BREAKING: Jimmy Greenbeans has retired.
Well, to label it breaking news is being facetious, but the media did learn on Tuesday that Greenbeans — also known as Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables — has stepped down from his post as the Tigers’ scout team quarterback.
Now, Greenbeans has assumed a different role.
“Greenbeans is coaching the quarterback, so that’s been nice,” Venables said with a smile.
Venables — er, Greenbeans — stepped in as the scout team quarterback in one of Clemson’s practices last summer prior to the Tigers’ season opener at Auburn when he wasn’t happy with the job the previous scout team quarterback had done. Before long, he took the position for good and served as the scout team quarterback all season.
After one of the preseason practices last year, Venables introduced the scout team quarterback to reporters as “Jimmy Greenbeans.” Greenbeans was good at it, and his players loved it.
But with the addition of freshman quarterback Chase Brice to the team this season, it became time for Greenbeans to call it quits. Brice has taken over as the scout team quarterback, and Greenbeans knows the job will be in good hands with him.
“Chase has done a great job,” Venables said. “He’s got a great future.”
Clemson doing all it can to prepare for Stidham. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham’s game film from his freshman season at Baylor two years ago is proving useful for Clemson as it prepares to face him in Saturday’s game.
Stidham played in 10 games at Baylor in 2015, including three starts, before transferring out in July 2016 and sitting out last season.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney likened preparing for Stidham to getting ready for a freshman quarterback in terms of the little amount of fresh tape there is to evaluate.
“You’re trying to evaluate a guy and find everything you can about him as far as his nuances and the type of player he is, the ability to make all the throws,” Swinney said. “We’ve got limited film. Just like when you have a freshman that’s going to play, you’ve evaluated his high school tape, you’ve done everything to try to find out a little bit about him personnel wise when you don’t have much footage this early in the season.”
As a true freshman at Baylor, Stidham completed 68.8 percent of his 109 passing attempts for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Stidham, a former five-star who was the nation’s top-rated dual-threat signal-caller coming out of high school, went 14-of-24 for 185 yards and accounted for three touchdowns while committing two turnovers in Auburn’s 41-7 win against Georgia Southern last Saturday — his first game since Nov. 21, 2015.
“We’ve done our research. He’s a very good player,” Swinney said. “He can make all the throws. He gets the ball out quick in the gun, especially on the perimeter. He threw a beautiful deep ball last week. They didn’t catch it, but it was right on the money. So he’s got a nice touch on the deep ball, and he’s efficient running the ball. He’s coming from Baylor. He’s got a great understanding of the nuances of the zone read and the ball handling and all that stuff, so it’s natural.”
First shot fired. After saying that Clemson is preparing for Auburn as it does any other game, citing the Tigers’ “nameless, faceless opponent” mantra, linebacker Dorian O’Daniel admitted the ACC-versus-SEC angle of the two teams’ upcoming matchup adds a little more excitement to the contest in his mind.
The ACC’s Tigers beat the SEC’s Tigers on the latter’s home turf last season, though O’Daniel feels the former didn’t get the respect it deserved for winning that game. Clemson survived an unranked Auburn team on the Plains, 19-13, as former safety Jadar Johnson batted down back-to-back Hail Marys on the last two plays of the game.
O’Daniel made it clear that he hopes to help Clemson win Saturday’s game more emphatically with no question marks about the outcome.
“Everyone is always coattailing the SEC,” he said when asked about the ACC-SEC rivalry. “There are still some doubters out there that think we got off easy last year playing at Auburn and coming away with a win in that game. So hopefully this year, we can go out there and leave no doubt.”