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2016 Clemson Tigers football team

The 2016 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his eighth full year and ninth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley", and competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers entered the 2016 season after a 14–1 record and as finalists in the CFP National Championship game for the 2015 season.[1]

2016 Clemson Tigers football
Clemson University Tiger Paw logo.svg
Consensus national champion
ACC champion
ACC Atlantic Division champion
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal), W 31–0 vs. Ohio State
CFP National Championship, W 35–31 vs. Alabama
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
2016 record 14–1 (7–1 ACC)
Head coach Dabo Swinney (8th full, 9th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinator Tony L. Elliott (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables (5th season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 81,500)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$#   7 1         14 1  
No. 21 Louisville x   7 1         9 4  
No. 8 Florida State   5 3         10 3  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Boston College   2 6         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 16 Virginia Tech xy   6 2         10 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
No. 20 Miami   5 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         9 4  
Duke   1 7         4 8  
Virginia   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

After finishing the regular season 12-1 with a win over Coastal Division champion #23 Virginia Tech in the 2016 ACC Championship game, the #2 Tigers advanced to the 2016 College Football Playoff semifinal and went on to defeat the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0, in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl on December 31, 2016. Both top ranked Clemson and Alabama met again in college football's first rematch in National Championship game history, the 2017 CFP National Championship game in Tampa, Florida. On January 9, 2017, the Clemson Tigers would go on to defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the rematch by a score of 35 to 31, winning their first consensus National Football Championship since 1981. Clemson subsequently finished with #1 rankings in both the Associated Press Poll and the AFCA Coaches' Poll for the 2016 season.

Contents

ScheduleEdit

Clemson announced their schedule for the 2016 season on January 26, 2016.[2] The Tigers' schedule consisted of 7 home games and 5 away games. Clemson hosted conference opponents Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, and Pitt and travel to Florida State, Boston College, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech. The Tigers hosted out-of-conference opponents Troy, South Carolina State and South Carolina and travelled to out-of-conference opponent Auburn. Clemson's out-of-conference opponents represented the Sun Belt, MEAC, and SEC conferences, respectively.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 9:00 p.m. at Auburn* No. 2 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Rivalry) ESPN W 19–13   87,451
September 10 12:30 p.m. Troy* No. 2 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ACCN W 30–24   78,532
September 17 12:00 p.m. South Carolina State* No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ACCRSN W 59–0   79,590
September 22 7:30 p.m. at Georgia Tech No. 5 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA (Rivalry) ESPN W 26–7   53,932
October 1 8:00 p.m. No. 3 Louisville No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ABC W 42–36   83,362
October 7 7:30 p.m. at Boston College No. 3 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA (O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy) ESPN W 56–10   44,500
October 15 12:00 p.m. NC State  No. 3 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Textile Bowl) ABC W 24–17 OT  81,200
October 29 8:00 p.m. at No. 12 Florida State No. 4 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Rivalry) ABC W 37–34   78,025
November 5 3:30 p.m. Syracuse No. 3 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ABC/ESPN2 W 54–0   80,609
November 12 3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh No. 3 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ABC L 42–43   81,048
November 19 7:00 p.m. at Wake Forest No. 5 BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ESPN W 35–13   31,512
November 26 7:30 p.m. South Carolina* No. 4 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Palmetto Bowl) ESPN W 56–7   81,542
December 3 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 19 Virginia Tech No. 3 Camping World StadiumOrlando, FL (ACC Championship Game) ABC W 42–35   50,628
December 31 7:00 p.m. vs. No. 3 Ohio State* No. 2 University of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, AZ (Fiesta Bowl – CFP Semifinal) ESPN W 31–0   71,279
January 9, 2017 8:30 p.m. vs. No. 1 Alabama* No. 2 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (CFP National Championship) ESPN W 35–31   74,512
*Non-conference game.  Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time. Schedule Source[3].

