made the 2-deep straight out of camp. Well this year he is going to start and he is going to be so much better than anyone we have had for awhile. Alexander does advanced things like funnel WR's into poor position on the field and bait QB's into bad throws. Ah, Breeland why did you go...</p> <p>Cordrea Tankersly--Tank has really shown that he could play in the 2 deep this year. He had a couple of really nice defensive plays against Humphries where he stayed in good defensive position.</p> <p>Losers</p> <p>Not sure there were any real big losers here. TJ Green showed he can play Safety and looked remarkably good for playing the position for such a short time, but he needs to learn to tackle better. Kearse had some nice plays and was a bit out of position on some others. I'm stretching.</p> <p><b>Linebackers</b></p> <p>Winners</p> <p>Chris Register for looking like a MLB already.</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/201837/ben-boulware">Ben Boulware</a>, a winner for getting away with the cheap shot on Kelly</p> <p><b>Special Teams</b></p> <p>Winners</p> <p>Danny Pearman for not changing a thing (except finally perfecting his short iron game) on special teams and making it so that Clemson never returns a punt and never blocks anyone on punt returns. Bravo sir. Bravo.</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EAL71E2cWrk" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> SATURDAY OPEN THREAD http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/4/12/5608054/saturday-open-thread Jason Marcum http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/4/12/5608054/saturday-open-thread Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:35:39 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31524733/20130420_krg_sc5_016.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Baseball, hoops, and even some college football spring games are on the docket Saturday.</p> <p>College football is back.....sort of. Several prominent programs are holding their annual spring football game today, including the <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/teams/clemson-tigers" class="sbn-auto-link">Clemson Tigers</a>, <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/teams/south-carolina-gamecocks" class="sbn-auto-link">South Carolina Gamecocks</a> and <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/teams/notre-dame-fighting-irish" class="sbn-auto-link">Notre Dame Fighting Irish</a>.</p> <p>Oh, and the MLB season continues, though the Reds bats don't seem to realize that.</p> <p>Anyhow, come talk about anything and everything sports in our open thread.</p> 2014 NFL Draft: Pair of top receivers also visiting Jaguars http://www.bigcatcountry.com/2014/4/9/5597496/nfl-draft-jaguars-visit-private-sammy-watkins-mike-evans Adam Stites http://www.bigcatcountry.com/2014/4/9/5597496/nfl-draft-jaguars-visit-private-sammy-watkins-mike-evans Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:43:10 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31368583/20140223_ads_ss1_483.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans bring the list of players visiting EverBank Field to 13.</p> <p>The list of players scheduled to visit the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/jacksonville-jaguars">Jaguars</a> this week continues to swell and now includes two receivers that are ranked by many as the best two pass catchers in the 2014 <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-draft">NFL Draft</a>. Texas A&M's <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/143578/mike-evans">Mike Evans</a> will meet with the team on Wednesday,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/PSchrags/status/453898624003760129" target="_blank">according to Peter Schrager of FOX Sports</a>, while Clemson's <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133723/sammy-watkins">Sammy Watkins</a> is scheduled to meet with the team on Thursday,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/453851316201070593" target="_blank">as first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network</a>.</p> <p>With the two dynamic receivers added to the guest list at EverBank Field, the list of players that are reportedly coming in, for what Twitter is calling prospectapalooza, has now reached 13.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2014/4/8/5593764/jaguars-nfl-draft-2014-private-visit" target="_blank">The list</a> includes six quarterbacks, as Central Florida's Blake Bortles was added to the list later on Tuesday.</p> <p>Watkins is considered by most to be the consensus top receiver in the draft class after a very successful career with the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/teams/clemson-tigers">Clemson Tigers</a> that included All-American nods in each of his three seasons before he declared for the 2014 NFL Draft rather than play his senior season. With 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season, Watkins was considered the favorite to win the Biletnikoff Award recognizing the nation's top receiver, but Oregon State's Brandin Cooks surprisingly earned the honor.</p> <p>While Watkins is a modest 6'1, 211 pounds, Evans presents a much more dynamic frame at 6'5, 231 pounds. During his time with the Aggies, Evans often&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/9/14/4730828/gif-johnny-manziels-most-amazing-play-ever" target="_blank">bailed out</a> <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/134696/johnny-manziel">Johnny Manziel</a> with his tremendous size and catching ability. While there are questions about his burst off the line of scrimmage and inability to find consistent separation, Evans is considered by many,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2014/4/2/5572964/2014-nfl-draft-rankings" target="_blank">including SB Nation's draft expert, Dan Kadar</a>, to be the second-best wide receiver in the draft class after Watkins.