Continuing our “Talking Tuesday” coverage from Clemson we have some comments from some of the Tigers players as they prepare for Saturday’s ACC matchup with Maryland.
Quarterback Kyle Parker said he is slowly getting into a rhythm with his receivers. Jaron Brown and DeAndre Hopkins emerged as two solid targets during last week’s game. Parker admits one of the reasons it is taking a while to develop chemistry with his wide outs could be because he wasn’t able to work with them during the summer due to his contract negotiations with the Colorado Rockies.
Tight end Dwayne Allen pointed out the offense would be in pretty good shape if it could simply cut out the mental mistakes. Missed assignments or costly penalties and turnovers have plagued the unit in each of the three losses. Allen said those mistakes have kept the Tigers from winning those close games.
Defensive back Marcus Gilchrist has taken on a larger leadership role this week. Swinney mentioned Gilchrist as one of the guys that has helped keep the team focused during the recent slide. Gilchrist said he is used to leading by example, but this week he has become more vocal as well.
He’s not a player, but here are a few comments from defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. Steele said the Tigers defense quietly had its best game of the season Saturday at North Carolina. Steele said it was one of the better defensive performances the Tigers have had since he arrived last year.
Clemson (2-3, 0-2) will play Maryland (4-1, 1-0) at Noon Saturday at Death Valley.