While Dabo Swinney takes the lion’s share of the credit for the run of prosperity currently happening at Clemson, he’s happy to deflect to one individual, in particular.
Brent Venables, a man who sat at Bob Stoops’ side at Oklahoma, presided over a national championship in 2000 and became one of the most sought out men in the College Football coaching world came to Clemson in 2012 and now presides over a Tiger renaissance.
Since taking over as Dabo Swinney’s “secretary of defense”, Venables has transformed the Clemson defense into as viable a weapon as its offensive skill players. In 2011, the season before Venables arrived, the Tigers allowed an average of 29.3 points per game. Since his arrival, Clemson has cut down its scoring defense considerably:
Average Points Allowed
- 2012: 24.8
- 2013: 22.2
- 2014: 16.7
- 2015: 21.7
- 2016: 18.0
- 2017 (3 games) 10.0
Dabo Swinney on Venables during his Wednesday ACC Teleconference:
Venables spoke to the media Tuesday and offered up his analysis of the Louisville film, and what they expect from BC this week: