The defense, which is under the direction of former Clemson defensive coordinator John Lovett, is second in the country with 4.67 sacks a game and in a five-way tie for third-place in total sacks. Only two are from non-defensive linemen.
"When you've got guys that talented up front, you really don't have to blitz a lot," said Clemson right tackle Landon Walker. "I didn't really notice a lot blitzing on Thursday night. Before Thursday, I didn't really notice a lot of blitzing while watching them on film."
Defensive end Oliver Vernon leads Miami with 3½ sacks while defensive ends Adewale Ojomo and Andrew Smith each have a pair. All three ends are listed as co-starters on the right-side.
Allen Bailey, who's picked up a sack from the opposite defensive end spot, could be the best pro-prospect on the Hurricane defensive line.
Walker took a good look at Miami last Thursday night in the 31-3 win over Pittsburgh.
"I knew what to expect before I had seen them Thursday night," he said. "They showed up and played Thursday night. I'm not going to take anything away from them. But I wasn't really surprised by the speed of them, or anything else."
Colin McCarthy and Sean Spence have accounted for those sacks not made by a defensive lineman. Spence has 1½ sacks from the weak-side linebacker position. He's first on the team with 24 tackles and 6½ tackles for loss. McCarthy, the middle linebacker, is second with 21 tackles.
"I really think the four front guys and the linebackers are a bunch of get after it guys, like we've got," Walker said. "They're quick, they're speedy. We're really going to have to show up."
Clemson has allowed fewer sacks per game than any other team in the ACC. The Tigers' offensive line allowed only one in the 27-24 loss at No. 15 Auburn, doubling the season total to two.
"We definitely take pride in the health of Kyle [Parker]. I want him to be healthy at the end of the season for his future," Walker said. "We need to keep him healthy for us to be successful, too. He's a very important aspect to the team…with his experience and everything; we definitely need Kyle 100 percent every game."
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