There's no doubt that Clemson is hungry to get back out on the field after how last season ended, but according to Dabo Swinney, they're focused on this years team and not what happened in the Orange Bowl to last years squad.
“We said that back in the spring, we weren’t going to focus on what happened before. It’s about this team.”
“There’s got to be that sense of hunger. We always talk about the hungry cat hunts best."
"How hungry are these guys? All indications from the way they worked in the spring and this summer, they’re on a mission. That’s what you want from your leaders.” Dabo told the Associated Press.
The good news is the entire offensive staff remains intact from last season, and they also added Brent Venables in the offseason to direct things on the defensive side of the ball. The Tigers are returning some serious firepower on an offense that ranked in the top 26 in total offense (#26 - 440.8 ypg), passing offense (#21 - 282 ypg), and scoring offense (#24 - 34 ppg).
All of those factors combined could prove to be the makings of an awfully hungry cat.