Lions draft Clemson’s Austin Bryant in fourth round
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions drafted Clemson defensive end Austin Bryant in the fourth round Saturday.
Detroit traded down from the 111th pick to No. 117 in a deal with...
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons accepts that many are concerned over the Tigers changing defense from its latest national championship. He's not among them.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Half of Clemson's talented defensive front four participated in the Tigers pro day Thursday before evaluators from all 32 NFL teams.
National champs return to field for Clemson spring practice
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney moved up and down the rows of Tigers players, patting their shoulder pads and helmets as the national champions got ready for practice.
Clemson All-American DE Ferrell headed for NFL draft
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's national championship front four is off to the NFL.
All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell made it a clean sweep of top-round prospects, joining All-American tackle Christian Wilkins, tackle Dexter Lawrence and end Austin Bryant in heading to the draft.
Ferrell, Wilkins and Bryant all passed on the pros last season for a final year in college. And the group made it count with a 15-0 season and a 44-16 beatdown of Alabama in the national title game Monday night.
Clemson’s NFL prospects step closer to championship goals
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clelin Ferrell fidgets in his seat, knowing how close — and how far away — to achieving what he returned to Clemson to capture: The national championship.
Irish line readies for nasty Clemson defensive front
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ask Notre Dame center Sam Mustipher a question and you will get a straight answer.
So what does he think of the defensive front four the Fighting Irish will face Dec. 29 at the Cotton Bowl in the playoff semifinal against Clemson?
"They're athletic, they're big, they're physical and they're nasty," Mustipher said.
Clemson’s dominant defensive line living up to the hype
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables swears he wasn't really concerned about the preseason hype around his defensive line.
"Maybe a little," Venables said when asked about any fears he had about their mindset entering the season.
The accolades and magazine covers piled up this summer for the Tigers' talented defensive front: Defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant; tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.
No. 2 Clemson faces rival South Carolina seeking 12-0 season
South Carolina (6-4) at No. 2 Clemson (11-0, No. 2 CFP), 7 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Clemson by 26.
Series record: Clemson leads 69-42-4.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Clemson has wrapped up a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. It's looking to complete its fourth perfect regular season. South Carolina could enhance its bowl possibilities with every extra win.
Seniors, No. 2 Clemson seeking more milestones against Duke
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — While Clemson coach Dabo Swinney feels like this season has gone by quickly, his time with his record-setting seniors probably has slipped by even faster.
Clemson (10-0, 7-0 ACC) looks to complete a perfect run through the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season when it faces Duke (7-3, 3-3) on Saturday night.
ACC defenders make national presence felt with clutch plays
Clelin Ferrell's pass-rushing prowess has helped put No. 2 Clemson on the cusp of its fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship and another berth in the College Football Playoff.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound junior end isn't the only Tiger thriving on a stingy defensive front four where he and Austin Bryant bookend tackles Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins.
The ACC is littered with defensive playmakers all around the league.
No. 2 Clemson keeps rolling with 77-16 win over Louisville
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence said one of No. 2 Clemson's main goals this year was to have fun.
Few teams in college football appear to be enjoying themselves as much as the surging Tigers.
Travis Etienne ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns and Lawrence, all 350 pounds of him, had a 2-yard scoring run in a 77-16 dismantling of Louisville on Saturday.
No. 2 Clemson seeking 9-0 start against struggling Cards
Louisville (2-6, 0-5 ACC) at No. 2 Clemson (8-0, 5-0, No. 2 CFP), noon EDT (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 37.
Series record: Clemson leads 4-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Every game now for Clemson is clear step toward securing a College Football Playoff berth. The Tigers were ranked second in the opening CFP rankings this week. Louisville is hoping to avoid its first six-game losing streak since 1998.
No. 3 Clemson faces ACC showdown with undefeated ’Cuse
Syracuse (4-0, 1-0 ACC) at No. 3 Clemson (4-0, 1-0), noon (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 22.
Series record: Clemson leads 4-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
A surprise battle for the top of the ACC's Atlantic Division with the winner leaving in the driver's seat. Clemson is 4-0 for the fourth straight season while Syracuse is 4-0 for the first time since joining the league and just the fifth time since the end of World War II.
No. 3 Clemson keeps eyes on the prize facing Georgia Tech
No. 3 Clemson (3-0, 0-0 ACC) at Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).
Line: Clemson by 16½
Series record: Georgia Tech leads 50-30-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Clemson has its eyes on the big prize, looking to pile up enough wins for a fourth straight trip to the College Football Playoff. For Georgia Tech, this is a huge chance to turn around a disappointing season. The Yellow Jackets are trying to avoid their third straight loss and first 1-3 start since 2003.
Fearsome foursome: Clemson’s D-line set to wreak havoc
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell is tired of the talk, no matter how deserved it may be for the Tigers' fearsome front four.
