5. Quarterback Kelly Bryant
Despite the fact that reports have come out all week concerning Clemson’s plan to play both of their quarterbacks, I have a hard time believing Swinney would insert his true freshman Trevor Lawrence into a hostile road environment unless things were going very poorly with Kelly Bryant.
Bryant is the leader of the team. He has the ability to beat you with both his arm and his legs. That dynamic athletic ability might be necessary against a stout defensive front for Texas A&M. All the hype this week has been about Clemson’s defensive front, and deservedly so, and also more on this later, but the Aggies boast a formidable pass rush themselves.
Bryant finished last year with 2,802 passing yards and 13 touchdowns and 655 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns. He is one of the more explosive dual-threat quarterbacks in all of college football. Mike Elko will have his hands full containing this offense in general, but Bryant makes it go.
They were a top 40 offense in both yards and points. That, combined with their scary defense, made them one of the more complete teams in the country. There are few weaknesses.