Solid Orange: Clemson season in review
COLUMBIA, S.C. —
Snow invaded the Palmetto State but the show went on! Zach Lentz, Times and Democrat, was snowed in but found a way to join us from Orangeburg for our end of the year "season in review".
Grading Clemson's Defense:
Altroy Bodrick: A
Robert Carswell: A
Zach Lentz: A
**The Solid Orange crew all agreed that Clemson's defense lived up to their potential and the hype this season. Our hosts feel the defenders are the reason the Tigers earned the No. 1 ranking in the College Football Playoff. Clemson's defense also "held their own" against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, allowing just 17 points.
Grading Clemson's Offense:
**All three analysts gave B averages to the Tigers' offense because of Clemson's strong run game. The Tigers didn't earn an A because of the offense's inconsistencies in passing the ball. Their lack of ability to throw the ball down field is what ultimately hurt them against Alabama. Overall, they were productive; they were able to win Clemson a third consecutive ACC Championship and Playoff berth but not good enough to secure them a spot in the National Championship game.
Grading Kelly Bryant:
**Lentz, Carswell, and Bodrick give Kelly Bryant (KB2) credit for what he was able to do, especially filling in the huge shoes of DeShaun Watson. All three said his ability to make plays with his feet was impressive but his inability to throw the ball is what hurt the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.
Standout Players of the Year:
Defense: Dorian O'Daniel
Offense: Travis Etienne
**On defense, Dorian O'Daniel was the difference make on Clemson's defense. The graduate senior had two pick-6s and lead the Tigers with 88 total tackles, 44 for a loss, and 5.0 sacks.
**On offense, Travis Etienne made the most noise. The freshman running back totaled 13 touchdowns and 766 yards. Imagine what he will do as a sophomore!