By: Nick Trist
Strengths: Tajh Boyd is unquestionably the best quarterback in Clemson history in terms of production and NFL potential. He owns or shares 33 ACC/Clemson records including most 300 yard passing games, and the most passing touchdowns in Clemson history, two records in which I believe are his most noteworthy. He is Clemson’s all-time leader in wins and leas the Tigers to their 1st ACC Title in 20 years, to the first back-to-back ten win seasons in 30 years, and he was also the first QB in Clemon history to win 10 games, 3 years in a row. All of those accomplishments translate to plenty of experience for Boyd’s future employer.
By: Nick Trist
As I’ve stated earlier in the year, IES would be looking to bring you all the best NFL draft coverage possible heading into May and so far we’ve held to that. You all have met Zach earlier this year (who has done some excellent work on the draft as of late), now meet Nick Trist our latest collaborator to the IES community. Here in his first ever post, he gives a look at the best WR of the collegiate level in Sammy Watkins. As a Clemson fan, he told me it was only right that he started here. That said, enjoy folks!
By: James Johnson
Once again Phil and I were at it again with our latest edition of Gridiron Season! To cap things off we were joined by Adam Silverstein of Onlygators.com to talk some UF Football, and continued into college talks touching on the Georgia vs Clemson game, Georgia’s upcoming game with South Carolina, and lastly Johnny Manziel and his performance/actions against Rice. For the second portion of the podcast Phil and I gave out our NFL playoff predictions and finished the show off with our Super Bowl predictions. So feel free to listen (I’ll be adding a index to it being that it’s almost 2 hours), and get back at us with your feedback and constructive criticism (always looking to get better) as well. Also I want to thank Adam for joining us and encourage that you follow him on Twitter @OnlyGators for all of our Florida listeners out there and check out his site Onlygators.com. As for me and Phil, you can follow us @J_1010xl and @Philthefilipino.
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By: Vaughan Sheffey (Twitter: @Vizzle311)
Last season: 12-2, ACC Champions (first since 2005)
Bolstered by yet another recruiting class ranked in the Top 3, Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and this year’s version of the Seminoles enter the season with expectations running high. However, it is noteworthy that the AP and Coaches Polls have them ranked at #12 and #10 respectively. This is a definite contrast to their Top 5 preseason rankings of the last 2 years and to most observers it probably seems like FSU is appropriately ranked going into this season. It is painfully obvious in 2013 that winning the perennially underpowered ACC does not garner an automatic top 5 ranking by any stretch of the imagination. In addition, the lopsided Orange Bowl victory against a completely over-matched Northern Illinois team at the end of last season capped a campaign in which the Seminoles were almost always the favorite going in. Still, it can be viewed as a successful season and returning to the top of the conference is a big step for Jimbo and his plans for returning FSU to annual contention for a national championship.
This season is a real tipping point in that the coaching staff needs and expects many of their own recruits to start living up to their potential and contribute in a big way this season. Florida State only returns 11 of 22 starters this season and were hit with more roster attrition than any other team in the ACC.