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2017 Clemson Tigers Football Team
2017 Clemson Tigers football
Clemson Tigers logo.svg
ACC champion
ACC Atlantic Division champion
Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal), L 6-24 vs. Alabama
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
2017 record12-2 (7-1 ACC)
Head coachDabo Swinney (9th full, 10th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinatorTony L. Elliott (3rd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorJeff Scott (3rd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBrent Venables (6th season)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 81,500)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 4 Clemson xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 23 NC State   6 2         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Louisville   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Miami xy   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Virginia Tech   5 3         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         5 6  
Duke   3 5         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   3 5         6 7  
North Carolina   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Miami 3
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his ninth full year and tenth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley", and competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Clemson won the ACC for the third consecutive season by beating Miami (FL) in the ACC Championship game, 38-3. They received their third straight bid to the College Football Playoff, earning the number one seed. The Tigers fell to eventual national champion Alabama in the semifinal game played at the Sugar Bowl, 6-24.

Previous season

The Tigers entered the 2017 season as defending national champions, having finished the 2016 season 14-1 with a 35-31 win over Alabama in the CFP National Championship game.

Personnel

Coaching staff

Head coach Dabo Swinney added one new addition to the Tigers' coaching staff in January 2017, Todd Bates who was the defensive line coach at Jacksonville State University was hired [1] after losing Dan Brooks to retirement and Marion Hobby signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[2] Mickey Conn was promoted from defensive analyst to co-defensive back coach.[3]

Name Position CU Years Alma mater
Dabo Swinney Head Coach 15th Alabama (1993)
Danny Pearman Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach 10th Clemson (1987)
Brent Venables Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach 6th Kansas State (1992)
Todd Bates Defensive Line Coach 1st Alabama (2004)
Jeff Scott Co-Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach 10th Clemson (2003)
Tony Elliott Co-Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs Coach 7th Clemson (2002)
Robbie Caldwell Offensive Linemen Coach 7th Furman (1977)
Mike Reed Defensive Backs Coach 5th Boston College (1994)
Brandon Streeter Recruiting Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 4th Clemson (1999)
Joey Batson Director of Strength and Conditioning 21st Newberry College (1981)
Mickey Conn Co-defensive backs coach 2nd Alabama (1992)
Kyle Richardson Offensive Analyst 2nd Appalachian State (2001)

Schedule

Clemson announced their schedule for the 2017 season on January 24, 2017.[4] The Tigers' schedule consisted of 7 home games and 5 away games. Clemson hosted conference opponents Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest, and traveled to Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. The Tigers hosted out of conference games against Kent State, Auburn, and The Citadel, and traveled to arch rival South Carolina to close out the regular season. Clemson's out of conference opponents represented the MAC, SoCon, and SEC.

The Tigers played 10 total teams who played in the postseason in the 2016 season: 2 New Year's Six participants (Auburn and Florida State), 7 other bowl teams (Boston College, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech), and 1 FCS playoff participant (Citadel).

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 212:00 p.m.Kent State*No. 5ESPNW 56-380,121
September 97:00 p.m.No. 13 Auburn*No. 3
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC (rivalry)
ESPNW 14-681,799
September 168:00 p.m.at No. 14 LouisvilleNo. 3ABCW 47-2155,588
September 233:30 p.m.Boston CollegeNo. 2
ESPN2W 34-780,525
September 308:00 p.m.at No. 12 Virginia TechNo. 2ABCW 31-1765,632
October 712:00 p.m.Wake ForestdaggerNo. 2
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
ESPN2W 28-1480,567
October 137:00 p.m.at SyracuseNo. 2ESPNL 24-2742,475
October 288:00 p.m.Georgia TechNo. 7
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC (rivalry)
ABC/ESPN2W 24-1080,346
November 43:30 p.m.at No. 20 NC StateNo. 6ABCW 38-3157,600
November 113:30 p.m.Florida StateNo. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC (rivalry)
ESPNW 31-1481,436
November 1812:20 p.m.The Citadel*No. 4
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
ACCNW 61-380,618
November 257:30 p.m.at South Carolina*No. 4ESPNW 34-1082,908
December 28:00 p.m.vs. No. 7 Miami (FL)No. 1ABCW 38-374,372
January 1, 20188:45 p.m.vs. No. 4 Alabama*No. 1ESPNL 6-2472,360
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

