Venables: Tiger 'D' mechanics on point outside big plays

Brent Venables

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Brent Venables

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables liked what his defense did last week versus Georgia - and he wasn't displeased Saturday either.

The Tigers surrendered a pair of long touchdown passes to senior S.C. State receiver Tyler McDonald (63 and 51 yards), but outside of those two plays, Clemson allowed just 1.9 yards per play and one Bulldogs' trip into Tigers' territory via an offensive drive.

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On the ground, 1.9 also represented the S.C. State yards per carry, while racking up 12 tackles for loss.

Turnovers? Try three of them forced, including a Clemson first of two returned for touchdowns in a single game via upperclassmen corners Darius Robinson and Martin Jenkins.

And through two games, the Tiger 'D' is giving up conversions on third down only 34 percent of the time.

Venables breaks down his defense through week two...

Tigers make history on two pick-sixes: I don’t really consider the opponent (a factor on them). Our positioning and execution and eyes and responsibilities, we were better today. Those two plays in particular are great considering what those guys have been through. That was great to see them have success. (Jenkins with his health issues) we thought he might get to a point where he might not play any more. That’ll get you healthy in a hurry.

Linebacker's performance Saturday: We’ve got a good group. I’ve been saying that for a while. We have a group of guys that run, that strike and that have instincts and understand what we’re doing so that’s a group where they all deserve to play. We’re going to need everybody with it being a long season. Kellen (Jones) did great. He’s a ball magnet and he finds the football.

Defensive effort outside of the two long passing touchdowns: I thought our positioning was pretty good. Those two plays – one we have to clean up technique and the other was with a bunch of young guys in and they gave us an exotic look. I haven’t seen that so in fairness to those guys we needed an adjustment on the sideline.

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lhaselden writes:

Great Job by the Tiger D, the best depth I remember us having at DL and LB... next year I expect the Secondary to be deep as well! Go Tigers.

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