Deshaun Watson isn’t the only Tigers departure that leaves big shoes to fill.
One of Clemson’s priorities in the offseason was to find a leader to replace what Ben Boulware brought to the table on defense for the defending National Champions. The Tigers feel they have that in Dorian O’Daniel, a name who many have brought up in advance of Clemson’s first scrimmage Saturday.
Tre Lamar is talking over at the middle linebacker spot while Kendall Joseph replaces Boulware on the weak side. Lamar credits O’Daniel for rising to the occasion in his strong side linebacker position:
O’Daniel, who also played running back in High School in the Washington, D.C. area, credits his early arrival in the Spring and Summer which gave him a leg up on his preparation for his senior season:
Head Coach Dabo Swinney says O’Daniel “is as good as any player on our team” and expounds on his emergence in the audio below. Swinney also references what has made Kelly Bryant stand out among the four quarterbacks, and what he wants to see in Saturday’s Scrimmage.