This week is the focus

CLEMSON - Despite their position in the bottom half of the nation's total defense standings, Chad Morris had plenty of kind words to say about Boston College.

But that's to be expected, maybe even more so this week since Florida State is looming on the schedule just seven days after the Eagles come to town.

Boston College is 75th in the country in total defense, giving up an average of 407.6 yards per game. Opponents have averaged 26.8 points per contest. Nationally, that's 65th.

"This is a good football team," Morris said. "This is a team -- they've got a brand new coach. They're getting better every week. They're very physical. They're going to bring a lot of pressure, much like Syracuse did.

"We've got to be ready. We've got to be sound when we protect. And we've got to be able to execute our system."

Before arriving to Boston College, head coach Steve Addazio spent the previous two seasons in the same position at Temple. Prior to his stint there, Addazio was at Florida from 2005-10, serving in various capacities on the offensive side of the ball, but primarily as the line coach and coordinator.

Don Brown runs the defense. He's been a coordinator at UConn, Maryland, UMass, Brown, Yale and Dartmouth.

So, the 2013 Boston College defense has a different look than the 2012 group.

"They're doing a lot different, a lot different," Morris said. "They're disguising their coverages very well. They're bringing a lot of pressure, giving you different looks and moving, trying to cover up some of their tips on when they're bringing their pressures from.

"They're doing a really good job. They're sound in the way they're trying to attack you. They're playing well right now."

The three starting linebackers are the Eagles' top tacklers, and that's always a positive sign. Kevin Pierre-Louis leads the way with 50. Steele Divitto is second with 43 and Steven Daniels is third with 35.

As a team, they're 34th in the country with 36 tackles for loss. Many of those are because of the high sack total [15], which is tied for 16th, nationally.

This will be the second week in a row that Morris will have to prepare his offense for a defense that provides plenty of pressure. But it won't be quite the same as what they saw in Upstate New York.

"These guys this week, while they may not bring seven [or] eight guys like this last week, they're still going to pressure you and bring some pressure from their odd packages," Morris said. Top Stories