There are times when he likes what he sees. Then, there are the others…not so much.
Wednesday's scrimmage was no different.
"I thought it was give and take. I thought there were some good moments and some not so good moments," Venables said. "We've got to be more disciplined and more consistent in our play. I'm happy with some things and not happy with some things. That's kind of what you expect in fall camp.
"We're going against an awfully good, highly skilled offense. Tajh [Boyd] is a terrific player. He gets them in and out of good plays and manages things well. I've been pleased with our progress."
Clemson's first-year defensive coordinator continues to learn about the individuals that he'll have at his disposal in 2012.
"I'm finding more and more about our guys and what they can and can't do real well," Venables said, "Just trying to get better every day in every respect, from attitude, communication, to consistency both in the run game and throwing game -- leveraging the football, getting guys in the best spots, to put them in position to have success."
COMFORT LEVEL: Venables is happy to have plenty of practice time before Tigers' rubber match.
"We've got a long way to go still," Venables said. "I've been really pleased with their attitude. There's a refinement that needs to take place, usually that continues to happen over the course of the year."
He added, "It's still a process. We've still got a ways to go. A little over two weeks before we play, we need to get better real fast."
After all, his players are learning a new system. And he's still about each of those players.
"There's still some unfamiliarity with what we do," Venables said. "I still don't know how our players are going to respond once we get to game day, how they respond to 80-85,000 people and being on the road, that type of stuff."
But he sure is excited about what the future holds.
"I think we've got the makings of the right players to have a very good defense," Venables said.
CREATING TURNOVERS: Rashard Hall was credited with three interceptions in Wednesday's situation scrimmage.
The defense had a total of six picks.
"Turnovers are big. It's a huge part of the game. That's the biggest difference between winning and losing…possessing the football, creating turnovers," Venables said. "I was pleased to see that."
Give some, take some
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