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 2 (16) 2 (2) 5 5 5 3 (1) 3 (2) 4 3 3 3 3 5 4 3 3 1 (60) 
Coaches 2 (7) 2 (2) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (2) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 2 (2) 2 4 3 3 3 1 (60) 
CFP Not released 2 2 2 4 4 3 2 Not released


PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Head coach Dabo Swinney added two new additions to the Tigers' coaching staff in late March 2016 with Mickey Conn and Kyle Richardson.[4] Swinney hired former Grayson (GA) head coach Mickey Conn as a defensive analyst for the Tigers along with former Northwestern (SC) head coach Kyle Richardson, who will serve as the team's offensive analyst. Both coaches were extremely successful at their former high schools with a combined win/loss record of 195-61 and numerous championship titles.[5][6]

Name Position CU Years Alma mater
Dabo Swinney Head Coach 14th Alabama (1993)
Dan Brooks Associate Head Coach / Defensive Tackles Coach 8th Western Carolina (1976)
Danny Pearman Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach 9th Clemson (1987)
Brent Venables Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach 5th Kansas State (1992)
Marion Hobby Co-Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Ends Coach 7th Tennessee (1995)
Jeff Scott Co-Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach 9th Clemson (2003)
Tony Elliott Co-Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs Coach 6th Clemson (2002)
Robbie Caldwell Offensive Linemen Coach 6th Furman (1977)
Mike Reed Defensive Backs Coach 4th Boston College (1994)
Brandon Streeter Recruiting Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 3rd Clemson (1999)
Joey Batson Director of Strength and Conditioning 20th Newberry College (1981)
Mickey Conn Defensive Analyst 1st Alabama (1992)
Kyle Richardson Offensive Analyst 1st Appalachian State (2001)

RosterEdit

2016 Clemson Tigers Football

Quarterback

  •  2 Kelly Bryant - Sophomore (6'3, 215)
  •  4 Deshaun Watson - Junior (6'2, 210)
  •  6 Zerrick Cooper - Freshman (6'4, 205)
  • 10 Tucker Israel -   Freshman (5'11, 195)
  • 12 Nick Schuessler -   Senior (6'3, 200)
  • 18 James Barnes -   Freshman (6'1, 175)

Running Back

  •  9 Wayne Gallman -   Junior (6'1, 215)
  • 21 Darien Rencher - Freshman (5'8, 190)
  • 22 Tyshon Dye -   Junior (6'0, 215)
  • 26 Adam Choice -   Sophomore (5'9, 215)
  • 27 C.J. Fuller -   Sophomore (5'10, 210)
  • 28 Tavien Feaster - Freshman (6'0, 205)

Wide Receiver

  •  1 Trevion Thompson -   Sophomore (6'2, 200)
  •  3 Artavis Scott - Junior (5'11, 190)
  •  7 Mike Williams -   Junior (6'4, 220)
  •  8 Deon Cain - Sophomore (6'2, 200)
  • 11 Shadell Bell -   Freshman (6'2, 200)
  • 13 Hunter Renfrow -   Sophomore (5'10, 175) (+P)
  • 14 Diondre Overton - Freshman (6'5, 195)
  • 17 Cornell Powell - Freshman (6'1, 200)
  • 18 T.J. Chase - Freshman (6'2, 185)
  • 34 Ray-Ray McCloud - Sophomore (5'10, 180)
  • 81 Kanyon Tuttle -   Freshman (5'11, 170)
  • 82 Adrien Dunn -   Junior (5'7, 175)
  • 83 Carter Groomes - Freshman (5'9, 180)
  • 85 Seth Ryan -   Junior (6'0, 175)
  • 86 Ty Thomason -   Freshman (5'10, 210)
  • 88 Sean Mac Lain - Senior (6'4, 210)

Tight End

  • 16 Jordan Leggett - Senior (6'5, 255)
  • 25 J.C. Chalk - Freshman (6'4, 230)
  • 44 Garrett Williams - Sophomore (6'2, 235)
  • 80 Milan Richard -   Sophomore (6'2, 250)
  • 83 Jesse Fisher -   Freshman (6'4, 215)
  • 84 Cannon Smith -   Sophomore (6'5, 260)
  • 87 D.J. Greenlee -   Junior (6'2, 245)

