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Player Grades: Clemson at NC State

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The Tigers smacked the Pack in Raleigh. A look back at performances from the 56-41 victory.

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Offense

Hunter Renfrow, WR, RS Freshman, A+: Renfrow has been an emerging star for the Tigers all year long, and Saturday he put together probably his best game at Clemson. 4 receptions for 93 yards and a 57 yard touchdown reception. Renfrow has been a pleasant surprise for the new Wide Receiver U.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Sophomore, A+: Watson tossed 5 TD's and ran for another one as he orchestrated a day which saw Clemson put up 623 yards of total offense. Watson himself ran for 69 and threw for 383 yards of that. Watson also threw 0 picks on the day.

Defense

Jayron Kearse, S, Junior, B: Not a bad day for Kearse, but he didn't seem to have the fire that we have seen from him all year. He was 4th on the team with tackles with 4, but just wasn't all over the field like we're used to seeing with him. He also looked to slow up at the end of NC State's kick return touchdown in the first quarter. which is the opposite of when he caught Louisville's return man at the goal line during the game on September 17. It wasn't a bad day for Kearse, it's just that we are used to see him playing with such a high level of intensity, that Saturday seemed unusual. I expect we'll see the Jayron we all know and love for FSU this Saturday.

BJ Goodson, LB, RS Senior, A: Nice day for Goodson who led the team in tackles with 7, including 3 tackles for a loss of 21 combined yards. He had a sack and forced a fumble in the first half, which was big for Clemson to help regain momentum.

Special Teams

PAT/FG Team C-: One thing that absolutely has to be addressed before FSU comes to town is giving up 2 blocked PATs. With a high scoring and competitive game like what we saw in Raleigh, 1 extra point can mean the difference between win, lose, or going to OT. We were fortunate to block one defensively and that the game was a double digit victory, but in future games it could mean a lot more. I know that will be addressed this week. For what it's worth, I believe UGA blocked at least one of Florida's extra points in their loss Saturday. With us seeing 3 block PATs in our game and then UGA blocking one, this may be a sign that block PAT's and Field Goals could be on the rise in college football. Don't forget, a blocked kick returned for a touchdown is what gave our opponent for this week their only loss this year. If this is the case, then it will be very important for the coaches to address what happened on those 2 PATs.