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Friday, September 17, 2010

Clemson Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele has Cam Newton in His Sights

The Tigers (Clemson) can expect a lot of zone read from the Tigers (Auburn) so place your bets on a Tiger win Saturday Night! 

From: GoUpstate.com:  "CLEMSON -- Dabo Swinney isn't a defensive coordinator, but he has a little advice for his players encountering Cameron Newton in the flat Saturday night.

“Get a piece of flesh and hang on,” Clemson's head coach said. “And hope someone gets there in a hurry.”

Sound advice. At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Auburn's monstrous quarterback will give the Tigers' defense major matchup issues when Clemson visits No. 16 Auburn at 7 p.m. Saturday. The key to leaving the Plains with a 3-0 record might not be stopping Newton, but merely limiting the damage he causes.

Through two games, he averages 120.5 yards rushing per game while passing for 161 yards per game, with five passing scores against one interception and two rushing touchdowns..."

Auburn coach Gene Chizik“...We have some designed runs that we feel really good about, but the thing you can't account for are the runs that aren't designed,” Chizik said. “He has gotten a lot of mileage out of some plays that weren't necessarily there. I think that's what he brings to the table with his athleticism. But when we go back and look at him, we're looking more at, is he protecting the football, is he not putting our team in danger, is he making good decisions in terms of first downs, field position, time left on the clock, those kind of things. Up to this point, we've been pleased...”

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