CLEMSON — When the Clemson Tigers head to Louisville to take on the Cardinals Saturday night (8:12 p.m., ABC) it will be the first time the team has played there without a quarterback named Deshaun Watson starting for the Tigers.
But even without the former two-time Heisman Trophy finalist behind center, the Tigers are confident that junior quarterback Kelly Bryant can lead the offense.
“For us, he’s not a freshman. He’s not a very experienced player for us, but he is a junior,” head coach Dabo Swinney said. “He has been here for the past two years and he’s sat in the room for all the game plans, he’s been on the headsets. He understands game situations.”
Because of the experience that Bryant has – including being mentored by Watson for two years – the Tigers’ actually have an advantage in not having to “pare down” the offense for Bryant, like many schools do when breaking in a new quarterback.
“For us as a staff, we really haven’t changed much,” Swinney said. “He has a great understanding and command.
“The biggest thing for him is getting the game experience. That’s why these two games (Kent State and Auburn) were so huge. And to see him play well is a credit to his preparation.”
Running back rotation:
Two games into the season and the Tigers are faced with a dilemma that they had hoped would have worked itself out by now — too many good running backs.
With three established running backs in C.J. Fuller, Tavien Feaster and Adam choice — and upstart true freshman Travis Etienne — all having had their…
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