Clemson, SC- Chad Kelly has been thought of as a caretaker for the Clemson offense, after taking over for an all-time great, Tajh Boyd, he was supposed to be a one season bridge to the next star QB, Erik Owens, but he has steadily improved and staked his claim to the QB1 job for Clemson. This could be the year that Chad Kelly takes over the Clemson offense and makes it his. Most observers thought that the redshirt junior would get leapt on the depth chart by redshirt freshman Erk Owens, but Kelly worked hard to improve over the offseason, and staked his claim thanks to an excellent spring game showing and the leadership he displayed in offseason workouts. Kelly has improved his speed (85) and he doesn't miss his target when throwing the ball (94 accuracy.) Clemson will go with a committee approach in the backfield, and Coach Trey expects 3 different players to carry the ball every game. Speedy Zach Brooks will get the start most games thanks to his status as a senior. Brooks had an excellent season last year as the change of pace back, but will get the chance to show what he can do as the #1 player on the depth chart. Redshirt sophomore Ty Dye, and redshirt freshman Aaron Long will split time as the #2 back. They are different players as ball carriers, Dye is a power back with decent speed, and Long is a shifty scat back with very good speed who will be able to take it the distance from anywhere on the field. Redshirt Sophomore Wayne Gallman would see time if there were injuries in the backfield. Following the departure of College Football Hall of Fame nominee Sammy Watkins the Tigers look to be a little young on the outside. Germone Hopper is the only senior in the WR corp, and he'll be joined by 2 redshirt sophomores, 1 redshirt freshman and 1 true freshman. The Clemson coaches hope he can provide the speed and explosiveness that Sammy Watkins provided the last few seasons. Redshirt sophomore Mike Williams be the #2 WR and his size will help him be a mismatch against smaller DB's. Kyrin Preister will be the #3 WR and will slide to the outside in 3 and 4 WR sets. Redshirt freshman Lawerence Van will get the nod as the #4 WR, Van was highly touted coming out of high school, and if he shows he can play well he could vault up the depth chart. True freshman Jason Barr will be the #5 WR if/when the Tigers spread out that much. Coach Trey said it was a very difficult decision to use Barr and redshirt 6'6" 221 pound freak Cory Long, but they felt that Barr was more polished and ready to contribute immediately. Stanton Seckinger is back at TE, he will be joined by redshirt sophomore Jordan Leggett in doule tight sets. Leggett is a phenomenal pass catcher, but leaves a lot to be desired in the blocking game, while Seckinger is a more all around TE. They should both make excellent safety valves, and threats in the passing game. Clemson will start 2 seniors on the OL this season. Ryan Norton might be the best center in the country, he's flanked by Junior Jay Guillermo at LG, and 6'3" 352 pound Tyrone Crowder at RG. Shaq Anthony and Isaiah Battle will be the RT and LT respectively. The OL for Clemson won't be a juggernaut, but they should be solid enough to open running lanes, and keep the pass rush off Chad Kelly. The graduating seniors from last year's DL were so good that there were players with 90 overalls standing on the sideline. That won't be a problem this season. Clemson will break in 2 new starters at DE Shaq Lawson and Dane Rogers are both redshirt sophomores, Luckily Carlos Watkins is back at DT to bring some stability to the DL, and sophomore Scott Pagano will help him hold down the middle. Both the DT can get after the QB, and Pagano has the speed to run down most of them. Dorian O'Daniel got his first playing time last season as a redshirt fresman, and it was a good thing he did because Clemson will be breaking in 2 new starters at LB. Ben Boulware will finally get his chance to shine at the MLB spot. The redshirt sophomore has the raw skills to be a good player, but he will have to put it all together for the LB corp to be a solid unit. Ty Burrell and Nick Scales are still fighting for the ROLB spot. They are very similar players, but Scales may get the nod because of his youth. The DB's will have some players who will blow you away and others who will be solid and unspecatular. Senior Travis Blanks is the leader and star of the unit, He doesn't have great speed, but he always seems to put himself in the right position to make plays and is an excellent cover man for a FS. The rest of the DB's will all be redshirt sophomores. Jayron Kearse will take over at SS, and the 4 main CB's: Mackensie Alexander, Adrian Baker, Korin Wiggins, and Jadar Johnson are as well. Alexander played last season opposite Bashaud Breeland and had an excellent season with 20 tackles and 7 interceptions. Like the past few seasons, Clemson is very talented on the whole. The question at this point is whether Coach Trey has taken them as far as he can. Last season Clemson won double digit games and the Sugar Bowl over Louisville, they have the talent to do more, but it will be on the coach to motivate, and coach them to something greater.