No. 2 Clemson eases into season against FCS underdog Furman
Furman (8-5 last season) at No. 2 Clemson (12-2), 12:20 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Reserve Clemson lineman no longer playing, now student coach
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Reserve Clemson defensive lineman Richard Yeargin decides he longer wants to play football after recovering from a neck injury following a 2017 car accident.
A team spokesman says the 6-foot-3, 260-pound graduate student from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida informed Clemson coaches of his decision this week. Yeargin will spend the year as a student coach for the Tigers.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Most seasons, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney feels excited about his Tigers' chances. He's got more reasons than ever with his latest group.
Clemson opened practice Friday with 57 juniors or seniors, the most Swinney has ever had. They include four potential first-round NFL draft picks on the defensive line in tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence and ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has a big balancing act ahead this season with its loaded defensive line.
The Tigers, who tied Southern Cal for most sacks in the country last fall with 46, received a postseason boost when three of its draft-eligible line starters — tackle Christian Wilkins and ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant — chose to return.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney did a double take the first day of the offseason, early morning workouts last month when he saw starting defensive linemen Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant grinding away with teammates.
CLEMSON — Excitement surrounding the 2018 season for Clemson Tiger fans reached an all-time high Monday as junior defensive lineman Christian Wilkins announced he would be returning for his senior season of eligibility.
Joining Wilkins in returning for their senior seasons are defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant.
Clemson DT Wilkins returning for senior year
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's heart, soul and power on defense is intact next season with defensive tackle Christian Wilkins' choice to hold off on the NFL and return to the Tigers.
Wilkins was the last holdout among three draft-eligible underclassmen along the defensive front — all who were projected first-round picks in some mock NFL drafts — to decide to come back to school. On Saturday, defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant announced their intentions to play at Clemson next year.
CLEMSON -- Clemson will retain the services of two of the most dominant players in college football for another season, according to multiple sources and head coach Dabo Swinney.
Defensive ends Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell have decided to forego the NFL Draft and remain in school for their senior season.
Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to make a final decision whether they are leaving for the NFL.
Clemson DE Ferrell returning to Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell is returning to the Tigers next season.
Ferrell is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound redshirt sophomore who led the Tigers with 9 1/2 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He was also considered a likely first-round selection in the NFL draft if he gave up the rest of his college eligibility. Instead, he said at the team's football banquet Saturday night he was coming back next fall.
CLEMSON -- Clemson will retain the services of three of the most dominant players in college football for another season, according to multiple sources.
Defensive ends Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins have all decided to forego the NFL Draft and remain in school for their senior season.
The 2017 football season is now in the past, and while the Clemson Tigers anxiously await word on whether they will have three five-star signees for the upcoming season — junior defensive linemen Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant, who are expected to announce their NFL Draft decisions any day — we look ahead to the 2018 season.
Five players redshirted this past season are expected to play a big role in the Tigers’ success in 2018.
CLEMSON — Junior wide receiver Deon Cain will forego his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft, joining fellow underclassmen Ray-Ray McCloud and Van Smith.
Cain finished the 2017 season with 58 receptions for 734 yards and six touchdowns — giving the Tampa, Florida, native 130 career receptions for 2,040 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Cain is projected to be selected between the second and fifth rounds of the NFL Draft.
No. 1 Clemson, No. 4 Alabama renew high-stakes rivalry
Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Clemson (12-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama (11-1) at New Orleans, Monday, 8:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
No. 4 Clemson overcomes changing personnel to win once more
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Not this year, no way. Defending national champion Clemson had lost too much, the thinking went, on offense to post another serious threat to the title. But with the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season done, the Tigers are exactly where they want to be — on top of the ACC Atlantic and poised for another deep run.
ACC Atlantic on line when Clemson plays NC State
No. 5 Clemson (7-1, 5-1 ACC, CFP No. 4) at No. 20 North Carolina State (6-2, 4-0, CFP No. 20), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 8.
Series record: Clemson leads 56-28-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Control of the ACC Atlantic Division. If Clemson wins, all it would need is to defeat Florida State at home next week to return to the ACC title game. Should the Wolfpack win, North Carolina State would have to drop its three final ACC games to miss out on the championship game.
For first time all season, Clemson faces a defensive line as good as its own
CLEMSON — Kelly Bryant has no hesitation. He doesn’t even have to think about an answer.
“Oh yeah,” the Clemson quarterback said when asked if the defensive line he faces every day in practice sets him up for success on game days. “It just makes the game a little bit easier ... what we go through in practice, I feel like it helps us on Saturdays.”
CLEMSON — The Clemson Tigers (7-1, 5-1 ACC) emerged from a downtrodden 15 days after their first loss of the season to rise again and stake their claim as a national championship contender after drubbing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 24-10 on a rain-soaked night in Death Valley.
