Clemson QB Competition Heats Up in Front of Record 2017 Spring Game Crowd

On a day that featured the seniors’ national championship ring ceremony, Orange defeated White, 19-14, Saturday in the 2017 Clemson Spring Game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.

According to, it was announced that 60,000 fans were in attendance, which was a record for the event.

The biggest storyline was the four-way quarterback competition between Kelly Bryant, Hunter Johnson, Tucker Israel and Zerrick Cooper.

While no one separated himself as the clear successor to Deshaun Watson, here is a look at the numbers each produced Saturday:

After being questionable to play due to a hamstring injury, Bryant suffered an apparent hand setback during the Orange Team’s opening drive.

Head coach Dabo Swinney later revealed that the QB tore a tendon in his pinkie finger, per Nikki Hood of, but Bryant was able to play through it.

The Orange Team jumped out to the lead on its second drive of the day, with the biggest play coming courtesy of junior wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud.

He picked up 32 yards on a jet sweep, and as pointed out by ESPN’s David Hale, he showed some remarkable athleticism at the completion of the run:

Shortly thereafter, Bryant kept the ball and scored from four yards out to put Orange on top 7-0.

Israel soon made a case for himself in the quarterback competition as well by hitting national championship game hero Hunter Renfrow for a 34-yard gain.

That set up a 40-yard field goal by Greg Huegel, who also hit a 47-yarder to extend Orange’s lead to 13-0 in the second quarter.

White managed to tighten the score in the second frame by virtue of a beautiful throw from Johnson to sophomore wide receiver Diondre Overton for a 24-yard touchdown.

As pointed out by Anna Hickey of 247Sports, Johnson managed to hang in there despite getting little help from his offensive line in the first half:

Orange entered the half with a 13-7 lead, which set the stage for perhaps the most exciting part of the day for the fans in attendance.

Clemson’s seniors received their championship rings from last season, which included departed players such as Watson, wide receiver Mike Williams and linebacker Ben Boulware.

Dan Hope of the Independent Mail tweeted the following photo of several players posing with their rings:

Ken Ruinard of the Independent Mail did so as well:

Israel came out to start the second half under center for the Orange Team, and he once again managed to lead a scoring drive.

This time he was able to get into the end zone by firing a 14-yard scoring strike to junior wide receiver Trevion Thompson to make it 19-7.

Junior running back Adam Choice pounded his way into the end zone for a White touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the side ran out of time, and Orange preserved a 19-14 triumph.

Defense stood out Saturday, as the squads combined for three interceptions, 12 tackles for loss and fewer than 500 total yards allowed.

All eyes were on the quarterbacks, and regardless of who wins the job, Hope pointed out that Watson’s shoes will be tough to fill:

All four signal-callers in the competition displayed positives and negatives that will give Swinney plenty to consider.

Israel was the most consistent passer and the only quarterback to not throw an interception, but Bryant may have been the most effective player overall due to his running ability.

Clemson has an uphill climb with regard to defending the national title after losing so much talent to the NFL, but if a strong quarterback emerges and the defense picks up the slack like it did Saturday, the Tigers should continue to be a force in the ACC.

Omarosa Weds At Trump International Hotel In Washington, D.C. — But Where Was The Donald?!

Happily Ever Newman!

Omarosa Manigault, of The Apprentice fame, got married in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to Florida pastor John Allen Newman — and the whole ceremony went down at the Trump International Hotel in the capital city!

Related: Bill Maher Brutally Takes Down Trump’s Administration

The 43-year-old new bride posted a photo of the pair at their wedding, with the hashtag #HappilyEverNewman, and a very simple message for all on her special day (below):

Could space be the final frontier for the Fast and Furious franchise?

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This isn’t exactly confirmation of Vin Diesel the astronaut, but it’s also not an outright dismissal of the idea.

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Free Book – WordPress 4.x Complete

WordPress 4.x Complete ($31.19 Kindle), by Karol Król, is free this morning, direct from Packt Publishing.

Looks interesting and includes using WordPress for non-blog websites.

Book Description
With WordPress, anyone can build an optimized website with the least amount of effort possible and then make it available to the world in no time.

This book will serve as a practical guide for everyone who intends to become an online publisher, website owner, or even a website developer. Beginning with the basic features of WordPress, the book lays a solid foundation to deal with advanced and complex features. It then moves on to helping you choose and install various themes.

Gradually, with increasing complexity, the book goes into the development of your own themes, acting as a beginner’s guide to theme and plugin development.

Concluding the learning curve with miscellaneous tasks such as community blogging and administrating the established site, this book empowers you with the ability to maintain your site.

Get the free book from Packt Publishing. Click on Claim, log in and the book gets added to your bookshelf; you can download a DRM-Free EPUB, Mobi (Kindle) or PDF. You can also access any code files and send the the book to your Kindle Library from the My Ebooks page.

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4/8 CBS2 Sunday Evening Weather Headlines

By Mark McIntyre, CBS2 Meteorologist/Weather Producer

It was a much brighter day today from start to finish, and it was seasonably cool with most spots in the low to mid 50s. We’ll keep clear skies through the night, but a chill will return as temps bottom out in the 30s and low 40s.

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Tomorrow will be another sun-filled day, but it will also be much warmer! Temps area-wide will soar in the mid to upper 60s! If you have any Palm Sunday plans, they’re looking to be in good shape!

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Monday will be even warmer with sunshine and temps reaching the low 70s for inland spots! Unfortunately, spots right along the shore may be stuck in the upper 50s & low 60s with winds off the ocean. Passover arrives Monday at sunset and things look dry and mild.

Have a great night!

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