Clemson opened the season with a dominant 56-3 win over Kent State on Saturday in Memorial Stadium. The Clemson Insider gives out helmet stickers to players whose individual performances led to the Tiger victory.
The Golden Flashes could not find running room all day Saturday, and Austin Bryant had a lot to do with that on the outside. The junior defensive end racked up five total tackles and four solo tackles on the afternoon. Saturday was a good warm-up day for Bryant to get back in stride prior to the Auburn matchup.
Freshman Travis Etienne led the way on the ground for the Tigers with eight carries for 81 yards and one touchdown. Etienne showed his craftiness, turning a couple of busted plays into 5-yard gains. He also showed his explosiveness and big-play ability with a 54-yard run on a second-and-7 play in the third quarter. Etienne certainly made his case for more playing time and showed why his teammates and coaches mentioned him so often during camp.
Sophomore Tavien Feaster also had an impressive day running the football. The Spartanburg High product racked up 69 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Feaster also showcased his speed on a 47-yard touchdown around the end. The entire Clemson running back unit had an impressive day and it will be interesting to see who gets more carries next week.
Richard, making his first start at tight end as a Tiger, had an impressive game. He has big shoes to fill following the departure of Jordan Leggett but had a solid day against Kent State. The redshirt junior tight end finished the day with a pair of catches for 80 yards. Richards also made some impressive blocks to aid the Clemson rushing attack.
Clemson linebacker Tanner Muse had a near-perfect day with the exception of a late hit out-of-bounds call in the first quarter. The sophomore linebacker made his first defensive start as a Tiger and led the team in tackles with six, including three solo tackles. The Clemson linebacker unit got out to a good start on Saturday, with Muse being a big part of the success.