Tigers working to crack LSU's high-pressure defense

Dabo Swinney says Les Miles' defense not overly complicated, but 'you don't have to be when you've got players like they've got'

Sammy Watkins runs for the goal line after catching a 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against NC State

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Sammy Watkins runs for the goal line after catching a 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against NC State

With Chad Morris' job status settled, at least for now, the Tigers will continue work on Thursday preparing for their Chick-fil-A Bowl date with seventh-ranked LSU.

Dabo Swinney said Wednesday that Morris' candidacy for the Texas Tech head coaching job had not proved to be a distraction during Clemson's preparations.

"We're trying to get ready, just going through the steps you go through to get the results you want, which to try to win the bowl game," Swinney said. "It starts with how you practice. We're in day-three, and we've got a good plan - a combination of fundamentals and technique and LSU.

"We're just happy to be one of those teams that gets to practice again and go play again against a top-10 team."

Swinney will be looking for the Tigers' offense to crack LSU's defense, which - like Florida State and South Carolina - ranks as one of the nation's best.

"They have great players and great depth," said Swinney of coach Les Miles' team. "They're athletic and physical and they play with a lot of confidence and they don't make a lot of mistakes."

Swinney said that while LSU's defensive scheme isn't overly complicated, "you don't have to be when you've got players like they've got."

He said LSU relies on exerting pressure on opposing offenses.

"They play a lot of man coverage, with a lot of press-man," he said. "When you have players like they have, that's the formula - you apply pressure."

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