CLEMSON -- Head coach Dabo Swinney was asked Tuesday what he expects from his young Clemson football team this season. Swinney said he believes there are some overrated teams in the preseason polls and some teams that are undervalued. He said his Tigers fall in the latter category and will surprise this season.
"This is a team that is going to prove some people wrong," Swinney said. "I don't think a lot of people outside of Clemson expect a lot from us.
"I anticipate us having a really good year."
The 41-year-old Swinney is entering his third full season as head coach. Clemson is coming off its first losing season in 12 years.
Ellington for POY?
Swinney believes Berkeley High product Andre Ellington is also flying under the radar after missing five games last season due to a right toe injury. Swinney thinks Ellington could be a contender for ACC Player of the Year and said he will not place any limits on the junior running back's workload, comparing his potential usage to that of C.J. Spiller in 2009. "Andre is the only guy I see as an every-down guy right now," Swinney said.
Ellington scored 10 touchdowns last season, and his career rushing average of 6.3 yards is a program best.
They said it
--Swinney on Troy punter Will Goggans: "Supposedly he has a spectacular beard."
--QB Tajh Boyd on pregame, nerve-managing plans Saturday: "It's a little different coming down the hill knowing you are going to start. One of the songs I used to listen to in high school is Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight.' It kind of calms me down a little bit."
One of the few surprises on the official depth chart released Tuesday was freshman DeShawn Williams listed as a second-team defensive tackle. Williams is the son of former Clemson running back Ronald Williams, who was the leading rusher on the 1990 team (941 yards) as a freshman.
The aggressive placement of Williams speaks to Swinney's primary concern: depth. Of Clemson's 85 scholarship players, 42 are freshmen.