Overcoming serious talent turnover on defense and the O-line, securing three top-10 wins, and helming the only undefeated squad, Dabo's your Coach of the Year (Walter Camp / Home Depot) adding to his 2011 Bobby Dodd award sitting in his trophy case.
That defensive rejuvenation was masterminded by Broyles Award finalist Brent Venables, thanks in large part to the contributions of veteran end Shaq Lawson, himself a finalist for the Nagurski (Defensive player), Lombardi (Lineman/Linebacker), and Ted Hendricks (Defensive End) awards.
These nominations help Clemson to continue its march as an elite program. But no award carries as much weight as the Heisman Trophy, named after former Clemson head coach and college football legend John Heisman. 2015 is the first time a Clemson player has been named a finalist, with QB Deshaun Watson set to compete with Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey and Alabama Crimson Tide's Derrick Henry for the trophy. We discussed Deshaun's chances, the other candidates' merits, and make our prediction.
Elsewhere, we covered the many coaching changes in college football, and reviewed some recruiting news and updates. Stay tuned as our pre-Orange Bowl shows continue next week with some key interviews.
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