Dan Scott Interview: Tommy Bowden
Tommy Bowden was a guest on Sports Talk with Dan Scott on Thursday.
CLEMSON -- Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden was a guest on Sports Talk with Dan Scott on Thursday. SportsTalk can be heard from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9 in upstate South Carolina.
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Dan: Their defense has been causing some problems for people this year.
Bowden: They really have. Their defensive coordinator has done an excellent job. They have a really good scheme. Auburn came out highly touted with the best backs in the country with the power running game, and Georgia Tech forced them to throw the football and they couldn’t do it effectively. Florida State, of course, has the ability to throw it but they came out trying to run it. They (FSU) only had the ball 15 plays in the first half. They only had 25 total yards. They dropped some balls, but they couldn’t execute the forward pass. They (GT) force you to be really efficient in both areas. They are number one in the conference against the run and 16th in the nation versus the run and second in the ACC in the scoring defense. So there is no doubt we will have execute real well offensively to keep their defense on the field and to get some points.
Dan: What are they doing that is working so well?
Bowden: I think more so than anything their defensive coordinator really has done a good job. They are playing hard but their scheme is difficult. He is a good coach. He was at Ohio State for a long time and with John Bunting for one year. With the limitations on scholarships everyone has good players but he really has done a good job. The kids have bought into it. They are playing with a lot of confidence. I really thought their last game (against FSU), even though they beat Auburn, I thought was their best game offensively and defensively.
Dan: Will this be the toughest test for your receivers so far?
Bowden: Oh yeah. I really think you are accurate there. With Georgia we did not challenge them enough in the passing game. Our receivers and quarterbacks will have to be really sharp. They are going to challenge the throws. Against Middle Tennessee they played a little softer. We could catch it and they gave us running space, but every catch will be challenged now. The bodies will be a bit closer. The hits will be little more frequent and they will be a little more centered up.