No. 7 Clemson hopes to get back on track vs Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1 ACC) at No. 7 Clemson (6-1, 4-1), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2).
Line: Clemson by 15 ½.
Series record: Georgia Tech leads 51-29-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Georgia Tech is hoping to take down a ranked opponent and keep itself in the ACC Coastal title chase while Clemson seeks to return to the winning track after its first loss of the season, 27-24, at Syracuse on Oct. 13.
Clemson faces challenge with Bryant injury, pending bye week
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Defensive end Austin Bryant said the message for No. 2 Clemson is clear: Don't lose focus.
No. 2 Clemson seeking 3rd straight 6-0 start against Wake
Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 ACC) at No. 2 Clemson (5-0, 3-0), Saturday, Noon ET (ESPN2)
Line: Clemson by 21 ½.
Series record: Clemson leads 64-17-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Clemson is in the midst of another run at a national championship and needs to avoid slipups at home. Wake Forest is looking for its best start since its last ACC championship in 2006.
Backup Clemson DE Rudolph lost for the season
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive end Logan Rudolph, the brother of Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, injured his shoulder at practice this week and will be lost for the season.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Rudolph's status Wednesday. Swinney said the freshman will need surgery to fix his shoulder.
It is Clemson policy not to reveal whether Rudolph had injured his right or left shoulder.
Postcard from Louisville: Clemson looking for another photo-finish Louisville hero
LOUISVILLE, KY. – Right next to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is Churchill Downs, where they love their mint juleps and photo finishes (though not necessarily in that order).
If Clemson is unable to manhandle Lamar Jackson and Louisville on Saturday night, the Tigers might have to find their fourth straight photo-finish hero to notch a fourth straight ACC victory over the Cardinals.
Lock It Down: Clemson D makes its case as country’s best
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's defense not only shut down Auburn — it left little doubt which side of the ball would lead its latest try for a national championship.
The Tigers (2-0), who stayed No. 3 in the latest rankings, had 11 sacks and held No. 15 Auburn to 117 total yards in a 14-6 victory on Saturday night.
The Bryants lead No. 3 Tigers to 14-6 win over No. 13 Auburn
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's new starting quarterback had an easy way for the third-ranked Tigers to keep winning the next several years — recruit more Bryants.
Kelly Bryant, Clemson's first-year starter, ran for two touchdowns after a scary hit knocked him to the ground and defensive end Austin Bryant had four of the Tigers' 11 sacks in a 14-6 victory over No. 13 Auburn on Saturday night.
"The Bryant guys were pretty good," said Kelly, who's not related to Austin. "We've got to keep it going."
Healed from foot injury, Clemson defensive end Austin Bryant feeling better than ever
CLEMSON — It was a regular Monday night practice in 2016, nothing out of the ordinary, until Austin Bryant’s entire season changed in a matter of seconds.
A broken foot. A next-day surgical procedure. The Tigers’ plan for Bryant to be a starter on defense derailed.
The experienced defensive end would sit for six games, play in nine and start none.
“I was disappointed,” Bryant said this week. “But what can you do? What happened happened.”
Clemson kicks off first day of practice as new season officially begins
CLEMSON — Thin Lizzy's "The Boys are Back in Town" blared from the speakers of Clemson's indoor practice facility.
Dabo Swinney played catch at the 50-yard line.
Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell danced in sync together.
The mood was light.
"All right!" a beaming Swinney said Thursday, the day of Clemson's first 2017 practice, "Excited to get going, man ... really excited to be able to get back out on the field with these guys."
Dabo Swinney wanting to focus on Clemson players still with program, not superstars who departed
CHARLOTTE — Dabo Swinney took his seat at his designated press table for his final media obligation of an eight-hour day and unleashed a toothy grin.
“How many (interviews) are we (doing)?! ” he joked, as dozens of reporters flocked to his table. “Didn’t we just do this?!”
The group laughed. Swinney was right — between a slew of radio and television interviews, in addition to a press conference already, nearly every angle had been covered in regards to the defending national championship coach.
CLEMSON — Redshirt freshman defensive end Clelin Ferrell let loose a hearty laugh, once asked how often Clemson coach Dabo Swinney tells his team “prosperity is a terrible teacher.”
“I mean, I wish you guys could sit in the meetings so you could hear him say that every day,” Ferrell said, perhaps unaware Swinney says it quite a bit in press conferences as well.
Clemson DE Bryant to miss at least 3 games with foot injury
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson starting defensive end Austin Bryant is expected to miss at least three games after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney says Bryant got hurt at practice Monday night and had surgery Tuesday. Swinney says he hopes to have the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Bryant back to face Georgia Tech on Sept. 22. That timeline has Bryant out the first three games, including the opener at Auburn on Sept. 3.