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Clemson DC Brent Venables told four-star verbal LB commit Ben Jones Jr. that he has no plans to pursue a head-coaching position.

"He basically gave us his word that he is not going to leave. He loves Clemson. His kids love it. He loves the area," explained Jones, who passed along that the defensive coordinator "loves not having to worry about all the extra stuff with trying to be a head coach." Venables is currently down in Florida visiting recruits along with HC Dabo Swinney and several other members of the Tigers staff. We've heard these kinds of quotes from other coaches who then almost immediately turned around and took a different job, but Venables is currently in a perfect spot with Clemson and it's difficult to see him leaving unless an offer blows him out of the water.
Source: Tiger Net
Dec 8 - 11:45 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence is the best defensive player participating in the College Football Playoff.

Jeremiah says that Lawrence (6'4/330) has the highest upside of any defender playing in the playoff, and that's saying something when you consider how many first-round defenders there will be playing between Clemson, Alabama and Georgia. Even in a loaded defensive tackle class, Lawrence has to be the first interior lineman selected, and some have even mentioned him as a target for the first selection.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 4 - 7:34 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Clemson co-OC Tony Elliott is "getting some traction" for UCF's head coaching vacancy.

The 38-year-old Elliott has spent the past three years as Clemson's co-OC, and he's been on the Tigers' staff for seven years total now. Clemson has gone 82–14 over that time and obviously featured some flammable offensive attacks.
Dec 4 - 5:30 PM

In the final release of the CFB Playoff rankings, Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama were locked in as postseason combatants in that respective order.

Three of the four slots, here, were essentially determined based on game action on Saturday. Clemson walloped Miami in the ACC Championship Game, Oklahoma took care of business against TCU in the Big 12 title bout and Georgia enacted revenge on Auburn in the SEC Championship Game after losing to the Tigers in November. That left two teams battling for one spot -- Alabama and Ohio State. While Ohio State did beat Wisconsin for the Big Ten title, Playoff Selection Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said on ESPN's selection show on Sunday that the Buckeyes' 55-24 loss to Iowa on November 4 played a heavy factor in the committee's decision to ultimately side with the Crimson Tide, whose only loss came to a strong Auburn outfit. As for the match-ups, Clemson will have a juicy rematch with the Tide in the Sugar Bowl, while Oklahoma and Georgia will face off in the Rose Bowl.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 3 - 12:52 PM

Clemson junior WR Deon Cain ended up with three receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's ACC Championship Game win against Miami.

Cain managed to find the end zone just once across his first five games, but he picked up the pace with five touchdowns in the past eight outings. The junior managed just one game over the century mark this season, and that came against The Citadel of the FCS, so his season was a bit of a disappointment. He'll look to make an impact in the team's next game, likely to be a national semifinal playoff game.
Dec 3 - 12:52 AM

Clemson junior WR Ray-Ray McCloud made an impact in the receiving game in the ACC Championship Game, finishing with six receptions for 100 yards.

McCloud was contained pretty well in the punt return area, as he managed just two returns for 19 yards. So he found another way to contribute, posting just his second 100-yard game of the season. He entered the game with 40 or fewer receiving yards in each of his past nine outings, so his impact in the offense was a bit of a surprise. It's yet another weapon for Kelly Bryant and the Tigers offense heading into their next game, which is likely a national semifinal playoff game.
Dec 3 - 12:50 AM

Clemson freshman RB Travis Etienne rushed six times for a team-high 24 yards and a touchdown in the ACC Championship Game against Miami on Saturday.

Etienne scored one of four Clemson rushing touchdowns in the blowout victory, and he added two catches for eight yards. The freshman has made an immediate impact in the Upstate, posting 13 rushing touchdowns in 12 games, including at least one score (six total) over the past four outings. Next up for Etienne and the Tigers is what is expected to be a national semifinal game in the playoffs.
Dec 3 - 12:47 AM

Clemson junior QB Kelly Bryant completed 23-of-29 passes for 252 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the ACC Championship Game against Miami on Saturday.

Bryant also posted a rushing touchdown in the whitewash of the Hurricanes. The defending national champions are sitting pretty, as they look for a third straight trip to the four-team playoff and a chance to defending their crown. Bryant heads into the team's next game with six passing scores over his past three outings, and a total of 11 rushing touchdowns in 13 overall outings.
Dec 3 - 12:43 AM

Clemson sophomore LB Tre Lamar (shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday's ACC championship game against Miami.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has a shoulder stinger, according to the injury report. Lamar, a starter, will miss his third straight game. He suffered the injury in Clemson's 31-14 win over Florida State on Nov. 11.
Source: ESPN
Dec 1 - 12:10 PM

In the latest release of the CFB Playoff rankings, team Nos. 1-4 were Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Alabama and Georgia are lurking at Nos. 5 and 6, with UGA a lock to make it into the Playoff if they can defeat Auburn in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday. Team Nos. 7 and 8 (Miami, Ohio State) will likewise have an opportunity to make a final statement in the ACC and Big Ten Championship games, respectively. Penn State and USC round out the Top 10. We do not view either as realistic contenders even if chaos ensues above them, regardless of whether or not USC wins the Pac-12 Championship Game against Stanford.
Source: Tide Sports
Nov 28 - 7:27 PM

In the latest release of the AP Top 25 poll, Clemson, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Auburn landed as the top four teams.

All sorts of chaos in this iteration in the poll, as Alabama dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 following their loss in the Iron Bowl while Miami slid from No. 2 to No. 7. Georgia jumped the Hurricanes and are now up to No. 6. The rest of the top 10 is rounded out from Nos. 8-10 by Ohio State, Penn State and Penn State, respectively. We would not be surprised if the Playoff rankings released on Tuesday shared a similar first four of Clemson, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Auburn in some order.
Nov 26 - 2:36 PM

Clemson redshirt junior WR Hunter Renfrow posted four receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-10 win at South Carolina.

Renfrow connected with QB Kelly Bryant for the only two Clemson passing scores of the game. The yardage total was a season high and the highlight was a 61-yard connection for score to open the second half. The redshirt junior will look to keep it rolling into next Saturday's ACC Championship Game in Charlotte against Miami.
Nov 26 - 12:31 AM

Clemson junior QB Kelly Bryant completed 23-of-34 passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 34-10 rout of South Carolina.

Bryant's solid performance helped head coach Dabo Swinney secure his 100th coaching victory. His 272 passing yards were his most since he amassed 316 yards back on Sept. 16 against Louisville. He'll look to continue trending upward in the ACC Championship Game next weekend in Charlotte against Miami-Florida.
Nov 26 - 12:23 AM

Clemson sophomore LB Tre Lamar (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against South Carolina.

Lamar (6'3/240) has registered 50 tackles (5.0 for loss), four sacks and one fumble forced for the season. With the sophomore ruled out for Saturday's contest, Chad Smith figures to see additional work in the linebacking rotation against the Gamecocks.
Source: Tiger Net
Nov 24 - 1:29 PM

Clemson freshman WR Tee Higgins caught six passes for 178 yards with two touchdowns in a 61-3 crushing of The Citadel.

Higgins (6'3/175) caught two touchdowns from two different backup quarterbacks. His 32-yarder in the second quarter came from Zerrick Cooper, and a 78-yard scoring pass came out of the hand of Hunter Johnson. Yes it came against an FBS school in garbage time, but it was still impressive to see what the freshman wideout did when given a chance. He should be a bigger part of the offense next year.
Nov 19 - 12:47 PM


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