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Player Grades: Orange Bowl

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For another year, the Tigers deliver a beatdown to the Sooners in Florida in late December. Take a look back at who stood out as Clemson prepares for Alabama and the championship.

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Offense

Deshaun Watson, QB, Sophomore, A+: Once again, Deshaun was an absolute magician while leading the Tigers to a big victory. Watson ran for 145 yards and a touchdown, and threw for another 187 and another touchdown. He also laid a nice block on a run by Gallman.  Watson did have 1 interception at the end of the first half, but other than that he played a great ballgame. I look forward to watching him perform on college football's biggest stage next Monday.

Wayne Gallman, RB, Sophomore, A+: All aboard the Wayne Train!!! Gallman was a beast on the ground with 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. On his first touchdown, him and Watson celebrated with a nice rendition of college football's latest craze, the "Ran Off On The Plug Twice" dance, which is taken from the rapper Plies music video for his song "Ritz Carlton". The dance just involves running in place, but if you've watched the bowl games this year, you've probable seen it at least once a game, and hopefully we'll see the Wayne Train bust it out a few times against Alabama.

Defense

Christian Wilkins, DT, Freshman, A+: Solid day on defense for Christian Wilkins, who had 3 tackles on the day. He also finished as the 4th leading receiver on Thursday. The big  6'4", 315 pound tackle showed us his hands with a 31 yard reception on the infamous fake punt redemption play for Andy Teasdall. We'll discuss Teasdall's role later, but as a former defensive lineman, the opportunity to make a play like that is something that probably meant a lot to Christian, and he did it perfectly.

Ben Boulware, LB, Junior, A+: After last year's pick 6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, some off season Twitter barbs being exchanged with Sooner fans, and this game, it's safe to say Ben Boulware owns Oklahoma. The dominating point of his 8 tackle day was the fourth quarter interception in the red zone by Boulware. It wasn't quite as long as his touchdown from last year, but it was an impressive one handed catch to help seal the deal for Clemson. Boulware's mustache game was also an A+ this week.

Special Teams

Andy Teasdall, P, RS Junior, A+: After all the criticism of Teasdall's decision to run in the ACC Championship and Dabo's reaction to it, both got a chance at redemption. As Teasdall lined up for that punt, I had a feeling Dabo may try a fake, but I was not expecting a 31 yard pass to a 315 pound defensive tackle. Great way to put the past error behind him. This fake will be going down in Clemson history for the right reasons.