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SYRACUSE VS. CLEMSON OCT. 4-5, 2013

Syracuse hosts No. 3 Clemson in its first-ever ACC game

Tajh Mahal Syracuse will have to shut down the

Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback to upset Clemson. Page 3

Brotherly love Sammy Watkins leans on his brother

Jaylen, a Florida cornerback, to guide him through stardom. Page 5

Entitled Clemson gives the Atlantic Coast

Conference as real a contender as it has had in a decade. Page 7

Uncaged Clemson’s explosive offense has a

chance to leave a mark in the Syracuse record books. Page 13


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andrew renneisen | staff photographer MARQUIS SPRUILL and the rest of the Syracuse defense will go up against a high-powered Clemson offense on Saturday that features some of the nation’s best playmakers.

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By Trevor Hass ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

ajh Boyd is as smooth as they come. As polished a superstar as there is in college football. But for 49 seconds on Tuesday he was rendered nearly speechless. He stumbled through his answer on the question that has dumbfounded coaches across the country for the last four years. If you were a defensive coordinator, going up against your offense, what would you do to try to stop such an explosive unit? Boyd’s response was a laundry list of stalling tactics. Four “you know’s.” Three “um’s.” Three “I mean’s.” Two “kind of’s.” He even threw in an “at the end of the day.” “Umm…that’s a good question, man,” Boyd

said. “Uh, um, I’m not sure, honestly.” Frankly, Boyd had absolutely no idea how he would stop the Clemson offense. But at the end of the day, that’s the task the SU defense is up against. The quarterback has thrown for 994 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions through four games. Teams devise elaborate schemes to stop him, but so far this season nothing has slowed the Heisman Trophy contender down. Syracuse (2-2, 0-0 Atlantic Coast) is next in line when it faces Clemson (4-0, 2-0) at the Carrier Dome at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Syracuse cornerback Julian Whigham called Saturday’s game — the Orange’s firstever ACC tilt — the biggest game of the year “by far.” But if SU is to slay goliath for the third

Syracuse tries to shut down potent Clemson offense when No. 3 Tigers visit Carrier Dome for SU’s ACC debut

year in a row, it will need to stop Boyd and his arsenal of wide receivers, including Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant. “He’s nice,” Whigham said about Boyd. Whigham and the rest of the Syracuse defense have a plan, though. All they need to do, Whigham said, is play their game and execute on every single play. Instead of zeroing in solely on Boyd and letting the rest of the Clemson offense run wild, SU’s approaching this game like any other and focusing on the Tigers as a whole. But when Whigham was asked if Boyd has any noticeable weaknesses, he couldn’t think of any. “He’s a good quarterback,” Whigham said, “because he doesn’t have many.” So the game plan, Whigham said, is to apply

as much pressure as possible and force the quarterback who doesn’t make mistakes into enough mistakes for Syracuse to win the game. The Orange needs to “throw him off guard,” and Whigham believes that’s something SU’s personnel can do. The goal is to make the quarterback who epitomizes calmness in the pocket flustered. To get inside his head with constant, relentless pressure. Syracuse defensive backs coach Fred Reed said that the main thing the Orange has to focus on is controlling what it can control. It’s a motto that head coach Scott Shafer regularly preaches, and one that’s never been more pertinent. Reed pinpointed a 100-percent tackling success rate as a goal. He knows how explosive

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Sammy, Jaylen Watkins share powerful bond By Jesse Dougherty ASST. COPY EDITOR

On Saturday, Sammy and Jaylen Watkins woke up with two games on each of their minds: their own and each other’s. Around noon, Sammy started to prepare for his Clemson Tigers’ 3:30 homecoming game against Wake Forest. But he didn’t leave the locker room before texting his half-brother Jaylen, who plays cornerback for Florida. “Play today like it’s your last game.” It’s same text he sends him every week of the college football season. Jaylen responded with a phrase Sammy has gotten used to in his threeyear collegiate career. “Play hard and be safe.” With Florida’s game at Kentucky at 7 p.m., Jaylen had a rare opportunity to watch Sammy play. He stayed in the locker room at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. as long as he could and still only caught the first quarter. That was enough for him to see Sammy haul in a 64-yard touchdown pass 46 seconds into the contest, sending him out to warm-ups with a smile on his face. Now both of their days are in full swing as they act out childhood dreams rooted in their brotherly bond. Despite growing up in different houses and attending different schools, Sammy and Jaylen’s kinship has made them best friends. Each having a hand in the other’s rise to Division I football, their separation has only accentuated their connection as they continually push each other as athletes and as men. “We’re competing all the time, and we also both know what it’s like to compete at such a high level,” Sammy said. “We can talk about anything.” After burning Wake Forest’s defense for the game’s first score, Sammy’s celebration is oddly subdued. Once a flashy freshman tearing up the Atlantic Coast Conference, he was thrust into the national spotlight for the wrong reasons as a sophomore and has become a humbler player. On May 4, 2012, an 18-year old Sammy was arrested on drug-related charges after a Clemson police officer smelled marijuana in his car. After being released from the Clemson City Jail on bail, he received attention from university officials, coaches and teammates. But Sammy needed to talk to someone who really understood him. He needed Jaylen. “When I got in trouble I went straight home to him,” Sammy said. “He helped me realize what type of person I am and what type of person I was for Clemson and the community.” Jaylen didn’t add any silver lining to the situation. He told Sammy he made a mistake and to accept responsibility. For hours they talked in their grandparents’ house in their hometown of Fort Myers, Fla., and for once football didn’t come up. Instead they discussed the importance of positively representing yourself, your team and your school. “He learned from it and became a better person,” Jaylen said. “He’s definitely a better man after that experience because he’s seen what can happen.” Sammy would catch five more passes and finish the game with 113 yards. By the time Clemson was putting the finishing touches on its 56-7 win over the Demon Deacons, Jaylen and the Gators were just getting underway at UK. With Javess Blue and Ryan Timmons posing threats as Kentucky’s wideouts, Jaylen wasn’t fazed. He has spent hours practicing against a premier player who has prepared him for any task. “When I’m home training I get to cover the best receiver in the nation,” Jaylen said. “Every time I play with (Sammy) I take lessons and think I can learn from this ‘cause I’ll never see

photo courtesy of clemson athletics SAMMY WATKINS is a dangerous combination of strength and speed. But without the guidance of his older brother Jaylen Watkins, a cornerback at the University of Florida, the Clemson wide receiver wouldn’t be recognized as one of the country’s best players. any player like him.” Last summer the two kicked their workout regimen into high gear. Long days at Buckingham Community Park — the home of the Riverdale Wildcats, Sammy’s former Pop Warner team in Fort Myers — consisted of ball drills, 40-yard sprints and countless oneon-one match ups. When Sammy beat Jaylen on a route, they stopped so he could explain how he was able to do so. When Jaylen got the better of Sammy, they did the same — an outdoor classroom under the beating Florida sun.

