Freshman report: Defense

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Scott Pagano was close to playing this season

CLEMSON – From time to time, a post pops up on the board of TigerNet where people want to know about certain players who had redshirted this season.

The post typically starts with, “Whatever happened to” or “has anyone heard anything about” a certain player.

With that in mind, TigerNet spoke with defensive coordinator Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
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this week about the eight defensive players who redshirted this season, just to get his quick take on what he has seen out of them during fall camp and on the scout team.

He will get a better idea of what he has once bowl practice begins, and we will catch up with him at that later date, but he did give us a quick rundown on each of those players.

Corner MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
Fr. Defensive Back
#2 5-11, 185
Immokalee, FL

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would have likely played this season, but he injured his groin during the summer and had October surgery. He is still making his way back into playing shape. Defensive tackle Scott PaganoScott Pagano
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#56 6-4, 280
Honolulu, HI

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might have also had a shot at playing time, but an ankle injury in fall camp made it an easy decision for the coaches to redshirt him.

LB Dorian O’Daniel

“Raw, fast, explosive and athletic. Intelligent, and his best football is ahead of him. He has a good frame. He is a former running back, and I love that about him because he knows how to play in space. He is a little lean right now, but he’s getting bigger. Now he has to take that and learn how to play linebacker. He will work at it, and he will learn.”

DB Adrian BakerAdrian Baker
Fr. Cornerback
#21 6-1, 170
Hollywood, FL

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“Long and good speed. He has gained weight and strength and he has done well. He has good coverage skills.”

DB Mackensie Alexander

“I really haven’t seen a lot out of him since surgery. I wish I had. He is still doing rehab work, and working some with the scout team. We all know what he can do when he is healthy.”

DB Marcus EdmondMarcus Edmond
Fr. Defensive Back
#29 6-1, 180
Hopkins, SC

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“Very instinctive. Long, good speed and good ball skills. He has a good natural skill set.”

DB Ryan CarterRyan Carter
Fr. Defensive Back
#31 5-10, 175
Grayson, GA

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“Instinctive, competitive and tough. He has good speed.”

DE Ebenezer Ogunkdeko

“He is physical. Quick twitch. Tough. Good speed. Very prideful. He was very close to playing, but we had numbers there at that position. He is going to be a very good player.”

DT Scott Pagano

“You know, him and Ogundeko were both close. You know, we had a little bit of depth there, so we didn’t have to play either. But Scott’s quickness really surprised us. He has mobility. He exceeded our expectations, and we had high expectations. Good strength. Toughness. Low maintenance. Going to be a good player.”

DE Dane RogersDane Rogers
Fr. Defensive End
#85 6-3, 245
Shelby, NC

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“Quiet. Good size. Good athletic ability. Good intelligence. He will stay at defensive end.”

I asked Venables how he felt about being able to redshirt those eight players, and he called it a great foundation heading into next season.

“That is a great foundation,” he said. “You named a bunch of defensive linemen and cover guys and that if what you want. You have to be able to play in space and terrorize a quarterback, and I think we have a good, solid nucleus of guys there that will do just that. Add them to the guys we have and I like our future.”

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Front Page Story: Freshman report: Defense
TigerNet News
Thanks for the coverage...***
Re: Front Page Story: Freshman report: Defense
One guy who had his RS year wasted...TJ Green
I don't think he wasted a year
Re: One guy who had his RS year wasted...TJ Green
Country Gentleman®
Still building, getting better. Greatness is happening.***
what about Greenlee?***
Re: what about Greenlee?***
Don't think he ever practiced a snap on defense
Re: Don't think he ever practiced a snap on defense
Re: Front Page Story: Freshman report: Defense
I Hope To Get To See Some Smashing ----
Gotta feel good about these Freshmen.
Interesting that one of his comments about Pagano is
I would imagine there are a lot of high maintenance,
No. I was reacting to what coaches have said this
Wow!! Talk about reading into what Venables said.
Good grief. So much reaction here. My meaning was this:
I read it as 'coachable'. Scott responds well to coaching***
Good point. But is THAT so rare? Maybe I'm too curious....***
There are kids who always get 100 on tests, doesn't mean
Re: Good grief. So much reaction here. My meaning was this:
Re: Wow!! Talk about reading into what Venables said.
Re: No. I was reacting to what coaches have said this
Who says I have a problem with Alexander? I simply was
So you're saying there are a lot of "pre-madonnas?"
Judge Keller
Re: Interesting that one of his comments about Pagano is
Nice article! Thanks for the update!***

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