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Culture of encouragement

CLEMSON - The culture of encouragement that was present when C.J. Spiller and James Davis were around is alive and well in the Clemson running back room.

With the graduation of Roderick McDowell, not a single Clemson running back was a teammate of Thunder or Lightning, but every back on the Tigers' current roster is a proponent of everyone else. "When it's your opportunity to make plays, get out there and make plays," D.J. Howard said. "I'm working behind and encouraging. I want Zac [Brooks] to be the starter. I'm encouraging him. Same with C.J...

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