All 22 Tuesday Features Clemson’s Defense
By FirstDown PlayBook on Sep 10, 2019

The score was Clemson 24 Texas A&M 3. The Aggies had the ball on the Clemson eleven yard line looking at 3rd and 5 with 9:26 left in the fourth quarter. If A&M was going to make it happen it would be here.

Clemson’s defensive coordinator Brent Venables must have sensed this was an opportunity to deliver a knockout punch. Not that it is unusual for a Venables coached defense to bring pressure but this one looked like he had the A&M playbook.

Texas A&M ran a 48 quarters beater concept to the boundary with the running back free releasing on a wheel route. They brought a shallow route across from the field side as a late option and likely to hold the underneath coverage.

Clemson dialed up a field blitz from the safety that originated from a 3-4 double A gap mug look. It might as well have been a Bear look as all of the offensive linemen were covered. The two linebackers occupied the guards so neither could pull out and pick up the safety pressure from #12 K’von Wallace.

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond did the right thing unless the shallow was the hot route on this one. He found a good matchup with his RB Spiller being covered by the linebacker on the peel technique. ┬áThe throw ended up being short and Clemson had a “hole” player looking right at Monds and for crossers. He saw the ball go up in the end zone and picked it off.

Make no mistake about it Clemson has a ton of great talent on both sides of the ball but hats off to Brent Venables and his defensive staff for executing this as well as anything we have seen as we draw up all 22 this fall!

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