The Tigers defense will be huge early on, but getting quarterback Kelly Bryant in position to lead the offense will also be crucial.
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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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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.
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.
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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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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.