Clemson looking to keep winning with new staff | Taiwan News


CLEMSON, SC (AP) — Change can bring chaos. It can also bring excitement. And Clemson’s new offensive coordinator, Brandon Streeter, thinks it’s a hungry, energetic team that has embraced the Tigers’ new leaders.

“Any time you have a new starter, a new start with new people, new faces, it’s something different,” said Streeter, who takes control of the attack after Tony Elliott left for become Virginia’s head coach.

“When there’s something different,” Streeter continued, “there’s usually excitement, too.”

The Tigers wrapped up spring training with their annual Orange-White game on a cold and windy Saturday in Death Valley.

It was the first chance for new management and staff at Clemson to show their ability to guide the Tigers, who have won 10 or more games for 11 straight seasons.

Along with Elliott, former Clemson analyst Wes Goodwin and safety coach Mickey Conn serve as co-defensive coordinators after longtime leader Brent Venables took over as Oklahoma coach.

Former Clemson center Thomas Austin, an offensive analyst last year, is the freshman offensive line coach after Robbie Caldwell moved to an off-court position in the program.

Kyle Richardson took over tight ends from Clemson, a position Elliott coached last season.

And former Tigers defensive end Nick Eason was hired to coach defensive tackles in place of Todd Bates, who followed Venables to Oklahoma.

That’s a lot to absorb for the Tigers, whose personnel stability has been a big part of their success with six Atlantic Coast Conference titles and national championships after the 2016 and 2018 seasons.

“It’s rare to have these coaches and this coaching staff together for so long,” said defensive end KJ Henry, in his fifth season with the Tigers. “That’s not our norm. But at the same time, it’s been easy because they’re Clemson guys.

Goodwin and Conn’s defense had the advantage over Streeter’s attack. The two defenses combined for nine sacks in the first half on the quarterbacks of junior DJ Uiagalelei and rookie Cade Klubnik. Both teams combined for minus 31 in the first 30 minutes.

Goodwin, 37, was seen by outsiders as the surprise recruit. But he was a star behind the scenes for the Tigers, both as a defensive analyst from 2012-14 and, after three years with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, as a senior off-field assistant from 2018-21.

Clemson was a regular on the nation’s top defensive teams during Venables’ 10 years at the helm. Goodwin is ready to show the critics he can keep the Tigers’ defense strong.

“We have some stuff (Brent Venables) that I’m not aware of,” Goodwin said last month. “I’ve been elsewhere and we also know the ball.”

Goodwin is a different voice than Venables, but someone who knows what he’s talking about, just like the former defense coach, defensive end Myles Murphy said.

“Coach V is very rowdy, loud, he likes to be aggressive,” said Murphy, a junior. “Coach Wes is the same way. He’s not going to scream 24-7, but he’ll give you a very loud, very aggressive defense and we always get to the ball.

That was evident on Saturday as the two offenses were limited to a combined 329 yards. Henry and Murphy combined for 6 1/2 sacks, though play was halted when defensive linemen approached the quarterbacks.

Tight end Jake Briningstool said Streeter’s elevation as an offensive leader made the transfer easier, as he had long been part of the offensive game plan.

Briningstool said the adjustment started in Clemson’s 20-13 win over Iowa State at the Cheez-it Bowl last December and only got better this spring. “It’s a bit in the right direction for the tight end position and the offense as a whole. I’m really excited about the future.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney enjoyed diving in and out of offensive and defensive meetings, watching the interaction.

“There’s a lot of trust and respect with these players and staff,” Swinney said. “It’s gonna be fun.”


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