The talk about Clemson in the pre-season centered on the departures of Deshaun Watson and several other big pieces of the offense since last season. The Tiger defense also lost some key cogs such as Carlos Watkins, Ben Boulware, Cordrea Tankersley and Jadar Johnson. Still, there are enough major parts returning to make the Clemson defense formidable again this season.
DT Christian Wilkins is ready to face a foreign foe:
Brent Venables feels good about his defense coming out of camp: