Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell was not satisfied with his personal performance in Saturday’s win at Auburn. While being credited for 0.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback pressures in Saturday’s win , the redshirt freshman said he missed a lot of opportunities to make some big tackles in his first game as a Tiger.
“I had more than a couple missed opportunities to make a lot of big plays, but it’s things like jitters and playing in a game for my first time in long time. It’s something that I am going to take into consideration and definitely try to pick up on this upcoming game, ” Ferrell said.
After watching film with position coach Marion Hobby, Ferrell was surprised by the amount of opportunities he missed.
“I remember those plays I could have made, but it was hard to watch because I was just like ‘Wow’ He always talks about ‘man the whole crowd could have known your name’ and just stuff like that. It’s just him poking fun at you but its hard to watch but it’s something we learn from,” Ferrell said.
One of those missed opportunities was a tackle for loss near the end zone that Ferrell refused to take credit for.
“I could have made that play, but I missed that tackle,” the freshman said. “I had one tackle for loss in the first quarter on (the running back) where I just kind of blew up the play, he just fell down, so it was a good feeling, but that tackle for loss is one thing that I need to improve on.
“We don’t tackle a lot in practice and it’s something I need to clean up on.”
With all the plays he didn’t capitalize on, Ferrell said there were a few aspects of his game that he felt he was successful at.
” I knew what I was doing. With my preparation, I feel like I knew the different formations that Auburn was going to run. They have a very difficult offense to defend.”
Ferrell will get his next shot this Saturday when No. 2 Clemson hosts Troy in the home opener at Death Valley.