Clemson’s Drive to Repeat Starts in an Impressive New Football Facility
In the late evening hours of January 9, 2017 a season’s worth of hard work and commitment paid off big time for the Clemson Tigers. A touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow with one second left in the College Football Playoff National Championship put the Tigers ahead for good at 35-31,and the thrilling end ensured Clemson’s first national championship since 1981.
When the 2017 college football season kicks off the Tigers will be back at square one, just like 129 other NCAA Division I FBS teams. But this year, Clemson knows how much hard work it takes to win at the highest level, and the Tigers also have the new, state-of-the-art Allen N. Reeves Football Complex.
Joey Batson oversees the gleaming new football training center. Batson, Clemson’s director of strength and conditioning, has been with the Tigers for more than 20 years and earned the honor of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in 2009.
He’s a strength training guru who knows a thing or two about hard work, focus and winning.
“We focus on having a positive, winning attitude every single day,” Batson said in a recent interview with Adam Reed of AFCA Weekly. “Everybody has good players, but we focus on how we approach each day, what our work ethic is each day and being consistently great.”
“We have a little saying around here that championships are won when the stands are empty,” added Batson in the AFCA article. “In Clemson, South Carolina right now, there are a lot of empty stands.”
In February, 2017 Clemson unveiled the massive Allen N. Reeves Football Complex. The 140,000-square-foot facility 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.