The Clemson defense has had problems tackling the first two games and its visibly irritated defensive coordinator has seen enough. Kevin Steele told reporters Tuesday he anticipated tackling could be an issue during the preseason camp, although he says he knows how to fix it. He declined to elaborate on the resolution; instead he reiterated that it will be corrected.
Defensive end Andre Branch said most of the problems with tackling stem from players going for a big hit. He said they need to focus on wrapping up and following through to complete their tackles.
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris keeps saying he wants his unit to play more physical this week. Senior tight end Dwayne Allen said Tuesday the offensive line is ready to answer that challenge. Allen thinks some players have been a little hesitant in that department because they are still learning the ins and outs of Morris’ system.
Allen thinks last year’s loss to Auburn was a season changer for both teams. It still stings. Defensive tackle Rennie Moore agreed. Moore looks at Saturday’s game as a shot at redemption.
Clemson and Auburn will meet at high noon Saturday at Death Valley. The game will be televised on ABC.