2014 Clemson Tigers football team

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2014 Clemson Tigers football
Clemson University Tiger Paw logo.svg
Russell Athletic Bowl champion
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 15
AP No. 15
2014 record 10–3 (6–2 ACC)
Head coach Dabo Swinney (6th full, 7th overall year)
Offensive coordinator Chad Morris (4th year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables (3rd year)
Base defense 4–3
Captain Stephone Anthony
Sam Cooper
Adam Humphries
Grady Jarrett
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 81,500)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
#5 Florida State x$^   8 0         13 1  
#15 Clemson   6 2         10 3  
#24 Louisville   5 3         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
NC State   3 5         8 5  
Syracuse   1 7         3 9  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Coastal Division
#8 Georgia Tech x   6 2         11 3  
Duke   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina   4 4         6 7  
Pittsburgh   4 4         6 7  
Miami   3 5         6 7  
Virginia Tech   3 5         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         5 7  
Championship: Florida State 37, Georgia Tech 35
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 1, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his sixth full year and seventh overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley." They were members of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in ACC play to finish in second place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Russell Athletic Bowl where they defeated Oklahoma.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Clemson
Alma Mater
Dabo Swinney Head Coach 7 Alabama (1992)
Chad Morris Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 3 Texas A&M (1992)
Brent Venables Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 2 Kansas State (1992)
Jeff Scott Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator/Co-Offensive Coordinator 5 Clemson (2002)
Tony Elliott Running Backs/Co-Offensive Coordinator 3 Clemson (2003)
Robbie Caldwell Offensive Line 3 Furman (1976)
Dan Brooks Defensive Tackles 4 Western Carolina (1976)
Marion Hobby Defensive Running Game Coordinator/Defensive Ends 5 Tennessee (1989)
Michael Reed Defensive Backs 1 Boston College (1994)
Danny Pearman Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 5 Clemson (1995)
Reference:[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 5:30 p.m. at No. 12 Georgia* No. 16 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Rivalry) ESPN L 21–45   92,746
September 6 12:30 p.m. South Carolina State* No. 23 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ACCN W 73–7   81,672
September 20 8:00 p.m. at No. 1 Florida State No. 22 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Rivalry) ABC L 17–23 OT  82,316
September 27 7:00 p.m. North Carolina Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ESPNU W 50–35   79,155
October 4 3:30 p.m. NC State Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Textile Bowl) ESPNU W 41–0   78,459
October 11 3:30 p.m. Louisville Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ESPNU W 23–17   81,500
October 18 3:30 p.m. at Boston College No. 24 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA (Battle for the O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy) ESPNU W 17–13   42,038
October 25 7:00 p.m. Syracusedagger No. 21 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ESPNU W 16–6   80,031
November 6 7:30 p.m. at Wake Forest No. 19 BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ESPN W 34–20   28,846
November 15 12:00 p.m. at No. 24 Georgia Tech No. 18 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA (Rivalry) ESPN L 6–28   49,378
November 22 3:30 p.m. Georgia State* Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC ACCRSN W 28–0   77,693
November 29 12:00 p.m. South Carolina* No. 23 Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ESPN W 35–17   82,720
December 29 5:30 p.m. vs. Oklahoma* No. 18 Orlando Citrus Bowl StadiumOrlando, FL (Russell Athletic Bowl) ESPN W 40–6   40,071
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Depth chart[edit]

Recruiting class[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 7 14 0 0 21
Bulldogs 14 7 3 21 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–41–4 2013 CLEM, 38–35

South Carolina State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 0 7 7
Tigers 10 24 24 15 73
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2013 CLEM, 52–13

Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Tigers 0 10 0 7 0 17
Seminoles 3 0 7 7 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–19 2013 FSU, 51–14

North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 0 7 14 14 35
Tigers 10 12 14 14 50
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–19–1 2011 CLEM, 59–38

NC State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 0 0 0 0 0
Tigers 21 10 10 0 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
53–28–1 2013 CLEM, 26–14

Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 7 7 0 17
Tigers 7 7 6 3 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 10 0 7 17
Eagles 0 7 0 6 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–9–2 2013 CLEM, 24–14

Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Orange 3 3 0 0 6
Tigers 0 3 6 7 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2013 CLEM, 49–14

Wake Forest[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 17 3 14 34
Demon Deacons 7 10 0 3 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
61–17–1 2013 CLEM, 56–7

Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 3 0 3 0 6
Yellow Jackets 6 3 16 3 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–50–2 2013 CLEM, 55–31

Georgia State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Tigers 14 14 0 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 7 3 0 7 17
Tigers 7 14 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
65–42–4 2013 SCAR, 31–17

Oklahoma (Russell Athletic Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sooners 0 0 0 6 6
Tigers 17 10 13 0 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 1989 Florida Citrus Bowl CLEM, 13–6

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 16 23 23 22 RV RV RV 24 21 22 19 18 RV 23 19 18 15 
Coaches 16 24 24 24 RV RV 25 22 20 21 19 17 RV 24 19 18 15 
CFP Not released 21 21 19 22 21 18 17 Not released


2015 NFL Draft[edit]

Clemson had five players selected in the 2015 NFL draft. Vic Beasley was picked first at 8th overall.

Player Team Round Pick # Position
Vic Beasley Atlanta Falcons 1st 8th DE
Stephone Anthony New Orleans Saints 1st 31st OLB
Grady Jarrett Atlanta Falcons 5th 137nd DT
Bradley Pinion San Francisco 49ers 5th 165th P
Tony Steward Buffalo Bills 6th 188th OLB

Undrafted signees[edit]

In addition to five draft picks, four more Clemson Tigers made it into the NFL as undrafted rookies.

Player Team Position
Corey Crawford Washington Redskins DL
Adam Humphries Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR
DeShawn Williams Cincinnati Bengals DL
Tavaris Barnes New Orleans Saints DE

Awards[edit]

Preseason All-ACC Offense[edit]

Fourth Team

Wayne Gallman - Running Back

Charone Peake - Wide Receiver

Preseason All-ACC Defense[edit]

First Team

Vic Beasley - Defensive End

Grady Jarrett - Defensive Tackle

Stephone Anthony - Linebacker

Third Team

Corey Crawford - Defensive End

Jayron Kearse - Safety

Fourth Team

Tony Steward - Linebacker

Preseason All-ACC Special Teams[edit]

Fourth Team

Adam Humphries - Punt Returner

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football – 2014 Coaches". Clemson University Department of Athletics. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2014 Clemson Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved July 30, 2014.