Entering his sophomore campaign, strong safety Tanner Muse is ready to make a difference on Clemson’s defense in 2017.
Muse made some plays for the Tigers last year, but mostly on special teams especially with the blocked punt in the national championship game. This year he looks to make a greater impact as the starting strong safety.
Following Saturday’s final stadium scrimmage of fall camp in Death Valley, Muse spoke to the media about a variety of topics. He discussed lack of production from the defense on Saturday and attributed it to lack of preparation. Muse also praised Travis Etienne’s performance over the course of camp as well as a plethora of topics.
Question: How did you think the scrimmage went for the defense today?
Muse: “The defense was not as good as we have been. We need to dial down in the little things.”
Question: What do you attribute that to?
Muse: “Film study. We all need to do film study and we haven’t been at the level it need it to be and we need to improve on it.”
Question: Coach (Brent) Venables talked about the lack of toughness. What was missing out there?
Muse: “The little things not being on your P’s and Q’s. I feel like we made a lot of good plays today as well.”
Question: How do you feel this week has unfolded compared to last week?
“I think the defense controlled much of last week but this week the offense had a lot of good plays. It makes us come back even stronger.”
Question: Who really stood out on the offense today?
Muse: “Travis Etienne had some really good runs. When he gets in open space, he is a tough guy to tackle. The receiving core was really good today as well.”
Question: You’ve had some really good plays in the scrimmages; talk about that aspect of your game.
Muse: “Any opportunity is great and I try to make the most of it. Any opportunity for a big play is great and it builds your confidence level. It also brings your unit together when you can celebrate.”
Question: How do you compare this defense to last year’s unit?
Muse: “With everybody coming back it’s kind of the same but it’s a totally different defense. Ben (Boulware) was really the anchor and he controlled much of what we did on and off of the field. Now I feel like it’s more of a unit with guys who are very different and that’s good.”
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