Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele came out on the defensive Tuesday afternoon during his meeting with reporters to preview the Virginia Tech game. Steele knows Tiger fans have been critical of his unit’s performance in the loss to South Carolina.
USC, with quarterback Connor Shaw rushing for 107 yards, ran for 210 yards against Steele’s defense. But Steele Tuesday came prepared with his date to support his belief that his defense did a good job against true running plays. It was the scramble plays by Shaw that broke down the defense in Steele’s opinion.
Now, after making his statements to the media, Steele had to correct his figures. He said USC rushed for 134 yards on true running plays with Shaw gaining 76 yards on scrambles against his pass coverage. Steele said the Gamecocks had 44 running plays for their 150yards, or an average of 3.4yards per carry, which he said is winning football against the run for a defense.