July 22, 2014

SportsTalk @ ACC Kickoff 2014: Interview with Clemson QB Cole Stoudt (AUDIO)

Stoudt is confident he can do the job

Stoudt is confident he can do the job

Phil Kornblut is covering the ACC Kickoff 2014 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC.  Sunday was the day for the players to face the media and Monday the coaches will be thru.

Clemson will start a new quarterback this season in fifth year senior Cole Stoudt.  Tiger fans have had the luxury the last three years of knowing what to expect under center.  Stoudt, despite playing in mob up roles the last three seasons, is still a relative unknown.

He has shown great passing accuracy but has never been charged with leading the Tigers full time in crucial game situations.

Sunday Stoudt talked with SportsTalk about finally getting his chance and what he hopes to show Tiger fans.

AUDIO: Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt [4:49]

Last season Stoudt completed 49 of 59 passes (79.7%) and threw 5 touchdown passes with no interceptions.  In 22 games with the Tigers, Stoudt has completed over 72% of his passes with 8 touchdowns and 1 interception.

He’ll make the first start of  his career in the Tigers’ opener at Georgia.

SportsTalk @ ACC Kickoff 2014: Interview with Clemson DE Vic Beasley (AUDIO)

Can Beasley top his 13 sacks in '14?

Can Beasley top his 13 sacks in ’14?

There is no doubt Clemson will field one of the nation’s best defenses in 2014.  The Tigers return virtually every starter from a unit that led the nation in tackles for loss with 122 including 38 sacks.  Players who made over 96% of those tackles for loss will be back this season.    And their are 12 returning lettermen on the defensive line alone.

No doubt the star of the unit again this season will be senior defensive end Vic Beasley.  He earned consensus All American honors after totaling 23 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

Sunday Beasley talked with SportsTalk about his surprising success at a position he did not expect to play in college and his expectations for this season’s defense.

AUDIO: Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley [5:34]

The Tigers do lose two linebackers and both starting cornerbacks from last season but the feeling around their camp is they have sufficiently replaced the departed players with some talented young players.

Crownover to continue his baseball career at Clemson

Lefthander Matthew Crownover will return to Clemson for his junior season in 2015. The Rinngold, Ga. native was drafted in the 21st round (No. 628 overall pick) by the San Francisco Giants in June but has elected to return to the Tigers. The deadline for players to sign with an MLB team was Friday, July 18 at 5 p.m. EDT. [Read more...]

Rodney’s back: Williams re-joins Clemson broadcast team

Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams

Clemson’s football radio broadcast will feature a familiar voice this fall, as former quarterback Rodney Williams joins play-by-play voice Don Munson as the color analyst, Clemson Athletics and its multimedia rights holder Learfield Sports’ Clemson Tigers Sports Properties announced today.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Clemson football broadcast and be around the program again,” Williams said. “This is a great opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started this fall.”

Inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame this past spring, Williams completed his Clemson career (1985-88) as the winningest starting quarterback in ACC history with a 32-10-2 overall record. He established then-Clemson career records for passing yards (4,647), pass completions (333) and pass attempts (717) while setting career record for most starts regardless of position (44).

“It’s great to welcome Rodney back to the Clemson broadcast,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said. “He and Don will do a great job for us in the booth this fall and our fans will enjoy listening to them call games.”

“We’re happy to bring Rodney on board as the color analyst,” said Gerry Dickey, general manager of Clemson Tigers Sports Properties. “His experience and knowledge of Clemson football will be great for the broadcast.”

Williams was named most valuable player of the 1986 Gator Bowl and the 1988 Citrus Bowl, becoming the first player in Clemson history to be MVP of two bowl games. A member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame, he led the Tigers to four consecutive bowls and three straight bowl wins.

“He’s a kid that’s going to play”-Chad Morris plans to use Deshaun Watson vs UGA (AUDIO)

Deshaun Watson  was a rated as one of the top quarterbacks in the country out of high school.

Deshaun Watson was a rated as one of the top quarterbacks in the country out of high school.

Anyone wondering how long it was going to take to see freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson make his collegiate debut need not wonder any more. The answer: Not very long.  During his interview with SportsTalk, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris made it clear he isn’t going to be shy about putting the highly touted youngster in the season opener at Georgia.

“He’s a kid that’s going to play,” Morris said.  “He’s going to play early and he’s going to be a part of it. There will be something in there for him.”

Dabo Swinney said there is no way they can keep Watson off the field based on the way he looked during spring practice. A fractured collarbone cost him a chance to play in the spring game, but he’s fully healed and ready to roll now. Senior Cole Stoudt will make his first career start against the Bulldogs. Swinney and Morris both stressed he’s the starter, but both made it clear Stoudt still has to prove he can win games.  Watson clearly has more upside, but Stoudt has the all important experience. But if Watson shows he can make plays early, the quarterback roles could shift dramatically over the course of the season.

Take a listen to our interview with Chad Morris below, the Watson comments are about two minutes in.

AUDIO: Chad Morris