FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Ideally, the attention would be all on the date with No. 7 Ohio State in Friday’s Orange Bowl, but Clemson’s juniors still have to deal with questions.
Sammy Watkins? He didn’t even put in his NFL draft advisory paperwork, saying both he and the coaches know his decision.
For ACC-leading defensive end Vic Beasley and T.L. Hanna product receiver Martavis Bryant, that picture isn’t as clear.
Beasley revealed Tuesday he received a second-round draft grade. In prior media sessions, the Adairsville, Ga. native has said he believes he’s a first-round talent
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“I don’t (know what I’m going to do),” Beasley said. “Just focused on the Orange Bowl and getting the victory down there. No idea (on a decision).”
Swinney’s stance remains unchanged — first round grade or it’s a no-go.
“Unless you’re a first-round guy, you benefit from coming back from a business standpoint,” Swinney said. “From a down the road standpoint in life, finishing school, developing yourself. He’s a guy that has legitimate high-first-round capability.
“He has some things he has to do to put himself there. That’s for each one of those guys to make a decision and whatever decision they make I support them.”
The 6-5 talent Bryant says he hasn’t received his grade yet, but he’s got plenty of support.
“(The coaches have) said it’s my decision and they’re behind me 100 percent,” Bryant said. “They do want me to come back, but it’s my decision.
“Me, my mom and my grandma talked and they said it’s my decision and they’re behind me 100 percent. But I’m not going to decide after the game though.”
While Watkins is a consensus top-10 projection, Beasley is pegged in the 20s of the first round by CBSSports.com. Bryant is projected in the later rounds, which he reiterated Monday would mean he’s coming back.
“It’s still the same,” he said.
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Hollywood Florida’s Westin Diplomat has turned into a makeshift hospital this week, with tens of Buckeyes feeling under the weather. Up to Tuesday, no starters had been affected until star junior quarterback Braxton Miller sat out his morning media session.
His offensive coordinator says it was purely a “precaution.”
“It’s been well-documented we’ve had stomach viruses going around,” Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman said, “and he woke up this morning not feeling too well. So just as a precaution, we’re going to let him stay back with the trainers. We do expect him to practice, as it is a Wednesday for us in terms of getting ready for a Saturday game, if you will.
“We just wanted to take that precaution and make sure he stayed back and get all the rest and fluids that he can get.”
Miller ranks No. 13 nationally in quarterback rating (157.94) and is one of only two FBS players to amass 5,000 career passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards. He’s rushed for over 600 yards in the Buckeyes’ last four games.
Tuesday’s stop on the bowl events circuit was Brazilian steakhouse Texas de Brazil. For those unfamiliar, these style of restaurants bring out cuts and cuts of meat until the patron tells them to stop — an idea quite alright with a football player.
“I’m going to put it way,” junior end Corey Crawford said. “I don’t know about everybody else. I’m not going to overdo it, but I’m going to enjoy myself though.”
The Tigers’ head coach said he’ll have to “throw the flag” on some player’s portions, mainly left guards Kalon Davis and David Beasley.
“Kalon and Beasley could eat a small car probably,” Swinney said. “They are some big boys. Some of those little guys can surprise you though.”