Anthony Dixon, Sammy’s track coach at South Fort Myers High School, explained why Sammy is an all-around nightmare that makes his competitors better. “He’s very fast, that’s obvious, but what people don’t recognize is how strong and physical he also is,” Dixon said. “He’s the kind of athlete that just pushes everyone around him all the time.” In a 24-7 Florida win, Jaylen finished with 10 total tackles and the Gators’ secondary held Kentucky to 125 yards in the air and 7.4 yards per reception. After starting the day with a text, the

half-brothers celebrated their two wins with a phone call. Jaylen told Sammy that he made a strong double move and did a good job using his size on the touchdown play. Sammy told Jaylen he did a good job in coverage but could still be more physical. Then the conversation ended the same way that it always does, with one brother repeating the other before hanging up. “You played great, love you.” jcdoug01@syr.edu @dougherty_ jesse


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Shafer embraces underdog mindset By David Wilson SPORTS EDITOR

In each of the past two seasons, Scott Shafer has watched from his old booth high above the Carrier Dome field as Syracuse orchestrated upsets against top opponents. Two years ago, it was West Virginia, who came to Central New York as the No. 11 team in the country and left the loser in a 26-point blowout. A year later, it was Louisville, the unbeaten and 11th-ranked team in the nation who left the Dome with its first loss of the year. Saturday’s test against Clemson trumps

them all. It’s the Orange’s first game in its new conference and it just so happens to be against its premier team, the No. 3 Tigers, in the Carrier Dome. “It’s a great opportunity. For me, it’s why you coach football,” Shafer said. “I love being the underdog, always have. I was a Division III guy. I played college football, nobody wanted me. I was a kid that played for the love of the game, we’ve got a lot of kids like that.” SU enters Saturday’s game against Clemson as anywhere from a 13-to-4.5-point underdog, and many are expecting an even bigger blowout. But if Syracuse’s recent Carrier Dome history means anything, then the Orange has a shot. Shafer said he won’t lean on the memories of those notable upsets too much. Instead, they will be a “footnote” to remind his younger players that it can be done.

“‘We’ve got no chance in hell to win this game,’ people say from the outside. Bring it on. Let’s play football.” Scott Shafer

SYRACUSE HEAD COACH

The keys to those wins, though, are the same he sees for this weekend. SU doesn’t need to do anything special — just take care of the ball, pounce on potential turnovers and keep focused on the game at hand. “The way you lose these games is you try to get outside of your element because it’s a big game,” Shafer said. “You don’t want to put in a double-reverse pass because it’s a big game. You want to put in a double-reverse pass because of the tendency that the team you’re getting ready to play gives you.” Shafer knows the Tigers are a great team. Their prolific offense deservedly gets the headlines, but their defense is tough as well. Vic Beasley, Clemson’s left defensive end, is tied for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead with six sacks. Sammy Watkins is the best wide receiver in the country and quarterback Tajh Boyd is a Heisman Trophy contender. The Tigers have already topped Georgia this season and pounded Wake Forest 56-7 on Saturday. There’s no reason that Clemson should lose Saturday — but there wasn’t any reason that West Virginia or Louisville should have lost, either. “‘We’ve got no chance in hell to win this game,’ people say from the outside. Bring it on,” Shafer said. “Let’s play football.” Reddish listed as game-time decision Against Clemson’s potent passing attack, Syracuse will need all the help in the secondary that it can get. But as game day draws closer, Brandon Reddish’s status remains uncertain. The cornerback will be a game-time decision after running at Wednesday’s practice for the first time since the Tulane game on Sept. 21, SU head coach Scott Shafer said at his press conference on Thursday. “He’s doing well,” the head coach said. “He’ll be a game-time-type decision.” Reddish suffered a lower-body injury in the Orange’s 52-17 win over the Green Wave and missed the entire second half. On Wednesday, Shafer listed him as questionable for Clemson. The head coach sees him improving, but still isn’t sure if he’ll be ready in time for the biggest

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Tigers offer ACC true title threat By David Wilson SPORTS EDITOR

The Southeastern Conference is the pinnacle of excellence. Teams from that league have won a staggering seven straight national titles. A team from another conference hasn’t even reached the championship game since 2010. But if coaches and players throughout the Atlantic Coast Conference are to be believed, there’s a shifting tide in college football. That’s why Aug. 31 was so important. ThenNo. 8 Clemson had built a reputation. The Tigers are the premier team in the ACC, but almost every year there is a loss against a team they shouldn’t lose to or an early-season defeat that ends Clemson’s national championship hopes before they begin. The Tigers welcomed Georgia to Death Valley — an SEC foe, ranked fifth in the country, with even more vivid championship hopes than Clemson. Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown and then tossed a 77-yarder to Sammy Watkins. A duo of Heisman hopefuls scorched the Bulldogs. This time it wasn’t the Tigers who went home disappointed. “Being able to come out and get that win over Georgia at the beginning of the season was definitely good for our morale and our belief in ourselves,” linebacker Spencer Shuey said. “That was over and we still have a long season, so we just had to put that behind us and not focus on that.” Flash forward a month. Clemson is 4-0 with

its toughest challenge in its rear view and a No. 3 in front of its name. It will be a favorite every game the rest of the way. If this time it’s No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 Oregon who slips up instead of the Tigers (4-0, 2-0 ACC), Clemson will give the ACC a team in the national championship game — a game no ACC team has won since 1999. But if there’s a tailor-made trap game, it comes this Saturday against Syracuse. The Orange (2-2) toppled No. 11 West Virginia two years ago in Central New York and No. 11 Louisville last year. Clemson, though, is a different animal. In the Big East, neither the Cardinals nor Mountaineers had legitimate championship dreams. SU’s old conference wasn’t one that could challenge the SEC like the Tigers proved the ACC could with their win over Georgia. “I think it kind of lessens some of the talk about us being the lesser conference, because I really don’t think that’s true,” Boyd said. “I don’t think that’s a true statement at all.” The talent in Clemson was always up to par with most of the SEC. The Tigers recruit with the best of them and almost always find their logo as one of the top few in recruiting rankings. There were always just the one or two mistakes. Last year it was a Week 4 loss to the Seminoles before they beat Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The year before, Clemson started 8-0 before losing to Georgia Tech. “I think all those experiences kind of helped,” Boyd said. “It keeps you focused

courtesy of paul zoeller | the post and courier TAJH BOYD has proven himself a serious Heisman contender in 2013. With him at the helm, the third-ranked Clemson Tigers could compete for a national championship. throughout the year.” Even if Clemson’s lone slip up comes on Oct. 19 against No. 8 Florida State, then the Seminoles could still place a team in the title game from the ACC. “It speaks volumes to where the ACC’s headed,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said. “I’ve said it in the past, I feel like in 10 years this conference will be fighting to be No. 1 with the SEC.” It’s a sentiment that SU running back Jerome Smith echoed on Tuesday and isn’t something they could’ve realistically said a year ago in the Big East — or even the ACC, for that matter.