[5]

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP 5 3 3 (1) 2 (15) 2 (8) 2 (17) 2 (18) 7 7 6 4 4 4 1 (27) 1 (43) 4
Coaches 5 (7) 3 (3) 2 (2) 2 (6) 2 (4) 2 (6) 2 (8) 8 7 5 4 3 3 1 (25) 1 (49) 4
CFP Not released 4 4 2 2 1 1 Not released

Roster

Source:[6][7]

Recruiting class

Transfers

Clemson lost 6 players due to transfer, Running back Tyshon Dye, Offensive Linemen Jake Fruhmorgen, Cornerback Adrian Baker, Defensive tackle Scott Pagano, Safety Korrin Wiggins and Defensive End LaSamuel Davis all announced they would transfer from the program.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown College transferred to
Jake Fruhmorgen 63 OL 6'5" 290 Junior Tampa, Florida Florida
Tyshon Dye 22 RB 5'11" 220 Redshirt Senior Elberton, Georgia East Carolina
Adrian Baker 21 CB 5'11" 180 Redshirt Senior Hallandale, Florida Oklahoma State
Scott Pagano 56 DT 6'3" 295 Redshirt Senior Honolulu, Hawaii Oregon
Korrin Wiggins 15 S 6'0" 200 Redshirt Senior Durham, North Carolina East Carolina
LaSamuel Davis 7 DE 6'4" 205 Redshirt Freshman Bamberg, South Carolina SC State

Game summaries

Kent State

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Auburn

Overall record Last meeting Result
14-34-2 2016 CLEM, 19-13

at Louisville

Overall record Last meeting Result
3-0 2016 CLEM, 42-36

Boston College

Overall record Last meeting Result
15-9-2 2016 CLEM, 56-10

at Virginia Tech

Overall record Last meeting Result
21-12-1 2016 CLEM, 42-35

Wake Forest

Overall record Last meeting Result
65-17-1 2016 CLEM, 35-13

at Syracuse

Overall record Last meeting Result
4-1 2016 CLEM, 54-0

Georgia Tech

Overall record Last meeting Result
29-51-2 2016 CLEM, 26-7

at North Carolina State

Overall record Last meeting Result
56-28-1 2016 CLEM, 24-17 OT

Florida State

Overall record Last meeting Result
10-20 2016 CLEM, 37-34

The Citadel

Overall record Last meeting Result
31-5-1 2013 CLEM, 52-6

at South Carolina

Overall record Last meeting Result
68-42-4 2016 CLEM, 56-7

vs Miami (FL) - ACC Championship Game

Overall record Last meeting Result
4-6 2015 CLEM, 58-0

CFP Playoff

Alabama - Sugar Bowl

Overall record Last meeting Result
4-13 2017 CLEM, 35-31

Awards and Honors

Individual Awards

All Americans

All-ACC Teams

1st Team

Mitch Hyatt, Tackle
Justin Falcinelli, Center
Tyrone Crowder, Guard
Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End
Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle
Dexter Lawrence, Defensive Tackle

2nd Team

Austin Bryant, Defensive End
Dorian O'Daniel, Linebacker

3rd Team

Travis Etienne, Running Back
Hunter Renfrow, Wide Receiver
Deon Cain, Wide Receiver
Taylor Hearn, Guard
Kendall Joseph, Linebacker

2018 NFL Draft

Player Team Round Pick # Position
Dorian O'Daniel Kansas City Chiefs 3rd 100 LB
Deon Cain Indianapolis Colts 6th 185 WR
Ray-Ray McCloud Buffalo Bills 6th 187 WR

Undrafted Free Agents

Player Team Position Ref
Ryan Carter Buffalo Bills CB [44]
Marcus Edmund Los Angeles Chargers CB [45]
Van Smith Atlanta Falcons Safety [46]
Taylor Hearn Carolina Panthers Offensive Line [47]

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