Freshman report: Defense


by - Senior Writer -
    |
Scott Pagano was close to playing this season

CLEMSON – From time to time, a post pops up on the board of TigerNet where people want to know about certain players who had redshirted this season.

The post typically starts with, “Whatever happened to” or “has anyone heard anything about” a certain player.

With that in mind, TigerNet spoke with defensive coordinator Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
View Full Profile
this week about the eight defensive players who redshirted this season, just to get his quick take on what he has seen out of them during fall camp and on the scout team.

He will get a better idea of what he has once bowl practice begins, and we will catch up with him at that later date, but he did give us a quick rundown on each of those players.

Corner MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
Fr. Defensive Back
#2 5-11, 185
Immokalee, FL

View Full Profile
would have likely played this season, but he injured his groin during the summer and had October surgery. He is still making his way back into playing shape. Defensive tackle Scott PaganoScott Pagano
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#56 6-4, 280
Honolulu, HI

View Full Profile
might have also had a shot at playing time, but an ankle injury in fall camp made it an easy decision for the coaches to redshirt him.

LB Dorian O’Daniel

“Raw, fast, explosive and athletic. Intelligent, and his best football is ahead of him. He has a good frame. He is a former running back, and I love that about him because he knows how to play in space. He is a little lean right now, but he’s getting bigger. Now he has to take that and learn how to play linebacker. He will work at it, and he will learn.”

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

View Full Profile

“Long and good speed. He has gained weight and strength and he has done well. He has good coverage skills.”

DB Mackensie Alexander

“I really haven’t seen a lot out of him since surgery. I wish I had. He is still doing rehab work, and working some with the scout team. We all know what he can do when he is healthy.”

DB Marcus EdmondMarcus Edmond
Fr. Defensive Back
#29 6-1, 180
Hopkins, SC

View Full Profile

“Very instinctive. Long, good speed and good ball skills. He has a good natural skill set.”

DB Ryan CarterRyan Carter
Fr. Defensive Back
#31 5-10, 175
Grayson, GA

View Full Profile

“Instinctive, competitive and tough. He has good speed.”

DE Ebenezer Ogunkdeko

“He is physical. Quick twitch. Tough. Good speed. Very prideful. He was very close to playing, but we had numbers there at that position. He is going to be a very good player.”

DT Scott Pagano

“You know, him and Ogundeko were both close. You know, we had a little bit of depth there, so we didn’t have to play either. But Scott’s quickness really surprised us. He has mobility. He exceeded our expectations, and we had high expectations. Good strength. Toughness. Low maintenance. Going to be a good player.”

DE Dane RogersDane Rogers
Fr. Defensive End
#85 6-3, 245
Shelby, NC

View Full Profile

“Quiet. Good size. Good athletic ability. Good intelligence. He will stay at defensive end.”

I asked Venables how he felt about being able to redshirt those eight players, and he called it a great foundation heading into next season.

“That is a great foundation,” he said. “You named a bunch of defensive linemen and cover guys and that if what you want. You have to be able to play in space and terrorize a quarterback, and I think we have a good, solid nucleus of guys there that will do just that. Add them to the guys we have and I like our future.”


Rate this Story:
36 votes

Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    |
Loading...
Post your comments!
Subject (Replies: 28) Author
Front Page Story: Freshman report: Defense
TigerNet News
Thanks for the coverage...***
SOLOS®
Re: Front Page Story: Freshman report: Defense
martelapts
One guy who had his RS year wasted...TJ Green
AllTimeClemson
I don't think he wasted a year
Bleedorange09
Re: One guy who had his RS year wasted...TJ Green
Country Gentleman®
Still building, getting better. Greatness is happening.***
ColaTownTiger
what about Greenlee?***
4fngrzngr
Re: what about Greenlee?***
allorangeallthetime52®
Don't think he ever practiced a snap on defense
PenthouseTiger
Re: Don't think he ever practiced a snap on defense
slumdog
Re: Front Page Story: Freshman report: Defense
ChadRad311
I Hope To Get To See Some Smashing ----
Xander5000
Gotta feel good about these Freshmen.
Anonymous08®
Interesting that one of his comments about Pagano is
NortherTiger
I would imagine there are a lot of high maintenance,
Anonymous08®
No. I was reacting to what coaches have said this
NortherTiger
Wow!! Talk about reading into what Venables said.
Tiger5
Good grief. So much reaction here. My meaning was this:
NortherTiger
I read it as 'coachable'. Scott responds well to coaching***
CUgrad2011
Good point. But is THAT so rare? Maybe I'm too curious....***
NortherTiger
There are kids who always get 100 on tests, doesn't mean
CUgrad2011
Re: Good grief. So much reaction here. My meaning was this:
slumdog
Re: Wow!! Talk about reading into what Venables said.
slumdog
Re: No. I was reacting to what coaches have said this
slumdog
Who says I have a problem with Alexander? I simply was
NortherTiger
So you're saying there are a lot of "pre-madonnas?"
Judge Keller
Re: Interesting that one of his comments about Pagano is
slumdog
Nice article! Thanks for the update!***
Razzmatazz

Clemson WR target commits to Texas

Swinney responds to Finebaum's "intoxicated fan base" comments

Love. Legendary. Two words that led to a National Championship

After Potter's big week, Tigers now have three commits rated best at their position

Swinney compares Watson to Joe Montana and Tom Brady

WATCH: Swinney's impersonation of ESPN's Stephen A. Smith

Clemson's Top Tight Ends and Offensive Linemen

WATCH: Swinney celebrates a catch at ESPN

Robbie Caldwell on the OL: "We've got a chance to be pretty good"
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Updates
Daily Digest