Scouting Wake Forest: how the Tigers win...

Protect Tajh Boyd, watch for trick plays, keep Tanner Price on the run

Tajh Boyd

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Tajh Boyd

How the Tigers win...

1. Dominate up front: The Deacons are young up front on offense, and have been inconsistent in opening holes for the running game. This is a chance for the Tigers' young and improving defensive front to take control of a game and change it from the get-go, building on their performance against Virginia Tech - by far their best of the season. On the other side of the ball, Clemson needs to bounce back from a sub-par performance against the Hokies, especially in pass protection. If Tajh Boyd has time to operate, the Tigers should win this one.

2. Watch the trickery: Jim Grobe loves to burn over-pursuing teams with the reverse pass, partly because the Deacons have proven themselves so good at it through the years. Since Grobe has been at Wake Forest, the Deacons have completed 23 of 33 passes thrown by non-quarterbacks, including a 35-yarder from running back Deandre Martin to Brandon Terry against North Carolina last month.

3. Keep Tanner Price on the run: Pass rush hasn't been one of Clemson's strengths this season, but the Tigers will need to turn up the heat on Wake's Tanner Price. When given time to execute, Price has proven himself capable of picking opposing secondaries apart. Under pressure, he's not been nearly as effective. Wake's passing efficiency rating is the worst in the ACC.

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lhaselden writes:

I will wait to see the outcome of the Clemson-Wake and FSU-Duke before I will think that Clemson will be able to roll at Durham!

TrevorT writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

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Way to put it on the line. I respect that. My optimism may be a little more cautious, but if the Tigers show me one more solid outing on defense I will be ready to join your camp. GO TIGERS!

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