Dabo Swinney says containing FSU's Bjoern Werner starts with positioning, technique

'If you hesitate, or if you're late off the ball, or if you don't kick properly, then you're in trouble with a guy like that'

Bjoern Werner (FSU photo)

Bjoern Werner (FSU photo)

Clemson doesn't need to study Bjoern Werner's numbers to know that Florida State's big defensive end is a handful.

A year ago, the Tigers battled Werner - who played in tandem with All-America end Brandon Jenkins - head-to-head with senior Landon Walker.

On Saturday, it will be redshirt sophomore Gifford Timothy and redshirt freshman Shaq Anthony who get the honors of containing Werner, who ranks second nationally in sacks with 6.5 and leads the ACC in tackles for loss with nine.

"Landon did a decent job with him last year, but he was a very experienced, knowledgeable player," said Dabo Swinney after practice on Wednesday. "He kept himself in position, first of all."

Swinney said good fundamentals and technique will be essential if the Tigers are to successfully manage Werner on Saturday.

"If you hesitate, or if you're late off the ball, or if you don't kick properly, then you're in trouble with a guy like that," Swinney said.

"That's where it starts, really - being sound technically. And then we've got to do things to keep them out of rhythm."

Swinney said it's imperative that the Tigers not become one-dimensional on offense.

"If it becomes a game where they can just pin their ears back and go get the quarterback, it's probably not been a very good day," Swinney said. "But if we can keep 'em off balance and stay on schedule and make some first downs, then we won't become one-dimensional.

"If we're one-dimensional, we'll have a hard time."

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