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Summer summary: Clemson

As we head into game week next week, here's a look back at the main storylines and highlights of Clemson's summer camp:

  • All eyes were on quarterback Tajh Boyd, and he made measurable progress. He was 8 for 24 in the spring game, but in all three of the scrimmages this month he has completed over 50 percent of his passes (a total of 28-of-41 for 68 percent). His accuracy has improved significantly and the receivers have done a good job helping him out.

  • Sammy Watkins is a freshman who’s going to be an impact player. He was in the starting lineup by the fourth practice, and has shown he can also run the ball and help the Tigers out in the return game. Martavis Bryant, Charone Peake, and Adam Humphries are all true freshmen receivers who impressed the staff and could be added to the mix this fall.

  • Defensively, the play of defensive end Andre Branch stood out. He got a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks this month. He started alongside Da'Quan Bowers last year, but will pick up on a lot of those sacks this fall. He and Malliciah Goodman will generate good pressure and combined for three sacks in Saturday’s scrimmage.

Most noteable injury: Running back Mike Bellamy missed a week with a shoulder injury but comes back today. He was injured last Monday.