Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said earlier Friday this was the most confident he’s been about a team. Now the task is putting all the puzzle pieces into place.
The immediate identifier regarding the 2018 Clemson squad is the question about who will start at quarterback. While Kelly Bryant is the number one heading into camp, he has freshmen Trevor Lawrence, in particular, along with Chase Brice hot on the incumbent’s heels.
Hunter Renfrow, who enters his senior season with the Tigers this year, believes each player will shine given his proper opportunities during the month of August.
Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow
The depth chart is far from unsettled at the positions of wide receiver and running back, where Co-Offensive Coordinator Tony Elliott has to figure out how to distribute touches to an intriguing mix of skill-position players:
Clemson Co-Offensive Coordinator Tony Elliott
The Tigers have just as much stacked talent in the defensive front-seven as they do on offense.
One player who Dabo Swinney singled out during the media session at ACC Kickoff was defensive tackle Albert Huggins. Swinney believed Huggins deserved some of the spotlight shining on Clemson’s returning defensive linemen Austin Bryant, Dexter Lawrence, Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell.
Huggins is more than appreciative of Swinney’s praise:
Clemson DT Albert Huggins
Clemson lost a valuable senior leader at linebacker after last year with the departure of leading tackler Dorian O’Daniel. The player both Swinney and Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables cited as most likely to pick up the slack is linebacker Kendall Joseph.
The Tigers’ coaching staff believes Joseph can play both inside and outside, and he’s more than willing to accept the added responsibility:
Clemson LB Kendall Joseph
Clemson returns to the practice field for a closed practice Saturday evening, with the next media availability following Monday night’s workout.