High expectations

CLEMSON - Dwayne Allen has out of this world expectations for himself. No matter how well he plays, it can always be better.

Case in point: two weeks ago at Auburn. Allen made a team-high 5 catches for 66 yards in Clemson's 27-24 overtime loss on The Plains.

It should have been better.

"I had five touches in the Auburn game, but of those five touches, only 66 yards came of them. I'm upset. Because with five touches, I want to impact the game more," he said. "There's no reason why with five touches I couldn't have 200 yards."

But there's something bigger than just a few individual stats.

"We had opportunities in that game to win it. We didn't seize that to win the game," Allen said.

Clemson is back at home against No. 16 Miami this weekend for a noon kickoff with the Hurricanes. The ‘all about us' mantra held true through the bye week and continued in the week leading up to the Tigers' ACC opener.

"Going into this week, it's all about Clemson football, just playing Clemson football," Allen said. "We prepare each week the same way for every opponent. This week, don't make mistakes. That's our biggest thing."

Mistakes have to be at premium against a Miami defense that ranks among the nation's elite in sacks (4.67) and tackles (11.33) for loss per game.

"They make a lot of big plays, sacks and tackles for loss. If we stay ahead of the chains and establish the run game between the tackles, I feel like we'll have a pretty good chance," Allen said.

Miami held 2009 National Freshman of the YearDion Lewis to just 41 yards rushing during last Thursday night's game in Pittsburgh. The Panthers rushed for 128 yards.

When asked if there's reason for concern because of that performance, Allen quipped: "That's Pittsburgh. We're Clemson."

But he also didn't deny the quality opponents he'll be lining up against in Memorial Stadium. Allen heaped heavy praise for linebacker Colin McCarthy, Sean Spence, Ramon Buchanan and Kylan Robinson.

"They have the skill of DBs. I've seen on film where they actually manned up on receivers," Allen said. "That's going to be tough for us to really make explosive plays and big runs, because they do such a good job of tackling in space."

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