Clemson made its assistant coaches available to the media as part of the Tigers Media Outing and Media Olympics Tuesday at the Reeves Football Complex. The coaching staff answered questions about the new personnel that will have to replace lost production off last year’s national championship winning team, key player injuries and the potential depth chart.
The Tigers are scheduled to open the season Thursday, August 29th, as they play host to Coastal Division foe Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets will unveil a new offense under new head coach Geoff Collins, but the Tigers are more focused on settling their own depth chart and establishing their own identity according to the staff.
Head coach Dabo Swinney is scheduled to address the media in an open forum in the afternoon session.
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables spoke at length about the search for leadership among the front seven, replacing a legendary defensive line and which of his young linebackers is a “dog”:
Co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott answered questions about the progress of wide receiver Amari Rodgers attempting to return from an ACL injury and how Travis Etienne is handling heightened expectations heading into the season:
Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott answered questions about the excitement around some of the new faces on offense and how he and the staff determine who will start at the three wide receiver positions:
Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell discussed the difficulty of replacing Mitch Hyatt and how he plans to develop depth along the line: