National writer says Clemson is overrated

When the AP Top 25 college football preseason poll was released Monday, Clemson ranked No. 4 behind only No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State and No. ° 3.

This national writer believes the preseason rankings are too high for Clemson.

CBS Sports’ Shehan Jeyarajah wrote in his AP Top 25 reactions that the Tigers are “overrated” in the preseason poll and pointed to Clemson’s coaching changes as one of the reasons he feels that way. writing that Brandon Streeter and Wes Goodwin “never called plays at the FBS level,” even though those two did in fact call plays for the Tigers in the Cheez-It Bowl win over Iowa State in December last.

“With perhaps the best defense in the country returning, as well as some promising pieces in attack, it’s fair to believe that a disappointing three-game losing campaign in 2021 was just a blow to one of the programs. most consistent in college football. But No. 4 in the country? That’s a bit much,” Jeyarajah wrote.

“The Tigers are starting from zero to two key coaching positions following the departures of offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and defensive coordinator Brent Venables – both of whom have served since 2015 – in Virginia and Oklahoma, respectively. Clemson was promoted internally, with QB coach Brandon Streeter and senior defensive assistant Wes Goodwin filling those vacancies. However, there is no guarantee that the navigation will go smoothly for two coaches who have never called games at the FBS level.

Jeyarajah also cited Clemson’s uncertainty at quarterback as another reason he thinks the Tigers are ranked too high in the preseason AP Top 25.

“Also, Clemson has a big question mark at quarterback after DJ Uiagalelei ranked last among the ACC’s 15 qualified quarterbacks in passing efficiency last year,” he wrote. “Rookie Cade Klubnik could be pushing for playing time, but it’s not yet clear if he’s the Deshaun Watson or Trevor Lawrence type to help Clemson reach domestic competition.”

Clemson, who finished No. 14 in the latest AP poll last season after finishing in the poll’s top four every season from 2015 through 2020, is also ranked No. 4 in the coaches’ preseason poll.

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