Defense lacked toughness in second scrimmage

Defense lacked toughness in second scrimmage

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Defense lacked toughness in second scrimmage

It was bound to happen. After Clemson’s defense dominated most of the team’s first two scrimmages, including Wednesday’s situational scrimmage, it was the offense’s turn on Saturday.

Kelly Bryant had a solid day throwing the ball, while running backs C.J. Fuller, Tavien Feaster and Adam Choice had long runs, including an 80-yard touchdown run by Feaster. It was a day that made the Clemson offensive coaches happy for a change in fall camp, but it made life miserable for defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

“We weren’t real good today, boys,” Venables said afterward. “I’m displeased, disappointed, I did not think we came ready to perform.”

Venables said they held a few guys out of the scrimmage for injury purposes, including linebacker Shaq Smith and cornerback Marcus Edmond. The coaching staff also limited a few players on offense and defense so other players could show what they could do.

“I just didn’t think these guys seized the opportunity,” Venables said. “I did not feel like we got ourselves better today.”

The defense lacked effort according to Venables in the two-hour scrimmage that was held inside Death Valley.

“You guys have been coming to interview us, you know there have been much better days,” he said. “Today was not one of those.”

Though Venables hopes the film from the scrimmage will be a good teachable moment, he says he can’t be tough for them.

“You cannot teach them how to be tough,” he said. “They either are or they aren’t. You are either tough … you can’t say ‘today I’m going to be a tough guy.’ Physically you know how to compete. Mentally you know how to compete.

“If you are going to be good, not great, but just be good you have to have some toughness to you. I’m not sure we have that or not. We will see. We got two weeks, we will see if we can get them ready.”

When asked if there were any positives to take out of the scrimmage, Venables gave a stern, “No.”

 

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