Monday, April 5, 2010
Defense dominates Clemson scrimmage
By Adam Rittenberg
As Clemson starting quarterback Kyle Parker watched Saturday's scrimmage from the sideline because of a sore back, the Tigers' defense took full advantage.
Clemson's first-team defense didn't allow a touchdown, and linebacker Jonathan Willard led the way with two interceptions, a pass deflection and four tackles. Other Tigers' defensive standouts Saturday included cornerback Marcus Gilchrist (INT, sack, 78-yard punt return), linebacker Brandon Maye (2 tackles for loss, 1 sack), cornerback Xavier Brewer (INT) and linebacker Corico Hawkins (5 tackles).
Tajh Boyd quarterbacked the first-team offense and completed 4 of 11 passes for 39 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Boyd threw an interception on his first series but did account for the scrimmage's lone touchdown not in goal-line situations, against the second-team defense. Clemson mixed and matched offensive linemen throughout the scrimmage, which led to a few mix ups.
Mike Wade led the second-team offense and completed 6 of 12 passes for 60 yards.
"You will never hear me complain about having a dominant defense," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "The difference between our offense and our defense is the depth, especially in the line. The next step for our defense is to play this way on a consistent basis. I have been very impressed with Marcus Gilchrist. He is as good a player, as smart a player, as we have on this team."