This week’s NCAA national statistical leaders are full of Cardinals, as in the ones from Louisville, who are coming to Clemson this Saturday night.
Louisville leads the nation in scoring, total offense, yards per play, first downs and fourth down conversions. And quarterback Lamar Jackson is #1 in the nation in rushing touchdowns, scoring and touchdown responsibility. And he’s #2 in total offense. Oh, and the Cardinals’ defense is ranked 13th nationally.
That’s why Dabo Swinney Tuesday could not praise the Cardinals enough saying without hesitation they will be the best team they have played to this point in the season.
Clemson will have some impressive streaks on the line Saturday. The Tigers have won 18 straight regular season games, 18 in a row at home and 10 in a row against ACC teams. The Tigers are 2-0 all time against Louisville.
Some of Swinney’s key comments Tuesday:
- Louisville’s big plays jump off the film, averaging 9 yards per play.
- Jackson is more than just a scrambler, they have a lot of designed runs for him. He is tough and plays with passion.
- Lot play action, UL does a great job with their formations and personnel. Heavy play action out of the pistol. Jackson is excellent thrower.
- Great cast of players around Jackson, well coached, great scheme, big, physical offensive line, best they’ve played. RBs are explosive.
- Best group of receivers they’ve seen, they’re big, a complete group, huge challenge for their secondary. Ball is going down the field.
- Defense is the best they’ve seen, built along the same lines as Clemson. Big and thick inside, good pass rushers, linebackers who can run.
- Austin Bryant went thru some drills in shorts last night, he will go thru more today when they put on the pads.
- Feels his team is better this season at 4-0 as compared to last season when they started 4-0. Drop balls have been biggest disappointment.
- 16 dropped passes in 4 games and 6 touchdowns and still ahead offensively compared to last season.
Dabo Swinney’s opening comments
Dabo Swinney expounds on Louisville’s offensive prowess