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Will Clemson take a step forward or step back in 2012?

Clemson will be a preseason top 10-15 team next year because of the return of Sammy, Tahj, Andre, Nuk, and will be on the heels of top ten recruiting class (assuming we snag Bullard). A similar situation played out in 2008 with the return of C. Harper, JD, CJ, Aaron Kelly and we had the 2nd ranked recruiting class according to espn. Along the offensive line in 2008 Clemson had Thomas Austin (senior center) that was flanked on both sides by several soph and freshmen. In 2012 Dalton Freeman will be surrounded by inexperienced 1st year starters. Clemson's rushing totals in 2008 against Ala, WF, GT, BC, FSU,UVA, NEB = 0, 21, 51, 87, 79, 59, 4. Defensively in 2008, Clemson was tenth in points allowed (16.8 pg). I can't imagine they will be that good in 2012. We also start 2012 in the Georgia Dome playing a team from Alabama.

I tend to think Chad Morris will be able to get the ball to play makers more effectively than Rob Spence and Caldwell will have an entire year with the new offensive line players. I believe we'll take some bumps and end with about 8 regular season wins (9 is entirely possibly).


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