Clemson Tigers College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Clemson Tigers Offensive Player
QB DJ Uiagalelei, Soph.
It’s not fair that anyone should have to follow Trevor Lawrence, but it wasn’t fair that Trevor Lawrence had to follow the legend of Deshaun Watson – at least after Kelly Bryant was a stopgap option.
DJ Uiagalelei is just that good to follow the legend.
He’s a huge 6-4, 250-pound powerhouse of a passer who might not run like Lawrence or Watson, but he makes up for it with an otherworldly right arm.
Outside of mop-up duty, he had a two-game season, stepping in against Boston College and Notre Dame. He performed brilliantly under the pressure hitting 59-of-85 passes for 781 yards and four scores with two rushing touchdowns. On the year he threw five touchdown passes, no picks, and now he knows what he’s doing.
2. WR Justyn Ross, Jr. (if healthy)
3. OG Matt Bockhorst, Sr.
4. OG Will Putnam, Jr.
5. TE Braden Galloway, Sr.
Best Clemson Tigers Defensive Player
DT Bryan Bresee, Soph.
First, if you think a few different guys should be in the top five, there’s no argument here, especially from a pro prospect standpoint. Cornerbacks Andrew Booth and Sheridan Jones should be in the top five, and so should end Myles Murphy, and maybe safety Lannden Zanders, and keep on going through the recruiting class.
The 6-5, 300-pound Bresee only made 23 tackles with four sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss, but his combination of toughness, quickness and athleticism made him the top defensive tackle in the conference – at least in terms of the All-ACC voting – as a true freshman. He’s just scratching the surface.
2. DT Tyler Davis, Jr.
3. S Nolan Turner, Sr.
4. LB Baylon Spector, Jr.
5. LB James Skalski, Sr.
Top Incoming Clemson Tigers Transfer
S Barrett Carter, Fr.
Since Clemson doesn’t have any major transfers coming in – at least not yet – at the level of some of the stars in yet another great recruiting class.
The 6-1, 220-pound Carter could find a role in several different areas with the athleticism to work as a defensive back and the toughness to hold up as a linebacker.
Considering his athleticism and all-around upside, think a smaller version of Isaiah Simmons if everything works out.