Clemson Tigers: Top five freshman seasons under Dabo Swinney

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Dec 31, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney walks from the buses as he and his team arrive for the 2015 CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


The Clemson Tigers have recruited at an unprecedented level under Dabo Swinney. Due to their success on the recruiting trail, Clemson has had quite a few instant impact freshman. Here’s the top five true freshman seasons under coach Swinney.

In this day in age of College Football, it is not surprising to see true freshman getting valuable playing time, however, Clemson’s true freshman perform on an entirely different level. Dabo Swinney and his staff do a great job of identifying prospects that fit their scheme and then developing those prospects once they arrive on campus.

Coach Swinney is not afraid to play freshman either. If you are ready to play for Clemson, than you will play. Prime example, the Clemson Tigers receiving core was loaded this past season, however, Cornell Powell and Diondre Overton performed well during camp so rather than redshirting them, Swinney allowed both to gain valuable in game reps.

Expect to see multiple true freshman earn significant playing time in 2017. Five star prospects Tee Higgins and Hunter Johnson will certainly push to get on to the field from day one. Without further ado.

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