7 at 7: Seven day-after observations from Clemson’s 49-14 romp at Syracuse

Stanton Seckinger, Adam Humphries

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Well, this is posting at 10 a.m. Sunday, but it is 7 a.m. in Seattle, Wash. – the site of the next College GameDay. All indications is they’ll have one heck of a drive from Seattle to the southeast for the Oct. 19 edition, when Florida State comes to Clemson.

It’s also 7 a.m. in Pasadena. Not that there’s (ahem) anything significant there later this season in college football. Ahem.

This day-after edition of 7 at 7 is decidedly offense-heavy. Check out the notebook on PostandCourier.com for some defensive stuff, because Brent Venables has his unit absolutely firing on all cylinders.

Oh, also: the game story, rehashing Tajh Boyd’s record night.

1) As the team thought he would, C.J. Spiller was on the field before and during the Tigers’ trek to Syracuse. Spiller is a fourth-year back for the Buffalo Bills, and the 2009 All-American made the Pro Bowl last season with 1,244 yards.

Spiller mainly hung by the running backs in pregame warmups, and briefly stopped by the end zone to take a picture with some young Clemson fans. He also chatted at length with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and ACC commissioner John Swofford at midfield.

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7 at 7: Tajh Boyd’s swagger, Vic Beasley’s sack pace, and an Office Space reference

Tajh Boyd

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON – I haven’t done nearly enough of these. To the blog readers: please, please hit me with your input. You can reach me at any link above: e-mail, Twitter or Facebook.

1) Tajh Boyd is one part philosopher, one part optimist.

The guy knows how to work a room; both when it’s time to drop some wisdom, and when it’s time to express some confidence.

“Being so much involved in the offense and being here for a while, we have expectations of what the offense is supposed to look like,” Boyd said.

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7 at 7: Seven postgame reactions from Raleigh

Martavis Bryant, Adam Humphries

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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RALEIGH – While giving way to the slew of college football games yesterday, it’s time to clear the notebook from Clemson’s 26-14 victory Thursday night at North Carolina State, hearing from a number of the noted difference-makers.

We start by giving you what is known about Clemson sophomore defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, who was in a car accident near his home of Forest City, N.C. The players were given the weekend off, after a full week of preparation for the Wolfpack. Watkins was hospitalized and spent last night there, but a school release indicates Watkins is “free of any serious injury.” We’ll get an update from head coach Dabo Swinney tonight on his usual Sunday teleconference.

1) The question was actually asked, at a press conference Sept. 3, if Martavis Bryant would see his playing time decrease in light of a poor opening game with several drops.
Kind of like wondering if a first-year head coach should give up his day job after an 0-1 start.

“Martavis had a rough first game, but nobody was panicking,” head coach Dabo Swinney said after Bryant vindicated himself Thursday night. “Came back and had a great game against South Carolina State, and then tonight was awesome. He had one bobbled ball on the sideline, where instead of just feeling the sideline with his kick-drag technique, he was trying to look up and down. But what a great game. Just a tremendous game.”

“The fade ball was a well-placed ball, but Martavis just went and snatched it. That’s what we’ve got to have; guys have got to make plays.”

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