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Player Grades: Clemson vs Oklahoma

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Breakdowns of individual performances in the Tigers' 40-6 stomping of the Sooners in the Russell Athletic Bowl

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Offense

Cole Stoudt, QB, Senior, A+: What a way for Cole Stoudt to end his career. A player who has struggled, fought injuries, and dealt with criticism all season went out with a bang against Oklahoma. Cole completed 26 passes for 319 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions! Stoudt looked extremely confident throwing the ball. He took 4 sacks and was hit multiple times (including a hit to the helmet on his touchdown pass to Germone Hopper) and was able to shake them off. Hats off to Cole for finishing his career in this impressive fashion.

Artavis Scott, WR, Freshman, A: I absolutely love this guy. He got Clemson off on the right foot by taking the first screen pass 65 yards for a touchdown to begin the onslaught. He had 114 yards on 8 catches, and showed his strength and tackle breaking ability, which we originally saw in the UNC game. Scott is going to be an exciting weapon to see for the Tigers for years to come.

Mike Williams, WR, Sophomore, A: With 112 yards on 9 catches, Williams was Clemson's second leading receiver. He had a huge play in the second quarter as he was able to shed an OU defender and go for 26 yards to dive in the end zone, putting us up 27-0 before halftime. I'm excited to see how Williams does in his junior season. He definitely will have NFL scouts looking at him, and has all the talent to get a nice draft spot, whether he chooses to go pro after his junior or senior season.

Defense

Ben Boulware, LB, Sophomore, A: 4 total tackles for the big man from Anderson, but what really stood out was his 47 yard pick 6 off of Trevor Knight in the first quarter. That was a huge early play for Clemson to establish momentum early, and help put out any fire that Oklahoma had left. After that moment, I don't know that anyone doubted that this was Clemson's game.

Vic Beasley, DE, Senior, A: The Beast finished his career with a sack and a team leading 5 solo tackles. Beasley was all over the field in his final showcase for the NFL scouts. Beasley is already projected as a first round draft pick and has impressed NFL scouts, so solid showings at the combine and pro day should go ahead and solidify his stock.

Defensive Backs, A: Our defensive backs were a "no fly zone" for Oklahoma. Trevor Knight threw for 103 yards, no touchdowns, and 3 picks. 2 of those picks were by defensive backs (the other was Boulware's pick 6). Korrin Wiggins had a nice interception, and then TJ Green pulled the final one in late in the game. After getting in a pre game scuffle with OU WR Sterling Shepard, McKensie Alexander helped keep the Sooners on lockdown. Shepard had 1 catch for 13 yards, while Oklahoma's leading receiver Michiah Quick was held to 46 yards on 7 catches.

Special Teams

Bradley Pinion, K/P, Junior, A-: As far as the kickoff game went, Pinion had an A+. Every kickoff except for 2 where touchbacks, and the 2 that the Sooners tried included a botched return that they recovered at their own 5 and a return to their own 14. Pinion had a solid day punting as well, racking up 217 yards. His only mistake was a 2nd quarter 36 yard punt that went out of bounds at the Sooner 49. Fortunately, on the ensuing drive, Grady Jarrett forced a fumble that was recovered by Ben Boulware, so no harm done.