During a season that the Tigers could have used the tight ends they were pretty much nonexistent once again.
The leader of this group ended up being Davis Allen who finished third on the team with 28 catches. His biggest came against Wake Forest on a halfback pass by running back Will Shipley.
One of the bigger disappointments would have to be Braden Galloway. Galloway was having another down year, even before he suffered a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the final six games of the season.
Many were expecting 2021 to be his breakout season and he struggled mightily. He caught just four passes for 14 yards the entire season, along with several key drops.
Sage Ennis played the second most snaps behind Allen but he’s not a guy that is going to stretch the field. He’s more of a blocking tight end and had one catch for eight yards.
While Allen has certainly shown potential, another bright spot was freshman Jake Briningstool. Clemson hopes he will become the next big pass catching threat at the position. He’s got the size and athleticism.
Briningstool was forced onto the field earlier than originally planned due to injuries and when on the field he did not disappoint. The high four star proved that he is a pass catching tight end that also knows how to block.
Moving into 2022 one thing that could really play a big role in helping this offense return to form would be more production from the tight ends. The good news for the Tigers is Allen returns for his senior season while Briningstool looks ready for a break out sophomore year. Ennis will also have an opportunity to show that he can contribute.
2021 Season Grade: D-
Clemson and Notre Dame have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
For the second time this season, Clemson will be an underdog at home.
Despite Clemson’s astonishing loss to Miami, the Tigers will head to Raleigh next week favored over NC State.