As the offseason continues to roll along and things in the world start down the path to opening back up Tiger fans, like many others, are becoming more and more hopeful. Pro Football Focus (PFF) is already looking ahead to the upcoming season as though it’s going to happen and has given their list of players that they expect to have a breakout season on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. To few people’s surprise, they have two Clemson Tigers on this list.
First, on the offensive side of the ball, they have Jordan McFadden listed. McFadden, an offensive tackle, saw time last year as a reserve. PFF had this to say about McFadden…..
“If he performs at the same level he did as a rotational piece last year, he could be in the conversation as one of the best tackles in college football,” writes. “On 335 reps, McFadden posted an 88.3 overall grade and put up a run-block grade that ranked 11th in the FBS.”
-PFF’s Anthony Treash on Clemson’s Jordan McFadden
On the other side of the ball they feel that Mario Goodrich has an opportunity to have a breakout season as he gets a shot at starting on a Clemson defense that many expect to be much better than last year’s squad. As far as Goodrich goes, PFF stated this…
“With his speed and length, Goodrich has performed remarkably well on his limited snaps at Clemson. He has logged 169 coverage snaps in two seasons and allowed a catch rate of just 26.1% (6-of-23 targets) while combining for six pass breakups and interceptions. And he did most of that in 2019 while reportedly playing through ankle issues that led to surgery last month. He has great speed and length and will most certainly see a larger role in 2020.”
-PFF’s Anthony Treash on Clemson’s Mario Goodrich
As many Clemson fans wait anxiously to see what, if any, kind of a football season the Tigers will have, it is good to see that some players are back that can make an impact on both sides of the ball. Many like to say that Coach Swinney and his staff have graduated from rebuilding to reloading and that will never be looked at as a bad thing. Especially when the expectations are to compete at the highest level.