With the completion of camp, the Tigers have turned their focus to the opening game against North Texas. There were a number of surprises that came out of the August camp. TheClemsonInsider.com takes a look at the biggest surprises from camp.
1. No Major Injuries
The biggest news from camp is the health of the Tigers. Clemson suffered no major injuries during camp and head into the opener as healthy as any Clemson team in a long, long time. Coach Batson and his staff deserve a lot of credit for getting the players in great shape during the spring and summer workouts.
If the team remains healthy Clemsonwill be able to red-shirt more players this fall since younger players will not be needed to fill voids caused by injury.
2. Chandler Catanzaro First Team Kicker
Coach Dabo Swinney kept to his word when he promised the starting kicking job to the player that performed the best during the August camp. Red-shirt freshmen Chandler Catanzaro went from third team to first team during camp as he was the most consistent kicker.
The former Christ Church standout will now get a chance to see his dream come true as he kicks his first field goal in Death Valley. The staff is looking for consistency and if Chandler can keep the same percentages with 85,000 fans in the stands the job will remain his.
3. Martin Jenkins Will Play
True freshman Martin Jenkins will avoid a red-shirt according to coach Swinney. As the Tigers searched for playmakers for returns Martin impressed the staff quickly during camp.
With the loss of Spiller and Ford the Tigers have a huge void to fill for kickoff and punt returns. Jenkins showed the staff enough playmaking ability on returns to play this season in the Valley.
4. Chavis Starts with Thompson
Chavis had a great spring, but surprised many by coming out of the August camp as a starter along with Brandon Thompson. The senior played well at times last year, but has taken his game to another level.
Thompson is the better run stopper, but Chavis has shown to be an excellent pass rusher. The good news for coach Brooks is he will not see any dropoff regardless of which player in on the field.