Placekicker

  • 39 Christian Groomes -   Sophomore (5'10, 185) (+P)
  • 47 Alex Spence -   Sophomore (6'1, 190)
  • 92 Greg Huegel -   Sophomore (5'11, 185)
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 50 Justin Falcinelli - OL -   Sophomore (6'3, 305)
  • 51 Taylor Hearn - OL -   Sophomore (6'5, 330)
  • 55 Tyrone Crowder - OG -   Junior (6'2, 330)
  • 57 Jay Guillermo - OL -   Senior (6'3, 325)
  • 59 Gage Cervenka - OL -   Freshman (6'3, 305)
  • 60 Kelby Bevelle - OL -   Junior (6'4, 260)
  • 62 Cade Stewart - OL - Freshman (6'4, 310)
  • 63 Jake Fruhmorgen - OT - Sophomore (6'6, 280)
  • 64 Pat Godfrey - OL -   Freshman (6'3, 260)
  • 69 Maverick Morris - OG -   Junior (6'5, 300)
  • 70 Seth Penner - OG -   Freshman (6'3, 320)
  • 71 Noah Green - OL -   Freshman (6'5, 285)
  • 72 Logan Tisch - OL -   Freshman (6'2, 290)
  • 73 Tremayne Anchrum - OL - Freshman (6'3, 290)
  • 74 John Simpson - OL - Freshman (6'4, 290)
  • 75 Mitch Hyatt - OT - Sophomore (6'5, 295)
  • 76 Sean Pollard - OL - Freshman (6'5, 295)
  • 77 Zach Giella - C -   Freshman (6'5, 295)
  • 78 Chandler Reeves - OL - Freshman (6'6, 270)
  • 79 Matthew Ryan - C - Freshman (6'2, 320)

Defensive Lineman

  •  7 Lasamuel Davis - Freshman (6'4, 215)
  • 22 Xavier Kelly - DE - Freshman (6'5, 255)
  • 40 Jaquarius Brice - DE -   Junior (6'1, 215)
  • 42 Christian Wilkins - DT - Sophomore (6'4, 315)
  • 45 Chris Register - DE -   Sophomore (6'2, 245)
  • 49 Richard Yeargin - DE -   Sophomore (6'3, 255)
  • 50 Jabril Robinson - DT -   Sophomore (6'2, 280)
  • 56 Scott Pagano - DT -   Junior (6'3, 295)
  • 61 Kaleb Bevelle - DE -   Junior (6'4, 255)
  • 67 Albert Huggins - DT - Sophomore (6'4, 295)
  • 90 Dexter Lawrence - DT - Freshman (6'5, 340)
  • 91 Austin Bryant - DE - Sophomore (6'4, 265)
  • 92 Nyles Pinckney - DT - Freshman (6'3, 300)
  • 93 Sterling Johnson - DE -   Freshman (6'4, 295)
  • 94 Carlos Watkins - DT -   Senior (6'3, 300)
  • 99 Clelin Ferrell - DE -   Freshman (6'5, 255)

Punter

  • 32 Andy Teasdall -   Senior (5'11, 190)
  • 48 Will Spiers - Freshman (6'5, 220)
  • 96 Michael Batson -   Freshman (5'10, 200)
  • 97 Carson King -   Freshman (6'0, 215)
 

Linebacker

  •  5 Shaq Smith - Freshman (6'3, 240)
  •  6 Dorian O'Daniel -   Junior (6'1, 215)
  • 10 Ben Boulware - Senior (5'11, 240)
  • 30 Jalen Williams - Sophomore (5'9, 225)
  • 33 J.D. Davis - Sophomore (6'1, 225)
  • 34 Kendall Joseph -   Sophomore (6'0, 230)
  • 36 Judah Davis - Sophomore (6'1, 225)
  • 43 Chad Smith -   Freshman (6'4, 235)
  • 46 Jarvis Magwood -   Sophomore (6'0, 215)
  • 47 James Skalski - Freshman (6'2, 225)
  • 52 Connor Prevost -   Junior (6'0, 220)
  • 53 Regan Upshaw - Freshman (6'2, 220)
  • 57 Tre Lamar - Freshman (6'4, 240)
  • 59 Connor Sekas -   Sophomore (6'2, 220)

