Clemson needs to fill major holes on defensive line
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...
Oakland Raiders sign first-round pick RB Josh Jacobs
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...
Raiders sign top draftee Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell
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...
Correction: NFL Draft-The Latest story
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...
Raiders take Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell 4th overall
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.
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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.
Clelin Ferrell out to shoot down mispronunciations
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...
Defensive linemen dominate this year’s combine class
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 celebrates latest title amid cheers and doughnuts
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.
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.
No. 1 Alabama meets No. 2 Clemson for CFP championship
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 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.
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No. 2 Clemson dominates AP All-ACC team again with 11 Tigers
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 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.
AP All-America Watch: Star matchups for championship weekend
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.
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.
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.
No. 2 Clemson faces Texas A&M team looking to make statement
No. 2 Clemson (1-0) at Texas A&M (1-0), Saturday, 7:05 p.m. ET (ESPN).
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.
Love, Oliver, Grier lead AP Preseason All-America team
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 — Most college football players would shy away from a collision with Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell — who, along with his three teammates along the defensive line spurned the NFL and returned for a final season of college football.
That is not the case for Tiger tight end Garrett Williams, who redshirted last season after suffering a torn ACL last spring. For Williams, it was nearly a year to the day that a hit from the ferocious defensive lineman proved to him that he was back.
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 -- Clemson held its annual football awards banquet at the Poe Indoor Football Facility on Jan. 13.
The offensive most valuable players, known as the Tiger Pride Awards were presented to quarterback Kelly Bryant and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. On defense, Clelin Ferrell, Ryan Carter and Dorian O’Daniel were honored with Tiger Pride Awards.
The PAW award that is given for outstanding play, academic excellence, community service went to junior tight end Milan Richard.
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 wide receiver Deon Cain declaring for NFL draft
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 WR McCloud leaving early for NFL draft
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.
NEW ORLEANS — It was not the kind of night that No. 1 Clemson had envisioned Monday as the Tigers fell to No. 4 Alabama by a final score of 24-6.
It was not losing that was as hard for the Tigers to swallow as the manner in which they lost. An utter domination by the Tide left the Tigers to wonder what happened.
“I didn’t see this coming — none of us did. Not at all,” defensive end Clelin Ferrell said after the game.
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)
CLEMSON — Before the Clemson Tiger had played a single snap, many people had already hung the hopes of the season on the defense — which returned seven starters off last season’s national championship team.
With the pressure on them to carry this year’s team back to the College Football Playoff for a third straight season, all they did week in and week out was answer the call.
But the Tiger defense understands that it is far from done yet.
Slippery Rock’s Marcus Martin becomes first Hendricks Award finalist from Division II
Slippery Rock senior Marcus Martin made more history Friday when he became the first NCAA Division II player to be named a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given annually to the best defensive end in college football.
The other four finalists are N.C. State's Bradley Chubb, Ohio State's Nick Bosa, Clemson's Clelin Ferrell and Northern Illinois' Sutton Smith. The winner will be announced Wednesday.
Boston College running back AJ Dillon was a unanimous selection to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team, which was released on Monday following a vote of 14 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Dillon, a freshman who played at Lawrence Academy, has rushed for 1,432 yards and 13 touchdowns for BC (7-5).