Clemson’s offensive line has struggled at times in the last two games, especially in pass protection. In its last two outings against Auburn and Louisville, the unit has allowed seven sacks.
“That’s something we have to improve. We are allowing our quarterback to get hit way too much,” head coach Dabo Swinney said.
Currently the Tigers rank 97th in the nation in sacks allowed and 12th in the ACC. However, the Clemson defense leads the nation sacking opponents 16 times giving the offense a chance to find its footing.
One area of on the offensive line where the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 ACC) have struggled is at right tackle. Sophomores Tremayne Anchrum and Sean Pollard have bounced back and forth at the position through three games with neither gaining a huge advantage at the position.
Anchrum, who has started the first three games, is listed as the starter for Saturday’s Boston College game. It is an opportunity to set himself apart as he faces one of the nation’s elite pass rushers, Harold Landry.
The Eagles (1-2, 0-1 ACC) consistently put together a gritty, hard-nosed defense. This year BC head coach Steve Addazio’s bunch doesn’t possess the same luster but operates under the same nature.
“They are well coached and a disciplined bunch and they are going to be a tough competition,” Anchrum said. “For us, we need to bring our A-game.”
Landry entered 2017 highly touted with preseason honors from almost every publication. In 2016, he led the nation in sacks with 17.
Landry is a dynamic pass rusher who made an impact against the Tigers a season ago. He sacked Deshaun Watson once and recorded six tackles in Clemson’s 56-10 victory.
The Tiger staff has been very complimentary of the preseason All-American this week. Anchrum knows the Clemson offensive front will face another tough test this week and the sophomore seems excited for the opportunity.
“(Landry) is a bad man,” said Anchrum. “He comes off the ball, he has moves for days. He’s really smooth.”
Both Pollard and Anchrum have had their share of shaky moments already this season. Facing an elite pass rusher is a test that could prove beneficial for both.
Anchrum is embracing the test against Boston College’s experienced front and Saturday’s matchup could prove the most important so far for the sophomore tackle.