Venables pleased with second consecutive solid performance
|Friday, October 26, 2012, 10:21 AM- -|
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Clemson’s offense seemingly sets or ties a new record every week, and Thursday’s night game at Wake Forest was no exception as
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However, Clemson’s defense under first-year coordinator
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Wake Forest gained 290 yards of total offense – the first time this season the Tigers have held an opponent under 300 yards – held the Demon Deacons to just 51 yards on the ground [in 28 attempts] and sacked Wake quarterback Tanner Price five times.
The Tigers were already playing without their two starting cornerbacks, and Thursday starter
Garry PetersGarry Peters
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Venables said after the game that he was happy with the play of the cornerbacks under such adverse conditions.
"It was good. I was pleased with their attitude, their effort, their position on the ball was good,” he said. “They competed and just did what they were supposed to do. I'm happy with those guys."
Venables said he wasn’t sure what happened to Peters.
"I don't know what's wrong with him. I have no idea,” he said. “I'm not concerned about anything. All those guys that got hurt already, there's nothing more to be concerned about. I ran out of concerns."
Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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“He's tough, he’s fast. He's got good instincts. He'll more than fill the void,” Venables said. "There's definitely a chance you could see him more, all things considered. He's done it in high school. He's tough, competitive, good ball skills, he's fast. He's a faceless, disciplined guy who doesn't get overwhelmed. He wasn't overwhelmed one bit. That was his first snap. He didn't even take a practice rep. I was kind of surprised we put him in. It was an emergency thing."
“It was better, cleaner, more consistent. Better pressure. We covered better,” he said. “We blitzed better. We tackled better. Far from a finished product. But doing it on the road was incredibly positive. Wake has got some good players but they're not real deep. You have to keep things in perspective. But we did it better longer for the first time this year.
"I've said it all along - you play with some effort, play tough, play with some discipline, you understand what to do, play with some technique and it'll look pretty good. We won comfortably, yet there is still plenty to get better at. There's a lot that you feel good about that you can get better from."