The grind of fall camp it over and now it is time for the defending national champion Clemson Tigers to get their mind set on the 2017 season opener against Kent State on Sept. 2 in Death Valley.
Clemson wrapped up fall camp on Tuesday, and after taking Wednesday off as fall classes began, they get back on the practice field this afternoon with their eyes set towards the new season.
“We started some breaking off and not necessarily doing Clemson, but maybe game prepping a little bit for Kent State since they are our first game,” wide receiver Hunter Renfrow said. “The grind is pretty much over for the most part and now it is just kind of mentally getting there and getting ready for the game.”
By the end of camp, the Clemson offense was finally starting to come around. After a slow start, including a horrible performance in the first stadium scrimmage, they bounced back with a better effort in a situational scrimmage a few days later. Then in the last stadium scrimmage of camp they actually outperformed the defense.
“I think it was good for our confidence,” Renfrow said. “We knew we were good enough. Like I said before, it is one thing to know you are good enough and it one thing to go out and do it. We have a really talented and good defense so it is pretty cool to be able to beat them for once instead of them beating us every day.”
Part of the offense’s improvement as camp has gone on was a direct correlation of the improvement of quarterback Kelly Bryant, who was named the starting quarterback earlier this week. In the last few weeks, Bryant has gained more confidence and command of the offense and it has shown on the practice fields.
“He has great command of the offense,” Renfrow said. “He is playing really well and he is making the good throws and he is processing things faster. When he can do that, he can make those throws and focus on putting (the ball) on the outside of a guy, instead of leading it down the middle of the field so he is doing a phenomenal job.
“From a leader aspect, we know that he is the guy right now and we are kind of rallying behind that.”
Renfrow said Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson have also played well in camp and neither did anything to lose the job, Bryant just came out and won it. He feels the two freshmen will be ready if their number is called.
“You never know down the line what is going to happen, but Kelly is just that good and that consistent,” Renfrow said.
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