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Player Grades: Syracuse at Clemson

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Clemson guts out a 16-6 win over Syracuse on Homecoming. Which players stepped up or stepped back on Saturday

Streeter Lecka

Offense:

Wayne Gallman, RB, FR, A: The Wayne Train went off for 101 yards on 28 carries Saturday Night. Finally, we had a running back step up and have a big day for us. Wayne probably could've had a bigger day with some better blocking up front, and maybe could have even found the end zone. Hopefully Gallman can continue this through at least this week (hopefully longer) so that Cole Stoudt will have less pressure with a good running back.

Offensive Line, D: Line play was once again, less than stellar. Gallman was able to rattle off 101 yards despite some weak play up front. The most telling moment, in my opinion, was when Dabo elected to kick the field goal in the 3rd quarter on 4th and 1 as Clemson was deep in 'Cuse territory. Dabo tends to like to go for it on 4th down, so for him to pass up that situation shows the lack of faith he has in our ability to bull ahead for 1 yard. I'm hoping that our OL takes that as an insult and comes into next Thursdays game angry and having something to prove against a bad Wake Forest team.

Defense:

Robert Smith, S, SR, A+: Great day for Robert Smith. He had a pick along with 8 tackles. As a unit, the Tigers D held AJ Long to 82 yards passing. Smith was a force at safety, anchoring the "No Fly Zone" defensive backfield.  Smith even registered a nice tackle for a loss Saturday night.

Stephone Anthony, LB, SR, A+: Anthony was once again a beast on the field for the Tigers. After Saturday's performance, he was named a Butkus Award Semifinalist. Against the Orange, he had a pick along with 6 tackles. One of those tackles was one of Clemson's 4 sacks on the night. Stephone continues to anchor our defense deep into the season.

Special Teams:

Ammon Lakip, K, JR, A: What a year for Lakip. A few weeks ago, we were all crossing our fingers every time he came out and just hoping the ball made it through the uprights. And now, he pretty much won the game for us. Saturday he went 3/3 on field goals, giving us a 9-6 lead going into the 4th quarter. His longest was a 41 yarder in the 3rd quarter. Dabo also has more faith in Ammon because, as I stated before, he elected to let Lakip kick instead of extending a third quarter drive on 4th and 1 deep in Orange territory. Needless to say, Ammon has definitely turned around from the FSU game.