NFL Draft: The Kings of Day Two—Aaron Kelly, WR, Clemson


Published: April 11, 2009


... College Football Preview magazine I have in my bathroom still predicted them going to the national championship against Georgia (neither made it).

Within a month or two of their season-opening 34-10 loss against Alabama, they were no longer ranked and their Head Coach, Tommy Bowden, resigned. So what happened?

It seems to be a pretty simple answer, they just couldn’t get the ball in the end zone when they were up against good defenses.

There could be many reasons for this, but the one I think was key was the inability of the offensive line to protect quarterback Cullen Harper from being hurried or open holes for the running game.

After the 2007 season, starting offensive linemen Barry Richardson and Chris McDuffie both graduated and were replaced by unseasoned underclassmen. This was a huge hit to the production of the offense, as indicated by offense statistics alone.

In 2007, Harper went 282 of 433 for 2,991 yards, 27 touchdowns and 6 picks...

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