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Clemson X-Factors: Jordan Leggett

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With an alumni list that includes Da'Quan Bowers, Aaron Kelly, James Davis, C.J. Spiller, and Sammy Watkins, Clemson has had its fair share of household names. This year’s team boasts a star-studded defense headlined by Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett, and Stephone Anthony. That said, instead of focusing on the star players, this seven part series will focus on those who could have big seasons, but remain unproven, and whose success will go a long way in determining the success of the 2014 Clemson Tigers.

Streeter Lecka

Jordan Leggett

Jordan Leggett, a rising sophomore, has all the size, speed, and skill to be a stellar tight end, however he has held himself back to this point. Early in 2013 Fall Camp, Chad Morris said "He's got a body like a grown man and he's got a mind like a young kid, like you would expect. He's got to develop that mind and create that toughness about him." Prior to the UVa game, Leggett said "I'm a lazy person... They're not able to trust me because of my practice habits," and later, he would get suspended for the Thursday night game against Georgia Tech.

Fortunately, things seem to be trending in the right direction. Leggett has acknowledged that he needs to continue working on his blocking, and he has developed a good bond with new starting QB Cole Stoudt. Playing on Stoudt's team, he had 59 yards and a TD in the Spring game.

Last year Leggett was hampered by a pre-season knee injury that kept him out of the UGA game and less than 100% for others. Jordan Leggett has a tremendous opportunity in front of him. If he takes it, he could be a major receiving threat for the Tigers. If not, Clemson can rely on Sam Cooper and Stanton Seckinger, but with his height/speed combination Leggett's upside is on another tier.

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Clemson X-Factors: Joe Gore
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