In 2023, Clemson's success will heavily rely on its offense, and two key figures are set to make a significant impact on the team's performance come December. These individuals are quarterback Cade Klubnik and offensive coordinator Garrett Riley, both of whom bring fresh perspectives to the program.
Klubnik, now in his second year as a Tiger, had to wait until the tail end of last year for his opportunity to shine. However, he has since had a full offseason to prepare for the starting role. During this time, Klubnik had the chance to familiarize himself with a new offense, masterminded by the brilliant offensive mind of Garrett Riley. Riley's rapid ascent through the coaching ranks has led him to this pivotal point with Clemson.
It is crucial for Klubnik and Riley to be in sync this season. It is no coincidence that under Riley's command, TCU was averaging almost 40 points per game last year. There is no reason why he cannot replicate that level of production in Death Valley. The relationship between Riley and Klubnik has been steadily building since January. Head coach Dabo Swinney has witnessed this connection firsthand and is confident in the duo's abilities for the 2023 season.
When the entire team believes in Klubnik and Riley, it becomes a catalyst for success. As the season inches closer, their relationship appears to be thriving. With their seamless collaboration leading up to the upcoming game against Duke, Clemson has every reason to be confident in their offense's ability to take the next step this season.