NEW ORLEANS — The Clemson secondary is gearing up for a showdown with one of the nation’s top receivers in Calvin Ridley, who is neck and neck with guys like Julio Jones and Amari Cooper in Alabama history.
Clemson sophomore safety K’Von Wallace began making a major impact on the Clemson defense following Tanner Muse’s hand injury in the Georgia Tech game and has become a mainstay in the Tiger secondary.
As Clemson prepares to face a prolific receiver in Ridley, it believes it is well prepared for the Crimson Tide wide out because of who the Tigers practice against on a daily basis.
Wallace is confident in his defense because of their production against the cast of “wide receiver U” and is ready to face off against Ridley and company.
Ridley has put up videogame like numbers in his time at Alabama right behind elite names, Julio Jones and Amari Cooper.
He is second all-time in receptions with 216, third in receiving yards with 2,710 yards, third in touchdown receptions with 17, third in 100 yard receiving games 8, and third active player in the NCAA in consecutive games with a catch in his last 42 games.
Wallace has quietly been making a big impact in the Clemson secondary starting in each of the last four games and keeping opposing receivers at bay.
He claims much of his success comes from covering a few of the most dynamic receivers in the country every day in practice.
“I feel that we have the best receiving core in the country so going against them makes it really easy to prepare for anybody” said Wallace. “They prepare us and push us like we do them at every practice.”
The relationship between the Tiger secondary and receiving core is more than just a friendly competition.
“When you push somebody, you begin to have a stronger bond with them, having fun with them is really easy” Wallace said.
Clemson’s secondary has performed well against big time receivers all season against receivers like Steve Ismael and Cam Phillips and they are ready for yet another test in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.