Clemson defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin, tight ends coach Kyle Richardson and select players met with the media, Monday, on the heels of the Tigers’ thrilling 51-45 overtime victory at Wake Forest. Goodwin addressed the issues his unit, especially the secondary, encountered Saturday. Clemson survived the threat with some clutch plays, but not before Deacons quarterback Sam Hartman carved up the Tigers for six touchdown passes, including three in the third quarter. Goodwin faced the music, fielding questions on how Clemson can improve and avoid a repeat performance this week against no. 10 NC State. Goodwin was impressed by how his defense responded to the blows it sustained and kept fighting right up until the final play.
Clemson will need to be ready to again face a potent passing attack as Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary has tossed 44 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions since the beginning of last season (16 games).