Midseason report: Clemson

Clemson Tigers

Record: 2-3 (0-2 ACC)

Maybe quarterback Kyle Parker should’ve taken the Colorado Rockies’ money and run. Clemson is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and Parker has thrown seven touchdowns and four interceptions. He hasn’t exactly gotten a lot of help from his receivers this year. Coach Dabo Swinney switched the veteran wideouts with younger players, and now he’s hoping to get running back Andre Ellington some more carries, because Ellington has been the best and most consistent player on offense.

The defense remains inconsistent, but is No. 2 in the country in tackles for loss and No. 19 in sacks. There certainly isn’t a lack of talent on the roster, but the Tigers need more from their passing game in the second half of the season. Clemson looked like a top 25 team in its overtime loss at Auburn, a team capable of repeating as Atlantic Division champs. Now? The Tigers look like a team capable of losing to Maryland. Again.

Offensive MVP, RB Andre Ellington: He has eased the loss of C.J. Spiller’s production, as he’s third in the ACC in rushing and leads the team with 87 yards per game. He is averaging 6.6 yards per carry and has had four plays of at least 20 yards. He has 435 yards and needs just 74 more to reach 1,000 in his career.

Defensive MVP, DE Da’Quan Bowers: He had two sacks for 16 yards in the loss to North Carolina. He now has six sacks in just five games and 11.5 tackles for loss. In five games he has already exceeded his 2009 season totals in sacks and tackles for loss. Bowers ranks third in the nation in tackles for loss and is tied for fourth in sacks.