Five things we learned from Clemson’s Spring game

April 14, 2013 

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins catches a 50-yard touchdown pass during Saturday's Orange & White spring game at Memorial Stadium.

SEFTON IPOCK — Anderson Independent Mail

Just watching

Tajh Boyd said some little kids blew their cover when he, Sammy Watkins and Quandon Christian went to the Georgia spring game in Athens last week.

Boyd said they tried going incognito. Watkins wore a hat to cover his dreadlocks. They hung around until the third quarter.

“Kind of laid low,” he said. “I wanted to check out the kind of players they had in person, just because they lost of guys on defense last year. I wanted to get a gist on the field of what those guys were.”

Kicking it around

Kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who nailed the winning field goal to beat LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, missed as many field goals (one) and extra points (two) in the spring game as he did all last season.

“I’d be concerned if the lights were really on, and that scoreboard was for real,” coach Dabo Swinney said. “Other than that, I’m not concerned. Obviously, he didn’t have a good day. Maybe he had something in his grits this morning.”

Meanwhile, Bradley Pinion hit field goals of 43 and 41 yards and averaged 41.8 yards per punt.

Secondaryissues

An area that still concerns Swinney is safety. The secondary was crippled last fall, but Bashaud Breeland, Garry Peters, Darius Robinson and Martin Jenkins “gives us some seasoning there, a little experience,” Swinney said. “At safety, we don’t have anybody that’s started a game at safety.”

Breeland rolled an ankle Wednesday and did not play Saturday.

Perhaps there’s solace in knowing help will be arriving with the freshman class. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables said Robert Smith and Travis Blanks “have really solidified themselves.”

Sammy tipped the field

Back from the bowl injury, Sammy Watkins had an impact, catching seven passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns from Cole Stoudt.

Nobody could cover him. He might have had more, but he dropped two passes and misjudged a long pass and cut the route short.

“We still got a lot of timing and things to work on,” he said. “It was just coming out here and playing for the fans and competing.

“We actually had some fun.”

Tighten up

Even after junior Sam Cooper went out with a knee injury early in the game, the tight ends were productive.

Jordan Leggett caught seven passes for 97 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown. Stanton Seckinger caught two for 81 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. Jay Jay McCullough caught three for 20 yards.

“I was really pleased with Jordan Leggett,” Morris said. “That kid is going to be very special. He can run and catch. He’s big, but he has to learn to play more physically.”

Ed McGranahan

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