Football season is officially underway for the Tigers as they prepare for what many hope will be one of the best seasons ever at Clemson. As the season progresses some players will make a move and demand more playing time based on their performance on the field. Others will take a step back.
In this new TCI feature each Sunday we will look at the players moving up and those that are moving down. Which players are elevating their game and their position on the depth chart?
Mike Williams – Freshman Mike Williams continues to create a buzz around camp. Williams had another strong performance Saturday with three catches for 111 yards including a 50 yard touchdown. Tajh, Dabo and Morris all sang Williams praises this week. There is no question that Williams will play early and often.
TJ Green – After struggling through an early injury Green is back on the field. Green has a good performance in Saturday’s scrimmage with three catches for 24 yards. With Green coming on at the close of camp the staff will have a difficult decision in whether to play or red-shirt Green.
Wayne Gallman – One of the biggest surprises in camp may be the play of Wayne Gallman. With Dye sidelined with injuries for much of camp Gallman has come on strong. Coach Morris and coach Swinney have been very pleased with the play of the freshman. In Saturday’s scrimmage Wayne rushed ten times for 30 yards.
Korrin Wiggins – Freshman Korrin Wiggins has played well enough the first two weeks of camp to make it clear he will play in 2013. Coach Swinney and coach Venables said this week that Wiggins is playing well at the Nickel position and will see the field this year.
Ben Boulware – Another freshmen making a statement is Ben Boulware. Ben led the Tigers in tackles in Saturday’s scrimmage with seven. Tajh singled out Boulware following the scrimmage and said Ben is the “dog”. Apparently that is a compliment. The staff would love to red-shirt Boulware but this young man may just be too talented to keep off the field.
Tyshon Dye – After a strong start to camp, a back injury has kept Dye off the field. Dye give the Tigers something different with his combination of skills including his size, but he has not been on the field enough to show his stuff in August. The staff had said they expected to play one of the freshmen, but Saturday Dabo said they could decide to red-shirt both Dye and Gallman. This will be a tough call for the staff and it may not be final until they see how the other backs do the first few games of the season.
MacKensie Alexander – Injuries have also hurt Alexander during camp as he hasn’t been able to get on the field. Many felt MacKensie would compete for a starting position as early as the Georgia game. At this point he has missed too much time for that to happen. Alexander will play this season, but his impact will not be as significant early in the season because of the time he has missed. Make no mistake once he is healthy and learns the defense it will be hard to keep him off the field.