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Venables pleased with the effort of the defense Saturday


  by - Senior Writer - Monday, April 14, 2014 3:20 PM
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CLEMSON – Any reporter who tries to get Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
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to speak in glowing terms about his defense will usually go away empty-handed.

However, Clemson’s defensive coordinator broke down a little bit late Saturday and admitted that he was pleased with the overall effort of his group during the Orange and White Game – the White squad allowed just a field goal while the Orange allowed 24 points to an offense led by Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 205
Dublin, OH

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.

"It was a pretty good effort. I thought it was solid,” Venables said. “Spring games are hard because I don't think we had great emotion out there. They were dragging around, basically. It was kind of that time. It was a hot day out there and some guys were taking every rep, so I thought it was pretty good."

Venables then said that he thinks the defense has a chance to get even better over the summer.

"I think it is good competition going into the summer,” he said. “I think guys should feel good about it. Our goal is obviously to be better when we come back than what we are right now through hard work and being consistent in the workouts and film study, things of that nature. But our guys up front, we have healthy competition out there. I think we have some proven quality depth.”

He was asked what caught his eye on Saturday, and he was quick to answer.

“I like our situation at linebacker. There are a few parts that weren't there in the spring, but I like the group of guys,” he said. “I think that we'll have a chance to be really strong there in the back end. I thought Mackensie (Alexander) really played pretty consistent, and he did some really good things all spring. Ryan CarterRyan Carter
RS Fr. Defensive Back
#31 5-10, 175
Grayson, GA

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kind of came along. Marcus EdmondMarcus Edmond
RS Fr. Defensive Back
#29 6-1, 180
Hopkins, SC

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and Adrian BakerAdrian Baker
RS Fr. Cornerback
#21 6-1, 170
Hollywood, FL

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were the same thing. They both had opportunities and made some plays out there today. Safety Robert SmithRobert Smith
Sr. Safety
#27 5-10, 210
St. George, SC

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has been really consistent there. T.J. (Green), Jadar (Johnson) and Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
So. Safety
#20 6-4, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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, those three guys have had a great competition going on.”

He said he was happiest with how much some of the younger players improved.

“I think a number of guys made marked improvements, some guys made small improvement and some guys need to make more improvement both in understanding, fundamentals, technique, being able to get out and execute 'under the lights' so to speak, because it's a good opportunity,” he said. “We'll be able to go back and look at the entire body in the spring and see what things we need to do both schematically and personnel-wise to put us in a position to be better when we start up in the fall."

Clemson’s defense managed 14 sacks on Saturday, and part of that was because the quarterbacks only had to be touched by a defender in order to be ruled down. However, Venables said it wasn’t about the numbers.

"I like the end result,” he said. “It's not necessarily to say that they wouldn't have made the play either, but that's an advantage for the defense when you can go by and blow on the guy and he's down, so it's just the nature of a spring game where there are a lot of quick whistles. But I thought the pass rush was pretty good. You could kind of feel the energy. It wasn't that fever pitched. Guys are ready for the spring to be done. It's probably the hottest day we've had all spring."

Senior Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Sr. Defensive End
#9 6-3, 270
Jacksonville, FL

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had eight tackles and five sacks in the game, and Venables said that Barnes’ entire demeanor has been different this spring.

"Everything has been different,” he said. “His fundamentals, technique, pad level, aggressiveness, he has more intensity all the time. He's practicing a lot harder and tougher, and he's practicing and playing with a little bit of an edge.”

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