When looking across the Clemson football roster the one first word that comes to mind is deep. Sure talented is another, but there is more depth on this team than ever before and that is a great thing.
When teams like Clemson football have aspirations at titles, the biggest concern is always staying healthy. Most teams when something that happens to a quarterback or another star player, that teams’ championship run comes to an end.
Take Alabama in 2019. The injury to Tua Tagovailoa was the end of their title aspirations and they failed to make the College Football Playoff for the first time. Very few teams have the ability to do what 2014 Ohio State, win a title with a third-string quarterback.
However, the 2020 version of Clemson football will have that type of depth at nearly every position. In a few cases, you can make the argument that the freshman coming in may be better than the incumbent starter.
This type of depth isn’t just how you win championships, but it is also how to continue to develop your culture and sustain success. As the old cliché says – “iron sharpens iron” and this sword is going to be as sharp as it has ever been in Clemson, South Carolina.
Over the last couple of weeks, Rubbing the Rock has broken down each position group and it is scary how good Clemson has become. There is not one Clemson fan that could have ever imagined this program would be loaded with this type of talent and only getting better.
Sure, there are questions that have to be answered on the offensive line and who replaces the talent they lost in the secondary, but the talent and depth on campus are better than it has ever been. While they may take a couple blows early in the season, they won’t need a 10-count to get back up.
When Coach Swinney said a couple of weeks ago he was no longer satisfied with the best decade in Clemson football history but rather the greatest decade in college football history, those outside the program smirked while also realizing that he meant every word he said.
If this 2020 team is any indication about what the next ten years are going to look like, Clemson football will end up being the greatest dynasty in college sports history.