Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

No. 2 Clemson Planning Quick Return to Football Playoffs

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

No. 2 Clemson Planning Quick Return to Football Playoffs

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Almost before the gold-tinted confetti stopped falling, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and quarterback Deshaun Watson were prepping for another run at the national title next year. It's more than just wishful thinking on their parts.

Led by the transcendent Watson, the Tigers seem like a strong bet to return to the College Football Playoffs.

Clemson came up one game short in its quest to make history and go 15-0 with a national title, cut short by Alabama's 45-40 defeat in the title game Monday night.

"There's no doubt that we will be back, Swinney said. "It won't be 34 years before we're going to be back, I promise you that.

Of course not all the current Tigers will be back.

All-American defensive end Shaq Lawson, who notched two more sacks against the Crimson Tide to finish the season with 12.5, has declared for the NFL draft. …

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