While Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant didn’t take a snap against the Alabama Crimson Tide in either of the past two years, he feels he has just as much game experience from the role he played in those contests.
Bryant served as the player who forwarded the signals in to then-QB Deshaun Watson in Clemson’s national championship victory over the Crimson Tide last year, and he considers himself familar with the Tigers’ plan of attack against Alabama.
The Tigers are a bit of a different animal this year, relying more the run traditionally than the pass. The ACC Championship win over Miami was an anomaly to that trend, as Kelly Bryant completed his first 15 passes en route to winning the game’s most-valuable-player award.
Bryant talked Wednesday about what he expects against Alabama and also what the win over Miami meant to him personally:
On the defensive side, Clemson proved its mettle early and often against Miami’s overmatched offense, shutting out the Hurricanes until very late in the fourth quarter.
While last year’s National Championship Game was more offensively oriented, both teams have more key players back on defense, which could lead to fewer points scored.
Austin Bryant, who experienced both games as a player, believes that last year’s win taught the Tigers a valuable lesson of resilience:
The Tigers begin the first 15 allowed practices next week, before departing for New Orleans on December 27th. Clemson and Alabama meet in the Sugar Bowl on January 1st, at 8:45 on ESPN.