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2015 Clemson Tigers Football Team
2015 Clemson Tigers football
Clemson Tigers logo.svg
CFP National Championship finalist
ACC champion
ACC Atlantic Division champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
W 37-17 vs. Oklahoma
CFP National Championship
L 40-45 vs. Alabama
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
2015 record14-1 (8-0 ACC)
Head coachDabo Swinney (7th full, 8th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinatorTony L. Elliott (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorJeff Scott (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBrent Venables (4th season)
Base defense4-3
CaptainTravis Blanks
B. J. Goodson
Eric MacLain
Charone Peake
D. J. Reader
Stanton Seckinger
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 81,500)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 14 Florida State   6 2         10 3  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Boston College   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
No. 15 North Carolina x   8 0         11 3  
Pittsburgh   6 2         8 5  
Miami   5 3         8 5  
Duke   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         4 8  
Georgia Tech   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his seventh full year and eighth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley." Clemson competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. On December 5, 2015, the Tigers won the 2015 ACC Championship Game by defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels, 45-37, capping their first undefeated regular season since winning the national title in 1981. Ranked No. 1 throughout the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings, Clemson defeated the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners, 37-17, in the 2015 Orange Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship. On January 11, 2016, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1) defeated the No. 1 Clemson Tigers (14-0) in the 2016 national championship, 45-40. Both Clemson and Alabama finished the season 14-1.

Schedule

Clemson announced their 2015 football schedule on January 29, 2015. The 2015 schedule consisted of seven home and five away games in the regular season. The Tigers hosted ACC foes Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest, and travelled to Louisville, Miami, NC State, and Syracuse.[1] Clemson hosted #4 seed Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in the first round of the 2015-16 College Football Playoff. The Tigers then hosted #2 seed Alabama in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship in University of Phoenix Stadium.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 512:30 p.m.Wofford*No. 12ACCNW 49-1081,345
September 1212:30 p.m.Appalachian State*No. 12
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
ESPN3W 41-1081,467
September 177:30 p.m.at LouisvilleNo. 11ESPNW 20-1755,396
October 38:00 p.m.No. 6 Notre Dame*No. 12
ABCW 24-2282,415
October 103:30 p.m.Georgia TechNo. 6
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC (rivalry)
ABC/ESPN2W 43-2480,983
October 177:00 p.m.Boston CollegedaggerNo. 5
ESPNUW 34-1781,416
October 24Noonat Miami (FL)No. 6ABCW 58-045,211
October 313:30 p.m.at NC StateNo. 3ABC/ESPN2W 56-4157,600
November 73:30 p.m.No. 16 Florida StateNo. 3
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC (rivalry)
ABCW 23-1383,099
November 143:30 p.m.at SyracuseNo. 1ABC/ESPN2W 37-2736,736
November 213:30 p.m.Wake ForestNo. 1
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
ESPN2W 33-1381,577
November 28Noonat South Carolina*No. 1ESPNW 37-3281,409
December 58:00 p.m.vs. No. 8 North CarolinaNo. 1ABCW 45-3774,514
December 314:00 p.m.vs. No. 4 OklahomaNo. 1
ESPNW 37-1767,615
January 11, 20168:30 p.m.vs. No. 2 AlabamaNo. 1ESPNL 40-4575,765
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule source:[2]

Roster

Recruiting class

Game summaries

Wofford

1 2 3 4 Total
Terriers 0 7 3 0 10
#12 Tigers 14 21 7 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
11-3 2011 CLEM, 35-27

Appalachian State

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 0 0 3 7 10
#12 Tigers 3 28 7 3 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
4-0 1997 CLEM, 23-12

Louisville

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Tigers 0 7 10 3 20
Cardinals 0 3 7 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
2-0 2014 CLEM, 23-17

Notre Dame

Georgia Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 3 7 7 7 24
#6 Tigers 19 14 7 3 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
27-51-2 2014 GT, 28-6

Boston College

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 3 0 7 17
#5 Tigers 10 7 10 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
13-9-2 2014 CLEM, 17-13

