Grading the spring game match-ups: more good news than bad on all fronts

Compeitive battles across-the-board showed depth, despite split squad format

Clemson running back Wayne Gallman (9) carries the ball during the spring game at Clemson's Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Clemson running back Wayne Gallman (9) carries the ball during the spring game at Clemson's Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Here's a quick look back at the key match-ups in Clemson's Orange-White spring game:

Orange QBs & Receivers: Chad Kelly, Nick Schuessler, Demarre Kitt, Adam Humphries, Daniel Rodriguez


White Defensive Backs: Korrin Wiggins, Jayron Kearse, Adrian Baker, Cordrea Tankersley, Garry Peters, Robert Smith

The Verdict: Kelly had his ups and downs, even before being benched for the second half. He threw a pair of interceptions into double coverage, with Peters and Baker getting picks. Smith and Tankersley had five tackles each. Daniel Rodriguez had five receptions, while Humphries and Kitt combined for five.


White QBs & Receivers: Cole Stoudt, Nick Schuessler, Mike Williams, Artavis Scott, Kyrin Priester, Adrien Dunn, Seth Ryan


Orange Defensive Backs: Mackensie Alexander, TJ Green, Jadar Johnson, Marcus Edmond, Ryan Carter

The Verdict: It was a mixed bag, with high points on both sides of the ball. Stoudt played like a veteran, well-versed in the offense and confident in his abilities. He kept the chains moving by taking what he could find against the defense and threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a big play to Mike Williams. Scott and Priester handled most of what came their way. On the other side, Green looked comfortable in his new safety roll, and Carter competed hard at corner. The two defensive newcomers shared the Orange lead in tackles with eight apiece. Alexander had little to show on the stat sheet (two tackles), but looked like he belonged in the starting lineup.


Orange Offensive Line: Tyrone Crowder, Ryan Norton, David Beasley, Maverick Morris, Jerome Maybank, Spencer Region, Shaq Anthony


White Defensive Line: Vic Beasley, Tavaris Barnes, Martin Aiken, Kevin Dodd, DJ Reader, Grady Jarrett, Rod Byers, Scott Pagano

The Verdict: If there was an area that looked like a potential mismatch going into the scrimmage, it was this one. That was the way it played out, for the most part. Beasley, Barnes, Jarrett and Reader pretty much had their way with an offensive line that featured newcomers Tyrone Crowder and Maverick Morris. The White defense racked up 13 tackles for loss and 11 'sacks,' meaning that they were in the backfield for much of the game. Barnes made five stops behind the line of scrimmage, Jarrett had two, and Beasley and Reader one each.


White Offensive Line: Jay Guillermo, Kalon Davis, Joe Gore, Reid Webster, Isaiah Battle, Harrison Tucker


Orange Defensive Line: Corey Crawford, Shaq Lawson, Dane Rogers, Ebenezer Ogundeko, Josh Watson, DeShawn Williams, Carlos Watkins

The Verdict: This one proved to be more of a competitive match-up, as the White offensive line limited the Orange defense to seven tackles for loss and three sacks, while giving Cole Stoudt the time he needed to make game-winning plays. The Orange defensive front forced and recovered a fumble, and Carlos Watkins looked back in form with two tackles for loss.


Orange Running Backs & Tight Ends: Zac Brooks, Wayne Gallman, Kurt Fleming, DJ Greenlee, Jay Jay McCullough, Sean Mac Lain


White Linebackers: Stephone Anthony, Chris Register, Ben Boulware, Dorian O'Daniel

The Verdict: No clear winner here. Gallman and Brooks were both productive running the ball - 9 carries for 62 yards for Gallman, including a 27-yard breakaway, and 11 carries for 50 yards, including a 14-yarder, by Brooks. On the other side, Ben Boulware and Chris Register consistently made plays in run defense, and Dorian O'Daniel looks ready to contribute, as well. Nothing but good news in this match-up.


White Running Backs & Tight Ends: D.J. Howard, C.J. Davidson, Haamid Williams, Stanton Seckinger, Jordan Leggett


Orange Linebackers: Tony Steward, TJ Burrell, BJ Goodson, Chad Richardson

The Verdict: Give the edge to the White's power-game playmakers. D.J. Howard looked like he's ready to grab his senior opportunity and run with it, with nine carries for 62 yards, including a 35-yarder. Davidson showed an explosive burst, as well Meanwhile, Jordan Leggett looked like a go-to pass-catcher at the tight end position, with seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

On the sidelines: Travis Blanks, Deshaun Watson, Charone Peake, Tyshon Dye, Sam Cooper, Eric Mac Lain, Marcus Bullard, Zack Riggs, Kellen Jones, Oliver Jones, Martin Jenkins, Taylor Watson

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brookesdad729 writes:

It's spring ball folks, which is only a gauge. With the mixed bag they played with, I am pretty confident that we'll be alright come fall ball. Unit cohesiveness means a lot and when these guys gel into a starting lineup and everyone knows their roles, especially on defense, they're gonna be pretty good in my opinion. The running backs looked good and I was really impressed with Gallman. Go Tigers!

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