Are you a closet PSU fan? Shane Simmons is SR DE w/ zero career sacks and 2 TFLs... Most of the rest of the guys mentioned besides Parsons are young and unproven. They could be good be good but "scary" is a bit of stretch to say the least.
Their ceiling under Frankin seems to be 10-2 regular season and most years that won't sniff the top 5. Agreed, with the losses of their best pass rushers and Hamler, this doesn't appear to be some big breakthrough season coming. Clifford is just a guy, he isn't dynamic.
I love these types of articles, keep them coming!
Isn't this Coach Mick's 9th season he is beginning now though? 2012- present, right?
No doubt. If Malik the freak doesn’t house that pick and Baker set us up w/ another INT deep in Wolverine territory, we lose that game. Taco Charlton and Hurst lived in our backfield that day, much like Wilkins, Ferrel, etc did in the Fiesta.
You are totally correct. I recently tortured myself watching that game also. what people forget about that ‘16 team though, is as much as we struggled to throw the ball, we couldn’t run it against good teams either. I went to the WI game that year and we couldn’t get Weber going. Penn St we hit a long run w/ Samuel but basically couldn’t run it. TTUN was ugly too. This years team is going to run on anyone. Period. Because of that, it will open the rest of our playbook.
Let’s see if Chase & co can bring the heat and help our secondary have a night!
I fucking love the position we are in right now! Go ahead world, believe Clemson and aww shucks Dabo will never lose another big game ever... until about 8:30 EST when we just drilled you with about 4 solid jabs to start off the night and have the foundation laid to put you on your ass with a hay maker later on! I cannot wait for this one!!!
His son is on the team, he gets paid more than pretty much all G5 HCs and a bunch of P5 HCs and he doesn’t seem to want to do anything but game plan D and call D plays from the sideline.
What? I’m an OSU fan. My point is Day will have us prepared and we have a slight talent advantage imo that will make up for any lack of playoff experience... not sure why you’d infer I was Clemson fan by using the Dabo example from ‘16 to support my argument?
I believe it’s a bit overrated. Urban coached a million big games and won 3 NCs leading into the ‘16 game and Dabo had won zero NCs and not all that many big games. I believe top to bottom we have more talent and will be just as prepared.
Any other CBs we know of that we might be in the mix for to sign in Feb now that we Phillips went to Utah?
Jim Leonhard who played for/with some of the best defensive minds in football with the Ravens & Jets is probably the best DC in college football for my $ considering he has zero top recruits and fields a top 10 defense every year.
They threw the kitchen sink at Fields twice and he figured them out.
And Venables D has been absolutely shredded on these games before by a guy named Jake Coker and a true freshman QB. So relax, he’s not God.
What's funny about this is I recall a similar article several years ago when everyone was freaking out that we couldn't recruit DTs and Antwuan Jackson spurned us for Aubrurn.... we know how that worked out.
And as an aside, I consider 13-1, "fine." So yes, even with a terrible D w/ a ton of stuff going wrong, we were still fine. And OSU will absolutely be better than fine with a good hire to replace Hafley.
Another way to look at it is Lawrence has 34 TDs/8 INT to Fields 40/1. Perhaps if Lawrence had held the ball as long as Fields he'd have more TDs from receivers coming open late, less INTs and a lot more sacks taken.
That's funny... In all seriousness, Bama had his number in their games in '15-17. They won the game in '16 but it was a shootout. If I recall correctly, OJ Howard, Bama's TE had like 3 long catches with no one around him in one of the matchups- hopefully he cuts Ruckert lose the same way and he makes him pay.
Everyone just thinks because they blew out ND and Bama last year, it will happen again. #1 we are light years ahead of ND on both sides of the ball from a talent & coaching standpoint. #2 They had 3 first round picks and all 4 DL went to NFL from last year. Their front will not be able to handle our OL so they will have to stack the box and if Fields is accurate on down field throws, they will not stop us. I'm sure they will score some points but our D is better equipped so slow them down than vice versa.
Nebraska. Somehow after another losing season they are hauling in big time WRs and currently up to #17 class in America per 247 composite.
He had 3 sacks, 2 FF against Penn St and wreaked havoc the entire game.
This is true but Clemson is a true spread team. Wisky has a small army of FBs, TEs and played w/ 6 OL at times against us. TTUN straight double teamed him and held CY a lot. No one likes to see a lot of flags but it would help us a lot if CY draws a hold in the early going to set the tone.
There is no doubting Clemson’s skill position speed and dynamic play making ability for by far the best QB we’ve seen this season.
That said, their O line is not great and on the other side, I believe our interior O line can move their front. So my feeling is they will need an all world performance from Lawrence to beat us.
No, I’m not. In the last 4 years Mass has had a grand total of six 4 star recruits. Yes New Jersey has talent and isn’t that far away but good luck going toe to toe w/ us, Penn St, TTUN and now Schiano for those recruits. Their facilities are not great, I was just there. Lastly, if you think the rest of the conference with the exception of Syracuse doesn’t have clear advantages with recruiting, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Clemson, FSU, Miami, the NC & VA schools all are in talent rich areas. In terms of winning tradition, that depends on your definition... for me 1 conference title since ‘91 and 8 games below .500 the last 10 years is certainly terrible as far as recent history goes.
It’s better but it’s still a bad P5 job relatively speaking. No talent in your immediate area, below average resources/facilities and not a tradition of winning. And have to play in a conference with a bunch of natural recruiting advantages.
Venables is a amazing but pretty sure as DC he won’t be game planning for Chase Young...
Like the zone blitz call....Ash/Fick dialed up a zone blitz resulting in a Steve Miller band pick 6... much like Miller opposite Bosa that season, the “other DEs” opposite CY will have many opportunities to make a big play in this one.
We had no deep threat and really only one consistent threat in the passing game at all. Clemson knew to double Curtis Samuel and stack the box and we were screwed. It felt like they had 15 guys around the LOS in the 1st half.
Definitely a fair concern. Clemson obviously has a way better QB and skill guys across the board but IMO wisky’s O line is better and they also have some beefy TEs and FBs who were used to chip on Young. Clemson won’t have that luxury.