Clemson Football: 35 Greatest Tigers of the Dabo Swinney Era

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Dabo Swinney, Clemson football coach (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

The 35 greatest Clemson football players of the Dabo Swinney era

The Clemson football program has absolutely exploded when it comes to talent under the leadership, guidance and direction of Dabo Swinney.

When Swinney took over the program in 2008, Clemson football had not won an ACC Championship in nearly 20 years.

Fast-forward a little more than a decade later and the Tigers have now won six ACC Championships, two National Titles and have made five-straight CFB Playoff appearances.

As we look back at the era of Clemson football to this point, here are the 35 greatest Tigers to play under Dabo Swinney.

35. Jacoby Ford

Jacoby Ford played just one half season and one full season with Swinney as the head coach, but there’s no doubt that he made an impact during that time.

Ford was a major play-maker on the offense and, in many ways, was a catalyst for helping the Tigers move the ball when there weren’t many other play-makers on the field. Really, there was only one and we’ll get to him later.

Ford may very well be the fastest Clemson football player of all-time and he used that elite track speed to break away from defenders and leave them in the dust.

He finished his career with 143 receptions for 1,986 yards (13.9 YPC) and 18 total touchdowns.

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