</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131113/cecil-shorts-iii">Cecil Shorts III</a> led the Jaguars in receiving during the 2013 season with 66 receptions for 777 yards. He is currently slated to start opposite 2013 draft pick, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/193581/ace-sanders">Ace Sanders</a>, while <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152653/justin-blackmon">Justin Blackmon</a> is suspended indefinitely for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.</p> NFL Draft Prospect Brandon Thomas tears ACL http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/4/7/5590848/nfl-draft-prospect-brandon-thomas-tears-acl Jason Marcum http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/4/7/5590848/nfl-draft-prospect-brandon-thomas-tears-acl Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:15:55 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31274481/152592859.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>The Clemson lineman was regarded as a second-round pick, but a torn ACL will kill any chance of that happening. </p> <p>The <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals">Cincinnati Bengals</a> don't typically drat injured players who figure to miss the start of the next season, so Clemson's <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/136017/brandon-thomas">Brandon Thomas</a> might not be on their board any longer.</p> <p>Thomas, a 6-3, 320-pound offensive lineman who could pay both tackle and guard, reportedly tore his ACL last week in a workout, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan:</p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>G <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/16404/brandon-thomas">Brandon Thomas</a> (Clemson), who is rated as one of the top interior OLs for this year's draft, suffered a torn ACL last week, per source.</p> &mdash; Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/caplannfl/statuses/453230325767086080">April 7, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote data-partner="tweetdeck" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Brandon Thomas would have gone by the early part of 2nd round, pre-ACL tear. I think the latest he goes would be top of 4th now. Likely 3rd</p> &mdash; Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceZierlein/statuses/453235521368903680">April 7, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Thomas suffered the injury while working out last week.</p> &mdash; Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/caplannfl/statuses/453230398504706048">April 7, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Thomas was outstanding during <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/senior-bowl">Senior Bowl</a> week; had at least 6 pre-draft visits so far.</p> &mdash; Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/caplannfl/statuses/453231046218485760">April 7, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <p>As Caplan mentioned, Thomas has seen his stock significantly rise this offseason,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/4/5/5580426/kiper-3-rounds-bengals-cb-ol-qb" target="_blank">and he's even been tabbed to the Bengals in a number of mock draft</a>.</p> <p>Thomas&nbsp;was regarded as a second-round pick, but a torn ACL will kill any chance of being drafted that high. He'll be luck to not fall to Day 3 of the draft, but that unfortunately is what will probably happen.</p> <p>It's likely he'll open the year on the PUP, and probably end up staying there after the first six weeks are up and miss his entire rookie season.</p> <p>The bengals cold certainly still look to draft him, as they're pretty set as far as their starters go. They do need some backups to develop for 2016, when Kevin Zeitler, Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith's contracts expire, not to mention Clint Boling's deal ends next year.</p> Charlotte NFTC DL MVP Joshua Brown waiting for first offer http://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2014/4/2/5575330/charlotte-nftc-dl-mvp-joshua-brown-waiting-for-first-offer Wescott Eberts http://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2014/4/2/5575330/charlotte-nftc-dl-mvp-joshua-brown-waiting-for-first-offer Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:11:46 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31051201/joshua_brown.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>The local product was one of the top defensive linemen in attendance.</p> <p>CHARLOTTE, NC -- One of the many prospects with something to prove at the Charlotte Nike Football Training Camp on Saturday at Ardrey Kell High School was Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek defensive end Joshua Brown, whose performance earned him defensive line MVP honors.</p> <p>The 6'3, 212-pounder in the class of 2016 is still looking for his first offer, but has received mail from Clemson, Georgia, NC State, and Notre Dame.</p> <p>A threat off the edge as a rusher, Brown is a West Virginia native who wants to hear from his home-state Mountaineers, as well regional power Clemson.</p> <p>"I've been going to their camps since seventh grade and I've liked that experience, I just like everything about it -- I like their facilities, I like their coaches and I'll be back there for another camp this summer. I love working with the defensive line coach, coach Hobby" Brown said when asked about the Tigers.</p> <p>Over his spring break, Brown will make his way out to California to visit USC, UCLA, and Stanford, and plans on camping at West Virginia this summer, in addition to Clemson.</p> <p>The NFTC was an opportunity for Brown to develop his work with his hands, always a point of emphasis for the coaching staff, while he's working on gaining bulk during spring practice, a process that could help him land more interest as he adds the weight that will be necessary to play defensive end at the next level.