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Reasonable Expectations for Clemson Football

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We are only a few days away from the start of the 2022 Clemson Football season! Camp is over, scrimmages have taken place, players and coaches’ interviews are rolling in and every fan has the same question in mind. What should our expectations be for the team this year? Last year, after the absurd success our team has experienced and the run of consecutive CFP appearances, we found ourselves unranked for the first time in years and were sitting with a 2-2 record wondering where it had all gone wrong. It’s no surprise that 2021 was a down year for Clemson football and the following are just some of the issues we experienced: DJ was not even a pale imitation of the electric player we saw in 2020 that lit up a very talented ND team in South Bend and looked to be the next great Clemson QB. Justyn Ross, and the WR group were a shell of the former elite WRU that teams feared trying to cover. We ran into a slew of injuries the likes of which we haven’t seen under a Dabo lead team. For the 1st time in 6 years, we not only didn’t win the ACC but didn’t even win our division. It is a testament to the players and coaching staff that despite all of the adversity we still won 10 games, crushed the Coots, and won the bowl game to end the year on a high spot. This offseason, DC Brent Venables, OC Tony Elliott, and DT Coach Todd Bates all left for other jobs and O-Line coach Robbie Caldwell retired. We now have a lot of new faces on the coaching staff or at least in elevated roles. With that, there are a lot of unknowns in how these changes are going to translate to the football field. Despite this, Dabo and Clemson have never changed their goals. So, let’s review those goals and look at what we should expect to achieve and what obstacles will be in our way: