By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
We’ll look back at the 2018 Clemson Tigers football team. They were the only undefeated FBS team with a 15-0 record.
The 15-0 mark is their best record in program history. It surpasses the 14-1 record that the team had during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
The Tigers made it to the College Football Playoff. They defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
Then, in the College Football Playoff National Championship, the team blew out the Alabama Crimson Tide, 44-16. This was the Tigers second National Championship within the past five seasons.
The offense averaged 44.3 points per game. They were fourth out of 130 teams.
As a true freshman, Trevor Lawrence went 259 of 397 for 3,280 yards. He also had 30 touchdown passes and four interceptions.
Kelly Bryant — who began the season as the starter before leaving the program — went 36 of 54 for 461 yards. He also had two touchdowns and one interception.
Travis Etienne led the Tigers with 204 carries for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns. Adam Choice had 77 carries for 548 yards and seven touchdowns. Lyn-J Dixon had 62 carries for 547 yards and five touchdowns.
Tavien Feaster also had a significant contribution, as he had 78 carries for 440 yards and six touchdowns.
Justyn Ross led the team in receiving yards, as he had 46 receptions for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. Tee Higgins had 59 receptions for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns. Amari Rodgers had 55 receptions for 575 yards and four touchdowns.
Hunter Renfrow also had a significant contribution, as he had 49 receptions for 544 yards and a touchdown. Derion Kendrick had 15 receptions for 210 yards.
Their defense allowed 13.1 points per contest. That was first in the country of FBS teams.
Isaiah Simmons led the team with 88 tackles, including 9.0 tackles for a loss. He also had 2.0 sacks, an interception, which was returned for a touchdown; three forced fumbles, and six pass deflections.
Simmons’ 9.0 tackles for a loss was not even a team-high. Clelin Ferrell led the team with 20.0 tackles for a loss. Austin Bryant was second with 15.0 tackles for a loss, and Christian Wilkins was third with 14.0 tackles for a loss.
Ferrell also led the team with 11.5 sacks for a loss. Bryant was second with 8.5 sacks, while Wilkins was third with 5.5 sacks.
A.J. Terrell led the team with three interceptions. Tanner Muse was second with two interceptions.
Ferrell and Simmons led the team with three forced fumbles each. Wilkins was first on the team, as he had two fumble recoveries.
Simmons also led the defense with six pass deflections.
Greg Huegel went 11 of 16 in field goal attempts. He also went 76 of 78 in extra points.
B.T. Potter also went 1 of 1 in field goal attempts. He also was 7 of 7 in extra points.
Alex Spence also made five extra points.
Will Spiers had 64 punts for 2,541 yards. He averaged 39.7 yards per punt.
Carson King and Renfrow also had a punt each.
Rodgers had 39 punt returns for 299 yards and a touchdown. Will Swinney also had three punt returns for one yard.
Kendrick had 13 kickoff returns for 299 yards. Cornell Powell also had four kickoff returns for 117 yards.
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