Clemson needs another strong game from its DL against Louisville
Sep 17 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Lamar Jackson is piling up yardage and points again, helping Louisville get off to an unbeaten start while sparking discussion of possibly winning the Heisman Trophy - again. Now that Watson has departed, his replacement Kelly Bryant is showing that he also has the skills to lead Clemson to the top. Against North Carolina, Jackson became the first player this season to record three passing and three rushing touchdowns in the same game.
Third-ranked Clemson plays at No. 14 Louisville on Saturday night, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney calls Jackson "crazy good". Even when we're not playing, we just talk.
Louisville: A game-tying drive in the first quarter was the Cardinals' only bright spot on a night nothing worked.
So it's fairly obvious, and truly not that surprising: when Lamar Jackson is able to run wild, good stuff usually happens for the Cardinals.
The growth we've seen from Duke has been fairly obvious - they are better across the board at the skill positions, Jones is a rising star, and this could be the best offensive and defensive lines the Blue Devils have had under David Cutcliffe. "We talk a lot".
Jackson, by himself, has averaged over 500 yards of offense through two games.
"There's a lot of great players out there". Edmond was the hero of last year's 42-36 Clemson win over the Cardinals when he forced James Quick out-of-bounds at Clemson's 3-yard-line with 33 seconds left on fourth down, a yard shy of a first down.
Conference play is kicking into gear after two weeks of fun non-conference match-ups. "It's about getting one step closer to our ultimate goal of a national championship".
"As mayor of Clemson, I am proud to say both our football team and our SC bourbon will bring their A-game to the table", he said. "We're not trying to win any points show". However, we can add the lost yardage back in, thanks to the wonderful Football Study Hall.
The key to the entire game for Clemson is stopping Jackson just enough, which is obviously much easier said than done.
"GOOD START: Senior running back Malik Williams stepped up for injured Jeremy Smith and now he needs to consistently perform as the Cardinals' main back". When quarterback Deshaun Watson joined the team in 2014, production went into overdrive with the Tigers averaging almost 40 points and more than 500 yards a game on the way to a national championship. While Clemson is the better overall team on paper, their quarterback from past year, Deshaun Watson, graduated, and when the teams met in 2016, Jackson went toe-to-toe with the current Houston Texans quarterback. I'd be thrilled if we could get an encore performance. Jackson, however, was sacked five times in that game - two came courtesy of All-ACC linebacker Micah Kiser. Dorian O'Daniel leads the Clemson Tigers with 18 tackles, Austin Bryant has four sacks and Ryan Carter has two pass deflections.
Despite losing 15 defensive players to the NFL Draft in the last three seasons, Venables keeps Clemson's defense chugging along inside the top 10 in the nation for the last four consecutive years.