This year is a prime opportunity for Clemson. They have senior leadership on the defensive end, a senior quarterback in the Heisman conversation and the best wide receiver in the nation. They’ve had their chance to learn. Now it’s time to finish. “We have a lot of good leaders on this team that have been through those upsets,” Shuey said. “This year we’re a little more mature and having been through those losses is definitely going to help us out this year.” dbwilson@syr.edu @DBWilson2


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Around theACC

On Saturday, Syracuse will be welcomed to the Atlantic Coast Conference with a matchup against Heisman Trophy candidate Tajh Boyd and No. 3 Clemson. Here’s a look into how SU’s new conference has been this season.

7. North Carolina State (3-1, 0-1)

1. Clemson (4-0, 2-0) Boyd, stud receiv-

8. Syracuse (2-2, 0-0) Syracuse stum-

er Sammy Watkins, and the high-octane Tigers opened the season with a threepoint victory over No. 5 Georgia and haven’t looked back, beating teams by an average of a little over 25 points.

2. Florida State (4-0, 2-0) Freshman

sensation Jameis Winston has seamlessly filled the void left by Buffalo Bills first-round pick EJ Manuel, and the Seminoles have thrashed their early-season opponents.

3. Miami (Fla.) (4-0, 0-0) The undefeated

Hurricanes have fans in South Florida hoping Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson can do what Ken Dorsey and Clinton Portis did in 2001.

4. Maryland (4-0, 0-0) The Terrapins

have also taken care of a weak early-season schedule, thwarting Florida International 43-10, Old Dominion 47-10, Connecticut 32-21 and West Virginia 37-0. Maryland travels to Tallahassee this week to face FSU.

5. Virginia Tech (4-1, 1-0) Led by a

dominant defense, especially the secondary, the Hokies are 4-0 since losing their season opener to No. 1 Alabama.

6. Georgia Tech (3-1, 2-1) The Yellow

Jackets already have two conference wins under their belt — against Duke and North Carolina — and will look for a third on Saturday at No. 14 Miami (FL).

Although the Wolfpack put up a good showing against Clemson — losing 26-14 — quarterback Pete Thomas hasn’t put forth a good showing this season. bled against Penn State and Northwestern but responded with blowout wins over Wagner and Tulane.

9. Boston College (2-2, 1-1) The

Eagles had FSU on upset alert last week, but ultimately lost 48-34.

10. Pittsburgh (3-1, 2-1) Much like

Virginia Tech, the Panthers are undefeated since a Week 1 loss. Pittsburgh lost to Florida State 41-13.

11. Duke (3-2, 0-2) Losing star quarter-

back Sean Renfree to the NFL hasn’t hurt the Blue Devils yet, but Duke faces Virginia on Oct. 19 and Virginia Tech on Oct. 26.

12. Virginia (2-2, 0-1) The Cavaliers will look to get on the right side of .500 with a win over Ball State.

13. North Carolina (1-3, 0-1) The Tar Heels average just over 25 points a game, but give up an average of 32.5.

14. Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2) The Demon Deacons are the only team in the Atlantic Division to have played five games, but their only two wins have come against Presbyterian and Army.

­— Compiled by Josh Hyber, staff writer, jmhyber@syr.edu


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Q&A with Clemson beat writer Aaron Ransdell of The Tiger News By David Wilson SPORTS EDITOR

Syracuse opens up its Atlantic Coast Conference tenure with the premier team in the league. No. 3 Clemson visits the Carrier Dome on Saturday hoping to avoid falling victim to another Orange upset in the Dome. The Daily Orange spoke with Aaron Ransdell, the sports editor at The Tiger News, about this weekend’s game. The Daily Orange: What about Tajh Boyd makes him so great? Aaron Ransdell: His determination since he’s gotten here. He came in pretty heavy, he lost a lot of weight, has really made himself a lot quicker. I think that he just has like a team mentality. Probably the best quality he has is that he’s a leader for the team. That’s what sells him for Clemson coaches, Clemson fans, that’s just what Tajh embodies is leadership.

defensive line, which means that they’ll have them for another year, but as far as this year goes I think the defensive line has looked really well, I think the linebackers have looked really well, but my main concern is the secondary. They seem to give up the big plays over the top and if I was going to say that one thing is holding them back it is poor tackling and poor coverage by the secondary.

The D.O.: What do people down in Clemson, S.C. know about SU? A.R.: It’s actually kind of a new experience for all coaches, fans. It’s kind of refreshing to see a new team — obviously, Syracuse is kind of off the radar as far as the Southeast goes, so I would say that Syracuse is kind of going to be one of those teams that we learn about as the game goes and learn a little bit about that football culture up there as the game goes on.

The D.O: Other than Boyd and Sammy Watkins, who are the most dangerous weapons on the Tigers’ offense? A.R.: Running backs and tight ends, which have been kind of by committee so far this year. They’ve been rotating out Roderick McDowell, D.J. Howard, Zac Brooks at running back and they’ve all done a really good job and they all could start anywhere in the ACC at the moment.

The D.O.: How does the Tigers’ defense stack up with their offense? Is it good enough to win a national championship? A.R.: Defense is kind of the weaker side of the ball, but I think the defense has a lot of room to grow. They don’t have many seniors on the

The D.O.: What seems to be the expectation for this game down in Clemson? Is there any concern about an Orange upset? A.R.: Coming into the season there was actually a lot of talk about this Syracuse team because it’s at Syracuse. Playing in the Carrier Dome hasn’t been easy for opponents recently and Syracuse is on top of its game, so Clemson fans expect Syracuse to come out strong and this is not necessarily a trap game, but definitely a game to keep your eyes on and see if Clemson can go up there and handle their business like they are expected to. dbwilson@syr.edu @DBWilson2

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PREGAME PLAYBOOK

SYRACUSE VS. CLEMSON SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M.

BEAT WRITER PREDICTIONS

Passing yards allowed per game

SYRACUSE ON OFFENSE

DAVID WILSON Clemson 49, Syracuse 20 Welcome to the ACC. The Orange gets a rude awakening in a big-boy conference as Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and one of the best offenses in the country torch an SU defense that really hasn’t done much this year.

