Clemson Tigers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 14-0 (National Runner Up)
Clemson Tigers 2016 Preview
The Clemson Tigers have their sights set for another National Championship run in 2016.
Overview: Dabo Swinney has the Tigers primed for another title run with a diverse team that can beat you with speed or power and can score from anywhere on the field.
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Offense: Quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for over 4,100 yards and 35 TD’s and was the second leading rusher with 1,187 yards to give Clemson one of the biggest dual threats in the country. Leading rusher Wayne Gallman gave the Tigers 1,527 yards and if Watson decides to throw, the options are there. Artavis Scott has 1,000 yard receiving potential while Jordan Leggett, Hunter Renfrow and Deon Cain totaled over 1,600 yards for four quality receiving targets and if that isn’t enough Mike Williams comes back after totaling 1,030 yards in 2014 so Clemson is loaded at the skill positions. The Tigers get back three on the O-Line with five having starting experience.
Defense: The first thing most will notice on the defensive side of the football is Kevin Dodd and Shaq Lawson are gone along with their 49 TFL but tackles Carlos Watson, Christian Wilkins and Scott Pagano along with ends Austin Bryant, Richard Yeargin, Albert Huggins and Jabril Robinson (just to name a few) will be ready to step in to bigger roles. The linebacking unit features Ben Boulware and Dorian O’Daniel and their 13.5 TFL from 2015 with the Tigers getting last season’s backups to play more prominent roles. Corner Cordrea Tankersley defensed 14 passes but the Clemson secondary will need better efforts across the board.
Special Teams: Clemson has solid kicking units behind punter Andy Teasdall and placekicker Greg Huegel who was 21-22 inside of 40 yards and 6-10 at 40+ yards while Artavis Scott will the main returner.
Outlook: I think I’ve already said it but if the Tigers can remain healthy I see no reason this team isn’t at least in the NC playoffs with the title well within their grasp.
9/3 @ Auburn
9/17 South Carolina State
9/22 @ Georgia Tech
10/7 @ Boston College
10/15 NC State
10/29 @ Florida State
11/19 @ Wake Forest
11/26 South Carolina