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Episode 105: Clemson Tigers need to get tougher in 2012

Will Tajh Boyd improve in 2012? Will he have the protection he needs? Getty Images.

Defending ACC champions have work to do in trenches

Will Tajh Boyd improve in 2012? Will he have the protection he needs? Getty Images.

Clemson took the ACC by storm last season on the strength of a dynamic offense capable of exploiting the holes in traditional and expected powers like Virginia Tech and Florida State. While Clemson may have gotten off to a fast start last fall, they certainly hit a wall late in the year with two late season ACC losses and a regular season ending loss to SEC and in-state rival South Carolina. After winning the ACC championship game, the Tigers were blasted in the Orange Bowl by the explosive West Virginia Mountaineers.

So where does Clemson go from here? Can they bring back enough to make a run at defending their ACC title? They certainly have some notable players on offense to keep up the pace, if the offensive line can come together, with quarterback Tajh Boyd entering his junior season, running back Andre Ellington opting to return and Sammy Watkins entering his sophomore (SOPHOMORE!) season. And with the addition of defensive coordinator Brent Venebles the hope is that the defense gets tougher in a hurry.

Cory Fravel from Cemetery Hill is our guest on today’s podcast as we take a look inside Clemson spring football practices to see what the major areas of concern are. After listening to this conversation you will probably feel the same way about Clemson. If you don’t think the Tigers need to get tougher in the trenches this spring, give this episode a listen.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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