Tag:Clemson Tigers
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:28 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 1:29 pm

Mackey Award winner Allen heading to NFL

Two days after a humbling loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, the Clemson Tigers lost one of their most prolific offensive weapons to the NFL.

Junior tight end Dwayne Allen, the 2011 Mackey Award recipient as the nation's top tight end, made a formal announcement through the university that he is forgoing his senior season.

"I want to first thank all of my teammates, my teammates from the 2011 team and teammates from past years," said Allen. "Without them this would not be possible.

"I also want to thank my coaches, Coach Dabo Swinney, my position coach Danny Pearman and offensive coordinator Chad Morris. They have helped me grow as a player and as a person.

"Finally I want to thank everyone in Tiger Nation for their support over the years. I want to especially thank them for being patient with me.

"I am basically turning professional because I feel I am ready. This is the appropriate time. I have matured as a player and a person over the last four years at Clemson and this experience has prepared me for the next level. I have just 13 hours (of course work) left to graduate and I will be a proud Clemson graduate."

The 6-4, 255 pound Allen has ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's top tight end prospect for the the 2012 draft virtually all year long. Allen received consensus All-American honors following a 2011 season in which he caught 50 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns in helping Clemson capture their first ACC crown in 20 years. The catch, yardage and touchdown single-season totals broke school records and helped Allen tie John McMakin (1969-1971) with 93 receptions and 12 touchdowns for the most of each from a Clemson tight end in his career.

"Never have I been more proud of a player's development than Dwayne Allen," said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "Clemson has made a huge impact in his life and he has helped Clemson achieve at a level not seen in 20-plus years. Dwayne has a great future, and I fully support his decision to enter the NFL. I look forward to watching him continue his journey. He will be a great ambassador for Clemson for years to come."

Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 3:26 pm

Bowers will only lift at combine

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers will not participate in positional drills and will only lift at this week's combine in Indianapolis, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes as no surprise, considering Bowers had surgery after the end of the season to repair a partially torn meniscus. The junior is the top-ranked defensive end by NFLDraftScout.com, and our No. 3-rated player overall.

The surgery isn't expected to affect Bowers' draft stock, as it's considered a routine procedure and he should be able to work out fully at Clemson's pro day. It was originally scheduled for March 11, but is currently listed as "TBD."

Bowers led the nation with 15.5 sacks in 2010 and is believed to be one of the prospects the Carolina Panthers are considering with the No. 1 overall pick. Despite his big sack numbers, Bowers is actually considered stronger against the run, and could be looked at as an end for 3-4 teams.

--Derek Harper
Posted on: July 23, 2010 8:09 pm

Some notes after reviewing the ACC

Fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I have been busy the past month reviewing film of the 2010 senior prospects. Chad, as always, is ahead of me and has been steadily producing finished player profiles already in preparation for our 2010 NFL Draft Preview.

I've completed scouting reports for approximately 50 prospects; most of them coming from the SEC, ACC and Pac-10 Conferences.

I've been working on these reports while tracking the NCAA's sudden focus on agent-related benefits potentially being given to NCAA players. I recognize that the story is a huge one, but quite frankly, I wanted to finally present a blog post about actual football, and not just more off-field concerns.

Thus, here are some of my general thoughts based after film review of some of the ACC's biggest names amongst senior prospects.

  • North Carolina, as I've mentioned in previous articles and blog posts, is ridiculously athletic. It is easy to get caught up with DT Marvin Austin or OLB Bruce Carter's athleticism, but the steady play of CB Kendric Burney and OLB Quan Sturdivant jumps off film, as well. I was a little disappointed, honestly, in free safety Deunta Williams... He may be a ballhawk, but the impressive UNC defense hides the fact that he plays a pretty finesse-brand of football...
  • How does Clemson lose C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford and look just as athletic on film? This year though the eye-popping talent is on the defensive side of the ball. DT Jarvis Jenkins really flashes on tape, as does cornerback Marcus Gilchrist. All-American DeAndre McDaniel may have enjoyed as good a first half of football as I've seen a safety have in some time against Kentucky in the Music Bowl...
  • Forget the theory that because Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling is 6-2 he can't play cornerback in the NFL. Dowling is impressive on film; reminiscient of former Utah Ute and current Miami Dolphin Sean Smith...
  • Miami defensive lineman Allen Bailey is one of the more fascinating stories in all of college football. The Canes' next first round defender was born and raised in a tiny village (approx. 80 people) called Hogs Hammock on Sapelo Island, approximately 15 miles off the coast of Georgia. He'll be wined and dined by agents and, later, NFL teams as they decide where he fits best in their scheme, but that may not be the best way to get to know this player. The residents of Hogs Hammock fish, hunt and gather shellfish for their meals and are appropriately proud to do so. So much so that once he and his family served a college recruitor a tasty dish... of raccoon .
  • Much has been made of BC linebacker Mark Herzlich's amazing recovery from Ewing's Sarcoma -- as it should. The fact that he's recovery is glorious in itself... but, boy, can this kid play the game too. Here's hoping that Herzlich, North Carolina State linebacker Nate Irving (who missed the 2009 season after a nearly-fatal car accident) and Miami running back Graig Cooper (who tore up his knee in the Champs Sports Bowl) are able to come back and thrill us again this season.

