ACC: Paul Macko

FSU, Clemson practice reports

August, 19, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

FLORIDA STATE

FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett is a straight shooter. When asked today whether David Spurlock will earn the starting job at right guard while Will Furlong is out with a back strain, Trickett said:

"The longer [Will] Furlong is out the worse it is for him. Everybody is talking about Furlong, but he never started a game here. So what the Hell is the difference between him and [David] Spurlock? That's kind of where we're at right now."

Highlights from Tuesday morning's practice included:

  • A 25-yard touchdown run from Brandon Paul.
  • In 11-on-11, Dakoda Watson had a leaping pass breakup and a sack.
  • The defense kept the offense out of the end zone on its first three tries in the red zone drill.

CLEMSON

Here are the highlights from the Tigers' final scrimmage before the Alabama game:

  • Quarterback Cullen Harper completed 12-of-14 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.
  • Receiver Marquan Jones had a team-high three catches for 41 yards, including a 33-yard reception from Harper.
  • Paul Macko was the top rusher with two carries for 20 yards. Rendrick Taylor had six carries for 16 yards. James Davis had just one rush for 11 yards and C.J. Spiller had two rushes for 9 yards to go with one reception. Neither played after the first possession.
  • The defense forced three turnovers -- a fumble recovery by Andre Branch, an interception by Rashard Hall and an interception by Crezdon Butler. Hall, a first-year freshman, made a diving interception, then kept his balance for a 15-yard return. The top tackler in the scrimmage was Byron Maxwell with five.

Speaking of Ray Ray ...

August, 8, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

After what I originally thought was a rather harmless blog entry yesterday on a random connection between Clemson and Temple, I got several notes like these:

MadMike from T-town, writes:

Why not, instead of painting this pretty picture of the Ray Ray story an how Clemson is so great, write how Clemson bagged poor Ray Ray and his brother after using him and his great PR. Why not post that on your blog. I can't believe that was not a bigger story than it was. 

Well, that was a pretty big story in March, and most of the opinions on it seemed to be the same. Jemele Hill wrote about it, too.

There's always more to the story, though, and Mark Schlabach found it.

But for those of you whose hearts were broken over Tommy Bowden's decision, it's not like Ray Ray McElrathbey is leaving Clemson empty-handed.

Six Clemson football players will graduate on Saturday and McElrathbey will be one of them.

Last I checked, that's what college is for.

McElrathbey will receive his undergraduate degree in sociology from Clemson at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Littlejohn Coliseum. He will continue his education and his football career this fall at Howard University in Washington, DC.

McElrathbey's little brother, Fahmarr, received financial support through a fund established by a waiver granted by the NCAA. The McElrathbey family will be available on the concourse area on the south side of Littlejohn Coliseum at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony on Saturday.

"I want to personally thank everyone who made this day possible," McElrathbey stated in a release. "We received so much support from the Clemson community over the last three years and I hope they will come by this area after graduation so I can thank them."

Also graduating are current Tigers Chris Clemons and Paul Macko, former players Jad Dean, Marion Dukes and Elsmore Gabriel.

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