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1dAndrea Adelson

Clemson names Bryant new starting QB

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who spent the past two years behind Deshaun Watson, will start against Kent State to open the season, coach Dabo Swinney said Monday.

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1dHeather Dinich

AP poll release offers prelude to playoff race

Can the defending national champs return to the CFP field in 2017? If there's any conference that could put two schools in the four-team playoff, it's the ACC.

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2dKC Joyner

Why Clemson will miss the 2017 CFP

Clemson enters the season having to replace a ton of talent, particularly on offense, and a bumpy transition could keep the defending champ from returning to the College Football Playoff.

Clemson's offense solid despite key losses (1:48)
Who will be Clemson's new starting quarterback? (1:10)
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Dabo Swinney and Clemson send best wishes to Navy OC's son

After learning that Jarren Jasper, son of Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, may need a heart transplant, the Clemson football team created a classy video sending Jarren their well wishes.

Does Clemson have a shot to repeat? (0:39)
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Bryant will have to earn his stripes

Clemson's recent success came from the stellar play of Tajh Boyd and Deshaun Watson. Next up, junior QB Kelly Bryant will take over the Tigers offense as the team tries to defend its national title.

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Swinney: Bryant likely to open as Clemson QB

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says junior Kelly Bryant will likely start at quarterback in the national champions' season opener against Kent State on Sept. 2.

Swinney, Clemson hoping to use platform to set positive example (2:51)
Swinney would give starting QB nod to Bryant today (1:54)

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney says "there's no question" Kelly Bryant is atop Clemson's depth chart at the moment, and the junior has graded out the best of the Tigers' three QBs in camp. But Swinney adds that he's confident any of them could win games and he'll definitely want to get RSFr Zerrick Cooper and Fr Hunter Johnson reps in September since neither has game experience.

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Campus Conversation: Swinney On Defending Crown, More

Clemson's Dabo Swinney talks to Ivan Maisel and Chris Low about the Tigers' attempt to defend their title, replacing Deshaun Watson at QB, the challenges of the ACC and more.

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Seminoles ready to steal the crown?

Clemson (2011, '15, '16) and Florida State ('12, '13, '14) have combined to win the last six ACC titles. Though Miami is also in the mix, ESPN's FPI likes that streak to continue, giving the Seminoles an edge over the defending national champions.

College Football coaches play with fidget spinners (1:01)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's an example of the boot scheme Houston used last night to get rookie QB Deshaun Watson to the edge of the pocket. Can be run with two tight end or three wide receiver personnel (as shown below). This gives Watson an opportunity to hit the crossing route (W), target the deep out/comeback (Z) or find the tight end (Y) releasing late to the flat. The idea is to create throwing lanes and cater to Watson's ability to make plays on the move.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

That was a pretty solid night for Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson. The quick passing game, boot, play pass and the ability to work through his reads. He looked comfortable running the offense. Plus, Watson showcased his mobility. That allowed the rookie to extend plays and pull the ball down to score on a TD run. Watson did miss on some throws, but the key here is the amount of reps he got tonight. There will be a lot of film to work with off this game and that creates opportunities to make corrections.

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