While the Virginia Cavaliers football program had some stellar seasons under former coaches George Welsh and Al Groh, including two Atlantic Coast Conference co-championships (1989 and 1995), the team struggled more times than not between 2010-15 under Mike London.
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While the Clemson Tigers defense has met, and stymied, most of the high-powered offenses they have faced in 2019, the team may not have played another opponent quite like the Virginia Cavaliers, with a dual-threat quarterback and a shifty corps of wide receivers who can find openings in the defense.
After securing a 28th win in a row against the Virginia Cavaliers, the Clemson Tigers will need to continue their razor focus heading into their first opponent in the 2019 College Football Playoff, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the remainder of the postseason, according to quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Senior offensive lineman Gage Cervenka plays an important part in helping running back Travis Etienne and other Tigers break through the line for extra yards and points, but when Clemson’s coaching staff put forth a plan for a fellow O-line member to get into the scoring frenzy against N.C. State, Cervenka was all-in.
Although the Clemson Tigers were in a similar position at this point in the season last year — with 10 mostly blowout victories and a near loss against an ACC opponent that could have derailed any national title hopes — the current team could be even better unit than its 2018 counterpart.
While having the support of the extended Clemson Tigers family of students and fans may be integral to the success of the football team outside the lines, a handful of coaches’ sons have contributed on the field in recent years, including head coach Dabo Swinney’s two sons, wide receivers Will Swinney and Drew Swinney and quarterback Ben Batson, son of strength and conditioning coach Joey Batson.