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?
Chad Kelly – Chad showed in the win over Virginia what he can do with the ball in his hands on the ground rushing for 56 yards on 7 carries. Kelly is clearly getting healthier as he made cuts with ease. Chad shows he will be ready to battle for the starting job next spring in what will be a fierce battle.
Tajh Boyd – Tajh Boyd played one of the worst games of his career against Florida State as the Tigers got whipped by the Noles. Playing on an injured ankle and an injured knee Tajh has fought back the past two games. Against Maryland and Virginia Boyd went 52-70 for 681 yards. His quarterback efficiency against Virginia was 219.
Jordan Leggett – The true freshman is starting to play like he did in the spring when he was one of the highlights. Against Virginia Leggett has four catches for 30 yards. Coming into the Virginia game he had only six catches on the season. Leggett also had a huge touchdown catch seconds before the half that helped the Tigers get some separation from the Terps. The knee injury in camp really set Leggett back but he is now coming on strong. The future is very bright for this young man.
Cordrea Tankersley – The staff made the decision early to not redshirt Tankersley. Going into the Virginia game Cordrea only had three defensive snaps on the year. The decision to redshirt looked like it was maybe a bad decision. With some of the injuries at corner Tankersley was moved back to corner the last few weeks and saw his first significant snaps of the season against Virginia where he had five tackles in 18 snaps. Hopefully we will see Tankersley get some more snaps down the stretch.
Korrin Wiggins – Korrin is no longer playing like a freshman and is seeing his snaps increase dramatically. Against Maryland Korrin played 62 snaps. Against Virginia he had 63 snaps, four tackles, 2 pass breakups and one critical interception. Wiggins was a great pickup for the Tigers and has a very bright future and he seems to be getting better by the week down the stretch.
DJ Reader – DJ Reader is coming on strong at defensive tackle the past few weeks. He has taken over one of the starting jobs up front with his performances on Saturdays and his consistency in practice. DJ had four tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack against Virgnia.
CJ Davidson – What a bad time for CJ to suffer a knee injury. It is a minor injury and he is expected to be back but he was really running the ball well at Virginia when he went down. He had three rushes for 23 yards and a touchdown. It has become clear that the former Daniel Lion may be as talented as any running back playing this season for the Tigers. Hopefully he can get back to 100 percent quickly and continue to see more playing time as he is definitely a weapon.
Germone Hopper – This redshirt freshmen has shown flashes this year, but has not gotten as many chances as expected to impact the offense. In the first five games Hopper had 16 catches. In the last four he has four and that includes three in garbage time against the Cavs. Hopper is a physical receiver that can be a weapon with the ball in his hands. Hopefully he can get more opportunities down the stretch.