Clemson coach Dabo Swinney at Media Day

The Clemson and LSU football teams each spent an hour Saturday morning at the Xavier University Convocation Center taking questions from the media as the buildup continues for Monday night’s National Championship game. Clemson was first on the floor. Head coach Dabo Swinney, coordinators Tony Elliott and Brent Venables, and star players Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, Isaiah Simmons and Tanner Muse had their own small, elevated stages from which to take questions, while the rest of the players sat around large tables spread throughout the center.

The event was open to the public and some fans of both teams took it in. Both teams will practice Saturday, Clemson at Tulane University and LSU at the Saints practice facility. Sunday morning Swinney and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will have one more media session at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street.

Clemson Media Sessions

Dabo Swinney on the positives of his team’s playoff experience
DC Brent Venables on what he’ll see from LSU offense
QB Trevor Lawrence on LSU defense compared to what he saw from Ohio State
RB Travis Etienne knows his Louisiana family is supporting him
LSU coach Ed Orgeron at Media Day Saturday

LSU Media Sessions

Coach Ed Orgeron on the Clemson offense
LSU QB Joe Burrow
QB Joe Burrow says Venables can make it tough on a quarterback
LSU SAF Grant Delpit
SAF Grant Delpit doesn’t see a lot of similarity between the Clemson and Alabama offenses