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The annual spring games are in the book, and the countdown is on to a highly-anticipated 2016 college football season. Clemson goes into the summer with newly-minted deals with Dabo Swinney and his assistants, and can focus on a return to the college football playoffs. How will Clemson deal with success? The Tigers are loaded on offense, with few real position battles on that side of the ball other than backup quarterback. With Clemson having given up more than 30 points in three of the final four games last season, fans will be watching closely to see how Brent Venables and the defense start in 2016. By all accounts, special teams got a lot of attention in the spring, and will be a big part of how the coming season plays out.
At South Carolina, coming off a 3 win season and with a new coach in place, there are position battles everywhere. Freshman Brandon McIlwain had a good spring, and with injuries to Perry Orth and Lorenzo Nunez, McIlwain appears to be poised for early action in September. Jake Bentley arrives this summer, so the quarterback position is finally on the upswing in Columbia. The Gamecocks are looking for playmakers at receiver and running back, and will have to rely on young guys to develop fast. Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards, Javon Charleston, and Jamari Smith will be among the guys to watch at wideout. The front seven of the South Carolina defense should be better, but filling holes in the secondary will be an early key for this season.
In the ACC Atlantic Division, Clemson and Florida State are the story as usual, with Louisville hoping to spoil the party. The Coastal Division will be interesting. How quickly will Mark Richt at Miami and Justin Fuente at Virginia Tech rise to challenge North Carolina?
In the SEC, Gus Malzahn has to win this year at Auburn, and he’ll have plenty of time to game plan for the opener at home with Clemson. LSU and Ole Miss have the talent to challenge Alabama in the SEC West. Tennessee is a favorite in the SEC East, with Josh Dobbs returning at quarterback, but Georgia and Florida should be in the mix as well.
2016 sets up to be a great year for college football in our area. We look forward to covering it and talking with you about it on 93.3 The Planet and ESPN Upstate.
Three years ago I started doing this show with the award winning radio host Greg Mckinney. All I wanted for that 2014 season was to end the 5-year losing STREAK to the Gamecocks. Dabo had a countdown clock in the dressing room that year and it felt like it would never countdown. That 2014 Carolina game was the beginning of something that I believe will end this year with a National Title.
Last year Deshaun Watson had the greatest season any Clemson player has ever had. He won all the top QB awards and was selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. It is hard to duplicate that kind of season, but if anybody can it’s #4. He has put on 10 pounds of muscle since the National Title game and has Mike Williams back as his 1st round sidekick at receiver. Gallman is back at running behind a top 5 offensive line. Jordan Leggett comes back for another year and is considered by a lot of scouts as the #1 tight end prospect in the nation. Barring any injury this will be the best offense in the country. Is it enough to get us back to the National Title? The answer to that question relies on a young, unproven defense. Who will be the next Shaq Lawson? How good is our young secondary? Will our five-star freshman recruits have a big impact? If the answers to those questions are positive, we will be back in the National Title Game this year to finish off what we couldn’t quite get done last year.
I don’t really know what to say about the Carolina situation this year. I think Muschamp and his staff will bring some needed intensity this year. Intensity alone will help produce more wins than the dismal 3 last year. Carolina is definitely in rebuilding mode and it's going take several years to get the talent back to be able to compete with the SEC elite. I think they get to 6 wins this year and fans are singing along with Hootie in the horseshoe.
I was born and raised in Clemson and can’t believe the steps this program has taken in the past several years. It is testament to what Dabo goes out and sells to these recruits. He could sell ice to eskimos with how he recruits these top level kids. You win with talent, but you have to have a formula to be able to maximize it. Dabo has created the formula in little Clemzzzzzen, SC. Let’s just hope that formula ends with a winning score on Jan 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida!