NEW ORLEANS – Trevor Lawrence sits in his closet in full uniform when the surrounding room is empty. Co-attacking coordinator Tony Elliott sat next to him, offering reassurance and encouragement.
Just 30 minutes earlier, Lawrence himself had offered the same to his Clemson teammates, walking to each one after the 42-25 loss to LSU in the University Football Playoff Championship, hugging them and telling them. that he loves them.
It was their first loss in 30 matches and the first loss of the quarterfinals since playing football in high school in Georgia. Perhaps walking around that room and seeing all of his teammates was reassuring enough. Because there's no mistake: Clemson hopes to make a comeback right in the national championship game next season in South Florida.
"There is no doubt about that, we will be back," said Brandon Streeter, the midfielder's coach, who will assume the task of coordinating the passing game next season. "This is our fifth consecutive year to the playoffs and four of the five come to the national championship game. This is what we build for. Those are our expectations, and their kids. I like that, and we will meet that. "
With Lawrence returning to his junior season, Clemson will be heavily loved to play football at Playoff University for the sixth consecutive season. Tigers were number one on ESPN's Top 25 too soon.
This is a program that coach Dabo Swinney has built to survive and after completing the best decade in school history, no …
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