The 2016 season is underway as third-ranked Clemson looks to make it back to the National Championship Game in Tampa.
In this edition of our Up Downs feature we take a look at which players made a move in the last week, which players are elevating their game and their position on the depth chart.
K’Von Wallace – Freshman K’Von Wallace continues to see his playing time increase and is making an impact on defense. Wallace is seeing more time at Nickel the last few weeks. Wallace had a critical interception against NC State. Coaches rave about his versatility and ability to play any position in the secondary.
Marcus Edmond – If the Tigers end up back in the College Football Playoff they will look back at two key plays from Marcus. With the game on the line you can bet he will be in the game going forward. The interception to seal the win was an incredible play.
C.J. Fuller – With Wayne Gallman sidelined with a concussion Fuller saw the majority of the snaps at running back. Choice and Dye got in the game, but coach Elliott went with Fuller the most. The running game struggled with Gallman on the sidelines, but it was a statement of trust from the staff for Fuller to “be the guy”.
Austin Bryant – In his first game back after injury Bryant played a significant role in the win over NC State. Bryant was in the game at defensive end in overtime. It will take some time for Bryant to get his game back to the level he was playing in last year’s College Football Playoff, but is it great news for Clemson to have him back in action.
Hunter Renfrow – Hunter returned to action Saturday and it couldn’t have come at a better time. When Watson needed a clutch catch to keep a drive alive he went to No. 13. Renfrow catches everything that is close and was a huge lift to the offense.
Jake Fruhmorgen – After the Boston College game coach Swinney mentioned that Fruhmorgen had an ‘awful game’. Once again Fruhmorgen struggled against NC State. With the bye week at hand we will see if the staff makes some moves at right tackle to improve the play.
Korrin Wiggins – Korrin did not see action Saturday against NC State. Coach Swinney said in the postgame that he was not suspended for the game. It was a coaches decision not to play the veteran. Ryan Carter and K’Von Wallace saw action instead of Wiggins at the Nickel/hybrid position.