Football is back:
One more day until the road to redemption begins. The Clemson Tigers will begin their 2016 at Auburn on Saturday at 9:00pm, the first step to making it back to the National Championship game. There are high expectations for this team, but no one wants it more than the players according to Wayne Gallman:
Ben (Boulware) is probably the most vocal towards everyone, just letting everyone know the fact of how much he wants to get it back. The whole offense line, they want it, the defense, whoever, we’re all wanting the same thing.
Gallman himself wholeheartedly believes this team can do it.
I was pretty mad that we lost, of course, but I always had that focus. If we stay focused and keep that drive, then we can make it back.
Clemson football will definitely have its home support behind them as Sports Illustrated listed the entrance into Death Valley as the number 1 entrance in college football ahead of South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Clemson is expected to have a number of future NFL players with 15 NFL Scouts attending the opener at Auburn. Mel Kiper, ESPN’s NFL Draft expert ranks both Deshaun Watson (7th) and Mike Williams (17th) on his Top 25 Big Board.
Clemson in the NFL:
Former Tigers Tony Steward (drafted 2015), Zac Brooks (drafted 2016), Crezdon Butler (2010 draft) and Kavell Conner (2010) were all cut when team’s needed to reduce rosters from 90 to 75 players.
On a positive note, Deandre Hopkins of the Houston Texans, is making waves as expected of a top receiver . Moves like this are why.
The Other Football:
Both Clemson soccer teams began the year with title aspirations as well.
The Clemson Women, ranked 8th in the country have started 3-1 falling to #6 West Virginia last week. The squad bounced back to pound on the Elon Phoenix, winning 4-0 at home. They play at South Carolina Saturday (postponed from Friday).
The #2 Men’s team, led by junior Diego Campos, (2 goals) have started 2-0. They face their first challenge of the season when the #8 Creighton Bluejays come to Riggs Field this weekend. Campos is coming off his two game effort against Providence including this amazing goal.
Women’s Volleyball won their first tournament of the season They hosted the Big Orange Bash Tournament with High Point and Wofford also participating . They now go to Columbia to play in the Carolina Classic against South Carolina, Winthrop and Furman.
Clemson Cross Country, led by Grace Barnett and James Quattlebaum, opens their season this weekend at USC Upstate’s Eye Opener Invitational.