Plenty of respect

CLEMSON - Miami quarterback Jacory Harris has earned the respect of Clemson middle linebacker Corico Hawkins.

The two square off Saturday when the Hurricanes visit Death Valley.

So far this season, Harris is 55 of 86 for 690 yards and 6 touchdowns.

"They guy's a great football player," Hawkins said. "He throws a great ball. He puts the ball where it needs to be. He's going to make the play for his teammates.

"He's going to go out and do whatever it takes to get the ‘w' for Miami."

He also talked about Miami running backs Damien Berry and Lamar Miller, who've rushed for 232 and 105 yards, respectively. Miller has two rushing touchdowns and Berry has one.

"Miami has always had great running backs. And they still do. Those guys are phenomenal runners. They're hard runners. They run straight downhill behind their pads. They have some good backs."

Clemson's struggled against the run through three games this season. The Tigers' rush defense is ranked 96th in the country with a 184.67 yards a game average.

"We just need to continue doing what we've been doing all season," Hawkins said. "Just try and play the gaps to the best of our ability, putting guys in to position to make plays and guys going out and playing with a hard, relentless effort with great alignment, assignment, technique, eyes and effort."

BACK IN THE FLOW: Xavier Dye picked up his first two catches of the season in Clemson's 27-24 loss at No. 15 Auburn. The senior was the top-returning wide receiver from 2009.

He's put no extra pressure on himself this season since it's his final at Clemson.

"It's more of me knowing that I'm supposed to make that catch or that play. Looking back, it's now or never," Dye said. "I don't put as much pressure on myself. I just go out there, relax and have fun."

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is 1-0 against Miami. (Getty Images)
He doesn't mind working with a young-core that includes a pair of freshman and a few sophomores.

"When I came in, it was just me, by myself. So I had to learn the hard way with coach [Dabo] Swinney," Dye said. "Now I can just watch those younger guys. When they get chewed out, I'm just like, I had to get the same treatment, too. It all comes with it.

"It's good to watch them develop. They're making plays. They're the future here. We've just got to keep them encouraged and keep them going."

DIEHL STILL WORKING: Through three games Chad Diehl has just one touch. His lone carry went for 3 yards.

Known as one of the most punishing blockers on the team, Diehl continues to work hard to improve his skills, particularly when it comes to running routes and catching passes.

"I've worked hard on that—hard on my hands. I'm seeing improvement there. As far as carrying the ball, I feel confident in carrying the ball, if they call that play," Diehl said. "I feel hands are the area I've improved the most."

He spent most of last season lining up in the backfield as a fullback. This season he's worked more as an on the line blocker. But he's still learning the ins and outs of playing tight end.

"It's still kind of a work in progress," Diehl said. "The tight end routes are something I'm working hard at. It's something I'm not really used to. It's something I've still got to keep working on." Top Stories