Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) talks with head coach Dabo Swinney during the fourth quarter of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Sun Life Stadium. Tigers won 40-35. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson will be a veteran team that is rebuilding in 2014

Even though the Clemson Tigers lost All-American quarterback Tajh Boyd, All-America wide receiver Sammy Watkins and All-ACC running back Rod McDowell, the cupboard isn’t completely bare for the 2014 season.

While Clemson will face the task of rebuilding at the skill positions, the team does have a solid core of veteran leadership including 19 senior scholarship players, 15 of whom been starters at some point during their careers.

Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney recently broke down the 2014 outlook for the Tigers.


“While we lost some very celebrated skill position people, players who set over 100 records on offense, and some productive, consistent team leaders on defense, we do have 39 returning junior and senior scholarship players who have helped us win 32 games the last three years. They have experienced winning.


“A few years ago people said we were awful along the front seven on defense and now these same guys are two years older and people are saying we might have one of the best defensive lines in the nation.


“Going into this year we have lost our quarterback, top two receivers and top running back, so people are wondering how we will be on offense. That is just the way things go in this game. Every year there are opportunities for players to step up on both sides of the ball.”

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