We were able to catch up with a few of the Clemson players at Death Valley Tuesday as we continue to preview the Tigers upcoming game at #15 Auburn Saturday night. Even though Clemson has played two games there are still a lot of questions about what kind of team they have. The first string offense has barely played three full quarters together over the first two games. This Clemson team has yet to be tested, but that will change Saturday night in Auburn.
Quarterback Kyle Parker is excited to be heading back to Auburn. Just a few months ago Parker was playing in an NCAA baseball regional there. He helped Clemson advance to a Super Regional and was drafted in the first round by the Rockies during his last trip on The Plains.
Offensive lineman Chris Hairston made his first career start in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Auburn. He remembers how physical the Tigers were in that game and expects more of the same from them this weekend.
One of the subplots in this weekend’s game is the ACC’s early struggles early this season. If Clemson can get the win Saturday it will be the biggest non-conference victory for the ACC this season. Tight end Dwayne Allen told us that the players do want to make a statement for the team and the ACC this weekend.
We snagged Tigers defensive coordinator Kevin Steele too. Steele has the task of slowing down Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn’s tricky scheme. Malzahn’s unit is lead by talented quarterback Cam Newton, who presents a lot of issues with his size (6-6, 250) and ability to run the football effectively.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 7:00 EST Saturday night on ESPN.