By KENNETH A. CLARKThe No. 2 Clemson quarterback will be the starter for the Tigers next season, and he’ll be the leader in the Tigers’ offense, according to a new study by the Clemson Football Research Center.
The study looked at the play-calling from the 2016 season to predict how the Tigers would fare with three quarterbacks in the lineup.
Clemson won 13 games with five different quarterbacks and averaged 28.4 points per game, which ranked second in the nation.
With a strong play-caller, Clemson ranked second nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 23.8 points per contest.
It led the nation in passing defense (135.9 yards per game), rushing defense (531.9), total defense (739.2), and scoring defense (37.2).
The Tigers were also ranked second overall in rushing offense.
The team finished the season with a 9-5 record, finishing with a 6-2 mark in the ACC Coastal Division and a 3-1 mark in conference championships.
The Tigers’ offensive performance was helped by the play of two different quarterbacks.
The team finished with 4,073 total yards, the most in the country, and an average of 6.9 points per attempt.
Clemson also posted a 1,062.3 rushing yards per contest, which was fourth in the conference.
The quarterback position on offense was the most important for Clemson in 2017.
Clemson ranked fourth in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, while ranking fifth in passing touchdowns.
The play-makers on offense were Heisman Trophy candidate DeShone Kizer, a Heisman finalist who started five games, and Clemson’s four first-team All-Americans in 2018 and 2019.
The Tigers had four first team All-ACC selections in 2018, three in 2019, and one in 2020.
The top three in each of the past two years were true freshmen Braxton Miller, DeShon Elliott, and Jalen Hurts.
Clemson’s most recent player to win the Heisman was quarterback Tajh Boyd, who threw for 3,764 yards and 14 touchdowns.