Swinney Thinks Defensive Line Play Could Return to What Fans Have Become Accustomed To

Every Clemson fan remembers the Power Rangers, and how dominant that group of defensive linemen became over their careers.

The Tigers currently have another group of players that could produce similar results up front along the defensive line.

Head coach Dabo Swinney says that after getting some younger guys valuable experience last season, that he loves the potential of his front four.

“I mean we were an inconsistent bunch last year for sure,” Swinney said. “And, you know, whether it be guys that were available to play, inexperience, depth, whatever it was, but man I love that group.”

The Tigers’ head coach said that he has really liked the mindset the entire group came into the spring with as they attempt to build on last season.

“We took a few bumps and bruises along the way but, man Bryan Bresee is, he’s so much better than he was at any point last year,” Swinney said. “Myles Murphy, the same two freshmen that really played well for us last year as true freshmen, and people don’t really understand how hard that is to do. And so it’s just gonna make them better, and they are better.”

“K.J. did a lot of good things last year and we’re getting him back healthy,” Swinney said. “Mascoll, man his experience that he got last year, oh my goodness. That’s just gonna pay huge dividends for him. You know, Ruke’s a guy that I think can be a great player here. Tyler Davis going in his junior year. He’s just, he’s got the knowledge and the experience. Xavier, getting him back and really locked in or what he needs to do.”

In fact, Swinney thinks this group of defensive linemen has the potential to be as good of any group he’s had.

“I mean it’s just a really good group of guys,” Swinney said. “And I just think that we got a chance, if we can stay healthy, to have the type of group that we’ve had around here, what we’ve become to be accustomed to.”

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