ACC Summer Football Check-in with Clemson’s Rubbing the Rock

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Oct 12, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) carries the ball in for a touchdown during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

STG: Clemson’s offense has lost some key players, but we can talk more about details when the Eagles and Tigers meet in October. Right now, how do you feel about Clemson’s replacements for Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins?

RTR: I’m generally optimistic about Clemson’s offense, but I think it’s safe to assume that it will take a step backward without Boyd and Watkins.They are not the kind of guys that you just replace overnight. But I think Cole Stoudt will be among the best QBs in the ACC, particularly if a couple receivers emerge. I really like Mike Williams’ potential, and expect him to be Stoudt’s best target. Adam Humphies is the old veteran, and should be a pretty solid option, as well.

As long as Chad Morris is around, the offense should always be pretty good. And if there is a drop-off, it probably won’t be noticeable against most of Clemson’s opponents. It may only be apparent against the better defenses the Tigers face. With Clemson opening the season against Georgia, we should learn a lot about where Stoudt and the rest of the offense stand after week one.