As you can imagine, learning Brent Venables’ defensive scheme can be a choir. Most football people know what a Cover 3 is, but what people don’t know is there are different ways a Cover 3 can be called and the same can be said for other things like blitzes and fronts.
And then there is the way Clemson’s defensive coordinator calls it.
“He has had to bring me and Todd (Bates) up to speed on how he wants that,” Clemson safeties coach Mickey Conn said. “So he has one on the front and one on the back end and then he is right in the middle, and you how intense he is. He has really been a great leader for Todd and I.”
This is Conn’s second year on the Clemson staff. He served as a defensive analyst coach for Venables last season. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney moved him over to coach the safeties full-time after former defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks decided to retire following the Tigers’ win in the national championship game last January.
Conn came to Clemson prior to the 2016 season from Grayson High School in Georgia where he was a head coach there for 16 years. His teams were 137-48 in those 16 seasons. Of course Conn was the head coach of current Clemson cornerback Ryan Carter as well as former running back Wayne Gallman and quarterback Nick Schuessler.
“I was so involved in the game plan last year, and I have been doing this now for 20 years, the football part I was really comfortable with so I am just trying to add on to what they were already doing staff wise and try to bring my own flavor to it,” he said. “It is a great staff and a lot of these guys have been coming through my school for years so I have had relationships with these guys for a long time. I’m excited to be able to learn from those guys and then add a little bit of my own flavor to it.”
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