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Xavier Thomas might be the next Clowney
The Palmetto State has already produced two recent No. 1 overall prospects at defensive end. Thomas, who is being recruited by the Gamecocks and Tigers, could become the third. Instant-impact 2018 recruits (Insider)
These men are rising stars in college football's coaching community, and here is your starting lineup of coordinators who could be running their own programs in the not-so-distant future.
If the ACC coaches prove prophetic, the league's offensive player of the year will be a two-man race featuring Deshaun Watson and Dalvin Cook.
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
Deshaun Watson and Dalvin Cook, who each received first-place Heisman votes in 2015, were not unanimous preseason All-ACC picks. Going into the season they are clearly the favorites for the conference's player of the year. Maybe there will be an ACC QB and two RBs better than those two, but it's hard to justify leaving them off preseason ballots.
The 2016 preseason All-ACC team was announced Wednesday, with Clemson and Florida State leading the way.
Watch: Deshaun Watson on SportsCenter
Clemson's Heisman favorite is in Bristol to discuss this season's high expectations. Last year, Watson accounted for an ACC-record 47 TDs. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN
The pieces are in place at quarterback, in the backfield and at receiver, but for the second year in a row, Clemson must overhaul its defense.
We asked SEC and Big 12 coaches which colleagues they would send their sons to play for. The list starts with Bob Stoops, but Mark Dantonio and David Shaw weren't far behind.
Deshaun Watson is back for more
The Heisman hopeful from Clemson led the FBS in total offense and accounted for an ACC-record 47 touchdowns last season.
A strong defense in college football means skill at all three levels: Defensive line, linebacker and in the secondary. Which three players make up the nation's best?
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
Mark Richt on recruiting Deshaun Watson to UGA: "I told (OC) Mike Bobo, this guy is going to take someone to a national championship." Richt said he was convinced as soon as Clemson signed Watson, they'd be great. His take on Watson's TD pass vs Georgia in his first career game: "I was glad they took him out after that."
Where should college football's top 25 teams turn when they need one yard to win the game on the last play? Get ready for some surprises.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had high praise for returning cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, the anchor of a secondary that lost three draft picks off last year's group. "The fact that he came back is huge for us," Swinney said. "He has a chance to be a high first-round pick. He's got what everybody's looking for. He can fly. He's tough, he's physical, he's long. He's got a chance to be really, really special."
Clemson's Dabo Swinney talks about keeping his team motivated after last year's success, what it takes to build a winning program & the ties between Clemson and Alabama.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney dishes on football's benefits, the criticism of the sport, the possible elimination of kickoffs from the game, the Tigers' loss in last season's title game and the ACC's strength.
The media predicted the 2016 season would play out much like 2015 did, with the Tigers and Tar Heels meeting in the ACC title game.
Watch: Dabo Swinney joins SportsCenter
ACC coaches are scheduled to descend on Bristol this week, including Clemson's Dabo Swinney on Monday. The defending ACC-champion Tigers are No. 4 in ESPN's Football Power Index. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN
Clemson @ Auburn Tigers
Jordan-Hare Stadium - Sat 9/3