Wednesday notes: FSU run game a factor to watch

Clemson's Brent Venables is pulled back to the sidelines by director of sports medicine Danny Poole during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

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Clemson's Brent Venables is pulled back to the sidelines by director of sports medicine Danny Poole during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables offered their parting thoughts before going into full game prep mode Wednesday night.


Injuries: “We came out of the (B.C.) game pretty good. Shaq (Lawson was the one that we were most concerned with out of the game, but he’s had a good week. He’s looked good all week in practice and should be ready to go.” Reserve linebacker Ben Boulware (knee) will be a backup on special teams this week, but Swinney hopes he’ll be available.


Defensive breakdown: FSU week


On what went wrong last season: The explosive plays and turnovers, we lost the kicking game. We lost the explosive play race. We lost the line of scrimmage and the rushing total. (And) we were actually in it so late. That’s a formula for disaster.

FSU running backs: (They have) speed, explosion – the way they can pace as runners. They’re good zone runners and pace it well and wait for the blockers to open it up. They run behind their pads and they are strong, explosive runners.

Using Jameis Winston in the run game: They’re going to run the lead option, speed option and quarterback zone and the quarterback draw and they’ve done it all with this quarterback. They’ve done (the quarterback sweep) too.

Death Valley noise effect: It’s important every game. If you can disrupt their offense and keep them out of rhythm, you’ll have a lot of success. They neutralize you and you don’t get that pressure – it will be a long night.

Jealous of the attention for the Clemson offense?: Inside our building, everybody has a responsibility in preparation – every player and every coach. It’s a huge responsibility. Certainly absolutely not. I don’t know what the attention is outside of Clemson receiving a great deal of attention. I don’t think that matters. It matters how we play. That’s where I get satisfaction and our guy prepare and play well and they’re working hard.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

Without a great game from our defense we can't win Saturday night. I don't know how many people know any names of our guys on the defense but somebody from ESPN knows who Vic Beasley is because he was just named the top defensive player in the country for the first half of the season.

Xander5000 writes:

Clemson must produce a punishing and gashing run game of their own. Its all going to start up front with the O-line. O-line must impose their complete dominating will against Florida St.'s D-line. Clemson's defensive secondary must be alert as if they just drank 10 Red Bulls because its going to be on them as well Saturday.

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