Defensive Back

  •  1 Trayvon Mullen - DB - Freshman (6'3, 175)
  •  2 Mark Fields - CB - Sophomore (5'10, 195)
  •  9 Brian Dawkins Jr. - DB - Freshman (5'9, 175)
  • 11 Isaiah Simmons - DB - Freshman (6'4, 215)
  • 12 K'Von Wallace - DB - Freshman (6'1, 190)
  • 14 Denzel Johnson - CB -   Freshman (6'0, 200)
  • 15 Korrin Wiggins - S -   Junior (6'0, 200)
  • 18 Jadar Johnson - S - Senior (6'1, 205)
  • 19 Tanner Muse - S -   Freshman (6'2, 230)
  • 21 Adrian Baker - CB -   Junior (6'0, 180)
  • 23 Van Smith - S - Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  • 24 Nolan Turner - DB - Freshman (6'2, 190)
  • 25 Cordrea Tankersley - CB - Senior (6'1, 195)
  • 29 Marcus Edmond - CB -   Junior (6'0, 170)
  • 31 Ryan Carter - CB -   Junior (5'9, 175)
  • 32 Kyle Cote - S -   Freshman (5'10, 170)
  • 37 Austin Jackson - S - Sophomore (6'2, 200)
  • 37 Cameron Scott - S -   Sophomore (5'10, 205)
  • 38 Amir Trapp - CB -   Freshman (5'8, 155)
  • 40 Hall Morton - S - Freshman (5'8, 160)


Long Snappers

  • 52 Austin Spence -   Freshman (6'2, 195)
  • 58 Patrick Phibbs -   Freshman (6'3, 200)
  • 59 Bradley Tatko -   Junior (6'0, 225)
  • 62 David Estes -   Senior (6'1, 200)

Recruiting classEdit

Game summariesEdit

AuburnEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
13–34–2 2012 CLEM, 26–19
#2 Clemson Tigers at Auburn Tigers − Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Clemson 0 10 3 6 19
Auburn 0 3 0 10 13

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL

  • Date: September 3, 2016
  • Game time: 8:11 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 79° • Wind: E 5 mph • Weather: Clear Skies
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: Jeff Heaser
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Jesse Palmer (analyst), Kaylee Hartung (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[7][8]
Game information

TroyEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2011 CLEM, 43–19
Troy Trojans at #2 Clemson Tigers − Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Troy 3 7 0 14 24
#2 Clemson 3 10 0 17 30

at Memorial StadiumClemson, SC

  • Date: September 10, 2016
  • Game time: 12:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 90° • Wind: WSW 5 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 78,532
  • Referee: Danny Short
  • TV announcers (ACCN): Tom Werme (Play-by-Play), Dave Archer (Color Analyst), Roddy Jones (Sideline Reporter)
  • Sources:[9][10]
Game information

South Carolina StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2014 CLEM, 73–7

With Clemson leading 45–0 at halftime, both coaches agreed to shorten the second half by playing 12 minute quarters instead of the usual 15.[11]

South Carolina State Bulldogs at #3 Clemson Tigers − Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina State 0 0 0 0 0
#3 Clemson 31 14 14 0 59

at Memorial StadiumClemson, SC

  • Date: September 17, 2016
  • Game time: 12:05 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 73° • Wind: W 7 mph • Weather: Mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 79,590
  • Referee: Stuart Mullins
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Wes Durham (Play-by-Play), James Bates (Color Analyst), Jenn Hildreth (Sideline Reporter)
  • Sources:[12][13]
Game information

at Georgia TechEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
28–51–2 2015 CLEM, 43–24
#5 Clemson Tigers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets − Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Clemson 14 9 0 3 26
Georgia Tech 0 0 0 7 7

at Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA

  • Date: September 22, 2016
  • Game time: 7:23 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 84° • Wind: NNW 5 mph • Weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 53,932
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (ESPN): David Flemming (Play-by-Play), Jesse Palmer (Color Analyst), Laura Rutledge (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[12][14]
Game information

LouisvilleEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2015 CLEM, 20–17
#3 Louisville Cardinals at #5 Clemson Tigers − Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Louisville 0 10 16 10 36
#5 Clemson 0 28 0 14 42

at Memorial StadiumClemson, SC

Game information

at Boston CollegeEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–9–2 2015 CLEM, 34–17
#3 Clemson Tigers at Boston College − Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Clemson 21 0 14 21 56
Boston College 3 0 7 0 10

at Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA

  • Date: October 07, 2016
  • Game time: 7:32 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 61° • Wind: ESE 4 mph • Weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 44,500
  • Referee: Jeff Maconaghy
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Anish Shroff (Play-by-Play), Ahmad Brooks (Color Analyst), Tiffany Greene (sideline reporter)
  • Sources:[17][18]
Game information

North Carolina StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
55–28–1 2015 CLEM, 56–41
North Carolina State Wolfpack at #3 Clemson Tigers − Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
North Carolina State 0 3 7 7 0 17
#5 Clemson 3 7 7 0 7 24

at Memorial StadiumClemson, SC

  • Date: October 15, 2016
  • Game time: 12:07 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 73° • Wind: Light • Weather: Partly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 82,104
  • Referee: Jeff Flanagan
  • TV announcers (ABC): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
  • Sources:[19][20]
Game information

at Florida StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–20 2015 CLEM, 23–13
#3 Clemson Tigers at #12 Florida State Seminoles− Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Clemson 14 3 3 17 37
#12 Florida State 0 14 14 6 34

at Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL

Game information

SyracuseEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2015 CLEM, 37–27
Syracuse Orange at #2 Clemson Tigers − Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Syracuse 0 0 0 0 0
#2 Clemson 10 20 14 10 54

at Memorial StadiumClemson, SC

  • Date: November 5, 2016
  • Game time: 3:36 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 70° • Wind: Light • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 80,609
  • Referee: David Epperley
  • TV announcers (ABC): Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Marty Smith
  • Sources:[22][23]
Game information

PittsburghEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 1977 PITT, 34–3
Pittsburgh Panthers at #2 Clemson Tigers − Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Pittsburgh 14 13 7 9 43
#2 Clemson 14 14 14 0 42

at Memorial StadiumClemson, SC

  • Date: November 12, 2016
  • Game time: 3:39 PM
  • Game weather: Temperature: 63° • Wind: E6mph • Weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 81,048
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (ABC): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
  • Sources:[24][25]
Game information

at Wake ForestEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
64–17–1 2015 CLEM, 33–13
#5 Clemson Tigers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons− Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Clemson 21 7 0 7 35
Wake Forest 0 10 3 0 13

at BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC

Game information

South CarolinaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
67–42–4 2015 CLEM, 37–32
South Carolina Gamecocks at #4 Clemson Tigers (114th Palmetto Bowl)
1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 0 0 7 0 7
#4 Tigers 21 14 14 7 56

at Memorial StadiumClemson, SC

  • Date: November 26, 2016
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Game weather: Temperature: 55° • Wind: E 2 mph • Weather: Clear Skies
  • Game attendance: 81,542
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (color), Tom Luginbill (sideline)
  • Source[28][29]
Game information

vs. Virginia Tech–ACC Championship GameEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
20–12–1 2012 CLEM, 38–17
#3 Clemson Tigers vs #23 Virginia Tech Hokies(2016 ACC Championship Game)
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Tigers 14 7 14 7 42
#23 Hokies 7 7 7 14 35

at Camping World StadiumOrlando, FL

  • Date: December 3, 2016
  • Game time: 8:14 p.m. ET
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66° • Wind: ENE 6 mph • Weather: Fair
  • Game attendance: 50,628
  • Referee: Jeff Flanagan
  • TV announcers (ABC): Chris Fowler (Play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst), Samantha Ponder (Sideline Reporter)
  • Source[30][31]
Game information

