Clemson Tigers Football Season Preview History
2014 Clemson Football Preview:
2013 saw the end of one of the most successful eras in Clemson football history. Departing quarterback Taj Boyd finished his career for the Tigers with over 1,400 completions, almost 12,000 yards, and 107 touchdowns. Also departing from the Orange Bowl winning squad is wide receiver Phenom Sammy Watkins. But spirits are as high as ever at Clemson as Dabo Swinney has built a program that looks to have staying power near the top of the ACC. Cole Stoudt will finally have a chance to step out of Boyd’s shadow and keep the high powered Tigers attack moving. Look for senior running back D.J. Howard to get plenty of touches and for wide receivers Charone Peake and Adam Humphries to tear through defenses. There will be little time to adjust to the new faces as 2 of the Tigers top games come in the season’s first 3 weeks. Clemson plays at Georgia in week 1 and then travels to Tallahassee to take on defending national champion Florida State in week 3. Expect the Tigers to continue to be competitive and remain one of the premier programs in the ACC.
2013 Clemson Football Preview:
Fresh off back-to-back seasons of at least 10 wins, and a victory over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Clemson Tigers have positioned themselves to become a major factor in college football in 2013. Star quarterback Tajh Boyd returns for his senior season after leading the Tigers’ offense to the sixth highest scoring unit in the country. With the potential Heisman Trophy candidate and reigning ACC Player of the Year under center for one final season, Dabo Swinney’s team will be in the national championship conversation all year long. Sammy Watkins will lead Clemson’s receiving core after the departed DeAndre Hopkins to the NFL. Watkins finished with over 700 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 2012.
Clemson has ranked in the top 20 in the nation in average attendance for 22 consecutive seasons and they will use that home field advantage when they open the season against Georgia. The Tigers conclude their season when they travel to state rival South Carolina.
2011 Clemson Football Preview:
On paper, it might seem like Clemson won't be competing for the ACC title this year. After all, the Tigers are coming of their first losing season since 1998 and haven't won the conference crown in 20 years. However, with a wealth of returning talent and the fact that many of their losses in 2010 were heartbreakers, there's no reason Clemson can't be in the conversation.
The offense will be turned over to quarterback Tajh Boyd after last year's starter Kyle Parker left to play baseball. Boyd is untested but he will be surrounded by a bevvy of talented playmakers. Among the players with big-play potential are junior running back Andre Ellington and sophomore wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, both of whom could take it to house at a moment's notice.
The Clemson defense was among the stingiest in the conference last year, and chances are it will be that way again in 2011. Brandon Thompson and Andre Branch will lead the way on the defensive line, but it will be the linebacking corps that will really make or break the squad. Junior Corico Hawkins is among the best linebackers in the ACC, and freshman Stephone Anthony is expected to make a splash right away.
2010 Clemson Football Preview:
In his first full season as coach of the Clemson Tigers football team, Dabo Swinney helped the club capture its first ever Atlantic Division championship and first ACC Conference Championship berth in almost two decades, finishing with a 9-5 overall record. Entering 2010, Swinney faces a few huge questions as he prepares to keep a nearly spotless tenure with the Clemson club.
First and foremost, the team's starting quarterback, Kyle Parker, may chose to forego another year of Clemson football and instead play professional baseball. The two-sport athlete was recently selected in the first round of the MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. In the meantime, the Tigers are preparing backup Tajh Boyd to step into the starter role.
Given the transition at QB, Clemson might need to rely on its defense to remain at the top of the Atlantic Division. The team brings back three starters on the defensive line as well as defensive ends Andre Branch and Malliciah Goodman, who showed much promise last year. In addition, All-American cornerback DeAndre McDaniel should hold down a secondary that lost two veterans in the offseason.
The Clemson Tigers kick off their season at home against North Texas on September 4.