It is another “Talking Tuesday” here in Clemson and we have some commentary from a few notable players and coaches on this week’s game against Georgia Tech.
Everyone knows about Georgia Tech’s tricky option offense so a lot of attention will be on the defense this week. Tigers defensive coordinator Kevin Steele’s unit will have to play smart, disciplined football against the Yellow Jackets. The positive for Steele: Georgia Tech only had 14 three-and-outs all of last season, seven of which came in week two against Clemson. The negative for Steele: Georgia Tech did not punt one time in the ACC Championship game last year. The only stop came on a failed forth down attempt.
Corico Hawkins and the other linebackers will all have to make good reads on the numerous option plays they will see Saturday. Brandon Maye is questionable for this weekend’s game so the linebacker corps will be thin.
Da’Quan Bowers enters this game leading the nation in sacks (9) and tackles for a loss (15.5). He’s on pace to break Keith Adams 2006 single season sack record of 16. Although, Tech doesn’t pass much, so sacks may be hard to come by this week.
And last but not least, quarterback Kyle Parker is still looking for his first win over Georgia Tech. Parker says the offense is getting closer to putting everything together.
The Tigers and the Yellow Jackets kick off at 3:30 Saturday at Death Valley. Clemson is a six point favorite.