Clemson Football is transitioning from fall camp into a normal routine in preparation for their season opener against the Duke Blue Devils.
There will be a lot of changes on the offensive side of the ball. New offensive coordinator Garrett Riley has been installing a new offense that is based in air-raid principles but also has a strong running game component. It has been nicknamed the “Dirt-raid”.
There will also be a new full-time starting quarterback in Cade Klubnik, who took over for DJ Uiagalelei last last season.
While much of the strategy the Tigers intend to employ on offense has been kept close to the vest, we have heard from insiders and observers about the difference in attitude and confidence coming into this new season.
Clemson Football has now given us a look at how some of that new attitude is manifesting: Stache Season.
I love this. Let’s face it: who has the best stache in sports right now? It is without a doubt Atlanta Braves and former Clemson Baseball pitcher Spencer Strider. If a stache works for one kind of gunslinger, then it can work for another.
Leadership and culture starts at the top in any organization, and we see Riley stepping into that role here, so that is the first thing to love about Stache Season. He is leading by example, and doing well so far. He should be. He’s a man, he’s…(checks notes)…33.
Time for Clemson Football to get their hands dirty
We also hear Riley use the term “Its time to get dirty”. This symbolizes two things for me. One is the reference to the Dirt-Raid offense. The second is to the need to get to work. When you are working hard, sometimes your hands have to get dirty.
We next see both Christopher Vizzina and Trent Pearman. Vizzina looks like he has started his stache, but he has a long way to go. That’s fine for a guy who will likely redshirt. This year is about development. Pearman admits he hasn’t started but he has time to work on it too.
Next we see Hunter Helms, who has started his mustache and it looks good so far. He isn’t sure he will be able to fill it in much more but it works for him. He’s got some great hair too, by the way.
Last we see Klubnik, who informs us “there is nothing there”. He does not give us much indication if this is because he hasn’t had a chance to grow it, he can’t grow it or he doesn’t want to grow it.
Well, staches aren’t for everyone I guess. I have to admit I used to have facial hair but have long since grown tired of it. To each their own, but I can’t wait to see how stache season turns out for this offense.