As they begin camp Friday, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said he feels as confident about this team as any he’s had with the Tigers.
Speaking before the first practice Friday evening, Swinney attributes the unique challenge of gaining valuable experiences for players during the 2017 season as a major key for the potential of the 2018 team.
Clemson comes into camp with established starters at wide receiver, running back, the offensive and defensive line and most of the linebacking corps and secondary. The Tigers do need to work on replenishing their depth with a talented crop of freshmen who Swinney believes need on-field repetitions in order to preserve Clemson’s future.
The big question which remains unanswered, and was not addressed Friday was the quarterback position, which sees incumbent starter Kelly Bryant trying to ward off true freshman Trevor Lawrence and redshirt freshman Chase Brice from top-billing. Swinney said earlier this summer that Bryant was the starter coming out of Spring and going into the Fall, but that the other two quarterbacks have closed the gap enough to keep the competition open during August.
To hear Swinney’s opening comments before the start of Friday’s practice, click below:
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney