The Clemson Tigers will be without last year’s key offensive players Deshaun Watson, Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett, Wayne Gallman and Jay Guillermo when the 2017 season begins in a few weeks. But that hasn’t phased offensive Clemson coordinator Jeff Scott.
In fact, he has challenged his new group of 2017 starters to pick right back up where the 2016 championship team left off in January.
“Don’t buy the lie that’s out there that, ‘oh gosh DeShaun Watson has left and Clemson’s offense isn’t going to be very good,'” Scott said, according to Tigernet.com. “Well, guess what? We’ve been very consistent for six years with a lot of different guys coming in here – different coordinators, different coaches and a lot of different players.
“Why is that? This is Clemson’s offense, and there’s a standard that everybody plays to and all we need those guys to do is play to that same standard and be the best version of themselves and everything is going to work out. We’ve really challenged those guys to step up.”
Clemson does have playmakers at wide receiver that appear ready to step in and replace Williams and Leggett. Junior wideout Deon Cain and redshirt junior Hunter Renfrow should provide plenty of firepower on the outside while redshirt junior C.J. Fuller will get the first crack at starting in the backfield.
But junior quarterback Kelly Bryant has the biggest shoes to fill. Watson threw for more than 4,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and rushed for more than 1,700 yards combined in 2015 and 2016.
Clemson should have an excellent defense and remain a contender in the Atlantic Division, but Scott’s expectations might be a tad unrealistic.