Dwayne Allen knows last season’s Auburn game sent the two teams in different directions.
“It was definitely the pivotal game for both teams last season. I don’t really have an explanation for why other than their leadership. Cam Newton, Nick Fairley and those guys stepped up and matured after that game and really turned it on. We didn’t have that last year,” said Allen.
Is this an opportunity for the Tigers to get their season off to a similar start?
“It is a big opportunity. Whenever you have the national champs coming to your house there is no telling what can happen after that game. Those guys are riding the 17 game win streak. We just have to seize the day. This is a big opportunity for us, for Clemson football,” said Allen.
From what Dwayne has seen on film, even though they lost a lot of starter, do they look like the same defense?
“They are still very good. They have skill players. Their secondary is very talented. Their defensive line anchored by the defensive ends is very physical. Their linebackers, though young, have some experience. They have some experience. We just have to go out and execute,” said Allen.
Auburn is giving up 280 yards per game rushing. How does that happen?
“Well that is a tough one. We have a lot of returning guys on our defense and what have we given up rushing? It is just a week to week thing,” responded Allen.
Has Dwayne noticed that the offense is not playing physical?
“Yes, I have definitely noticed it and myself included on the 4th and one. When Chad got blown up I washed my guy into Chad so that was definitely my fault. It is really hard. It is like I said. Physicality and familiarity go hand and hand. the more familiar you are with the offense the more physical you can play,” said Allen.
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