Tuesdays with Kevin Steele

CLEMSON - Fourteen plays from Saturday's 56-45 win at Maryland make Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele nauseous.


A pair of tight end screens and seven scrambles by Terrapin quarterback C.J. Brown accounted for a bulk of the 14 "sickening" plays the Tigers' third-year coach referred to on Tuesday afternoon.

Kevin Steele's defense held North Carolina to 21 points and 255 yards of offense last season in Chapel Hill. (Roy Philpott)
"It's 14 plays that we've got to be disciplined, accountable and play with our eyes and do our job...those 14 plays are ugly," Steele said.

And the other 69?

"The rest of them -- average football game," Steele said.

But it's Tuesday. That nightmare has been put to bed. Steele's moved on to North Carolina.

The Tar Heels rank 55th nationally in rushing offense [159.86 yards per game], 58th in passing offense with 232.71 yards per game and 66th in scoring offense with 27.86 points per game.

North Carolina's pro-style offense is a dying breed in the ACC.

"Miami was that. I haven't seen them. I don't know what they are. They were, but I don't think they're the same," Steele said. "North Carolina has been. Boston College has been, but they're not as much as they were when [Gary] Tranquill, now he's gone. Maryland was with Ralph [Friedgen]. Now they're not. Virginia Tech still is, in a certain sense. I don't know about Duke. Don't know about Wake -- haven't gotten to them yet. Georgia Tech's not. We're not."

The formula is quite simple.

"Run the ball, play-action pass it, take shots when they need to, run the clock, play good defense, kicking game -- NFL style," Steele said.

There is plenty for him to be impressed with when looking at the individuals playing for North Carolina.

"Their offensive line is pretty good. Their quarterback is throwing for 75 percent. They're well-coached. They've got a good scheme," Steele said.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner has completed 129 of 172 passes for 1,585 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.

"He's efficient -- NFL style guy," Steele said.

Renner's favorite wide receiver, Dwight Jones, has 46 catches for 687 yards and eight touchdowns.

"He's pretty good. The numbers speak for them self. He's a pretty good player," Steele said.

"Running backs in this league are kind of like Baskin Robbins. They've got all flavors and you're going to see them all."

Then, there's running back Giovani Bernard. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound redshirt freshman has rushed 130 times for 767 yards and nine touchdowns.

"Running backs in this league are kind of like Baskin Robbins. They've got all flavors and you're going to see them all...he is talented. I watched him in high school, good player," Steele said.

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