Clemson football will have an elite redzone offense in 2018

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 11: Travis Etienne
CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 11: Travis Etienne /

Barring any unforeseen injuries, Clemson football is stacking up to be elite in the redzone in 2018. Let’s take a look at their offensive arsenal.

During Dabo Swinney’s tenure in Death Valley, Clemson has been known much more for their passing attack. In 2017, however, the Tigers offense leaned much more on the ground game.

The triple-headed monster of Kelly Bryant, Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne helped Clemson rank 7th nationally in rushing touchdowns with 40 on the season.

Coming into 2018, the Tigers are primed to have one of the top redzone offenses in the country.

Elite Weapons

The aforementioned, Bryant, Feaster and Etienne all return in 2018 and they only figure to improve. Clemson also returns a host of depth along the offensive line. I expect the big boys up front to be one of the Tigers’ strengths this fall.

As such, you can expect Clemson’s rushing attack to be difficult to stop down in the redzone. Regardless if Bryant is the starting quarterback or not, you can expect the Tigers’ staff to keep him involved in the offense. With his 6-foot-3, 225 pound frame, Bryant is a load to tackle in short yardage situations.

Not to be overshadowed is Clemson’s deep stable of wide receivers. Although it was just a spring game, sophomore wide out, Tee Higgins appears primed for a breakout season. He was snagging the ball out of the air in tight coverage the entire afternoon.

At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds Higgins has the frame and athleticism to dominate in jump-ball situations. The Tigers also have Diondre Overton (6-foot-5) and incoming freshman Justyn Ross (6-foot-4) to throw it up to in the redzone.

Last, but, certainly not least is Clemson’s shifty slot receivers. Over the past three seasons, we’ve seen what kind of damage Hunter Renfrow can inflict down near the endzone. I expect him, Amari Rodgers and TJ Chase to cause havoc for opposing defenses this season.

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All-in-all, the Tigers have an embarrassment of riches on offense. Their particular skill sets will come in handy as defenses condense down near the endzone.