CLEMSON — Clemson will have an abundance of star power on the roster in 2021.
The Walter Camp Foundation has released its 2021 Preseason All-American teams, and Clemson is well represented. With a first and second team on both offense and defense, only 44 non-special teams players made the cut. The Tigers had four of them.
Wide receiver Justyn Ross, defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, offensive tackle Jordan McFadden, and defensive end Myles Murphy each show up. Dabo Swinney once again has a plethora of high-caliber talents to lead his football team.
Ross was named a first-team All-American for the second time this preseason. The redshirt junior enters the year with 112 career receptions and 17 touchdowns but missed last season due to a congenital fusion condition in his spine. The Tigers are still awaiting word on whether the star wideout will be cleared to play this season.
Elsewhere on the first team, Bresee made an appearance on the defensive line. The sophomore and former No. 1 overall recruit has extremely high expectations to live up to this season after earning ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 2020. Bresee could be one of the most dominant players in college football this season.
McFadden was a former three-star recruit who has developed into a big-time player for the Tigers. The Spartanburg (S.C.) Dorman High alum started all 12 games for Clemson last season playing nearly 800 snaps. Despite being just 6-foot-2, McFadden has turned into a really good tackle. The redshirt junior has been working at adding physicality in the offseason.
“Most importantly, I just want to be nastier,” McFadden told reporters in the spring. “Moving more people off the ball — putting people in the dirt, things like that. Just changing my mentality to not necessarily cocky, but being humble knowing that I can do anything against anybody on the field.”
Murphy was another ballyhooed recruit in the class of 2020, and the sophomore from Metro Atlanta is starting to get some public acknowledgment. The former top-10 recruit made a second-team All-American appearance at Walter Camp after collecting 51 tackles and 12 tackles for loss last season. This could be a big season for Murphy.
Only one other ACC position player — North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell — made the list but the Tigers do not draw the Tar Heels in the regular season. For the season-opening opponent, Georgia had three position players named to second teams — wide receiver George Pickens, offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer, and defensive tackle Jordan Davis — proving that the matchup with Clemson will be a talented affair.