Game Plan


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Game Plans
There are a lot of faces gone from last year's top-ranked defense. There are two new coordinators who take over this year for Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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. So how will the game plans change this season?

On offense, we got our first look at the offense under Tony ElliottTony Elliott
Co-OC / Running Backs
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and Jeff ScottJeff Scott
Co-Offensive Coordinator / WR
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in the bowl game. I think we learned that the coordinators will simplify things. I would look for the Tigers to run fewer plays but at a faster pace.

I do think it is hard to look at the game plan in the bowl game and try to project this year. Let's face it, Clemson's offense with Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
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Dublin, OH

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is different than Clemson's offense with Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
So. Quarterback
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Gainesville, GA

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.

In the bowl game, Oklahoma was determined to shut down the run. They dared Stoudt to beat them. The new coordinators gave Stoudt a package that he could execute, and he played well. They didn't ask him to do anything he couldn't do.

With Watson, Clemson's strength is in the vertical passing. Mike WilliamsMike Williams
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Vance, SC

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was a different receiver with Watson at quarterback. Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
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Oldsmar, FL

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is a bigger threat underneath as a result. Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Gr. Wide Receiver
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Moore, SC

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will play a bigger role.

I think Elliott and Scott want to run the football, but will the line and the backs be able to be a run, first team? I think the Tigers will be able to run the ball, but the passing game will set up the running game in my opinion.

On defense, Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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loves to make the quarterback uncomfortable. Last year Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
Defensive End (2010 - 2014)
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Adairsville, GA

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, Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Defensive Tackle (2011 - 2014)
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Conyers, GA

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, and the defensive line allowed Venables to create pressure without sending a lot of extra defenders. He did bring linebackers at times and brought an occasional corner blitz, but the front four were disruptive.

This year I think we could see Venables bring more pressure from more bodies. Replacing the pressure supplied by Beasley won't be easy, but an improved secondary could give Venables the confidence to designate more bodies to the pass rush.

Mackenzie Alexander is a big factor because he can shut down his receiver. As a result, I would expect Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
Jr. Safety
#1 6-4, 210
Fort Myers, FL

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to be able to play closer to the line of scrimmage and spend more time in the opposing backfield.

This team lost a lot of talent in the front four and linebacker corps. However, there are a lot of talented defensive players still on campus, and this freshman class has several guys that will help immediately.

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