CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson safety Tanner Muse politely answered all the offseason questions from friends and fans about Clemson's revamped defense. Now, he sees the fourth-ranked Tigers' loudest...
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — John Simpson is certain of two things about the new starters on the defensive line for No. 2 Clemson: They are tired of the questions and comparisons to last year's...
OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12)
New faces: WR Antonio Brown, T Trent Brown, WR Tyrell Williams, DE Clelin Ferrell, RB Josh Jacobs, S Johnathan Abram, CB Trayvon Mullen, S Lamarcus Joyner, OL Richie...
Georgia Tech (7-6, 5-3 ACC last season) at No. 1 Clemson (15-0, 8-0), Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern (ACCN).
OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Napa, California
LAST YEAR: Jon Gruden's first season back in Oakland was a disappointment. Star edge rusher Khalil Mack was traded before...
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hears so many questions about the Tigers' defensive losses that he has lost count.
He heard it again Tuesday — probably not for the last...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick Josh Jacobs.
The team announced Tuesday they had signed the running back out of Alabama. No additional...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed first-round draft picks Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram on Tuesday.
Ferrell, a defensive end from Clemson, was selected fourth overall by...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Jon Gruden has already altered one aspect of rookie minicamp for the Oakland Raiders based on what the team did in the draft.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — At the national championship game nearly four months ago, Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said he was told by an NFL scout that if he did nothing but draft...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story April 25 about the latest from the NFL draft, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Christian Wilkins was suspended from Clemson's bowl game after...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Mayock pulled off a bit of a shocker with his first pick as an NFL general manager that even surprised the player he selected.
13. MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-9)
LAST SEASON: Dolphins were worse than their record — they allowed 6,257 yards, most in franchise history, and offense was also among league's most inept, finishing...
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.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Many prospects use the NFL scouting combine as a chance to clear their good name, rectifying misconceptions about their game or skillset or any misperceptions about their worth...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — This year's class of quarterback prospects isn't as sexy as last year's group led by Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. Nor does it feature the tantalizing talents of next year's...
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — All-American Christian Wilkins tossed doughnuts and showed off a victory cigar.
On a chilly, overcast morning, Clemson celebrated its second national football title in three seasons Saturday before thousands of roaring fans. Spectators stood seven or eight deep along the parade route.
Trevor Lawrence, who threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the title game against Alabama, rode a flat-bed truck with dozens of teammates.
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.
College Football Playoff national championship
No. 2 Clemson (14-0) vs. No. 1 Alabama (14-0) at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, 8 p.m. EST (ESPN)
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.
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.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual awards released Tuesday.
The four-time defending league champions placed 11 players on the two teams as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who cover the conference.
Five Tigers made the first team, and four were unanimous picks. Offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt was a unanimous pick for the second straight year.
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.
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend's Power Five conference championship games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
No. 2 Clemson (1-0) at Texas A&M (1-0), Saturday, 7:05 p.m. ET (ESPN).
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.
Furman (8-5 last season) at No. 2 Clemson (12-2), 12:20 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
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.
Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston highlight The Associated Press preseason All-America team.
Chosen by AP poll voters, the team announced Tuesday also features West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and his teammate, receiver David Sills V.
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.
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, 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, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Deon Cain is joining the growing list of Tigers' underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft.
The school announced Cain's decision Wednesday. He joins receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, safety Van Smith and offensive lineman Taylor Hearn as Tigers giving up their remaining eligibility to turn pro.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, becoming the first of several Tiger underclassmen who could go pro.
McCloud announced his decision Sunday on the football team's Twitter account . The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior from Tampa, Florida, has been a returner and defensive back in his three seasons at Clemson.
Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Clemson (12-1) vs. No. 4 Alabama (11-1) at New Orleans, Monday, 8:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and five players from top-ranked Clemson headline the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.
The ACC released its all-conference teams Monday following a vote of 14 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Jackson, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, was selected as the all-conference quarterback for the second straight year after averaging an FBS-best 411 total yards.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The focus is on the finish for No. 4 Clemson.
The Tigers (8-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) regained their footing and their grip on the ACC Atlantic by rallying for a 38-31 victory over then-No. 20 North Carolina State on Saturday. The push for the finish line starts this week, when Clemson can lock up the division and gain a spot in the ACC title game against struggling Florida State (3-5, 3-4).
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.