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Clemson Tigers vs Florida State Seminoles 10/29/2016

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Clemson Tigers vs Florida State Seminoles 10/29/2016

Clemson Tigers vs Florida State Seminoles

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Doak Campbell Stadium/Tallahassee, Florida

Score:  Clemson (37), Florida State (34)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Clemson Offense

Deshaun Watson, QB, Junior:  It was an up and down performance from Watson which is not what you want to say regarding a player with aspirations to be the #1 pick in the draft. His two interceptions were egregious and in both circumstances failed to see/recognize an underneath zone defender and they were easily able to break on the ball and haul in the interception. Watson did show the talent with his feet that we have come to expect, ripping off gains as a runner and moving the pocket and extending plays as a passer. Watson’s accuracy is up and down to all levels of the field. I thought Watson was best executing quick game when his primary read was open. I do give Watson a ton of credit for the offense he was able to produce and leading his team to a come from behind in the 4th quarter road win at FSU. Stock:  Same, slightly down

Mike Williams, WR, Senior:  Williams played well and primarily worked the short to intermediate areas where he was able to win with a good release, timing and ability to find space against zone coverage. He was reliable in grabbing 7 passes for 70 yards demonstrating soft hands and consistency in getting upfield to create YAC. I appreciated seeing Williams function well in quick game. Stock:  Same

Jordan Leggett, TE, Senior:  Jordan Leggett was one of the heroes for the Tigers and made several monumental plays in the passing game, particularly on Clemson’s final, go-ahead drive. He was consistently able to get behind the linebackers and work intermediate zones as he hauled in five passes for 122 yards including the game-winning touchdown. Leggett is not billed as a top notch athlete but was able to find space and create significant YAC. On the TD, he leaped from roughly the 5 yard line and flew into the endzone. Stock:  Up

Wayne Gallman, RB, Junior:  Gallman didn’t rack up a ton of yards but he was extremely effective getting yards when Clemson needed them most and maximized his efforts with terrific physicality and balance through carriers to get most out of his touches. He challenged with pad level and was a workhorse racking up 82 yards on 20 carries with 2 touchdowns.  Stock:  Same

Clemson Defense

Cordrea Tankersly, CB, Senior:  Tankersly, uncharacteristically struggled to stay connected vertically, particularly with Travis Rudolph down the field. He allowed a few deep catches and was flagged on 3 other occasions for DPI. There were also some underwhelming tackling efforts in the D gap. Not his best performance in an otherwise great season. Stock:  Down

Carlos Watkins, DT, Senior:  Watkins had an underwhelming and quiet performance. My biggest gripe was that he was slow to process and had poor eye discipline. Watkins eyes were caught in the backfield and he lost his technique working through the block. This lead to holes in the run game and Dalvin Cook exploited.  Stock:  Down

Ben Boulware, LB, Senior:  Boulware was tested laterally in this contest and he was unable to get outside the tackles and win in space. His less-than-ideal athleticism was also exposed a few times in coverage as he was unable to stick with opponents and got grabby. He wins in small spaces and FSU challenged him to win in space. Boulware also showed underwhelming speed to power conversion on blitz attempts. Stock:  Down

Florida State Offense

Roderick Johnson, OT, Junior:  Johnson looks like an NFL offensive tackle with a terrific frame and length but his blocking technique is lackluster and he simply gets beat a lot. He needs major refinement in all areas. Stock:  Down

Dalvin Cook, RB, Junior:  Cook was tremendous as he tallied 169 yards on 19 carries with 4 touchdowns. He was quick and made superb cuts that gave the Clemson defense fits. There were moments when Cook challenged with physicality and finished runs well. Cook was able to stretch the defense horizontally and find seams to hit big plays. His burst and acceleration is exceptional. Stock:  Up

Florida State Defense

Derek Nnadi, DT, Junior:  Nnadi had a great game where he consistently fired off the ball, played with leverage, controlled his man/gap and played with quickness and hand technique to get off blocks. He showed a powerful anchor and was able to frequently reset the line of scrimmage. He is a fire hydrant against the run and shows traits that suggest he can emerge as a pass rusher. He tallied 8 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack and broke up a pass at the line. Stock:  Up

Demarcus Walker, DE, Senior:  Walker played a strong game against the run where he was consistent setting a firm edge and squeezing gaps. He was also able to free himself from blocks as he tallied 10 tackles in the contest. He didn’t impact the game as a pass rusher and is looking more like a base end in a 4-3. Stock:  Same

Other Players that Flashed

Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State:   Rudolph was able to work the defense vertically and gave Cordrea Tankerlsy fits at times. He finished with 3 catches for 63 yards.

Best Players on the Field

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

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Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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