Thursday Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON - News and notes as the Tigers wrap up preparations for Wake Forest.

RED ZONE BLUES: Clemson is 5 of 11 in the red zone over the last three games.

In last week's 16-13 loss to Florida State, the Tigers went 2 of 4 inside the red area—both scores were field goals. One other trip ended with a blocked field goal. The other was an interception in the end zone.

Dalton Freeman said red zone offense continues to be a focus.

"We're really trying to stick it in there—don't even give our special teams an option," he said. "We have all the faith in Chandler [Catanzaro] to make the field goal, but let's not give him the chance. Let's just go ahead and score, put six points on the board."

LOOKING UP FRONT: DeAndre McDaniel leads Clemson with four interceptions this season.

The Tigers' secondary ranks 22nd in pass efficiency defense with a 114.37 rating.

McDaniel said it's the play of the Da'Quan Bowers, Jarvis Jenkins, Andre Branch and Brandon Thompson that's made life easier for the secondary.

"Just sending four, we can leave six, seven back, and it makes the secondary a whole lot better," McDaniel said. "If you can do something like that, and get help from the linebackers, by getting pressure with the front four, it doesn't get any better than that."

MOVING FORWARD: There's no getting around it: Clemson's 5-5 start has been a disappointment, but it was the loss at Florida State that could be the biggest letdown of the five losses this season.

Jaron Brown said the Tigers have to get past last Saturday's defeat.

"We can't reflect and stay focused on the past," he said. "If you're going to keep on dwelling and moping, that's when the leadership has to step up and motivate the players to play, take it to the next game, go out and get bowl eligible. We've still got some things to accomplish."

Brown also won't dwell on the fact that Clemson's lost by a combined total of 26 points this season.

"I'm a ball player. Really, we've got to have that focus… have that focus to keep on fighting. There's nothing we can do about it [now]—the games we lost," he said.

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