With a week one win in the books, Clemson moves on to its game with Wofford this coming weekend. Third-year Head Coach Dabo Swinney met with the media Tuesday to look back on the game against Troy and look ahead to the Terriers this weekend.
“It was a good opener for us,” said Swinney. “It was good to finally play somebody else and we have film to teach off. All of our mistakes are very correctible things and the biggest thing is we want to see us continue to get better every week. Wofford is going to be a challenge for us. They are continuing our ‘schedule of champions’.”
The Terriers are the defending SoCon Champions and enter the game 1-0, after winning 35-28 at Presbyterian College last weekend. Last season, Wofford was 10-3 and reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.
“I cannot say enough about Coach (Mike) Ayers. He is a first class guy and has been there a long time. They do a good job recruiting to their system and play the game the way you are supposed to play it with a ton of energy, are very physical, and smart.
Eric Breitenstein, the preseason SoCon Player of the Year, leads the Terriers on offense. Last week against the Blue Hose, Breitenstein recorded his 11th career 100-yard rushing game as he ran for 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
“Their offense is a big challenge. They do a lot of things and use their personnel very well. They are a very diverse offense. They have a little of Georgia Tech, a little of Auburn, and really a little of everything. They like to give you a lot of different looks so we have to do a good job with our eyes and take care of our responsibilities.”
“Breitenstein is their work horse. Our guys describe him as a Chad Diehl with moves. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry last season and had 22 touchdowns. Quarterback Mitch Allen is very efficient in running their system. They won’t throw it a lot, but they averaged 19.2 yards per catch last season. We have to tackle better and the key for us is first down plays. We have to put them in some long yardage situations.”
Linebacker Alvin Scioneaux leads the Terrier defense. The sophomore from Louisiana had 10 tackles, including two sacks, in last week’s win over Wofford.
“Defensively, they are mostly an odd front and are very sound. There is not a lot of carry over from Troy, but they do have some similar coverage systems. They play with great energy and do not get out of position very often.”
As for his team, the third-year head coach looked back on the game against Troy.
“It was not anything that they (Troy) were doing in the first half, it was on us. We had created some issues on third down with that we were doing on first and second. We went in at halftime and made some adjustments. At the end of the day, I think we were productive. I thought the play-calling was excellent Saturday and the issues are all things that we can fix.”
The Tigers will be facing Wofford for the 14th time Saturday. Clemson holds a 10-3 advantage in the series and includes a 38-14 win in 2001, just days before the 9/11 attacks. The teams will meet for the first time since that game the day before the 10-year anniversary of that tragic event. Saturday will also mark Clemson’s annual Military Appreciation Day.