Vic Beasley expects Tigers' opponents to pay a price for double-teams

'I think our defensive line is so good, it's going to be hard for people to focus very much on me'

Orange Bowl - Vic Beasley

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Orange Bowl - Vic Beasley

Over the past 18 months, Vic Beasley has developed into the kind of defensive lineman that every coach wants - a player who must be accounted for in any opposing team's offensive game plan.

Double-teams are coming, he knows. Though Beasley expects them to be less frequent than perhaps some people expect.

"I think our defensive line is so good, it's going to be hard for people to focus very much on me," Beasley said after a recent practice. "If they focus on me, it's going to open up the gates for someone else. I'm really not worried about that right now.

"The fact that Grady (Jarrett) and those guys demand focus is going to help me a lot, and I'm sure the focus that's put on me will help them a lot. We'll just take it in stride."

Beasley agrees with defensive coordinator Brent Venables' assessment that Clemson's defense will be more 'complete' this season, primarily due to the improvement he's seen in the young players manning the secondary positions.

"Those guys have all really progressed," Beasley said. "Adrian Baker has looked good, and Marcus Edmond has been making plays. The safeties are better. Jayron's (Kearse) playing well, and the guy who moved over from wide receiver, TJ Green, is looking good.

"And I'm really impressed with our corners - especially Mackensie Alexander. He's showed that he can be a starter and really help us out. Mackensie has caught onto things really fast."

As for his own game, Beasley says he continues to develop, improve, and grow in confidence. He says he'll again focus on adding some weight during the summer, though that's less pressing as he looks ahead to the 2015 NFL draft.

"I'll focus during the summer on adding weight and strength," he said. "The coaches want me about 240 or 245. I think most pro teams will be looking at me as an outside linebacker."

Beasley says he knows expectations are high for the Tiger defense this season; but as viewed from the inside, that's no change, he said.

"The bar was high last year," Beasley said. "We're going to take the same approach this year - to be the best we can be, every game and every practice.

"I feel like we sort of set the tone last year, and that's what I expect from us again this year."

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TigerFan95 writes:

Our guys sure are talking a lot of smack about how good they are. I know it's good to have confidence, but let's prove how good we are on the field first---and not just for a few games against the likes of Wake & BC, but for the entire season including UGA, FSU & SC...Right now all this talk just reminds me of 2008 and makes me sick. Remember, we were supposed to have a dominant defense that year and talked about it all off-season....Right up until we got smacked around by Bama the first game in Atlanta.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

The first game is quite a ways off but, it seems as though everybody is kind of getting excited about how really good we may be. I know I think we could be as good as the '81 team. I may be a little too optimistic but, I do think it is very possible.

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