Disclaimer: I'm just a fan. I'm not qualified to develop a game plan for a junior high team, much less a Clemson game plan.
Here is my guess.
1. DJ ran a lot more last couple of weeks than he has before. So, I suspect the Clemson coaches suspect that DJ running will be an integral part of the offense for Clemson. 2. So I suspect the Clemson coaches will have a heavy dose of "zone read" looking plays where DJ keeps the ball but passes it, not taking off running, early in the game. 3. I suspect the Clemson coaches will be thinking the SC coaches are thinking that Clemson will try to establish the run game. 4. So I suspect the Clemson coaches will have a heavy dose of play action passes early in the game. 5. I suspect the game plan will be to A. Use the threat of the run to set up the pass. B. Then, when SC LBs quit crowding the box, use the threat of the pass to establish the run. (RPO, Zone reads, QB draw, RB draw)
But, in the end, I sure am glad Dabo didn't call me and ask for my advice. If he had, I'd be extremely worried.
Definitely could be the case. The question for me is which of these two will happen… 1) let DJ play lose and fast. Getting off to a fast start and putting them on their heels. 2) be more conservative hoping there will not any mistakes that gives them momentum.
I like your theory about the reverse psychology. It would be awesome if we could catch them off guard. But I’m not so sure we don’t just stick to our bread and butter, and what worked well against them last year, which is just run the ball down their throats.
If we can do that early then it should open up the passing game anyhow.
I want to see the play where DJ fakes a handoff, takes 2-3 steps with the ball tucked like he is going to run then stands up or jumps and throws a pass. Last week the pass went to Randall down the sideline but usually it is over the middle. Love that play.