250

11 TRAVIS BLANKS Safety

200

27 ROBERT SMITH Safety

150

100

50

0

Syracuse

33 SPENCER SHUEY Weak-side linebacker

Clemson

42 STEPHONE ANTHONY 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN Middle linebacker Strong-side linebacker

TREVOR HASS

KEY MATCHUP Sean Hickey vs. Vic Beasley

Hickey has been stout holding down Terrel Hunt’s blind side, but he’ll face his toughest test of the season in Beasley. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior is tied for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead with six sacks, to go with his six tackles for loss.

8 DARIUS ROBINSON Cornerback

3 VIC BEASLEY Defensive end

99 DESHAWN WILLIAMS 50 GRADY JARRETT Defensive tackle Defensive tackle

93 COREY CRAWFORD Defensive end

17 BASHAUD BREELAND Cornerback

Edge: Beasley

157

25 JEREMIAH KOBENA Wide receiver

Number of passes Tajh Boyd and Terrel Hunt have thrown this season without an interception.

60 SEAN HICKEY Left tackle

55 ROB TRUDO 59 MACKY Left guard MACPHERSON Center

68 NICK ROBINSON Right guard

72 IVAN FOY Right tackle

1 ASHTON BROYLD H-back

10 TERREL HUNT Quarterback

85 BECKETT WALES Tight end

88 JARROD WEST Wide receiver

“That running back. No. 45, he’s a load. ... Smith, I believe, is his last name.”

45 JEROME SMITH Running back

Clemson 45, Syracuse 24 They’re grrrreat. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins are too much to handle. The Orange doesn’t get obliterated, but still loses by a sizable margin. An opening-drive touchdown by Clemson sets the stage.

STEPHEN BAILEY Clemson 52, Syracuse 27 Tigers and tigers and tigers, oh my. Syracuse is better than we thought at the start of the season, but Clemson is just too good. The Orange will score, but the Tigers will score more.

DABO SWINNEY, CLEMSON HEAD COACH

“I have no words for the certain individuals who don’t think that we can do it.” “I guess they feel like they’re untouchable, but it’s football.”

28 JEREMI WILKES Free safety

3 DURELL ESKRIDGE Strong safety

DYSHAWN DAVIS, SYRACUSE LINEBACKER

38 CAMERON LYNCH Outside linebacker

KEY MATCHUP

11 MARQUIS SPRUILL 35 DYSHAWN DAVIS Middle linebacker Outside linebacker

Keon Lyn vs. Sammy Watkins

Lyn will have his hands full on Saturday with the best wideout in the country. Watkins has 25 catches for 355 yards and two touchdowns through four games. Lyn and the rest of the Orange secondary have struggled mightily against dynamic receivers this season.

93 MICAH ROBINSON Defensive end

9 RI’SHARD ANDERSON Cornerback

01 MARTAVIS BRYANT Wide receiver

63 BRANDON THOMAS Left tackle

96 JAY BROMLEY Defensive tackle

52 ERIC CRUME Nose tackle

68 DAVID BEASLEY 58 RYAN NORTON 62 TYLER SHATLEY Left guard Center Right guard

94 ROBERT WELSH Defensive end

70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY Right tackle

8 KEON LYN Cornerback

81 STANTON SECKINGER Tight end

2 SAMMY WATKINS Wide receiver

“He’s an outstanding quarterback and he’s a Heisman candidate for a reason.”

TERREL HUNT, QUARTERBACK

DYSHAWN DAVIS, OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

163.3

Tajh Boyd’s quarterback rating on the season through 114 pass atempts.

HOW CAN SYRACUSE STOP THE CLEMSON OFFENSE? DAVID WILSON

The 12th man is key. As in, Syracuse needs to sneak a 12th player on the field. The Orange can’t afford to leave anyone else open to cover Sammy Watkins, so see if you can stick an extra safety in 30 yards downfield. That should be far enough that the refs won’t notice.

13 ADAM HUMPHRIES Wide receiver

“I like his game. I like how fast he goes, and he just takes off when he takes off and he runs confident.”

Edge: Watkins

10 TAJH BOYD Quarterback

25 RODERICK MCDOWELL Running back

YOU PICK ‘EM

TREVOR HASS

Feed Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant a preposterous amount of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que the night before. It’s Boyd’s first time in Syracuse, so you might as well take him to the best restaurant in town. Brisket plate, Carolina, BBQ Prime Rib, the whole shebang. Whatever it takes. Give Clemson’s stars as much food as they want, on the house. Maybe they’ll be so full they’ll have to miss the game. That’s Syracuse’s best chance.

LINE OVER UNDER

Tajh Boyd’s total touchdowns: 4.5 Clemson’s punts (with starters): 2.5 Total plays run: 154 Terrel Hunt’s total touchdowns: 1.5 Scott Shafer’s visor throws: 2.5

STEPHEN BAILEY

CLEMSON ON OFFENSE

Plug the basketball team in on defense. Throw C.J. Fair and Jeremi Grant back as safeties and put Tyler Ennis and Michael Gbinije out wide. Slide DaJuan Coleman next to Jay Bromley up front and Rakeem Christmas on the end. It’s no 2-3 zone, but it’s not bad. Just don’t tell Boeheim.


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the Tigers’ offense is, so his team needs to slow it down as much as possible. “They’re going to get some plays down the field,” Reed said. “That’s just going to happen. We’ve just got to make sure we do a good job at minimizing those plays.” The Clemson offense has averaged 43 points per game and even dropped 38 in a win over Southeastern Conference powerhouse Georgia. In that game, Boyd and Watkins connected on a 77-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The duo teamed up again for a 64-yard touchdown strike last week in Clemson’s 56-7 bloodbath win against Wake Forest. But Watkins isn’t impressed just yet. “I can’t wait ‘til we actually get on a roll as an offense,” Watkins said. Boyd added that Clemson is “trying to leave a legacy” this season. If it’s able to do so, it will be a culmination of continued immaculate play from Boyd. He’s the crux of Clemson’s dynamic offense. From all the film Reed has watched of Boyd, one nuance of his game stands out as particu-

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game on the Orange’s schedule. Keon Lyn and Ri’Shard Anderson are both listed as starters, along with Reddish, so they would get the call in the starting lineup should Reddish be unavailable. The bigger issue for SU is who fills out the depth chart behind them. The No. 3 Tigers start three wide receivers, including perhaps the best in the nation,

larly impressive. Reed recalls Boyd throwing the ball from one hash all the way outside the numbers and “putting it on a dime.” Despite Boyd’s precision and composure,

