Brent Venables’ defense faces the challenge Clemson opponents get on a weekly basis with the hurry-up spread of N.C. State. Venables talks the run-geared attack…
N.C. State offensive ID: It’s a combination of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois is what we’ve seen to this point. As everybody does in the offseason, they probably got got together and meshed what they could do. A lot of those offensive guys go to the same kind of camps and share ideas that way. A lot of things are happening pre-snap as far as movements. Really challenges us again mentally and forces us even moreso to have great discipline and know what adjustments are needed and to stay on top of everything to defend the run.
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D-line development, rotations: (We’re) pretty good. Still you want more. Just improvement in pad level and discipline and eye control and tackling and to continue to develop more guys who can rush the passer. When we do pressure, be more precise and more violent and more sure of ourselves. A lot of things have to continue to progress. It’s been good enough to get to 2-0, but we have to continue to improve.
(Rotations) will continue to be massaged throughout the season. The thing that we’ve been able to display through two games is that there is some competitive depth there that you like. Not everybody is the same and you’re trying to massage from a percentage standpoint who’s getting what. Sometimes you go with the hot hand and sometimes you go with who is performing throughout the week and divvying up those snaps and reps based on performance.
Need for a strong leaders on defense versus N.C. State: You have to recruit more intelligent players that can do exactly what you’re saying. If you’re trying to keep up with the offense and the offenses that are out there today, their ability to check from the coaching staff because they are in control of snapping the football and controlling the tempo of the game – their whole line of thinking is that they’re not going get into negative plays. They’re going to take advantage. It’s like those poker tournaments on TV. What if you could see everybody’s hand and they couldn’t see yours? That’d be a huge advantage and you’d win a lot of money. That’s an offensive advantage right now.
That being said, you try to be a little more precise with what you’re doing, without being overly-complicated. The players for you have to be effective in good defense have to be an extension of you, more now than ever. What do you do good? Or not so good and we’ve got a problem. The guys that seem to handle that – there has be a pre-snap diagnosis that happens like that – a lot of moving parts that are involved. The offense is winning a lot of those battles…Being able to communicate effectively and be on the same page – sometimes you auto-call formations…You got to give a call to match up to everything. You could do one call the whole game, but you’ll get your teeth kicked in. You won’t stop anybody.
Catching up to the spread offense: I’m not consumed and I don’t really spend much time thinking that way. Your job as a defensive player and coach is to stop people and create disruption and get off the field. Do all the fundamental things in a great way. That’s what you’re more consumed with.
N.C. State QB Pete Thomas: He’s got game experience. I’m sure he won’t get overwhelmed. He’s started a bunch of games and been very successful as a college quarterback. Having to go out there once the other quarterback got hurt in the Louisana Tech game, I saw a quarterback that played with precision and strong accuracy. They say he’s not a runner, but I know this – he extended a number of drives last week in critical moments, on a lot of third downs when the coverage was tight. He continued to move the chains over and over again. I think he’s smart and has great pocket awareness. He shows experience – and takes it when it’s there.
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Clemson’s corners: They’re practicing better and for the most part what’s happening in practice has come over to gameday. We’re far from perfect, but I like our ability to communicate back there a lot better. Their intelligence is a lot better and they’ve shown more aggressiveness and been better tacklers.
Tigers have some insight into personnel with former state coach Mike Reed: I think coach Reed gives us a little insight into their personnel. Whatever you can (give) – Sammy Watkins is fast. I don’t know what else I’d say except you need to get a couple dudes on him. He’s still going to make his plays. You can learn a little bit from that. Whatever we thought going in a year ago didn’t work so I don’t know how much it will help us, but I know this is going to be my first time going up to Raleigh. It’s supposed to be a great atmosphere and will be charged up for us. It will be a good platform for both teams.
Environment: : If you allow the crowd to be in the game, you put yourself at a disadvantage on the road. You have to have that road dog mentality where you’re winning defense and special teams. If the offense gives us anything, that’s great. It’s harder on an offense and it should be a little easier on a defense because of your ability to communicate. I like the whole idea of having your back against the wall going on the road and hopefully our guys will have that mentality because that’s what it’s going to take win the game.