Monday, September 08, 2003

(UPDATED at 9:20 p.m.)

Peripatetic receiver to leave team -- again

Tigernet is reporting that wide receiver Roscoe Crosby, one of the most widely heralded recruits in Clemson history who rejoined the program this fall for the first time since 2001, has left the team for "family reasons." I'll post more about this on Tuesday.

Where is that confounded running game?

With Furman playing soft defense after getting burned on some long pass plays, Clemson still couldn't generate a whole lot of offense on the ground in Saturday's unimpressive 28-17 victory.

This just doesn't sound good.

MTSU NOTES: The SID's office has released the voluminous pregame notes for next week's game against Middle Tennessee State. Give them a look.

STATS NOT TOO BAD: Here's a quick look at Clemson's ACC rank in various statistical categories. And, here's a very valuable page that tracks Clemson's NCAA statistical rankings -- and the rankings of every Division I program.

The good: We lead the league in kickoff returns (averaging 30.1 yards per return, which also ranks us 14th nationally) and kickoff coverage, only allowing an average of 12.5 yards per return. We're third in the conference in total defense (292.5 yards per game, which ranks us 31st nationally), second in pass defense (147 yards per game, good enough for 19th nationally), and we're tied for second in sacks in the ACC with seven.

Leroy Hill leads the ACC in tackles and tackles for loss, Kevin Youngblood, Derrick Hamilton and Airese Currie are ranked in several receiver categories (and Hamilton is seventh in the NCAA in kickoff returns), and Charlie Whitehurst is fourth in the league in passing yardage and fifth in passing efficiency.

The bad: We're the worst rushing team in the league (and ranked 102nd in the country), we're the worst in red-zone offense, and the next-to-worst in fourth-down conversions (1-of-4) and penalties (17 for 156 yards). We're also the worst team in the country in punt returns (117th out of 117).

Interesting stat: Clemson hasn't been getting many breaks from the other team's screw-ups. Our two opponents have only been penalized 9 times for 83 yards, the lowest figure in the conference.

Another interesting stat: N.C. State leads the nation in passing with 418 yards per game.

QUESTIONS ABOUND: The State's Ken Tysiac is still busy answering questions from fans. Check them out.

AP POLL: Florida State is 10th this week. Wake Forest jumps in at No. 20, the first ranking for the Deacs in a decade. N.C. State hangs around at No. 24, and South Carolina is 25th. Virginia drops out; Maryland has been out of the Top 25 since its opening-week loss to Northern Illinois.

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