“They’re going to get some plays down the field. That’s just going to happen. We’ve just got to make sure we do a good job at minimizing those plays.” Fred Reed

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Whigham said Syracuse’s goal is to hold Clemson scoreless. That’s the goal every week, so this game is no different. Whigham looked up, grinned and chuckled. “We want to beat these fools.” tbhass@syr.edu @TrevorHass

Sammy Watkins. Julian Whigham is listed as Lyn’s backup and would likely be counted on as SU’s third corner, although defensive back Wayne Morgan also said Tuesday that he’s been working at cornerback in case Reddish isn’t able to go. “He wants to play,” Shafer said of Reddish, “but we want to put the best interest of the team first and Brandon second and make a good decision on the rest of the season as we move closer.” dbwilson@syr.edu @DBWilson2


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With help from SU, Clemson has chance to break opposing scoring record “However bad we can beat a team, that’s what we’re going to try and do. We’re going to try and run the score up because that’s what offense is for.” – Sammy Watkins, Clemson wide receiver

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hat statement doesn’t bode well for the Syracuse record book. The most points Syracuse has allowed in the modern era is 63 to Nebraska in 1983. Second is a Michael Vick-led 62-0 embarrassment in 1999. However, an unusual combination of factors in the Carrier Dome on Saturday could allow Clemson to reset the mark. Its omnipotent offense will inevitably thrash Syracuse’s substandard secondary, but it’s as much the Orange’s successful up-tempo approach that gives the Tigers a reasonable chance to drop 60-plus. Tajh Boyd and Co. were on pace for 67 points against Wake Forest last week when Dabo Swinney called the dogs off at 42-7 with 6:41 left in the third quarter. But Syracuse’s scoring drives in its last game, a 52-7 blowout of Tulane on Sept. 21, were even more torrid. With 7:53 remaining in the third quarter, the Orange had already scored seven touchdowns. 17 seconds per play. 1:34.7 per scoring drive. It’s those speedy possessions that injected hope into Syracuse fans — and rightfully so — but they’ll also give Clemson extra scoring chances. “It’s two teams that like to go fast,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “You just never know how many plays can be in a game. From a defensive point of view, hopefully not too many, but it is what it is.” Terrel Hunt said that if the offense can “keep it quick,” Syracuse would have a chance to win. That might be a stretch, but SU has proven it can score at least a couple of times against the Tigers. The Orange annihilated Wagner and Tulane for 79 combined first-half points. Sure, Clemson’s defense is better. It ranks 25th in the country in points allowed and has forced nine turnovers. But the Orange offense is capable of at least hanging around until halftime — long enough for Swinney to keep his first team racing down the field for all four quarters. Exactly the opportunity Watkins wants. “We want to put up 70 points a game,” Watkins said, “get a lot of yards and be that dominant, flashy offense that everyone likes to see.” It’s been a few weeks since their last real test,

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in the middle anyway but the Orange defensive backs haven’t exactly done well with flashy offenses this year. Against Penn State, Allen Robinson grabbed seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown playing only the second half, almost singlehandedly delivering the Nittany Lions a seasonopening victory. Against Northwestern, the Wildcats scored on six of their first seven drives, racked up 48

total points and 581 yards and made Drew Allen the loneliest man on campus. Now look at Clemson. Boyd is a legitimate Heisman contender without an interception through four games. Watkins is the best wide receiver in the country, and the surrounding stars are dangerous enough to prevent SU from safely double-teaming him. It’s a team SU head coach Scott Shafer said is as potent on offense as any he has ever gone against in 24 years of playing and coaching. One he’d just like to “trip up” a little bit. A little bit? That sounds like a coach who knows his team will need to score to compete on Saturday — especially with starting cornerback Brandon Reddish being questionable. “There’s a lot to it,” Shafer admitted.

Nine touchdowns. That’s all Clemson needs to threaten Syracuse’s points allowed record. The Tigers dropped 62 on North Carolina State last year and haven’t gotten a chance to keep the starters in for four quarters this season since a 38-35 win over then-No. 5 Georgia on Aug. 31. They finished with 56 against Wake Forest, and scored 38 in the first half against South Carolina State on Sept. 7. But Saturday presents the perfect storm. If Syracuse maintains its up-tempo offense and Shafer is unable to spread his hay fever to the Clemson playmakers, the Tigers could very well leave the Dome with more than just a ‘W.’ Stephen Bailey is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange whose column appears occasionally. He can be reached at sebail01@ syr.edu or on Twitter at @Stephen_Bailey1.


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Lifelong friends Cato, Shuler spark Herd By Sam Blum STAFF WRITER

Rakeem Cato didn’t have a full family growing up. With a father who was in jail and a mother who died when he was only 12 years old, Cato never got the experience of being in a traditional family. But his best friend Tommy Shuler made up for the fact that he lacked a father and mother. “Tommy has always been there for me,” Cato said. “Through the good times and the bad times throughout my life. His parents, his grandma, his dad, and his step-dad, his whole family, they’ve just been there. They took me in as their own child.” Best friends since the age of 5, Shuler and Cato rarely went a day without seeing each other. Now juniors at Marshall, they still take the field together, wearing the same uniform every Saturday.

Cato is the quarterback, and Shuler is his primary target. Cato has been the starter since the first snap of his freshman season. Shuler didn’t play much as a freshman, but has become one of the most prolific receivers in the nation in 2013. The chemistry that they have has been a catalyst for a Thundering Herd offense that is averaging more than 40 points per game. “When things aren’t going right, we’re going to call something to at least make Tommy the primary guy,” Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg said. “I am going to put (Shuler) in a situation where he’s the first look because I know how strong their chemistry is not just off the field, but on the field.” Cato first met Shuler at summer camp. The two went to elementary school together, where Cato became close with Shuler’s mother, who worked at the school.

