CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is ready to chase goals again – one step at a time.

He said the Tigers didn’t won the national championship focused on what was immediately in front of them, not by looking ahead. Swinney lays out five goals each season for his team, starting with ”Win The Opener” which is Saturday against Kent State.

”We’ve got five goals. They never change and as many of them as we can hit, the better year we have,” Swinney said. ”I’ve always said if we hit them all, we’ll win it all and that’s what we did last year.”

”This,” he continued, ”is a chance to get that first goal under our belt.”

The rest of Swinney’s goals include winning the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division, beating state rival South Carolina and capturing the ACC title. The last is to win the closer, which the Tigers did with a drama-filled, 35-31 victory over No. 1 Alabama this past January.

Swinney knows too well that early stumbles can cost his club many things, including confidence coming out of camp that might take time to rebuild in a difficult schedule that includes games with No. 12 Auburn and No. 16 Louisville the following two weeks.

”They’re all big,” Swinney said of the schedule. ”We get 12 opportunities and that’s all we’re guaranteed. Everything after that, you earn it.”

The earning starts against Kent State, which enters the game led by offensive coordinator Don Treadwell after coach Paul Haynes stepped away for a few weeks with what the school announced was a medical leave. The Golden Flash, 3-9 last season, are more than a five touchdown underdog against the Tigers.

Source: Fox Sports
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