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David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney says "there's no question" Kelly Bryant is atop Clemson's depth chart at the moment, and the junior has graded out the best of the Tigers' three QBs in camp. But Swinney adds that he's confident any of them could win games and he'll definitely want to get RSFr Zerrick Cooper and Fr Hunter Johnson reps in September since neither has game experience.

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Campus Conversation: Swinney On Defending Crown, More

Clemson's Dabo Swinney talks to Ivan Maisel and Chris Low about the Tigers' attempt to defend their title, replacing Deshaun Watson at QB, the challenges of the ACC and more.

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Seminoles ready to steal the crown?

Clemson (2011, '15, '16) and Florida State ('12, '13, '14) have combined to win the last six ACC titles. Though Miami is also in the mix, ESPN's FPI likes that streak to continue, giving the Seminoles an edge over the defending national champions.

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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's an example of the boot scheme Houston used last night to get rookie QB Deshaun Watson to the edge of the pocket. Can be run with two tight end or three wide receiver personnel (as shown below). This gives Watson an opportunity to hit the crossing route (W), target the deep out/comeback (Z) or find the tight end (Y) releasing late to the flat. The idea is to create throwing lanes and cater to Watson's ability to make plays on the move.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

That was a pretty solid night for Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson. The quick passing game, boot, play pass and the ability to work through his reads. He looked comfortable running the offense. Plus, Watson showcased his mobility. That allowed the rookie to extend plays and pull the ball down to score on a TD run. Watson did miss on some throws, but the key here is the amount of reps he got tonight. There will be a lot of film to work with off this game and that creates opportunities to make corrections.

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Steele: Auburn has best shot to beat Alabama (1:21)

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

There are still three hours until the Texans/Panthers preseason game starts, and I've already seen many fans proudly sporting both Texans and Clemson apparel outside of Bank of America Stadium.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Ray-Ray McCloud is working at corner for Clemson during camp. It may not be a full-time thing, DC Brent Venables said, but the coaching staff has been impressed with McCloud's ability to fight for 50/50 balls and hold up in coverage. Venables said "we've been busting his chops" about playing on defense since McCloud arrived in 2015, but the junior is finally accustomed to WR enough to feel comfortable using practice reps on defense.

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Campus Conversation: Pressure On Coaches, Jones, Orgeron

Before conversations with Tennessee's Butch Jones and LSU's Ed Orgeron, Peter Burns, Adam Rittenberg and Jake Trotter discuss the biggest storylines surrounding coaches in 2017, how Ole Miss' future is impacted by the latest developments and much more.

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QB competitions to keep an eye on

The QB battles at Clemson, Michigan and Florida are among the more intriguing competitions as the 2017 college football season approaches.

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Clemson faces early challenges

The reigning national champions play Auburn and Louisville back-to-back in the opening weeks of the 2017 season.

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Clemson's No. 5 ranking is most interesting to SVP (2:39)
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David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney said Dexter Lawrence was "a biscuit shy of 350" but he weighed in yesterday at 337. It wasn't easy, Dex said...

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Power Rankings: Champions will be tested

The Tigers must overcome losing the greatest player in school history as they prepare to defend their title.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo on RBs: "They all complement each other, and they're all gonna play." Says he's very excited about the group.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo says Wayne Gallman nicknamed RB CJ Fuller "Bread" because "he just looked soggy. Soggy bread." As camp opens, Fuller is "crisp toast," Dabo says.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney said he hasn't made a decision on whether his QBs will go live in camp, but he said doing so this spring gave them a much better sense of the ability for the QBs to handle the rush.

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