August 1, 2014

Clemson players report for camp

Dabo Swinney and the Tigers open camp Friday.

Dabo Swinney and the Tigers open camp Friday.

Dabo Swinney welcomed 105 active Clemson football players to the first official team meeting of the preseason on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.   Swinney’s sixth Clemson squad met for nearly four hours with various department leaders of the program who gave orientation instructions to their specific areas.

The day started with the announcement that Clemson was ranked 16th in the preseason USA Today poll, the third consecutive year the Tigers have been ranked in the top 16 during the preseason.  In each of the last three seasons Clemson has finished the year in the top 25, including a pair of top 10 finishes in the USA Today poll each of the last two years.

Swinney was pleased with what he saw on Thursday as far as physical condition is concerned.  “I was very pleased with what I saw at the weigh-in,” said Swinney.  “The players obviously worked hard during the off season.   There were a lot of good weights:.  Stanton Seckinger was 241, Tony Steward 238, Stephone Anthony 244, Jordan Leggett 251.  The linemen looked good also.   Joey Batson and his staff have done another outstanding job with our off season program.”

Clemson starting quarterback Cole Stoudt weighed in at 231, 20 pounds stronger than he was last year, while freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson was at 204, up 22 pounds from when he first came to Clemson in January.

All players were present and accounted for on Thursday, including freshman C.J. Fuller of Easley, S.C. who was attending his first team meeting.  The running back will wear number-27 this year.

Swinney expects everyone ready for practice on Friday with the exception of Charone Peake, who had minor knee surgery last week.  The wide receiver from Spartanburg, S.C, is expected to miss the first week of practice.  “He will begin some straight on running tomorrow,” said Swinney.

The Tigers will begin practice at 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon, tied for the earliest first practice on the calendar.  Clemson also began preseason practice on August 1 in 2008.  The August 30 opener at Georgia will also tie for the earliest opener on the calendar in Clemson history.  Clemson also played on August 30 in 2003 and 2008.

All preseason practices are closed to the public.  Clemson will have Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, August 17.



Clemson and Auburn will renew their football rivalry

Clemson has won two straight games against Auburn.

Clemson has won two straight games against Auburn.

Clemson and Auburn have scheduled a home-and-home football series for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, it was announced Wednesday. The two teams first met on the gridiron in 1899, and have played 49 total games with the last meeting at the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta.

The games are scheduled for Sept. 3, 2016 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, and Sept. 9, 2017 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Clemson’s 2016 non-conference schedule also includes home games against South Carolina State, Troy and South Carolina. The 2017 slate features Kent State and The Citadel at home and a road game at South Carolina.

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Rod Hall and the Tigers face three SEC teams in the non-conference slate.

Rod Hall and the Tigers face three SEC teams in the non-conference slate.

Eight home games and a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam highlight Clemson’s non-conference schedule, announced today.

“I’m excited by our home schedule,” said head coach Brad Brownell. “Every once in a while, you get a season like this where it works in your favor to get a few more home games. Obviously next season when we’re building a new facility, we’ll probably be on the road a little bit more. We have quality opponents and plenty of opportunities for our fans to come out and see us before we start ACC play.”

The home schedule includes high-major opponents Rutgers, Arkansas and Auburn in three consecutive contests. Rutgers comes to Littlejohn Coliseum for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1, while Arkansas and Auburn visit on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, respectively.

Also at home, Clemson faces a Robert Morris program that has advanced to postseason play each of the last three seasons, defeating Kentucky in the 2013 NIT and St. John’s in the 2014 event. The Tigers also square off with High Point, a 2014 NIT participant and Big South regular season champion.

The Tigers face Gardner-Webb on Nov. 21 in the opening round of the Paradise Jam, a game announced as a 1:30 p.m. ET tipoff. Clemson faces either Nevada or Seton Hall in the second round, with the loser’s bracket set for Nov. 22 and winner’s bracket Nov. 23. The championship round is slated for Monday, Nov. 24 in St. Thomas.

Season tickets go on sale in early August. Call 1-800-CLEMSON or visit for more information. The ACC regular season schedule will be announced in the next few weeks.

Date Day Opponent Time
Nov. 8 Sat. Anderson (exhibition) 5 p.m.
Nov. 14 Fri. Florida A&M 7 p.m.
Nov. 17 Mon. Winthrop 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 Fri. # vs. Gardner-Webb 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 or 23 Sat. or Sun. # vs. Nevada or Seton Hall TBA
Nov. 24 Mon. # vs. TBA TBA
Nov. 28 Fri. High Point 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 Mon. ! Rutgers TBA
Dec. 7 Sun. Arkansas TBA
Dec. 14 Sun. Auburn TBA
Dec. 19 Fri. at South Carolina 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 Mon. Oakland 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 Tue. Robert Morris 7 p.m.

Note: # — US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam; ! — ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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Clemson wideout sidelined after knee surgery

Charone Peake injured his knee this week but is expected back soon.

Charone Peake injured his knee this week but is expected back soon.

Clemson red-shirt junior receiver Charone Peake suffered a minor knee injury during off season workouts on Wednesday.  He had  surgery on the knee on Friday morning and will miss at least the first week of practice, which opens on August 1.

“Charone was having a great summer, but tweaked a knee on Wednesday making a reception,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney.  “The surgery was successful and his ACL is fine.  He will probably miss the first week of practice and then we will go from there.  We expect him to play against Georgia in the season opener.”

Peake started the 2013 season against Georgia and had five catches for 58 yards, helping the Tigers to a 38-35 victory over the fifth-ranked Bulldogs. He then had a touchdown reception and three catches in the second game against South Carolina State.  The following week of practice he suffered a torn ACL in practice and missed the rest of the season.

The native of Moore, S.C. and Dorman High School is one of Clemson’s most experienced receivers with 29 games and 751 snaps of experience heading into this year.  He has 37 career receptions for 327 yards and three touchdowns.