Football season is officially underway for the Tigers. One that 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?
Rod McDowell – Heading into the season many wondered if Rod McDowell could be an every down back for the Tigers. Zac Brooks had a strong camp, but the starter remained Zac Brooks. Saturday night the nation saw what the coaching staff already knew. ‘Hot Rod’ is a very dangerous running back that is more than capable of carrying the load for the Tigers.
Stanton Seckinger – A few weeks ago in camp Chad Morris made it clear that Seckinger had not done enough to nail down the starting role at tight end. When Leggett when down with an injury concerns about the tight end position were raised. Seckinger did nothing but score the winning touchdown on Saturday. Stanton is a gamer as he showed Saturday night. Seckinger certainly showed the staff and the nation that he can be depended on to get the job done for the Tigers.
Carlos Watkins – One of the best kept secrets in August was the progression of Carlos Watkins. Watkins saw the field as the starter Saturday night against the Dawgs and played well. Watkins seems to be ready to play like the defensive tackle many thought the Tigers were getting from the All-American when he arrived at Clemson.
Korrin Wiggins – Not many thought that Korrin Wiggins would see the most playing time of all of the talented defensive backs in the 2013 class, but he did exactly that against Georgia starting as the Nickel/hybrid back. Dabo praised Wiggins Sunday night for his maturity and ability to learn the system without being overwhelmed.
Stephon Anthony – Anthony played one of his best games for the Tigers starting at the MIKE linebacker Saturday night. Sunday night coach Swinney said Stephon played the best of all of the linebackers against Georgia. One game does not make a season, but it was good to see the former 5-star play take his game to another level.
Martavis Bryant – With Nuk Hopkins watching from the sideline in shorts many expected Martavis Bryant to help makeup for his loss. Bryant had an outstanding spring and camp, but when the lights came on Saturday night he dropped pass after pass. Bryant will get more chances to show that he can be the second or third receiver for the Tigers. He has as much talent as any receiver on campus, but if he can’t catch the ball he will see his time reduced as the season progresses. Hopefully his season will unfold similar to Brandon Ford’s who struggled with a few drops against Auburn last year, but then came on for a big season.
Ryan Norton– Overall Ryan played well for his first start with the Tigers, but snap problems remain a concern. A bad snap late in the game could have cost the Tigers if not for a procedure penalty on David Beasley. Several other snaps were off target but Tajh was able to handle them. Hopefully practice makes perfect and the snaps will get better as Ryan gets more snaps going forward.