Mr. Playmaker

CLEMSON - All-American safety DeAndre McDaniel feels good about his chances of snagging interception No. 2 when Miami visits Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

A year ago, he had eight and finished among the top interceptors in the nation.

One of those eight was a 23-yard pick six courtesy of Miami quarterback Jacory Harris in Clemson's 40-37 overtime win at then Land Shark Stadium.

Heading into this Saturday's noon game with the No. 16 Hurricanes, McDaniel has taken notice of a trend that doesn't appear to have changed from a year ago.

"From what I've seen, [Harris] doesn't do too much looking off," McDaniel said with a smirk. "He really kind of stares receivers down."

Make no mistake - McDaniel respects the positives Harris brings to the table.

"The way he keeps his composure. He can throw an interception and then come back on the next drive and throw a touchdown," McDaniel said.

Clemson is among the tops in the nation in turnover margin this season with five interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Compare those figures to the two interceptions thrown by Clemson quarterbacks and you get the country's seventh best turnover margin.

Clemson, Oregon State and Texas Tech are tied with a 1.75-to-1 figure.

Miami is tied for 100th at -1.

"I think that's going to be a big part of the game," McDaniel said when asked about the importance of creating turnovers on Saturday. "We want to get the ball back in our offensive guys' hands. As long as we're doing that, I feel like we can win the game."

But he and the rest of the Clemson secondary are charged with the stiff challenge of covering a very fast corps of wide receivers.

"They're blazing," McDaniel said. "The [Travis] Benjamin guy, I've seen him run by so many guys. He even caught a bomb on us last year. He scored on me and [Chris Chancellor]. We're just going to try and keep those guys in front of us."

A win would improve Clemson to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in ACC play. Miami enters with an identical 2-1 record.

"We've been getting ready for it. I'm glad we had the bye week. We had a little bit more extra time to look over extra film over these guys," McDaniel said. "I feel like they've got a lot of talent on offense. We've got to make sure we're doing our job and at the linebacker position to stop these guys." Top Stories