I'll post my thoughts on the SEC and Pac-10 in the coming days.

Posted on: November 9, 2009 3:37 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2009 3:42 pm

Has QB Ponder played his last game for FSU?

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder has been one of the few bright spots in an ugly season for Florida State. That bright spot was extinguished Saturday night, when Ponder suffered a separated right shoulder in trying to tackle Clemson defensive back DeAndre McDaniel. The injury, a grade three shoulder separation, that will require season-ending surgery, prompting speculation that the play -- which concluded Ponder's fourth interception of the night -- could be his final one for the Seminoles.

With the injury (and potential lost earnings) of Sam Bradford last year, as well as speculation that the league is looking to impose a rookie salary cap soon, scouts are anticipating underclassmen flocking early to the NFL this winter.

Despite this being only his second season as Florida State's starting quarterback, his improvement has been considerable. Numbers rarely tell the whole story, but consider that in 13 starts in 2008 Ponder completed 55.7% of his passes for 2007 yards and a 14-13 TD to INT ratio. In only 9 starts this season, Ponder completed 68.8% of his passes for 2,717 yards and a TD-INT ratio of 14-7.

Ponder, 6-3, 215 pounds, has the size, intelligence, arm strength, accuracy and mobility scouts are looking for in a potential franchise quarterback. Unlike many of the other highly touted quarterbacks across the country, Ponder's production has come via a pro-style offense. 

Scouts would like to see Ponder return for his senior campaign, as he remains raw. Highly drafted, but unpolished young quarterbacks have a significantly more difficultt time acclimating to the pros simply because there is very little time for second or third quarterbacks handling the ball in a typical NFL week of practice. To improve, he'll need to play -- and scouts don't feel he (or many of the other highly touted underclassmen QBs of the potential 2010 class) is ready.

Still, with undeniable physical tools, his academics in order (he already has his undergraduate degree) and now time on his hands to consider his future, Ponder is a name to keep in mind for the 2010 QB class.

Take into consideration his words, as told to the St. Petersburg Times before the Clemson game:
“Obviously after the season, I’ll take an evaluation (from the NFL) and see what happens and make a decision after that,’’ he said. “I see myself playing here next year, but we’ll see what they say and what happens. There’s a chance of either way.’’

Posted on: September 10, 2009 2:07 pm

Steelers-Titans not only game on, Clemson-GT too

While the beginning of the NFL season is generating all of the buzz, scouts will be looking towards another game this evening, as well.

A key ACC clash between Clemson and Georgia Tech will begin at 7:30 EST on ESPN.

The game features two of the country's most dynamic runners in the Yellow Jackets' Jonathan Dwyer , a 5-11, 235 pound junior who earned ACC Player of the Year honors after leading the conference with 1,395 rushing yards and senior CJ Spiller (5-11, 195), who led the conference with 1,770 all-purpose yards and enters the game as NFLDraftScout.com's only senior running back to have a first round grade.

Dwyer's eye-popping success is generated from a combination of his own talents and Georgia Tech's triple option offense, which often puts the ball in his hands in space.

Spiller has an opportunity to emerge from the shadow of James Davis, with whom he shared the bulk of the carries over the last two years. Spiller began the season last week against Jacksonville State in spectacular fashion, returning the initial kickoff for a 96 yard touchdown -- an ACC-leading 4th of his career. A tight hamstring limited him the rest of the way, however.

The backs are hardly the only talents to watch in this game, however. Clemson boasts an athletic defense, including senior pass rusher Ricky Sapp . With defenses likely to focus on Spiller, wideout Jacoby Ford could have another big game. The track champion started the season against the Blue Raiders with 3 catches for 70 yards, including a 43 yard touchdown.

Georgia Tech features other highly ranked underclassmen in defensive end Derrick Morgan and free safety Morgan Burnett .
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