Ability to play the run solidifying Andre Branch's status as Jaguars' starter

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey (94), defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith (95) and defensive end Andre Branch (90) celebrate after sacking New Orleans Saints quarterback Chase Daniel (not shown) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Saints offensive tackle Charles Brown (71) looks on. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey (94), defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith (95) and defensive end Andre Branch (90) celebrate after sacking New Orleans Saints quarterback Chase Daniel (not shown) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Saints offensive tackle Charles Brown (71) looks on. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Andre Branch, first and foremost, as an edge rusher, hoping to put some spark into what last season was one of the NFL's most ineffective pass rushers.

So far, the Jaguars are getting even more than they bargained for from the former Clemson All-American and 2011 ACC sacks leader.

"He’s been playing pretty well," Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey told BigCatCountry.com - a website covering Jaguars' football. "He’s really playing well and really done very good in the run game as well.

"When you have guys that come off the edge with some speed you always have concern about the run game whether they can hold up against the big tackles and things. I think for being a rookie and being thrown right into this starting lineup like that I think he’s done really well. I think he’s going to just keep getting better."

At this point, Branch is projected as a starting defensive end opposite veteran Jeremy Mincey.

Dawson Zimmerman Cut By Falcons: Former Clemson punter Dawson Zimmerman is looking for be picked up by another NFL after being cut last week by his hometown Atlanta Falcons.

Zimmerman, who was just honored by the ACC as Clemson's top scholar athlete for the 2011-12 school year, punted in two exhibition games and averaged 47.6 yards on five kicks before being cut.

Zimmerman was projected as a long shot to make the final roster of the Falcons, who a year ago drafted punter Matt Bosher.

Also, Thomas Austin was recently released by the Houston Texans, while Mo Fountain was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.

8 Teams have Multiple Tigers: Nearly 30 former Tigers are still in NFL training camps. Eight teams have more than one Clemson player: Dwayne Allen and Kavell Conner with the Indianapolis Colts, Crezdon Butler and Nick Eason with the Arizona Cardinals, Jamie Cumbie and Jacoby Ford with the Oakland Raiders; Charlie Whitehurst and Marcus Gilchrist with the San Diego Chargers, C.J. Spiller and Chris Hairston with the Buffalo Bills, Jamie Harper and Coty Sensabaugh wth the Tennessee Titans, Leroy Hill and Byron Maxwell with the Seattle Seahawks, and Barry Richardson and Dorell Scott with the St. Louis Rams.

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bctiger8 writes:

There are always going to be players that don't have the stars that turn out to be great. The reason that Branch didn't have 3 or 4 stars was b/c he was seen as a long shot to qualify. As for Gaines Adams, he came from and 8 man football team. Other stuff than ability go into the rankings. Are they always on point, no? The same can be said about draft projections/picks. Ask Alabama/LSU and other powers if they are loading up on 2 and 3 star kids.

As far as the Herbstreit comment, he is the best CFB analyst out there. So what if you don't agree with his preseason awards. Plus the dude loves Clemson.

TrevorT writes:

I understand where Sennman is coming from, but do you really think any serious head coach is concerned about how many stars a recruit has attached to his name. They recruit based on what they see on film, in person during visits, and their instincts. It just so happens that the ones handing out stars are watching the same film, so sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong, just like every recruiter. The stars and rankings are there for the fans to give us an idea of who's out there, and I think that gives them at least some value. I don't see why any of it should be a big deal to us as fans. It's just an off season diversion.

Terri (Inactive) writes:

in response to bctiger8:

There are always going to be players that don't have the stars that turn out to be great. The reason that Branch didn't have 3 or 4 stars was b/c he was seen as a long shot to qualify. As for Gaines Adams, he came from and 8 man football team. Other stuff than ability go into the rankings. Are they always on point, no? The same can be said about draft projections/picks. Ask Alabama/LSU and other powers if they are loading up on 2 and 3 star kids.

As far as the Herbstreit comment, he is the best CFB analyst out there. So what if you don't agree with his preseason awards. Plus the dude loves Clemson.

I think your analysis is right on target.

Wholeheartedly agree with you about Herbstreet as well.

TrevorT writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

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I'm with you on that one.

bctiger8 writes:

Herby has been on Clemson's bandwagon way before we hit number 5.

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