7 at 7: Mike Williams pushing Martavis Bryant for playing time, Danny Ford reflects on Bill McLellan, and what Syracuse defense does well

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON – Typical Chad Morris: he’s at the point of expecting to be asked what went wrong after a 49-point victory, because elite is never enough.

Quite simply, Morris said in his weekly Monday sitdown with reporters, “There’s plenty to get better. We’re not going to spend the day patting them on the back.”

Among the complaints Clemson’s offensive coordinator had for his No. 16-rated scoring offense: “We’ve got to get cleared up in our run game. We had some snap issues. We gave up two sacks just by being soft, entirely too soft and not playing with technique. Our technique has got to get better on the offensive line. We’re going to keep pressing those guys. We had three drops.”

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Who has to step up after “big loss” of Charone Peake?

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON — Well, that dateline’s a little misleading. We had a meeting of the minds Wednesday at the Post and Courier, some prep work for the rest of the season. Always nice to make a trip to the mothership, in such a lovely city…

The day, however, was not as pleasant for WR Charone Peake, who suffered a season-ending knee injury when he tore his ACL in Tuesday evening’s practice. It was a non-contact play; just an unfortunate occurrence during the first NC State prep session.

Peake was doing a nice job in the early goings in that Jaron Brown role; catching some intermediate routes and running the occasional deep pattern, while showing nice footwork and hands on his 3-yard touchdown catch from Cole Stoudt against S.C. State.

“This is a big loss. Charone was having a great year and was going to have a great year,” head coach Dabo Swinney said in a release. “We are thin at receiver with just six scholarship players now. We like to carry 10 at that position. We have good players, but we don’t have a lot of bodies.”

So what now for the Tigers? The issue is, they like running lots of multiple sets, which requires depth at the position. Like Swinney said, the talent is more plentiful than the depth, and that’s going to put offensive coordinator Chad Morris and wide receivers coach/whiz kid Jeff Scott to the test. Luckily, No. 3-ranked Clemson’s got a full week, not two or three days, to adjust the gameplan against the Wolf Pack.

You already know about Sammy Watkins, and probably about Martavis Bryant. Here’s who else you need to get acquainted with to fill Brown’s ‘field’ role at receiver (career stats):

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Practice notes: T.J. Green avoids torn ACL, Tigers getting iPads for film study

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON — Never before has Clemson freshman athlete T.J. Green loved hearing he has a knee sprain and bone bruise, as discovered by an MRI Wednesday.

“That is the best news I have had today,” Dabo Swinney said.  “We were fearful that he had suffered a season ending injury.”

The team disclosed Thursday Green avoided a torn ACL, which means he’ll miss extended time but not the entire season. Green has factored in to punt and kick return work, and could be used in a variety of ways once healthy.

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Practice notes: Robinson tweaks ankle, two leave program

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON — Nothing serious so far, but a few Clemson players are already feeling the effects of training camp injuries.

Add senior cornerback Darius Robinson to the list, who sat out Monday night’s practice after twisting his ankle Saturday. Robinson will battle Martin Jenkins for a starting cornerback position.

Wide receiver Mike Williams and cornerback Mackensie Alexander, both freshmen, each pulled a groin last week, and junior receiver Adam Humphries pulled a hamstring. All three missed Monday’s practice.

The quartet of hobbled players is expected to return to the field before the end of the week. Offensive guard Spencer Region continues to work his way back from hip surgery.

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