Photo-realistic Death Valley replica!
Morris says Georgia Tech defense one of the best Clemson has faced


  by - Senior Writer - Monday, November 11, 2013 3:06 PM
    |

Ted Roof has his defense ranked 12th nationally (Photo: Mark Dolejs)

CLEMSON – Georgia Tech’s defense is ranked 12th nationally in total defense [329.6 yards] and 14th in scoring defense [18.8 points] under new defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who got a close look at Clemson’s offense while watching Clemson practice for the Chick-fil-A Bowl last December in the Georgia Dome.

Roof’s defense is 10th against the run [103.5 yards] and 54th against the pass [226.1 yards], and offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
View Full Profile
says the Tigers might be facing the best pass rush they’ve seen since Florida St.

“Number one, they are one of the top defenses we have seen this year,” Morris said. “They are very impressive, and they are playing extremely hard. They have some playmakers, the safeties can make tackles in space. We have our work cut out for us – they are very talented up front, their guys are disruptive and good pass rushers off the edge. These guys don’t see a lot of snaps (564 plays), but they play hard. We have had a week to prepare, and we just have to come out and execute and do what we do.”

Morris said that Jeremiah Attaochu is one player the offensive line will have to pay attention to.

“We have played guys similar to him. He is very quick and has great upfield moves,” Morris said. Ninety three (Emmanuel Dieke) and 99 (Euclid Cummings) are great players up front. Those guys really stand out. No. 14 (Jemes Thomas) plays safety, corner and nickel SAM. He is all over the field. These guys are doing a good job of putting them in a position to make plays, and they make plays in space. They are one of the top defenses we have seen this year and one of the top defenses in the country. But this is about us executing and doing what we do and getting better and building off of what we have done in the last two games and building off the consistency we have seen in the last two weeks.”

Other notes

Health at running back

“Zac (Brooks) has been out there this week, but C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS So. Running Back
#32 5-11, 185
Clemson, SC

View Full Profile
is doubtful. But Zac will be ready to go Thursday.”

Younger players playing at Virginia

“There were some good things with all the guys. I was very pleased with some of the young guys and how they executed and there are some guys that are going to get more playing time. They came in and did what they were supposed to do. We have had some good competition in practice the last couple of weeks. Would love to have Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
Brooklyn, NY

View Full Profile
play more, and he has had good 10 days of practice and hopefully he can build off that and we will see Thursday night.”

Will Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
Gr. Offensive Line
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

View Full Profile
move to right tackle at any point?

“No.”

Getting back in action after off week

“I think more than anything our guys are ready to get back into action and get back on the field and get November rolling. We are excited to see these guys play. We got some guys healthy and ready to roll for the final three games. There is some added excitement right now with just two home games left and Thursday being a primetime game. It is a mental grind right now. Only the strong survive the month of November and that is what this month is about. Our guys are ready to go Thursday and we are excited to see these guys back in action.”

Rate this Story:
8 votes
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    |
  •  
    Jameis Winston on Deshaun Watson: I respect his game, but it's not about stars - 3 days ago
    Florida St. quarterback Jameis Winston set the on-the-field standard for freshman quarterbacks last season, and during the ACC Kickoff in Greensboro he had some advice for Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. What does he say about Watson's game? What does he say about 5-star players in college? Full Story »
  •  
    One-on-one with Robbie Caldwell - 16 hours ago
    TigerNet sat down for a 1-on-1 with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell this past week. What does Caldwell say about Eric Mac Lain, Tyrone Crowder, Jay Guillermo, Maverick Morris and others? Full Story »
  •  
    Tiger Tidbits: No Fly Zone, Deshaun Watson and more - 4 days ago
    What's the latest we've heard this week surrounding the Clemson program? How is Deshaun Watson doing this summer as he rehabs from injury? What is the "No Fly Zone?" Full Story »
  •  
    Morris expects Tigers to continue to boast a top tier offense - 7 days ago
    Clemson will be without the services of playmakers like Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins this season, but Chad Morris doesn't think his offense will miss a beat. What does he say about running the football? Will the quarterback still run the football in critical situations? Full Story »
  •  
    Save the Date - 2 weeks ago
    Football season is almost here, and we are just a week from having our first interview sessions previewing the 2014 season. What dates do you need to be aware of? When does fall practice start? Full Story »

Post your comments

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Sign Up for News Alerts
Features
Updates
Daily Digest