“He used to come to my house, we used to go to his house,” Shuler said. “Basically we just became best friends, and came up together.” After Cato lost his mother to pneumonia, he would often spend months at a time living with the Shuler family during the summer. They would work out during the day and refine their football skills. They both went to Miami Springs High School and then transferred together to Miami Central in their senior season and catapulted the team to a 14-1 record. It was at Miami Central that Cato committed to Florida International, and Shuler to Marshall. But once Cato got a better understanding of the up-tempo Marshall offense, it was too hard to pass up four more years with Shuler. He eventually decommitted from FIU. “I just told him, ‘Come on up to Marshall, get out of Miami,’” Shuler said. “You know, get to

see what’s around him. So he came up here.” At Marshall, the two lived together as freshmen and remained inseparable off the field. Legg said that even though they are as close as two friends can be, they don’t have any problem getting on each other’s case. “If one of them thinks the other didn’t see the same thing that he was seeing, then they’re not afraid to get after each other,” Legg said. “At the same time, it’s a brother-tobrother-type thing.” Through all of the fights and the ups and downs Cato and Shuler have gone through, they both remain the constant in each other’s lives. “There were a lot of great moments, on the field, and off the field,” Cato said. “We did everything together. Any moment that we were with each other it was a great moment. Every time we’re together, we always have fun.” sblum@syr.edu


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Heisman Watch MARCUS MARIOTA Catapulting an Oregon offense that averages 59.8 points per game, Mariota is an obvious Heisman candidate. And although Mariota’s Ducks haven’t defeated any topranked competition, his offensive numbers are staggering. Mariota threw for 456 yards in the Ducks’ win over Tennessee on Sept. 14. He has yet to throw an interception in four games. He’s thrown for nine touchdowns and run five in the season. Although many were originally reluctant to throw Mariota in the Heisman race because he plays in an offense that would be conducive to most quarterbacks, he’s proven himself to be a level above the rest.

JOHNNY MANZIEL Surprise, Surprise? Not really. They don’t call him “Johnny Football” for nothing. The star quarterback with a penchant for drama has once again switched the focus to his offensive capabilities and quickly asserted himself as one the best quarterbacks in a class stacked with them. Manziel has thrown for 14 touchdowns — tied for third in the Football Bowl Subdivision — and his throws have gone for 10.6 yards per attempt, good for seventh in the country. But all you really need to know is that he put up 49 points against Alabama.

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SEAN MANNION Here’s the surprise pick, although with the numbers that Mannion has put up, it’s not too head scratching. The junior has already tossed for an eye-popping 2,018 yards — just more than 400 yards shy of his sophomore-year total. The Oregon State signal caller leads all of college football with 21 touchdowns — the second most is 17. In an FBS-high 238 pass attempts he’s thrown only two interceptions. His 2,018 yards are even more impressive considering the next highest total is 1,650.

TAJH BOYD Syracuse will look to put a dent in the Heisman hopes of senior stud Tajh Boyd this Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Boyd has been Mr. Consistent for Clemson this season, throwing for more than 240 yards in all but one of the team’s games and has yet to throw a single interception. He’s an agile runner, an efficient passer. It’s hard to imagine Boyd not getting an invitation to Madison Square Garden on Heisman night.

TEDDY BRIDGEWATER Bridgewater has set himself apart as one of the most efficient passers in the nation, completing more than 71 percent of his attempts — and his passes travel an average of 11 yards per play, good for fifth in the FBS. He’s thrown for 14 touchdowns compared to just one pick, and has thrown for more than 210 yards in every game. He isn’t much of a threat on the ground, but his aerial attack is second to none. —Compiled by Sam Blum, staff writer, sblum@syr.edu

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The Syracuse secondary faces its toughest test of the season against Tajh Boyd and the explosive Clemson offense on Saturday. Cornerback Julian Whigham will likely see additional reps due to the Tigers’ frequent three wide receiver sets, as well as a lower-body injury to Brandon Reddish that’s made him a game-time decision. The Daily Orange spoke with Whigham on Tuesday about how the SU defense is preparing for Clemson.

The Daily Orange: What do you think it will be like going up against Tajh Boyd? Julian Whigham:He’s nice. Heisman candidate, so it’ll be fun to see how we do.

The D.O.: Does that give you extra motivation? J.W.: Definitely. They’re a top team, he’s a top

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quarterback, so getting a chance to intercept him should be fun.

The D.O.: Have you done anything to prepare for him in particular? J.W.: Not really. It’s more of a team focus. Preparing for the team in general gets us ready for him, because he doesn’t make mistakes, so we’ve got to be on our game.

The D.O.: Do you see any weakness at all in the offense? J.W.: We feel like we know how they’re going to attack us, so we’re preparing for that. Come Saturday we’ll see how it goes.

The D.O.: What’s the goal for the defense this week? J.W.: We have a goal to not let them score. That’s our goal every week. We want to beat these fools (laughs) and make it a game. Hopefully they won’t score, and if we play our game right they won’t.

The D.O.: Obviously this is your first (Atlantic Coast Conference) game. Does the fact that it’s Clemson add fuel to the fire? J.W.: Definitely. That’s how we want it. One of the best teams in the country, best team in the ACC for our opener – that’s awesome. It’s going to be rocking come Saturday.

The D.O.: You think you can win this game but Clemson is factually a better team on paper. Why do you think you can win? J.W.: We’ve shown our track record before. West Virginia, Louisville, teams come in here and get beat. That’s what happens. We expect this one, too.

The D.O.: What stands out about Clemson wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant? J.W.: They’re fast, and they’ve got a lot of height. That’s about it. They’re good players. It will be a lot of fun to guard them.

The D.O.: Back to Tajh, what’s his best attribute? J.W.: He’s calm. He doesn’t lose focus when he sees pressure. Really throwing him off guard is what we’re going to do.

The D.O.: What does this game mean big picture? J.W.: Biggest game of the year. By far. tbhass@syr.edu @TrevorHass


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Last time they played

Gator Bowl: Jan. 1, 1996 Syracuse 41, Clemson 0

There were questions about how Donovan McNabb would fare as Syracuse’s starting quarterback. But after leading the Orangemen to the most lopsided bowl victory in program history, those questions were answered. “All season long, I continued to get better and we put it all together in the bowl game,” McNabb told reporters after the game. SU crushed then-No. 23 Clemson, a two-point favorite, 41-0 in the Gator Bowl in front of 67,940 fans in Jacksonville, Fla. McNabb took home MVP honors after throwing for 309 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for a score in a standout performance to cap his first season under center. With the victory, Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni tied Dick MacPherson with three bowl victories at SU. In the contest’s opening drive, SU running back Malcolm Thomas plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out for the first of his two rushing touchdowns and then McNabb ran one in himself for a 5-yard score. McNabb, who completed 6-of-7 passes for 108 yards in the first frame, then connected with wide receiver Marvin Harrison for a 38-yard touchdown. “It came so easy to us, especially in the first quarter,” Syracuse guard Cy Ellsworth told

reporters after the game. “It broke their spirits, you could see it in their eyes and, in my opinion, they gave up.” In addition to breaking its own program record and the Gator Bowl record for biggest margin of victory, Syracuse produced a Gator Bowl record 20 points in the first quarter. From there, the Orangemen cruised. Thomas added a 2-yard score in the third quarter and McNabb again found Harrison for a touchdown, this time from 56 yards. Harrison finished with seven catches for 173 yards, despite breaking his thumb midgame. In the fourth quarter, McNabb hit Kaseem Sinceno from 15 yards out for the quarterback’s third and final touchdown of the game. McNabb then left the game, having picked apart a Clemson defense that included future Philadelphia Eagles teammate Brian Dawkins. The redshirt freshman tied Syracuse’s bowl record with three passing touchdowns. The Orangemen nearly tripled the Tigers’ offensive output — 467 yards of total offense to Clemson’s 159 — and almost doubled Clemson’s count of first downs, 21 to 12. Defensively, Kevin Abrams picked off Tigers quarterback Nealon Greene twice and SU safety Donovin Darius racked up 10 tackles. “Some people felt we were in this game by default,” Pasqualoni said. “We showed we were worthy of it.” —Compiled by Phil D’Abbraccio, asst. copy editor, pmdabbra@syr.edu

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No. Name 1 Ashton Broyld 2 Quinta Funderburk 2 Wayne Morgan 3 Durell Eskridge 3 Mitch Kimble 4 Brandon Reddish 5 Luke Arciniega 5 Austin Wilson 6 Ritchy Desir 7 Troy Green 7 Oliver Vigille 8 Drew Allen 8 Keon Lyn 9 Ri’Shard Anderson 10 Terrel Hunt 11 Marquis Spruill 12 Ryan Norton 13 Corey Winfield 14 John Kinder 15 Chauncey Scissum 16 Keenan Hale 17 Charley Loeb 18 Christopher Clark 18 Darius Kelly 19 Joe Nassib 20 Noah Douglas 20 Brisly Estime 21 Julian Whigham 22 Adrian Fleming 23 Prince-Tyson Gulley 24 Jaston George 25 Eric Jackson 25 Jeremiah Kobena 26 Josh Mims 27 Josh Kirkland 27 George Morris II 28 Jeremi Wilkes 29 Devante McFarlane 30 Steve Rene 31 Clay Cleveland 32 Travon Burke 33 Marqez Hodge 34 Adonis Ameen-Moore 35 Dyshawn Davis 36 Macauley Hill 37 Ross Krautman 38 Cameron Lynch 39 Eric Anthony 39 Greg Tobias 40 Zachary McCarrell 41 Lewellyn Coker 42 Jacob Green 42 Joe Stanard 43 Franklin Santos 45 Jerome Smith 46 Jonathan Fisher 47 Sam Rodgers 48 Eric Morris 49 Alryk Perry 50 Femi Aliyu 51 Donnie Simmons 52 Eric Crume 53 Lucas Albrecht 54 Kennedy Kodua 55 Marcus Coleman 55 Rob Trudo 56 John Miller 57 Omari Palmer 58 Hernz Laguerre 59 Macky MacPherson 60 Sean Hickey 64 Daniel Anyaegbunam 65 Jamar McGloster 67 Michael Lasker 68 Nick Robinson 69 Keith Mitsuuchi 70 Jesse Wolf-Gould 71 Alex Hayes 72 Ivan Foy 73 Jon Burton 74 Seamus Shanley 76 Kyle Knapp 77 Zian Jones 78 Jason Emerich 80 Tyler Provo 81 Alex Schoen 81 Ron Thompson 82 Alvin Cornelius 83 Sean Avant 84 Ben Lewis 85 Beckett Wales 86 PJ Batten 87 Kendall Moore 88 Jarrod West 89 Josh Parris 90 James Washington 91 Isaiah Johnson 92 Riley Dixon 92 Tyler Marona 93 Micah Robinson 94 Robert Welsh 95 Josh Manley 96 Jay Bromley 97 John Raymon 98 Trevon Trejo 99 Ryan Sloan

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Hometown/High School Calhoun Falls, S.C./T.L. Hanna HS Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson HS Fort Myers, Fla./South Fort Myers HS Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee HS Adairsville, Ga./Adairsville HS Grayson, Ga./Grayson HS Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel HS Hastings, Fla./Pedro Menendez HS Vance, S.C./Lake Marion HS College Park, Ga./Westlake HS Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast HS Loganville, Ga./Grayson HS Hampton, Va./Phoebus HS Anderson, S.C./T.L. Hanna HS Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian School Niagara Falls, N.Y./St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Durham, N.C./Hillside HS Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman HS Roswell, Ga./Centennial HS Summerville, S.C./Summerville HS Orangeburg, S.C./Allendale-Fairfax HS Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS Allendale, S.C./Allendale-Fairfax HS Easley, S.C./Wren HS Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman HS Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS Moore, S.C./Dorman HS Fort Myers, Fla./South For Myers HS Hallandale, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory Lincoln, Ala./Lincoln HS Elberton, Ga./Elbert County Comprehensive HS Jonesboro, Ark./Jonesboro Senior HS Sumter, S.C./Sumter HS Beech Island, S.C./Silver Bluff HS Conyers, Ga./Heritage HS St. George, S.C./Woodland HS Hopkins, S.C./Lower Richland HS Simpsonville, S.C./Woodmont HS Grayson, Ga./Grayson HS Clemson, S.C./Daniel HS Conway, S.C./Conway HS Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg HS Lake View, S.C./Lake View HS Clemson, S.C./Daniel HS Piedmont, S.C./Wren HS Central, S.C./Daniel HS Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee HS Winnsboro, S.C./Fairfield Central HS Lincolnton, Ga./ Lincoln County HS Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern HS Greenville, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal School York, S.C./Providence Day (N.C.) School Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden City HS Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek HS Polkton, N.C./Anson HS Clemson, S.C./Daniel HS Lamar, S.C./Lamar HS Greer, S.C./J.L. Mann HS Pawleys Island, S.C./Waccamaw HS Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern HS Sumter, S.C./Lakewood HS Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley HS Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley HS Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort HS Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS Walterboro, S.C./Pinewood Prep School Ninety Six, S.C./Ninety Six HS Houston, Texas/St. Pius X HS Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School Smoaks, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS Saluda, S.C./Saluda HS Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern HS Marston, N.C./Richmond Senior HS Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua HS Maryville, Tenn./Maryville HS Simpsonville, S.C./Mauldin HS Six Mile, S.C./Daniel HS Central, S.C./Daniel HS Icard, N.C./East Burke HS Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman HS Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern HS Ninety Six, S.C./Ninety Six HS Chester, S.C./Chester Senior HS Columbus, Ga./G.W. Carver HS Broxton, Ga./Coffee HS Middletown, Del./Middletown HS Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman HS Pawleys Island, S.C./Waccamaw HS Lake Waccamaw, N.C./East Columbus HS Cullman, Ala./Cullman HS Roebuck, S.C./Dorman HS Simpsonville, S.C./Southside Christian School Williamston, S.C./Wren HS Woodstock, Ga./Etowah HS Hope Mills, N.C./Jack Britt HS Brooklyn, N.Y./Blue Ridge (VA) School Isle of Palms, S.C./Porter-Gaud School Sylacauga, Ala./Sylacauga HS Ridgeway, S.C./Richard Winn Academy Stafford, Va./Brooke Point HS Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill HS Shelby, N.C./Crest HS Summit, N.J./Summit HS Brentwood, Tenn./The Ensworth School Charleston, S.C./James Island School Hope Mills, S.C./Jack Britt HS Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford HS Central, S.C./Daniel HS Wilmington, Del./John Dickinson HS Concord, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus HS Columbus, Ga./G.W. Carver HS Mooresboro, N.C./Chase HS Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds HS Radford, V.A./Radford HS Sumter, S.C./Sumter HS Taylors, S.C./Riverside HS Central, S.C./Daniel HS

