2014 ACC Wish Lists: Clemson And Miami
This is the second installment in a multi-week series on wish lists for the ACC teams as they head into 2014.
The Clemson coaches have one of the most daunting jobs of any staff in the ACC in trying to replace star quarterback Tajh Boyd, who amassed more than 3,800 passing yards in each of his three seasons as the starting quarterback. Look for dual-threat quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of NFL great Jim Kelly, or Cole Stoudt to step up into that role.
Stoudt saw considerable garbage time in 2013, passing for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns. Clemson also must replace what might have been the greatest wide receiver duo in Tiger history in Sammy Watkins (101 receptions, 1,464 yards, 12 TDs) and Martavis Bryant (42 receptions, 828 yards, 7 TDs). Rising senior Adam Humphries, who amassed 41 receptions for 438 yards and two touchdowns in 2013, needs to step up as a leading receiver for the team. Clemson may also look to a trio of four-star wide receivers including Demarre Kitt to help fill to void.
Miami needs more production from running backs not named Duke Johnson. When Johnson was on the field Miami averaged more than 198 yards on the ground per game. In their final five games after Johnson's injury vs Florida State, the Hurricanes only averaged 99.6 rushing yards per game.
The Hurricanes lost two high-level running back recruits to Florida State and four-star running back Joseph Yearby will not be able to practice until the fall. This means Miami needs more production from either Dallas Crawford or Gus Edwards.
The Hurricanes also need to replace quarterback Stephen Morris. That job will probably fall to Morris' backup, Ryan Williams, who has one year of eligibility remaining. Miami will also need to replace the starters on the right side of the offensive line and the center.