C.J. Spiller will begin his first season as the featured piece in the Clemson offense Saturday. Many people (including me) have felt that Spiller has been grossly underutilized during his first three years at Clemson. Well, that should change this year. Dabo Swinney has made it clear that he plans to get the ball in Spillers hands as much as possible. As you can hear in the audio below, Spiller is excited about finally getting an expanded role.
AUDIO: C.J. Spiller (4:43)
It will be interesting to see how Swinney gets Spiller the ball. To me, he isn’t an every down workhorse type back. Rather than just turn around and hand him the ball 15-20 times a game I suspect we will see Spiller line up in the slot, some and maybe even take some direct snaps in the now almost clichéd “Wild(insert team mascot here)” formation. Plus Spiller will get touches returning punts and kickoffs, two areas he in which he excels.
Bottom line, if Spiller stays healthy he will be the most versatile and dangerous offensive weapon in the ACC.