With last week’s win over Auburn in the rear view mirror, #21 Clemson has turned its full attention to its ACC opener against 11th ranked Florida State.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was in much better spirits this week. Prior to the win over Auburn Steele was unhappy with the execution and tackling by his unit. While he’s still not satisfied, Steel is seeing the progression he wants.
One of the big things the defense is working on this week is to avoid giving up the big plays. In each of the first three games they have given up two or three “chunk plays” that have cost them. Defensive end Andre Branch says those miscues have to be eliminated.
Tight end Dwyane Allen caught seven passes for 80 yards and a touchdown last week against Auburn. He called the performance a coming out party for him and the Tiger offense. He also noted they still have plenty of room to improve.
Even after last week’s win over Auburn, some pundits (looking at you ESPN) are criticizing the Tigers offensive line for not being physical. That is an assessment offensive lineman Landon Walker obviously disagrees with.
Clemson and Florida State will play at 3:30 Saturday in Death Valley. The Seminoles are a 3 point favorite.