ESPN: Clemson defense ready for fresh start


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From Heather Dinich of ESPN:

“I wanted to make my judgments based on how they worked through winter conditioning workouts, spring ball and I’ll judge them again when we come back for two-a-days,” Venables said. “It’s important for a number of guys to let them know it’s an opportunity to turn over a new leaf, reinvent themselves and reestablish themselves, and hopefully collectively together we can play the kind of defense I know all Clemson fans wants us to play, where we’re suffocating people and playing in a relentless manner.”

Clemson’s defense will continue its makeover under Venables this summer, and its progress will be key to the Tigers’ hopes of defending their ACC title. One of the team’s biggest tasks will be replacing three starters on the defensive line. Despite the struggles of the defense last year, the trio of Andre BranchAndre Branch
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, Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
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and Rennie MooreRennie Moore
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helped Clemson to the conference title by holding Virginia Tech to just 13 points and one touchdown in 120 minutes of football.

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