Honor Roll: Young players step up with winning performances

Jordan Leggett, Mike Williams, Jayron Kearse, Ben Boulware among those making big contributions for Tigers

Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware intercepts a pass against Wake Forest in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

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Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware intercepts a pass against Wake Forest in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Wake Forest Honor Roll

Tajh Boyd: It was a monster game for the Tigers' senior quarterback, with 311 yards and three touchdowns passing, a team-high 69 yards and a touchdown rush. He keeps finding new records to break - his interception-free streak the most notable from Saturday - and he knows how to win.

Sammy Watkins: Wake Forest had to know it was coming, but it didn't matter - he ran through contact for a deep ball from Boyd and gave the Tigers the early spark they needed to get the offense rolling. This 100-yard receiving day was the ninth of his career.

D.J. Howard: Finally, fans got to see what Howard can do in the open field - run for daylight. His nifty move and speed burst turned a short swing pass into a big-play touchdown.

Zac Brooks: His 10-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was a product of speed, power and determination.

Cole Stoudt: Mr. Perfection strikes again, this time with a 10-of-11 passing performance, for 90 yards and a touchdown. He may be the best backup QB in college football.

Adam Humphries: He stepped up with six catches for a career-best 67 yards.

Jordan Leggett: Three catches for 38 yards, including an 18-yarder for a touchdown on which he showed both his hands and footwork.

Mike Williams: His sliding touchdown catch was the first of his career, and he stepped into starting lineup and looked like he belonged.

Martavis Bryant: He sat the first half, but then showed his stuff with a pair of catches on a touchdown drive. It was his blocking that caught his coaches' attention, however.

Daniel Rodriguez: He had an impressive game of 'almosts' - first a near-touchdown, and then a step away from breaking a long punt return.

Bradley Pinion: He's a weapon with the ball at his foot - either punting or kicking off.

Stephone Anthony: His forced fumble helped keep the Tigers rolling in the second half.

Bashuad Breeland: He shared the team lead for tackles with five, including two behind the line of scrimmage and a sack. His coaches say he's playing the best football of his career.

Vic Beasley: Last week's national defensive player of the week picked up another sack, caused and fumble and broke up a pass.

Jayron Kearse: He took a big first step toward becoming a regular-rotation performer at safety.

Korrin Wiggins: Like Kearse, he's making the defense better.

Ben Boulware: The freshman plays with relentless drive and energy, and has a nose for the football, whether on kick coverage or snaring his first interception at the middle linebacker spot.

Shaq Anthony: He stepped on as a starter on the offensive line and got the job done.

Quandon Christian: He got into the sack attack and had four stops.

Martin Jenkins: He started and was active in pass coverage and run support early, before popping his shoulder 'out.' A few painful minutes later, he was ready to come back in the game if needed.

C.J. Davidson: Two one-yard touchdown runs. Dabo Swinney says he'll play more as he develops within the 'big picture' of the offense.

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lhaselden writes:

I love our D..... playing great! I know Wake has issues... but to dominate a weaker but dominating an ACC team with our D is something we have not been able to do seems like in years.... Look forward to seeing us on the road necxr week...
I wonder if D-Rod will start on punt return.....

Bigboots writes:

Great job by coaches to get so many players into the game.
I love seeing guys get their chance. This is something the previous coaching staff did not do. Also great to see how much Tiger fans appreciate Daniel Rodriguez. He played well.

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