Fall practice for the Tigers has officially wrapped up, which means that we are a week and a half from kickoff in the Valley. Lots of questions still remain on the two deep, but for now, it appears the starting lineup is all but locked up.
The kicking game has been one of the least talked about positions coming out of fall camp, and yet it has been Clemson's achilles heel in recent history. Last year alone, placekicking cost us games against Miami, Boston College, and Florida State. Catanzaro getting his head right, especially on the road, will be a major key to a successful season. Punting on the other hand, was solid last year, and Zimmerman's continued success will be vital in relieving some of the pressure on a defense that will be a work in progress early in the season.
Is Clemson one of the most underrated teams in the country? Phil Steele seems to think to so. With 14 returning starters there is certainly no reason not to improve off of last year's failed 6-7 campaign. Athlon Sports takes a similar stance, believing Clemson will be one of the surprise teams in the ACC.
Should Dabo be on the hotseat after Clemson's first losing season in more than a decade? Absolutely, and Kirk Herbstreit agrees. Herbie has always defended the Tigers, but he's also realistic. Another season like 2010 and I'm not sure how Dabo should or will survive.
With the injections of Watkins and Bellamy into the Tiger offense this fall, and the recent reinstatement of Joe Craig after his off the field trouble, Chad Morris will have tons of speed at his disposal. Craig will be serving a several game suspension, and the hope is to insert him into the lineup at some point during the tough early stretch.
That's all for now. Troy is on the horizon and College Football is finally back in full swing. Let's spot the damn ball.