Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell says the seventh-ranked Tigers are on high alert when they take on Georgia Tech Saturday in Death Valley.
The Tigers (6-1, 4-1 ACC) are coming off a loss to Syracuse and an open week, while facing a Georgia Tech team that is playing with a lot of confidence.
The Yellow Jackets (4-2, 3-1) rank second nationally and lead the ACC in rushing, averaging 372.3 yards per game.
“I mean it doesn’t really freak you out because you know they run the same thing every year, but then again it still puts you on high alert because even though they run the same thing, it’s tough to stop,” Ferrell said. “It’s the hardest thing just seeing how those guys run the ball and just how disciplined you have to be as a defense.
“You kind of have to worry a little bit so it’s nothing that surprises us but we still have to be on our stuff this week.”
Clemson’s defense ranks second in the ACC and the 13th nationally at stopping the run. The last two years, the Tigers have held Georgia Tech to season lows 71 and 95 rushing yards.
The Yellow Jackets have averaged just 2.1 yards per carry in the two games combined.