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Wes Goodwin on Clemson's Defense: 'Obviously, not perfect' lots to clean up

September 18, 2022
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On if the defense improved:

“I definitely do. It’s a great opportunity with five starters out for a lot of guys to get some crucial playing experience no better teacher than on that field. It was good to see them go out and compete. Obviously, not perfect. A lot to coach from and clean up. Good to see those guys go out there and lay it on the line.”

On forcing four turnovers:

“Throw in a forced down stop as well-- and a blocked kick. That was awesome to see. We are trying to improve our pass defense every week and get better with that. We had 12 pass deflections which is the most since Coach Swinney has become the coach. Just a great job getting our hands on some balls with deflections. We need to clean up the big plays-- gave up way to many big plays.”

On young DBs playing:

“They competed and played with great effort. Great experience for them, and they will continue to grow. We will need them throughout the season. We need them to continue to get better and better every week. They’ve been focused this week during practice. It was cool to see them go out there and translate it to the field. Not perfect-- by any means-- lots to correct and coach from.”

On the big plays:

“We were just trying to keep our coverages multiple and stuff. It was a couple in each of our coverages. Credit to them for executing. Just a lot to improve on-- our technique at the line of scrimmage or losing leverage downfield. Continue to coach and correct and teach.”

On playing the odd front:

“Drop 8, trying to get more guys in coverage because you know they are an air raid team. We were getting quick-game screened so much. Just trying to make the quarterback hold the ball and get guys in the windows-- I attribute that to the 12 pass deflections and three picks. Trying to make the quarterback hold the ball longer and have more zone odds for the screen game.”

On Andrew Mukuba:

“Just kind of got banged up during the week. Hopefully, we will get him back this week. I don’t really have a timetable for you on that right now.”

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