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

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner | Tiger Tracks on Facebook

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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HIT THE LINKS: The past week’s coverage leading up to S.C. State-Clemson

Tiger WalkBY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner | Tiger Tracks on Facebook

CLEMSON — It’s not GameDay … but it’s gameday.

Since Dabo Swinney insists the Tigers play to a certain standard regardless of the opponent, and the Clemson fans have sold out Death Valley thus rooting to a certain standard, I will hold up my end of the bargain and write to a certain standard.

From your sweet sixteen options below, the blog barista recommends the Roderick McDowell and Stanton Seckinger pieces. Both guys really opened up about their road to this year, and those are the best types of stories.

If you’re into the juicy stuff, the Chad Morris and Mark Richt exchanges about faking injuries to slow the tempo is kind of interesting.

Here are your week links leading up to South Carolina State’s visit to face No. 4 Clemson:

Today’s PreviewClemson backups ready for action against S.C. State

Inside the Game | South Carolina State at Clemson, 12:30 p.m. kickoff

Pregame Pep TalkClemson should roll over SC State, Week 2 picks (Gamecocks or Georgia?)

From @Sapakoff | Top 5 ACC storylines: Clemson depth, Jameis Winston, N.C. State’s QB injury

Personality feature | A persistent underdog, “Hot Rod” McDowell motivated by grandpa’s loss, brother’s love

Behind Enemy LinesThomas Grant, The Times and Democrat

ACC teleconference | Victories over SEC are statement for Clemson, not ACC pride

Tuesday notebook | Tajh talks Heisman, injury updates

Climb up the polls | Clemson’s No. 4 ranking its highest in 25 years, plus a first-place vote

First Take | Scouting South Carolina State

Press UpdateNo. 4-ranked Clemson a staggering 52-point favorite over SC State; updated injury list

7 at 7 | Dabo Swinney’s “tired of that storyline” of Clemson’s inconsistency

Personality feature | Stanton Seckinger’s clutch catch beat his dad’s beloved Bulldogs

Recapping Georgia | Chad Morris on fake-injury tactics: “I think we all see the same thing”

Recapping Georgia | Replays show Bulldog defender embellished injury, Richt sidesteps talk of gamesmanship

Beat column | Brenner: Georgia-Clemson worth the wait in every sense


Counting down Clemson’s most valuable players in 2013: No. 10 TE Jordan Leggett

Jordan Leggett

abrenner@postandcourier.com and dslater@postandcourier.com

To help get you through college football’s slow days of late June and early July — before conference media days launch the preseason festivities — we’re counting down the 12 most important South Carolina Gamecocks and 12 most important Clemson Tigers for 2013. One Gamecock and one Tiger every day, so you can spend part of your summer studying the players who will make a difference for your team come autumn. 


Here’s a few things you ought to know about the relationship between Clemson and the tight end. A tight end has ranked among the team’s top three receiving leaders each of the past four years; no other ACC team, incumbent or incoming, can say that for just the past two years. With Tajh Boyd at quarterback, Clemson tight ends hauled in 21 touchdowns in 2011-12; the next-nearest ACC group is Syracuse’s 10 scores over the past two years combined, which doesn’t equal the Tigers’ total of 11 last fall.

LeggettJordanSo if you gave offensive coordinator Chad Morris the option of playing two-hand-touch in the spring game and therefore not losing presumed starter Sam Cooper for the year to a torn ACL, he snatches the opportunity without blinking. Somebody’s got to be the next stud in line behind Michael Palmer, Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford – Allen and Ford recorded eight TDs a piece in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The options are Stanton Seckinger, who’s really built more like receiver, redshirt freshman Jay Jay McCullough, and … Jordan Leggett. Don’t underestimate the value of getting  a headstart on absorbing the complex playbook of Morris – who, by the way, was Leggett’s primary recruiter. He’s already got the proper body to pound in the ACC, so if he fine-tunes his route-running, look for Boyd to look for Leggett often in 3rd-down and red-zone packages.
-Aaron Brenner

Position: Tight end
Year: Freshman
Height/weight: 6-6/235
Hometown: Navarre, Fla.
Last year: Three-star prospect enrolled in January, giving him a full spring to work out with the Tigers

Previously: No. 12 Jr. DT Grady Jarrett, No. 11 Jr. LB Stephone Anthony