It was a sea of orange Tuesday evening as Clemson fans from throughout the CSRA gathered for the annual Prowl and Growl tour.

The tour stopped in Aiken County at the Student Center at Aiken Technical College and fans were abuzz as Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney made a special guest appearance, along with Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell.

Swinney took pictures with fans as everyone enjoyed barbecue from Carolina Bar-B-Que.

The annual Prowl and Growl tour visits various communities in the region to give fans a chance to here updates on Clemson athletics.

Many of the attendees Tuesday are members of the Aiken County Clemson Club and Tripp Bryan, president of the club, was there with his family showing support for Clemson athletics.

"If your a Clemson fan within an hour drive from here, this is the place to be tonight," Bryan said. "There's a lot of orange in the room. We got the tiger (Clemson mascot) running around. We're all having a good time."

Clemson football highlights played on two big monitors, and there were several speakers throughout the night, including Swinney and Brownell.

Bryan also announced the winner of the coveted Super Tiger Award, which went to Dr. Fred Andrea III, who has led the prayer for the Prowl and Growl for the last 25 years.

"I'm just so taken aback by receiving this award," Andrea said. "I can hardly imagine a higher honor. I just hope I can live up to the spirit that characterizes Clemson people all over the world. I'm truly humbled and honored."

Clemson fans are excited for the coming year, still riding high off the National Championship win on Jan. 9, 2017, with a 35-31 victory against Alabama.

Bryan shared his thoughts about the upcoming season and said he wants to see another championship win.

"Our defense is going to have to take care of business the first couple of games, especially after going out to Texas A&M, but I think we have a lot of offensive weapons," he said. "We've lost a lot of guys, but (Swinney) has built an incredible foundation for us to continue to stack on top of. Like the good book says, you build your stuff on solid rock and not on sinking sand."

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter at @trippgirardeau.