I’ve said it in this space before and I’ll say it again. Brent Venables is the best defensive coordinator in the country. Venables reloads on his side of the ball every year and he does it with a mix of 5-stars and 3-stars. Clemson won the national championship last year on the back of it’s defense and they returned nearly everyone this year. Kent State didn’t provide much to learn about the defense this year but a dominant performance against Auburn showed some real improvements for an already stout defense.
Clemson has been and will likely always been known for their great defensive lines. The NFL is littered with guys that either played at end or tackle for the Tigers. Last season, they had their first year with a depth issue in a good while. Austin Bryant was injured during the offseason and Christian Wilkins was moved to defensive end to take his spot.


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