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Dazzling Debut

Clemson freshmen impress in season-opening victory

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

alex@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — The Clemson Tigers got a glimpse of their future during Saturday’s season-opening win over Furman, and the future is bright.

In No. 2 Clemson’s 48-7 win over the Paladins at Memorial Stadium, the Tigers got the chance to play many of their true freshmen for the first time, and the young players made the most of their first collegiate snaps.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence made his highly anticipated Clemson debut and finished 9-for-15 passing for 137 yards and three touchdowns as he shared time with starter Kelly Bryant and Chase Brice at the position.

But Lawrence was only one of a number of freshmen to make an impact in Saturday’s win.

“To see the veterans play well, then also all the young guys play good, too — we’re really meshing and playing really good at the best time, the start of the season, so it’s exciting,” Lawrence said after the game.

On offense, tight end Braden Galloway, a Seneca High School graduate, running back Lyn-J Dixon and wide receivers Justyn Ross and Derion Kendrick all made big plays against

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