Each week TheClemsonInsider.com will break down the keys to victory. Lets take a look at the TCI Keys to Victory for a Clemson win over Presbyterian.
Lets be serious, the Tigers will win this game if they get off the bus and make it through the Tiger Walk. Today we will take a look at what the Tigers need to accomplish Saturday before they travel to Auburn.
1. Defense, Defense, Defense
After last week’s poor defensive performance many are concerned that the Tigers will see many of the same problems that cost them the ACC Championship last December. We won’t know Saturday if the problems have been fixed, but there certainly better be improvement.
The Tigers should hold the Blue Hose out of the endzone Saturday afternoon in the Valley. Clemson won’t show much of their defense against Presbyterian, but they need to show improvement at linebacker and stopping the run.
2. No Injuries
The Tigers need to come out of the game Saturday with no new major injuries. The starters need to put the game away in the first half and hit the sidelines to watch the rest of the game.
Clemson will need to be healthy as they travel to Auburn. They can’t afford to lose a starter against the Blue Hose. The second team should be able to win this game so expect the starters to come out as early as possible.
3. Narrow the Field at Receiver
Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier said this week that there would be some changes at receiver this week based on last week’s game. It is critical for the Tigers to settle on four or five receivers so that Kyle can build some chemistry with the receivers. This can’t be done with Clemson rotating eight different receivers.
Last week Jaron Brown, Brandon Clear, DeAndre Hopkins and BrYce McNeal all made plays. The Tigers are looking for consistency so hopefully those four will have good games again Saturday. Marquan Jones was the most consistent receiver in camp so he will need to play well Saturday to cement his spot in the rotation.
4. Crucial Playing Time for Depth
The game with Presbyterian provides the best chance to get much needed playing time for the younger players. Last week Tajh and many of the second team players got several series in the fourth quarter. Playing time is critical for the growth of these younger players so hopefully they will see plenty.
Look for plenty of Tajh Boyd, Rod McDowell and company against the Blue Hose. Some of the younger players will show the staff that they deserve more playing time as the season progresses.