Football season is underway for the Tigers as they chase another championship. 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?
Tony Steward – Tony Steward made one of the biggest plays of the season Saturday when he forced a fumble that was scooped up by Vic Beasley to give the Tigers a two score lead in the second half. Steward has seen more snaps the last few weeks. Coach Swinney said Saturday night that Steward has been playing well in practice also. Hopefully the big play Saturday will spark Steward to become a bigger factor for the Tiger’s improving defense.
Adam Humphries – Earlier in the season Adam was the forgotten man among the receivers. Now he finds himself as a major playmaker in the offense. Humphries has become a huge weapon for the Clemson offense. He led the Tigers with two touchdowns at Syracuse and led the Clemson in receptions Saturday against Boston College. ‘Mr. Steady’ is now a major weapon for the Tigers.
Sammy Watkins – Obviously Sammy isn’t moving up the depth chart as he is already one of the top receivers in the nation. So why is he on the Up list? Well it’s because over the past two weeks Sammy has shown that his speed and burst are back. In each of the past two weeks Sammy has hit another gear on huge plays in the game. That is great news for the Clemson offense ans a major concern for upcoming opponents.
Korrin Wiggins – Korrin has another big interception Saturday in the 24-14 win over Syracuse. Wigging continues to start at Nickel and is getting better each week. Wiggins will play a major role this weekend against No. 5 Florida State.
Rod McDowell – Just when it looked like Zac Brooks might take more snaps from Rod McDowell the senior comes through with a big performance. McDowell rushed for 91 yards against BC and averaged 5.1 yards per carry. If McDowell can get close to 100 yards against Florida State the Tigers will be in great shape.
DJ Howard – After the win over Wake Forest and a strong finish against NC State it looked like Howard was making a push for more playing time. Two weeks later Howard gets two carries for one yard against Boston College. The flashes of greatness continue to be followed by games where Howard disappears from the offense.
Patrick DeStefano – Another career ends way too early for the Tigers. Earlier in the season DeStefano was the ultimate team player moving to tight end to help the Tigers deal with injuries. His future on the offensive line was very bright according to all of those around the football program. Unfortunately injury ends his football career. He is one of the smartest players on the team. Look for a possible bright future ahead as a coach for Patrick.