</p> <p>There's still plenty of time for that and if Brown puts together a junior season as impressive as his work on Saturday, the offers will start coming in.</p> 2013-2014 Clemson-Georgia arrests/suspensions/dismissals tracker http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/3/18/5521634/georgia-clemson-players-cant-stop-getting-in-trouble Adam Jacobi http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/3/18/5521634/georgia-clemson-players-cant-stop-getting-in-trouble Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:29:36 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/30268361/179158243.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>The Clemson-Georgia rivalry continues, both on the field and off.</p> <p>2014's opening-weekend game between Clemson and Georgia will be the teams' second meeting in as many years to feature multiple suspended or booted players. And this one will shatter the previous year's number (three).</p> <p>Woe upon Georgia, which has just seen four players arrested for theft by deception, which will almost certainly endanger their status. And woe upon Clemson, which suspended four players of its own just weeks prior for team rules violations, including two starters.</p> <p>Officially, Clemson is down those four [<b>update:</b> five] players for the Aug. 30 game, while the Dawgs are so far without only ex-safety Josh Harvey-Clemons. We'll update this throughout the offseason as circumstances change.</p> <p>Here's a roundup of all such shenaniganry since last offseason, almost all of it minor violations like marijuana possession and breaking team rules.</p> <p> <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3706325/bloglinks.css"></p> <div class="blog-links-main-container"> <h4> <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> More from our team sites <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="blog-links-link-container"> <a title="Georgia Bulldogs blog Dawg Sports" href="http://www.dawgsports.com?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=bloglinks&utm_campaign=blogs">Georgia Bulldogs<br><img alt="Georgia Bulldogs blog Dawg Sports" class="blog-links-blog-logo" src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/uploads/blog/sbnu_logo/114/large_dawgsport.com.full.15191.png"></a> <div> <a href="https://twitter.com/dawgsports" class="twitter-follow-button" data-show-screen-name="false" data-show-count="true" data-size="small">Follow</a> <div data-share="false" data-show-faces="false" data-action="like" data-layout="button_count" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawg-Sports/152745881475714" class="fb-like"></div> </div> </div> <div class="blog-links-link-container"> <a title="Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland" href="http://www.shakinthesouthland.com?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=bloglinks&utm_campaign=blogs">Clemson Tigers<br><img alt="Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland" class="blog-links-blog-logo" src="http://cdn1.sbnation.com/uploads/blog/sbnu_logo/255/large_shakinthesouthland.com.full.9109.png"></a> <div> <a href="https://twitter.com/ShakinSouthland" class="twitter-follow-button" data-show-screen-name="false" data-show-count="true" data-size="small">Follow</a> <div data-share="false" data-show-faces="false" data-action="like" data-layout="button_count" data-href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shakin-The-Southland/124841957526936" class="fb-like"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="blog-links-compact-container"> <h4> <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> More from our team sites <span class="blog-links-star"><img src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/assets/3608771/star.png"></span> </h4> <div class="blog-links-compact-link-container"> <a href="http://www.dawgsports.com?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=bloglinks&utm_campaign=blogs">Georgia Bulldogs blog Dawg Sports</a> <a href="http://www.shakinthesouthland.com?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=bloglinks&utm_campaign=blogs">Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland</a> </div> </div> <h3>Update:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/4/14/5614250/chad-kelly-clemson-quarterback-dismissed">April 14, 2014</a> </h3> <blockquote> <p id="paragraph0">Two days after snapping at coaches during the Clemson spring game, quarterback&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159006/chad-kelly">Chad Kelly</a> is now no longer a member of the Tigers, Dabo Swinney has announced in a statement. The Clemson head coach said Kelly showed "a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program."</p> </blockquote> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://www.dawgsports.com/2014/3/18/5521368/tray-matthews-jonathan-taylor-uriah-lemay-arrested-georgia-bulldogs">March 18, 2014</a></h3> <blockquote> <p id="paragraph0">Safety&nbsp;<a href="http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-03-17/uga-players-taylor-deloach-lemay-arrested-charged-theft-deception">Tray Matthews was among four Georgia players that were arrested Monday evening</a> and charged with multiple counts of theft by deception. Matthews was booked into the Clarke County Jail just after 9 p.m. on Monday and charged with three misdemeanor accounts.</p> <p id="paragraph1">Others arrested included wide receiver&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/207409/uriah-lemay">Uriah LeMay</a> along with defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach. All four players bonded out late Monday night and there has been no comment from school officials as of yet.