Miami (FL)

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Tigers 21 21 3 13 58
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
3-6 2010 MIA, 30-21

NC State

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Tigers 16 10 21 9 56
Wolfpack 13 7 7 14 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
54-28-1 2014 CLEM 41-0

Florida State

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Seminoles 7 3 3 0 13
#1 Tigers 3 3 7 10 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
8-20 2014 FSU, 23-17

Syracuse

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Tigers 21 10 0 6 37
Orange 14 3 7 3 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
2-1 2014 CLEM, 16-6

Wake Forest

1 2 3 4 Total
Demon Deacons 0 7 0 6 13
#1 Tigers 20 10 3 0 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
62-17-1 2014 CLEM, 34-20

South Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Tigers 0 14 14 9 37
Gamecocks 0 3 14 15 32
Overall record Last meeting Result
66-42-4 2014 CLEM, 35-17

ACC Championship Game

CFP Playoff

Orange Bowl- CFP Semifinal Game

CFP Championship Game

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP 12 12 11 11 12 6 5 (1) 6 (1) 3 (6) 3 (6) 1 (31) 1 (34) 1 (55) 1 (53) 1 (51) 2
Coaches 12 12 9 10 11 6 6 6 6 (1) 5 (2) 2 (21) 1 (28) 1 (58) 1 (53) 1 (55) 2
CFP Not released 1 1 1 1 1 1 Not released

2016 NFL Draft

The Tigers had nine players drafted in the 2016 NFL draft. Shaq Lawson was picked first at 19th overall. Nine draftees is the most for Clemson since the 1983 NFL draft. It also gave the Tigers the second highest number of draftees in the 2016 NFL draft, second only to Ohio State with 12 players selected.[3]

Player Team Round Pick # Position
Shaq Lawson Buffalo Bills 1st 19th DE
Kevin Dodd Tennessee Titans 2nd 33rd DE
Mackensie Alexander Minnesota Vikings 2nd 54th DB
TJ Green Indianapolis Colts 2nd 57th S
BJ Goodson New York Giants 4th 109th LB
DJ Reader Houston Texans 5th 166th DT
Charone Peake New York Jets 7th 241st WR
Jayron Kearse Minnesota Vikings 7th 244th S
Zac Brooks Seattle Seahawks 7th 247th RB

Awards and honors

National Coach of the Year Awards

Broyles Award Finalist

Archie Griffin Award

Davey O'Brien Award

  • DeShaun Watson

Manning Award

  • DeShaun Watson

Heisman Trophy Finalist

  • DeShaun Watson (3rd)

All-Americans

  • QB DeShaun Watson?: 1st Team - AP, AFCA, Athlon, FWAA, CBS Sports, ESPN, USA Today; 2nd Team - Walter Camp, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated
  • DE Shaq Lawson?: 1st Team - AP, AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp, ESPN, USA Today; 2nd Team - Athlon, CBS Sports, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated
  • SS Jayron Kearse: 1st Team - ESPN; 2nd Team - AP, Athlon, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated
  • TE Jordan Leggett: 2nd Team - Walter Camp; 3rd Team - Athlon, Honorable Mention - Sports Illustrated
  • CB Mackensie Alexander: 2nd Team - Athlon; 3rd Team - AP; Honorable Mention - Sports Illustrated
  • K Greg Huegel: 2nd Team - Sports Illustrated; Freshman Team - USA Today
  • LB Ben Boulware: Honorable Mention - Sports Illustrated
  • OT Mitch Hyatt: Freshman Team - FWAA, Sporting News, USA Today
  • DT Christian Wilkins: Freshman Team - FWAA, Sporting News

? - Consensus All-Americans

ACC Coach of the Year

ACC Player of the Year

ACC Offensive Player of the Year

  • DeShaun Watson

All-ACC:

References

  1. ^ "2015 Schedule Announced" (Press release). Clemson University Department of Athletics. January 29, 2015. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "2015 Clemson Tigers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Clemson second in nation in NFL draft choices". tigernet.com. Retrieved 2016.

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