CFP PlayoffEdit

vs. Ohio State–Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2014 Orange Bowl CLEM, 40–35
#2 Clemson Tigers vs #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (2016 CFP Semifinal)
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Buckeyes 0 0 0 0 0
#2 Tigers 10 7 7 7 31

at University of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, AZ

Game information

vs. Alabama –(2017 CFB Playoff National Championship)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–13 2016 CFB Playoff National Championship Alabama, 40–45
#2 Clemson Tigers vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (2017 CFP Championship Game)
1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Tigers 0 7 7 21 35
#1 Crimson Tide 7 7 10 7 31

at Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL

  • Date: January 9, 2017
  • Game time: 8:19 p.m. ET
  • Game weather: Temperature: 56° • Wind: Calm • Weather: Fair
  • Game attendance: 74,512
  • Referee: Mike Defee
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Fowler (Play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst), Samantha Ponder (Sideline Reporter), Tom Rinaldi (Sideline Reporter)
  • Source[33]
Game information

2017 NFL DraftEdit

The Tigers had six players drafted in the 2017 NFL draft. Mike Williams was the first Tiger off the board, being selected at 7th overall.

Player Team Round Pick # Position
Mike Williams Los Angeles Chargers 1st 7th WR
Deshaun Watson Houston Texans 1st 12th QB
Cordrea Tankersley Miami Dolphins 3rd 97th CB
Wayne Gallman New York Giants 4th 140th RB
Carlos Watkins Houston Texans 4th 142th DT
Jordan Leggett New York Jets 4th 150th TE

Undrafted signeesEdit

Along with the six draft picks, Clemson had one more player make the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

Player Team Position
Artavis Scott Los Angeles Chargers WR

Awards and honorsEdit

ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year - Ben Boulware [34]

ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year - Dexter Lawrence [35]

Paul "Bear" Bryant Award - Dabo Swinney

FBS Assistant of the Year - Dan Brooks [36]

Broyles Award - Brent Venables [37]

Johnny Unitas Award - Deshaun Watson

Davey O'Brien Award - Deshaun Watson

Bobby Bowden Award - Deshaun Watson

Manning Award - Deshaun Watson

Jack Lambert Trophy - Ben Boulware

Heisman Trophy finalist - Deshaun Watson (2nd)

All-Americans:

  • CB Cordrea Tankersley: 1st Team - USA Today; 2nd Team - Fox Sports; 3rd Team - AP, Athlon
  • QB Deshaun Watson: 1st Team - Scout.com; 2nd Team - AP, AFCA, Athlon, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Walter Camp
  • DT Carlos Watkins: 1st Team - CBS Sports; 2nd Team - AP, Athlon
  • DE Christian Wilkins: 1st Team - AFCA, FWAA; 2nd Team - Fox Sports, Sporting News, USA Today, Walter Camp; 3rd Team - AP, Athlon
  • LB Ben Boulware: 2nd Team - AFCA, FWAA, USA Today, Walter Camp; 3rd Team - AP, Athlon
  • TE Jordan Leggett: 2nd Team - CBS Sports; 3rd Team - Athlon
  • WR Mike Williams: 2nd Team - Walter Camp; 3rd Team - Athlon
  • DT Dexter Lawrence: Freshman - FWAA, ESPN, Scout.com, USA Today

All-ACC:

  • 1st Team: LB Ben Boulware, OG Tyrone Crowder, C Jay Guillermo, OT Mitch Hyatt, S Jadar Johnson, TE Jordan Leggett, CB Cordrea Tankersley, WR Mike Williams
  • 2nd Team: RB Wayne Gallman, PK Greg Huegel, DT Dexter Lawrence, QB Deshaun Watson, DE Christian Wilkins
  • 3rd Team: WR Artavis Scott
  • Honorable Mention: LB Kendall Joseph, SP Ray-Ray McCloud, S Van Smith

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Clemson announces 2016 football schedule". WCBD News2. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ "2016 Clemson Tigers Football Schedule". fbschedules.com. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
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