Dan Scott: Wofford-CU Prediction
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Wofford (0-0) at Clemson (1-0)
The Terriers run the Wingbone, a hybrid of both the Wishbone and the Wing-T,
which means Clemson will see the option, as well as quite a bit of
misdirection. Establishing the fullback as a running threat is a must for
Wofford. The Tigers are hoping the move of Roscoe Crosby into Rod Gardner's
old position means the freshman wide receiver puts up Gardner-like numbers.
Wofford has seen teams who run a hurry-up offense similar to Clemson's, but
it's doubtful any 1-AA opponent runs it as fast, or as well. The Tigers' only
real concern is missed assignments. Against an option-oriented team, every
player on the defense has a specific place to be and player to defend.
Wofford hopes to get into good enough field position to utilize its field
goal kicker. Clemson's special teams were one of the few unit's in the
country to have a solid performance in its opening game. Punter Wynn Kopp
appears to be the real deal.
Tommy Bowden and Reggie Herring this week have proven they are anything but
complacent, making lineup changes based on opening game performance. Wofford
head coach Mike Ayres may be the best coach no one's ever heard of, guiding
Wofford from NAIA to Division II to 1-AA, and winning every step of the way.
ADVANTAGE: Clemson, but much closer than people think.
In the end, Division 1-A talent wins out over Division 1-AA talent. There
will be no Furman upsetting North Carolina Saturday at Death Valley.
The Pick: Clemson, 51-3
Date: September 8, 2001
Site: Clemson Memorial Stadium
Expected Attendance: 79,000
Tickets: Available at $25 for adults, $6 for students high school age and under
Live TV: None
Series Record: Clemson leads 9-3
Last Meeting: Clemson 45, Wofford 10 in 1981
Clemson Rankings: 19th in USA Today, 20th in Associated Press
Clemson Personnel Update:
Out-WR Kevin Youngblood, broken leg, out for season
Out-LB Altroy Bodrick, torn ACL, out for season. Bodrick had surgery
to repair the injury on Friday, September 7.
Probable-starting CB Kevin Johnson with a bruised shoulder. If he
can't go, freshman Ryan Hemby will start in his place.
Lineup News: Rodney Thomas will start in place of Braxton K.
Williams at the strongside linebackerAkil Smith will start at left tackle in place of Derrick
Brantley. Both changes are coaches decision and not related to injury.
Color and Pageantry: Former Clemson golf All-American John Engler
will receive the Dr. R.C. Edwards Sportsmanship Award prior to
Saturday's game. It is a department wide annual award that will be
presented to Engler for his sportsmanship demonstrated during the
2001-02 academic year. Clemson's ACC Championship men's indoor and
outdoor track teams will also be honored during pregame activities.
Other Notes: Clemson center Kyle Young was named to the preseason
lists for the Dave Rimington and Outland Trophy this week. The
Rimington Award goes to the top center in the nation, while the
Outland goes to the top interior lineman, offensive or defensive.
Earlier, Young was named to the preseason list for the Lombardi Award.
Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Daily Messenger and the Florence Morning News. He also hosts SportsTalk from 10 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9.