</p> </blockquote> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/four-clemson-players--including-two-returning-starters--suspended-for-season-opener-at-georgia-204356959.html">March 4, 2014</a></h3> <blockquote> <p>Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced Tuesday that four players, including two returning starters, will be suspended for the team's season opener.</p> <p>Returning starters <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133747/corey-crawford" class="sbn-auto-link">Corey Crawford</a>, a defensive end, and <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/113245/david-beasley" class="sbn-auto-link">David Beasley</a>, a guard, along with cornerback <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/113234/garry-peters" class="sbn-auto-link">Garry Peters</a> and tackle <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/133742/shaq-anthony" class="sbn-auto-link">Shaq Anthony</a> will miss the August 30 showdown at Georgia due to a team rules violation.</p> </blockquote> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24447607/georgia-dismisses-s-josh-harvey-clemons-for-team-rule-violation">February 18, 2014</a></h3> <blockquote> <p>Georgia announced Tuesday that [Josh] &nbsp;Harvey-Clemons -- the team's third-leading tackler as a sophomore in 2013 and a former five-star recruit -- has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. No other details were made available.</p> </blockquote> <h3><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/12/23/5240010/georgia-suspensions-gator-bowl-josh-harvey-clemons">December 23, 2013</a></h3> <blockquote> <p id="paragraph0">Georgia suspended cornerback&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/players/158474/sheldon-dawson">Sheldon Dawson</a> and safety&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/players/158483/josh-harvey-clemons">Josh Harvey-Clemons</a> from the Gator Bowl for an unspecified violation of team rules. This is the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/5/28/4373072/josh-harvey-clemons-suspended-georgia-clemson-marijuana">second time this season that Harvey-Clemons has been suspended</a> -- he sat out the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/teams/georgia-bulldogs">Bulldogs</a>' season opener against Clemson because of an incident involving marijuana.</p> </blockquote> <h3><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/11/1/5054936/justin-scott-wesley-marijuana-arrest-georgia">November 1, 2013</a></h3> <blockquote> <p id="paragraph0">Georgia wide receiver&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/players/136449/justin-scott-wesley">Justin Scott-Wesley</a>, who is out for the year due to a torn ACL, was arrested on marijuana-related charges Thursday afternoon,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/college/georgia-wr-scott-wesley-arrested-on-marijuana-char/nbfKG/">according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a>. He was released after posting $4,000 in bond three hours later.</p> </blockquote> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/10/12/4830564/clemson-tigers-suspensions">October 11, 2013</a></h3> <blockquote> <p>Clemson's thin wide receiver corps gets even thinner as it heads into battle against Boston College this week as promising redshirt freshman wideout&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/players/159005/germone-hopper">Germone Hopper</a> and sophomore DB Ronnie Geohaghan have been suspended by head coach Dabo Swinney,&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9809838/clemson-tigers-suspend-germone-hopper-ronald-geohaghan">according to ESPN.com</a>.</p> </blockquote> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9710015/clemson-tigers-suspend-tackle-isaiah-battle-punch">September 22, 2013</a></h3> <blockquote> <p>Sophomore [Clemson] offensive lineman <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/159018/isaiah-battle" class="sbn-auto-link">Isaiah Battle</a> will miss No. 3 Clemson's next game against Wake Forest after he was ejected for punching North Carolina State defensive back <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/85858/jarvis-byrd" class="sbn-auto-link">Jarvis Byrd</a> last Thursday night.</p> </blockquote> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://georgia.247sports.com/Article/Georgia-kicker-Marshall-Morgan-out-for-South-Carolina-game-147299">August 31, 2013</a></h3> <blockquote> <p>Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan's suspension for an offseason arrest will carry through Saturday's South Carolina game, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt confirmed on his Monday night call-in radio show.</p> </blockquote> <h3><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/5/28/4373072/josh-harvey-clemons-suspended-georgia-clemson-marijuana">May 28, 2013</a></h3> <blockquote> <p id="paragraph0">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/teams/georgia-bulldogs">Georgia Bulldogs</a> will be without starting safety&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/players/158483/josh-harvey-clemons">Josh Harvey-Clemons</a> for their season opener against the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/teams/clemson-tigers">Clemson Tigers</a>. Harvey-Clemons and tight end&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/players/158499/ty-flournoy-smith">Ty Flournoy-Smith</a> were involved in an incident in which campus police found marijuana paraphernalia and signs of marijuana use in their dorm room. Flournoy-Smith is no longer with the football program, and will likely transfer.</p> </blockquote> <h3><a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130224/georgia-football-player-arrested.ap/">February 24, 2013</a></h3> <blockquote> <p>Georgia tight end <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/players/158499/ty-flournoy-smith">Ty Flournoy-Smith</a> is free on bond after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge accusing him of lying about the theft of his textbooks.</p> </blockquote>