A pair of Tigers veterans addressed the media following Clemson’s fourth day of fall camp, Tuesday.
Defensive tackle Ruke Orhorhoro elevated his play in 2022 and by season’s end, was one of the defense’s top playmakers. With Bryan Bresee off to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, Orhorhoro is expected to start full-time on the defensive front next to his best friend, Tyler Davis. Davis and Orhorhoro could have turned pro, as well, but both opted to return for another season after combining for 17.5 tackles for loss in 2022.
On the other side of the trench, offensive guard Marcus Tate is looking forward to returning to game action after an injury against Miami (FL) ended his 2022 season prematurely. Clemson could benefit from Tate’s experience as the Tigers’ line absorbs the loss of all-ACC left tackle Jordan McFadden (Los Angeles Chargers). According to Tate, the line is ready to go and looking to play with pace in 2023, “When we push the tempo, no team was stopping us …. We’re conditioned. That’s our advantage. We’re better conditioned than most d-lines and we’re kicking butt when we’re moving fast. We’re pushing the tempo even more this year, especially with Cade (Klubnik).”
Clemson fans will see that tempo for themselves when the Tigers’ season opens with an 8 p.m. kickoff at Duke on Monday, Sept. 4th.