CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney put it as plainly as he could to his guys — this Tiger team hasn’t won anything. At least not yet.
Swinney and the Tigers took to the practice field to start summer workouts almost seven months after winning the national title. Swinney acknowledged he’s got plenty of players who were down in Tampa, Florida celebrating Clemson’s 35-31 win over Alabama. None of that will matter when the Tigers line up against opponents this fall.
“We’re right back at the bottom with everybody else,” Swinney said Thursday. “You get what you earn. When it’s all said and done, if we have the right focus and work ethic, we’ll be pleased with where we are.”
That was certainly the case last year as the Tigers won their second straight Atlantic Coast Conference title and advanced to the College Football Playoff for a second consecutive season.
In a rematch with the 2015 champion Crimson Tide, this time the Tigers held tough with a dramatic, last-second TD for their second national title and first since 1981.
Swinney has said since February when spring drills began that the historic moment was behind him and his players. It’s also left several gaping holes for a title-winning offense that saw four of its stars taken in the NFL draft, led by first-rounders receiver Mike Williams and quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The two were essential to Clemson’s success and their…
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