When you read "Top 10 Defensive Players" and "Clemson" in the same sentence, you may not be able to contain the chuckling. The team has allowed 667 yards and 575 yards in their two most recent high profile games against Florida State and West Virginia. In the recent past, defense does not seem to be Clemson's "thing."
Fans are wondering whether to put the blame on new DC Brent Venables or on whoever recruited his personnel. Followers of rival teams are having a great time coming up with new punch lines every time a player scores against the Tigers.
If you allow your mind to drift past the last 10 months or so, you may remember a time when Clemson had beastly, intimidating defenders. In fact, Clemson has a long history of producing NFL caliber defenders that went on to have great professional careers.
The following list of Clemson alumni features five players who were first-round picks. The 10 players accumulated 28 Pro Bowl appearances and five Super Bowl rings.
If Clemson is to have success going forward, they don't necessarily need a reincarnation of Da'Quan Bowers, though that would be nice. They just need players who compete with the heart and determination of these Tigers past.