November 27, 2014

#STRecruiting: Huggins to make his offiicial visit to Clemson this weekend

Albert Huggins

Albert Huggins

DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson is the state’s top uncommitted senior prospect.  He has slow played recruiting all year, but with plans on graduating early and enrolling in college in January, the recruiting pace is quickening for him.  Two weekends ago  he made an official visit to Georgia. This weekend he will do the same at Clemson.  He’s also thinking ab

out taking officials to Florida and North Carolina.

Huggins is no stranger to Clemson.  He’s been there for camps and games and knows the coaching staff well.  So there’s not much new the Tigers can show in this weekend.  He just wants to take it all in and enjoy the rivalry weekend.

“I’ve already seen the coaches, the fans and how they act like a family,” Huggins said.  “I just want to see it better.  I want to see more of it.  That’s why I’m going up there.  I know how coach Hobby is and how the defensive lineman are, I just want to go there and see them ball out.”

Georgia was Huggins first official visit.  He was there for the Auburn game which presented a great atmosphere for the Georgia staff to show off.  And Huggins was impressed by what he saw.

“It was great, I enjoyed myself,” he said.  “It’s much like Clemson to me.  It was a good atmosphere on the field.  I got to see a good game.  The coaching staff was laid back and we had a good time.  I got to go out with one of my hosts and that was fun.  Its more than just football in Athens.”

Huggins said his parents will join him on his Clemson visit.  And he’s still open regarding his decision.

“I’m still thinking,” he said.  “I’m trying to take these official visits and see how the schools really are.  Just trying to take it all in and hopefully I can make a decision, pray on it this week.”

Huggins said he doesn’t have a date in mind on a decision but he knows he has to make one in the next few weeks because he graduates in December.  He will play in the Shrine Bowl and said the decision could come after that game.

Huggins said he’s still in touch with Florida and North Carolina but it appears Clemson and Georgia are the top two at this point.

“I didn’t say it,” Huggins laughed.  “I plead the fifth.”  But he confirmed it was safe to assuming the Tigers and Dogs lead.

Vic Beasley named one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award

Vic Beasley has put together a great final season.

Vic Beasley has put together a great final season.

Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley has been named one of three finalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award. The honor goes each year to the top defensive player in college football and is presented by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia.

Beasley is joined by Joey Bosa, a defensive end from Ohio State and Scooby Wright, a linebacker from  Arizona.   This is the second award that Beasley has been named a finalist. Last week he was named  one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, which goes to the top offensive or defensive lineman in college football.

Beasley has been a fixture on the Clemson defense for the last four years. A graduate student who would have likely been a high-round NFL pick last spring decided to return to Clemson for one last year. The defensive end, leads the Tigers with nine sacks and 15.5 tackles for losses.

Not only is Beasley now the all-time leader in sacks at Clemson, he is first among current FBS-level players in career sacks and tackles for a loss.  He has had at least one tackle for loss in every game this year and has a streak of 13 straight games over two years.

Clemson’s defense is ranked first in the country in six categories, including total defense, tackles for loss and third down defense.  Beasley is the third Clemson player to be named a finalist for the Bednarik Award.  The others were Keith Adams in 2000 and Da’Quan Bowers in 2010.

USC defense getting amped up for rivalry weekend (AUDIO)

USC and Clemson will meet Saturday in Death Valley.

USC and Clemson will meet Saturday in Death Valley.

The University of South Carolina football team (6-5, 3-5 SEC) practiced Tuesday afternoon at the indoor facility, as rain enveloped the Columbia metropolitan area. The Gamecocks are preparing for Saturday’s annual Palmetto Bowl against the Clemson Tigers (8-3, 6-2 ACC). Game time is set for noon ET at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward has to prepare his unit for two different types of quarterbacks that Clemson may use on Saturday. “You have to be concerned with (Deshaun) Watson because he can run the football,” said Ward. “Not that they won’t run it with (Cole) Stoudt. I think he’ll run the ball some too, but they’ll run it a lot more with Watson playing quarterback.” Ward said not knowing which quarterback would play will have no effect on their preparation this week. “We’ll prepare just like we’ve done in the past for an athletic quarterback and one that’s not so athletic. The game plan will be very similar.”

Despite not knowing which quarterback will take the bulk of the snaps, Ward has some familiarity with what the Tigers will try to do offensively. “Chad (Morris) has done a great job at Clemson,” said Ward. “His system is what’s in place. They’ll continue to run the system. Their plays are no different than what they did with the quarterback they had last year. It’s very, very similar.”

Ward’s unit has been very successful in recent meetings with Clemson. “The guys take pride in the state rivalry,” said Ward. “We try to execute better and create some turnovers that have helped us. We’ll try to do the same on Saturday. We’ll have to create some turnovers, especially because they’ve got a great defense. We’ve got to give our offense an opportunity with the football if we can.”

Ward confirmed that Brison Williams would start at one cornerback position, with Rico McWilliams sidelined for this contest with a concussion. Chris Lammons and D.J. Smith are working at the other cornerback spot this week in practice. Ward indicated that if the game were played today, Lammons would be the starter and hopes that

AUDIO: Lorenzo Ward [6:10]

AUDIO: Kirk Botkin [2:06]

 

Rivalry Week Rewind: Listen to Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney talk after the 2010 game (AUDIO)

It was a rough night for Dabo Swinney against the Gamecocks in 2010

It was a rough night for Dabo Swinney against the Gamecocks in 2010

This week we are going to recap the post game press conferences of each of the past five Clemson-Carolina games and let you hear what Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier said after the games.

In part two of our five part rewind series we take a listen to what both head coaches had to say after the Gamecocks, 29-7  win at Death Valley in 2010.  This gave USC its second straight win in the series. The next week the Gamecocks would go to Atlanta to face Auburn in the SEC title game.

Listen to Swinney and Spurrier below:

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney 2010 post USC

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier 2010 post Clemson

 

 

SoCon releases its coaches all-conference selections

Mike Ayers

Wofford’s Mike Ayers

The Southern Conference released its coaches’ all-conference selections Tuesday. The Citadel, Wofford and Furman each placed at least one player on the first team. All three schools were represented on the second team and all-freshman squad, as well. We’ve got the full rundown for you below. [Read more…]