Things to Look for…Clemson at
Clemson’s offensive line play.
This has been a wild card every game this season, and will probably be on the watch list for the balance of this season. Last week against Wake, the offensive line protection was acceptable for the majority of the game. There was an instance early in the contest where McClain and Freeman got beaten on a sack of Parker, and late in the game Cory Lambert looked foolish, allowing Will Korn to take a pretty tough hit. Miami’s front four are arguably the most athletic that Clemson will play this year, so I will anticipate more help from the TE’s and backs to slow the onrush in passing situations. In rushing situations Clemson gets not gotten push hat on hat all season, and I don’t expect a deviation from this trend against the ‘Canes. What I do expect is a lot of zone blocking throughout. We will continue to watch the Tigers’ combo-blocks and ability to get to the next level.
Based on the previous six games, I do not expect to see a methodical rushing attack. Clemson instead will most likely get their yardage on the ground by Spiller making cuts against the grain, picking up a block, and making a move in space. Hopefully we will see the speedy
Clemson’s defensive line play/Steele’s level of aggression
Jacory Harris is one of those cats you must keep bottled up and under pressure to have any chance of success against
Clemson’s play selection
Last week, Napier/Swinney did a good job finding weaknesses and exploiting them. The game plan and game play was fluid, as Clemson found areas to exploit and kept on hammering home play action and draw plays while reaping the benefits of a huge run by Spiller and utilizing formations that employ two TE’s. Clemson will need to avoid empty back/5 WR formations and give the offensive line some help via play action, TE/back chipping, or max protection schemes. With Michael Palmer having the best hands on the team, I also expect to see a lot of him, even in 4 wide formations, as Palmer runs good routes and is a threat from the slot.
Special teams play
If there is one area of this football game that Clemson has an obvious advantage, it is in the area of special teams. I do not expect
Tigers must take advantage of this positive match up for the Tigers.
Both teams have athletic and talented signal callers, with
If anyone doubts Harris' ability to toss around the pigskin, watch these video highlights of him shredding up the 'Noles to open the season:
And GT (Dr. B will appreciate the decleater thrown on the punt return)
Kyle Parker showed signs of improvement last week, particularly by pulling the ball down at times and picking up nice gains with his legs. KP is has a tendency to stare at his primary receiver and will need to avoid forcing the ball. In short, we hope for Kyle to make good decisions and pick up sure yardage, specifically by tucking the football and running when possible
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