Clemson Spring Game: Impressed by the Offense or Question the Defense?

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Undoubtedly, one of the main reasons that the 2013 edition of the Clemson Tigers are considered legitimate national championship contenders is due to the offensive firepower head coach Dabo Swinney‘s squad possesses. With QB Tajh Boyd sitting out today’s spring game, many expected that the exceptionally talented offense wouldn’t be able to display their full potential.

Well, they were sorely mistaken.

Junior backup quarterback Cole Stoudt more than did his part in making the Clemson forget that their potential Heisman candidate wasn’t even on the field.

Passing for a phenomenal 304 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, Boyd’s backup possibly may have shown the Tiger faithful that life after Boyd next season may not be so difficult after all.

And of course, Clemson’s other potential Heisman winner had a lot to do with the success.

Sammy Watkins hauled in seven catches for 156 yards, which is actually a critical stat line that Clemson folks were very interested in. With the loss of star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, a lot of the focus has been put on Watkins to take a bigger role in the receiving game. Today, the junior speedster began to answer that call.

In all, between both the Orange and White squads, the Tiger offense combined for an astounding 632 yards on 90 plays in the first half alone.

However, while it’s easy to get an adrenaline rush from seeing numbers like those, you also have to bring up questions about how the Clemson defense is progressing.

With the Clemson D seemingly holding recent Clemson teams back from reaching that national championship level, today was not a good sign of where they might be headed.

Unless, the Clemson offense turns out to be one of the biggest juggernauts that we’ve seen in college football history, we really won’t find out the true progression of the defense until they take the field against Aaron Murray and the Georgia Bulldogs on August 31.

 

Jack is a College Football Contributor for Rant Sports. Follow Jack on Twitter @FSUYankee14

 

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