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Clemson defensive line without challengers

Clemson defensive line without challengers

Dabo Swinney finds himself in the unique position of facing a quarterback battle between returning starter Kelly Bryant and a true freshman Trevor Lawrence, but the Clemson coach has no such distinctive challenges on the defensive line.He’s got four anchors in place as returning...

Swinney sends message into the offseason

Swinney sends message into the offseason

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney no longer hears questions about whether his Tigers can contend for the Atlantic Coast Conference title. Not after three straight trips to the College Football Playoff, topped by a national title in 2016. It’s understood Clemson is among the favorites...

Clemson plays like a defending champion

Clemson plays like a defending champion

Much of the college football universe on Saturday was focused on a place called Papa John’s Stadium in a southern city better known for horse racing. Defending national champion Clemson‘s first road test was holding off Louisville, a challenger to the Tigers in the...

Kelly Bryant takes over at Clemson

Kelly Bryant takes over at Clemson

That didn’t take long.New Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant directed the defending national champions’ first three possessions to the end zone to beat Kent State 56-3 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. ... Kelly Bryant moves on Clemson from Deshaun...

Dexter Lawrence on top at Clemson

Dexter Lawrence on top at Clemson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney brought two players large in stature to the recent ACC Kickoff media days. Their combined weight – literally and figuratively – strained the platform. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRagSports story

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

In football’s quest to become a year-round sport, it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season.The national title Clemson claimed Monday night was the ACC’s second in four years, and the league has been represented in the College Football Playoff all three years. The...

Swinney and Fuente nearly teamed up

Swinney and Fuente nearly teamed up

Add this to the many reasons to applaud Dabo Swinney’s success as Clemson’s football coach: He knows how to find offensive coordinators.Five years ago he searched for a new offensive coordinator. He narrowed his finalists to three and brought two to campus for two days of...

Door opened to Heisman for Watson

Door opened to Heisman for Watson

A couple of weeks ago Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson seemed to have the Heisman Trophy wrapped up. The Downtown Athletic Club was ready to send out the engraving order for the stiff arm trophy.But Louisville and Jackson have stumbled two weeks in a row. The Cardinals lost...

Clemson welcomes national expectations

Clemson welcomes national expectations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nick Saban points to Clemson as his preseason pick for the No. 1 team in the nation.Sure, the crusty Alabama head coach is trying to deflect attention from his defending national championship team, but he named Clemson – not Florida State, Oklahoma, or...

McCorvey influence on Swinney transcends sports

McCorvey influence on Swinney transcends sports

One of the most influential yet least-known figures in the Clemson-Alabama national championship game is Woody McCorvey, a former assistant coach with ties to both schools.If you don’t know his name, you’re not alone, but his journey as an African-American assistant coach is a...