The Road Home
By: Zachary Wagner
When you look at Brandon Streeter’s career accomplishments, you have to keep scrolling and scrolling until you reach the bottom of the page. Streeter has been a huge part of Clemson’s success over the course of the last decade. The passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Tigers has coached the likes of Dashuan Watson, Kelly Bryant, Trevor Lawrence and future star, DJ Uiagalelei. So how did Brandon Streeter become the QB whisperer for the Tigers? Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Streeter, a Clemson alum, played quarterback for the Tigers from 1996-1999. In his junior and senior seasons, Streeter was named the starting QB where he threw for 17 touchdowns and 3500 yards. Streeter led the Tigers to the Peach Bowl in his senior season under first year head coach Tommy Bowden.
After his playing days, Streeter joined the Clemson coaching staff as a Graduate Assistant in 2004-05, where he worked with future NFL QB Charlie Whitehurst. Streeter helped guide the Tigers to a Champs Sports Bowl win in 2005.
After two years as a GA for the Tigers, Streeter was named the QB coach at Liberty University. Streeter stayed with the Flames for six years, the last three fulfilling the duties of offensive coordinator. Streeter then took his talents to the Richmond Spiders, including a 2014 trip to the FCS Playoffs and a record setting offense for the Spiders.
After the 2014 season, Streeter was named an assistant coach at his alma mater, where he would spearhead the quarterback’s room while helping with recruiting. Since Streeter joined the staff in 2015, the Tigers have won five straight ACC Championships, five straight College Football Playoff berths, four National Championship Game appearances, and two National Titles. Not too bad for a five year run huh?
Streeter has coached Dashuan Watson, who became the first ever player in FBS history in 2015 to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a single season. Watson became Clemson’s first ever two time Heisman finalist winner and delivered the Tigers its first National Championship in over 30 years.
Streeter won the Quarterbacks Coach of the Year award in 2017 from 247sports after helping the Tigers to the No.1 ranking in the CFP behind starting QB Kelly Bryant. Bryant threw for 2,800 yards and 13 touchdowns in ‘17 and was named a finalist for the Manning Award.
Streeter then welcomed Trevor Lawrence into his QB room in 2018 and the rest is history. A 29-1 record in his first two seasons (including winning his first 25 starts). Streeter has helped Lawrence throw for 66 touchdowns over the course of his first two seasons, setting an ACC record. Lawrence has one more year left before he will ultimately be the first overall pick in the NFL draft, so what does Streeter have cooked up for the junior, this year? I for one, cannot wait to find out.
Not only has Streeter helped the Tigers on the field, he has been one of the best recruiters in the nation. Under Streeter, Clemson has signed QB’s: Trevor Lawrence, Chase Brice, Kelly Bryant, Taisun Phommachanh and five star phenomena form California, DJ Uiagalelei. Many people are saying DJ will be the next great Clemson Tiger under center and will pick up right where Lawrence left off.
Brandon Streeter has been a huge part of the success of the Clemson Tigers in recent years. Clemson has perhaps had the best run of QB success College Football has ever seen, and we still have Uiagalelei waiting in the brush, waiting for his chance to guide the Tigers to another National Championship. It’s safe to say that Streeter has secured his job coaching for Clemson for a long time.