Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables talked about the Tigers' performance against Syracuse and their upcoming challenge against Boston College during his weekly interview session on Tuesday:
On his worries about Clemson's run defense: I'm not so much concerned, as that you don't like it. You hate that it happens. You understand why and what took place. There were mental issues that are correctable. Some of that is my fault, and some of that is that we need to be a little more consistent mentally in the way we handle things.
It's just gap integrity. If you're not in the A-gap, that's where they're going to run it. They're going to find you. That bothers you a lot as a coach. I take a little gratification on all the positive things, but you can get beat by really good people in a tighter game, and our guys recognize that. They've been good about immediately owning it.
On the challenge of BC's run game and national rushing leader Andre Williams: It's a big challenge. Everything starts in the run game, and when people are able to establish it with consistency, you have issues on defense. They have a big, physical presence with both their O-line and their back, and they have a nice play-action game. They're a veteran group on offense, with eight or nine starters back, so they're able to do a lot of things with multiple personnel groups and formations.
On BC wide receiver Alex Amidon: I remember him well from last year. He got us on a double-move and a long play-action pass. He kind of had his way with us last year. He's a good player. He knows how to get open, and then their quarterback does a good job of getting him the ball.
On BC's new offensive scheme: They're still spread, and they find ways to attack you in the run game. So whether they put a bunch of people in a small area and pound you and run the football, or they're capable of doing what you saw last week (against Syracuse), where they spread us out and then ran the football. They're very multiple with how they attack you in the run game.