Pos. RB WR CB FS QB CB LB QB SS QB LB QB CB CB QB LB K WR WR DB WR QB WR DB CB DB WR CB WR RB CB DB WR DB LB RB FS RB RB FB FB LB FB LB WR K LB DB RB LB LB TE DB WR RB P LS LS LB LB DE NT DT DE NT OG OL OG LB C OT OT OL OL OG LS OG OL OG OL C OT NT C TE DB DE WR WR WR TE TE OL WR TE LB DL K/P DL DE DE DE DT DE DL DT

HT. 6-4 6-3 5-10 6-3 6-3 5-11 6-2 6-3 5-11 6-0 6-2 6-5 6-1 6-0 6-3 6-1 5-11 6-0 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-4 5-11 5-10 5-9 6-0 5-9 6-1 6-3 5-10 5-10 5-7 6-0 6-0 6-2 6-0 5-9 6-0 5-7 6-1 6-1 5-11 5-11 6-2 6-0 5-7 5-11 5-11 5-10 5-11 6-1 6-1 5-9 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-2 5-10 6-0 5-11 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-3 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-5 6-3 6-7 6-4 6-5 5-10 6-4 6-2 6-4 6-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 6-3 6-0 5-7 6-4 6-1 5-10 6-2 6-3 6-3 6-6 6-2 6-2 6-1 6-5 6-5 6-4 6-4 6-3 6- 6-4 6-5 6-5 6-2

WT. 211 201 197 207 195 186 241 211 187 184 220 226 201 190 219 224 179 180 187 199 190 220 160 190 180 168 176 187 200 190 175 160 182 187 204 203 179 201 187 230 245 208 239 220 205 160 230 199 175 201 230 245 179 175 226 209 234 220 211 228 250 305 258 220 266 284 308 309 220 290 291 290 303 324 297 221 328 315 313 317 264 284 311 280 246 161 268 187 183 194 225 218 250 203 255 218 291 208 258 265 256 269 285 323 240 326

CL. So. Jr. So. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. So. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Fr. So. Sr. Sr. So. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. RF Sr. RF Sr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. RF So. So. RF So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Fr. So. So. So. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. So. RF Sr. RF Fr. Fr. RF RF Fr. RF Sr. Fr. Fr. Jr. RF RF Fr. So. So. Jr. Jr. RF Sr. So. Jr. So.

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Hometown/High School Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta HS/ Milford Academy Norfolk, Va./Oscar F. Smith Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall Campus Miami, Fla./Miami Central Jerseyville, Ill./Jersey Community Brooklyn, N.Y./Fort Hamilton Sparks, NV/Spanish Springs Camp Hill, Pa./East Pennsboro North Miami Beach, Fla./North Miami Beach Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles Miami, Fla./Miami Central San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights Miramar, Fla./Miramar HS Miramar, Fla./American Heritage Rosedale, N.Y./ Christ the King Hillside, N.J./Hillside HS Garden City, N.Y./Garden City St. Louis, Mo./Riverview Gardens Inwood, N.Y./Lawrence HS West Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta Conyers, Ga./The McCallie School Hollis, N.H./Lawrence Academy Los Angeles, Calif./Venice/East LA College Sierra Vista, Ariz./Buena Vista Newtown Square, Pa./The Haveford School Montclair, N.J./Montclair Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community West Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer Ashburn, Va./Broad Run HS Akron, Ohio/Garfield Senior HS Chesapeake, Va./Oscar F. Smith Inglewood, Calif./Pacific Palisades Harlem, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham Paxico, Kan./St Mary’s Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic HS Wheatley Heights, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West Brooklyn, N.Y./Canarsie HS Boxford, Mass./Phillips Academy Syracuse, N.Y./Corcoran Miami, Fla./Miami Central Denver, Colo./Mullen Woodbury, N.J./Woodbury Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron Northern Franklin Lakes, N.J./Ramapo HS Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker Sicklerville, N.J./St. Augustine Prep Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding HS Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker Providence, R.I./Classical HS Bear, Del./Pencader Charter Oakfield, N.Y./Oakfield-Alabama Central State College, Pa./Mercersburg Academy Simi Valley, Calif./Royal Columbus, Ala./Glenwood School Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin Hartsdale, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac Detroit, Mich./Detroit Central Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls Bronx, N.Y./A. Phillip Randolph Voorhees, N.J./Camden Catholic Farrell, Pa./Farrell Carson, Calif./Redondo Union Coram, N.Y./Longwood Spring Valley, N.Y./Spring Valley Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional HS Schenectady, N.Y./Albany Academy Hillside, N.J./Saint Anthony’s Corona, Calif./Santiago Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker Torrance, Calif./South Torrance Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta Ellenwood, Ga./Tucker Brooklyn, N.Y./Fort Hamilton Spotsylvania, Va./Courtland Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee Kalamazoo, Mich./Portage Central Los Angeles, Calif./Eagle Rock HS/West Los Angeles College New Ringgold, Pa./Blue Mountain West Palm Beach, Fla./American Heritage School Short Hills, N.J./Millburn Southfield, Mich./Southfield Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville Miramar, Fla./Miramar Middletown, Md./Middletown Venice, Fla./Venice HS Miami, Fla./Dade Christian Chicago, Ill./Neal F. Simeon Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty HS Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park New Castle, Del./Eastern Christian Academy Blossvale, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy Pasadena, Calif./St. Francis Cleveland, Ohio/John Adams HS Bay Shore, N.Y./Saint Anthony’s HS College Park, Ga./Milton Jamaica, N.Y./Flushing Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North Long Beach, Calif./Milikan East Patchogue, N.Y./Bellport



In the Huddle: Clemson