Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables faces one of, if not the very best, offense in the country every day in practice. That’s a good thing as far as he’s concerned because it helps prepare his guys for what’s ahead. And what’s ahead Saturday in the opener is Auburn where coach Gus Malzahn is dedicated to getting his offense back up to speed.
In 2013, when Malzahn led the Tigers to the National Championship Game, the Tigers totaled over 7000 yards including over 4500 on the ground. Two years later in 2015 the Tigers were 9th in the SEC in total offense with just over 4700 yards.
Quarterback seems to be the primary culprit for the quick decline and Malzahn hopes he has solved the problem this year by naming Sean White as his starter. White started six games as a true freshman last season including, the bowl win over Memphis, and completed 58% of his passes. He was 3-3 as a starter last season.
Here’s what Venables thinks of Auburn’s offense, White and the matchup with his defense:
Clemson defensive end Christian Wilkins on finally playing a game and the matchup with Auburn: