The Noles take on Clemson in their first game of the 2007 season at Clemson on September 3. Here is a spring preview of the Clemson team:
Clemson top returner: RB James Davis. He followed an excellent freshman season in '05 with a better one in '06. Although he faltered in the second half of the season, Davis rushed for 1,134 yards despite sharing time with freshman C.J. Spiller and earned All-ACC recognition. Given enough carries, he could contend for All-American honors.
Player on the verge: DE Ricky Sapp. The former five-star prospect spent his freshman year backing up All-American Gaines Adams. Despite the reserve role, Sapp still managed to post 19 tackles - six for losses - and four sacks. Increased playing time and increased weight (he has already added 22 pounds and hopes to put on another 10 before the season) will result in increased productivity.
Impact newcomer: QB Willy Korn. The record-setting high school passer could be starting before the end of September. Last year's starter Will Proctor completed his eligibility, and no other quarterbacks on the roster received significant playing time. Korn, a four-star recruit, was ranked the nation's No. 5 dual-threat quarterback prospect by Rivals.com.
The big question: Can Clemson succeed if the Tigers have to play a true freshman quarterback? There would be no surprise if the highly regarded Korn was the starter midway through the season because there isn't much more experience on the roster. Junior Cullen Harper threw just 20 passes (completing 14) last season, and junior Tribble Reese threw just three. Freshman Michael Wade was redshirted last season.
Clemson Spring Practice Begins:March 10
Spring Game: April 14
Saturday, March 03, 2007
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