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Clemson Football Builds On Its Winning Ways

Clemson University is building a football powerhouse.

The Tigers capped off an undefeated 2018 season by dominating Alabama, 44-16, in the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 2019. It was the school’s third football national championship. Clemson continued the success by winning 14-straight games heading into this year’s National Championship game against Louisiana State on Monday, Jan. 13.

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Clemson has won an astonishing 29 games in a row, and the Tigers have posted an impressive 6-2 record in College Football Playoff games.

Strength Training Excellence

The Clemson football program builds its players under the guidance of Joey Batson, the veteran director of football strength and conditioning, in the massive Allen N. Reeves Football Complex. The 140,000-square-foot facility—unveiled in early 2017—includes a 23,000-square-foot weight room, 1.5 acres of outdoor space, hydrotherapy tools, a training room, a stylish locker room, a players lounge, a nap room and even one indoor slide.

The Importance of a Strong Finish

Clemson’s ability to win on the big stage has been impressive. And that strong showing in the college football postseason is instilled in the weight room all year long.

“Our program is built on finishing strong. We emphasize the finish in everything we do,” says Adam Smotherman, the senior assistant football strength and conditioning coach. “Every drill, every practice, every lift, every day, everything has a finish. So, we emphasize dominating the finish.”

A Bright Future

The Tigers are getting used to winning—they also reached the CFP National Championship game in 2015, 2017 and 2019. A slew of young talent and pipeline of top-rated recruits drawn by Clemson’s coaching staff and amazing athletic facilities, mean that success is likely here to stay. And the Tigers are willing to work for it.

“We are always looking for ways to add tools to our collective toolbox and if there is a different way out there to utilize a tool in our toolbox, we will look for it, analyze it and determine if it fits into what we are working to accomplish,” Smotherman added. “You cannot be great without constantly striving to improve yourself; and by improving our knowledge, we are able to better help our student-athletes achieve their best, which is why each of us is here. It’s not about us, it’s about the players.”