Tigers not panicking

CLEMSON - Four games out of the gate and Clemson sits at .500. Despite the disappointing start, Rennie Moore isn't ready to push the panic button before the first conference road game.

The redshirt junior defensive lineman believes there's a simple solution to fix what ails the Tigers through the first one-third of the regular season schedule.

"Do your job. That's it," Moore said at the West End Zone on Monday. "If everybody does their job, the big plays like that don't happen. If they do, you don't let them happen three times. We've got to get back on the grind, get on the ball. We've got to pick some things up. I believe we're going to do that."

It's been somewhat of a struggle for the Clemson defense so far this season. The Tigers rank 85th in total defense with just over 385 yards allowed per game. The unit is 92nd against the run (181 yards) and 59th against the pass (204 yards).

"Once we put it together, come together, it's going to be trouble for other teams," Moore said.

He continues to have faith in the coaching staff and remains confident in the personnel around him.

"I trust my coaches. I trust my teammates. We worked hard in the summer. We all worked hard," Moore said. "We've got to meet at that same spot. The offense has to click, driving. If it doesn't, we've got to get out there and handle business. That's what we do. It doesn't matter whether the offense scores or gets points."

A second shot at the first ACC win is on tap this weekend when Clemson travels north to Chapel Hill for a matchup with North Carolina.

The Tar Heels' offense is 62nd in the country with 130 yards rushing (80th) and 251 yards passing (32nd).

"From what I noticed, they're going to be trying to pound that rock. They have a good running back. I really feel like they're going to try us with that run," Moore said. "I don't see too many deep passes. I think we're going to have that locked up. I feel like that's going to quit. We've had enough already that have been hurting us."

North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates is third in the ACC in passing with 251 yards per game. His pass efficiency rating of 152.1 is second-best in the conference.

Running backs Johnny White and Shaun Draughn rank fifth and sixth in the ACC, respectively, in rushing yards per game. The duo has combined to rush for 532 yards this season.

"That run, we've just got to watch out for that. North Carolina, they're a pretty good team. We've got to show them respect, work hard, know what we're looking for and handle business," Moore said.

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