October 2, 2014

Clemson loses offensive tackle Gore for next two games (VIDEO)

Joe Gore

Joe Gore

Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney said after practice Wednesday that offensive tackle Joe Gore had his appendix removed this afternoon and would miss at least the NC State and Louisville games.

Gore has started three of the four games so far this year and has averaged 47 plays per game.   He was not slated to start against NC State, but was to see significant playing time as a backup.

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Two former Tigers going through NBA training camp

K.J. McDaniels is a rookie with the 76'ers.

K.J. McDaniels is a rookie with the 76′ers.

Two former Tiger basketball greats are in NBA training camps this week. Trevor Booker, 2010 first-team All-ACC selection for the Tigers, opened camp with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. K.J. McDaniels, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, is in training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers. He did not practice with the team Tuesday because he has not finalized his contract, according to reports.

Booker played four seasons for the Washington Wizards, averaging 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He was signed by the Jazz during the NBA’s free agency period. Booker met with the Utah media on Monday and the team’s first preseason game is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7 at home against Portland.

McDaniels is coming off a junior season with the Tigers in which he averaged 17.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while leading the ACC with 2.8 blocks per game. McDaniels became the first wing player in school history to block 100 shots in a season in 2013-14. He was selected 32nd overall, the second pick of round two, in the NBA Draft in June. The Sixers open the preseason Oct. 6 at Boston.

 

Talking Tuesday: Dabo Swinney previews N.C State (AUDIO)

Dabo Swinney likes where his team is right now.

Dabo Swinney likes where his team is right now.

It’s a Talking Tuesday here in Clemson and today we are talking about the Textile Bowl, or for those of you born after 1980, we are talking about Clemson vs N.C. State. You know Dabo Swinney had plenty to say and we’ve got it all for you below, along with highlights from his comments.  The Tigers and Wolfpack play at 3:30 Saturday in Death Valley. The game will be televised on ESPN-U.

  • Swinney opened his presser by presenting a 50,000 dollar check for breast cancer research. His wife, Kathleen, was on hand to make the presentation. Swinney talked about how his foundation has grown over the years and what an honor it is to raise money for important causes, like breast cancer research.
  • After the presentation, it was on to football talk. Swinney said the crowd was outstanding last week against North Carolina. He challenged the crowd to be on their game again this week.
  • Swinney said they will have to play a lot better this week to beat N.C. State.
  • Swinney said N.C. State’s upgrade at quarterback is the biggest change in their program.
  • Dabo Swinney said N.C. State QB Jacoby Brissett reminds him of Jameis Winston with his size and running ability.
  • Dabo said the Wolpack are a better defensive team this year.
  • Swinney said Brissett has raised the play of the entire offense. “That’s what the great ones do.”
  • Swinney said Kalon Davis has been great on the offensive line.”This guy is going make some money.”
  • Swinney didn’t seem overly concerned about his offensive line’s struggles. He expects them all to improve as the season progresses.
  • Swinney said his offensive line is battle tested. He said they won’t play a better D-line that FSU and they held their own there.
  • Swinney said they were a little stubborn when it came to the run game against North Carolina. Said they probably should have attacked more.
  • Swinney: You throw for 435 yards and people want to know what is wrong with the running game. You are darned if you do, darned it you don’t.
  • Swinney said he thinks they will get Sam Cooper back at TE this week.
  • Swinney conceded RE: running game: “We’ve got to improve. No doubt.”
  • Swinney “We don’t have all the answers today. But we’ve played some really good teams and had a chance to win them all.”
  • Swinney on Watson: “His maturity is rare.”
  • Swinney said they will limit Watson from a media standpoint. “If not, it will be exhausting. He’s a freshman.”
  • Swinney pointed out that since UGA Clemson has allowed just 104 rushing in the past three games combined.
  • Swinney said RB Tyshon Dye still isn’t ready to play.
  • Dabo Swinney said Cole Stoudt still deserves to play and he’s going to play him.

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney previews N.C. State

 

 

 

 

Chad Morris and Deshaun Watson preview the N.C. State game (VIDEO)

Chad Morris is thrilled with freshman quarterback Dylan Thompson.

Chad Morris is thrilled with freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and his newest offense toy, Deshaun Watson, both spoke to reporters Monday to put the wraps on a 50-35 win over North Carolina last week and peek ahead to this weekend’s Textile Bowl matchup with N.C. State in Death Valley. Watson set a school record with six touchdown passes in his first career start Saturday night. Wonder what he has in mind for an encore? We’ll find out Saturday afternoon.

Morris has done his best to temper the excitement about Watson, noting there were several mistakes made during the Tar Heels game. However, he knows he has something special.

 


Watson, Pinion earn pick up ACC weekly honors

Deshaun Watson threw for six touchdowns last week.

Deshaun Watson threw for six touchdowns last week.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson and punter Bradley Pinion were both honored with player-of-the-week selections by the ACC on Monday. Watson was named co-offensive back-of-the-week along with NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett, while Watson also earned rookie-of-the-week honors. Pinion was named co-special teams player-of-the-week with Justin Vogel of Miami (Fla.).

Watson, who was also named national freshman-of-the-week by CBSSports.com and national true-freshman-of-the-week by 247Sports.com, completed 27-36 passes for 435 yards and six touchdowns in Clemson’s 50-35 win over North Carolina. It was Watson’s first career start for the Tigers.

The six touchdowns set a Clemson single-game record and tied an ACC record. They were the most touchdown passes by an ACC quarterback in his first career start and most by an ACC freshman in history. The 435 passing yards were second-most in Clemson history and second-most by an ACC quarterback in his first career start.

It was the second straight week Watson was named ACC Rookie-of-the-Week. He joined Kyle Parker as the only Clemson quarterbacks to be named ACC Rookie-of-the-Week twice in one season.

Pinion averaged 46.6 yards per punt and had three punts inside the 20. Four of his five punts were 46+ yards. He also handled kickoffs for the Tigers and had four touchbacks.