The Clowney factor

CLEMSON - Keeping Jadeveon Clowney off Tajh Boyd's back is at the top of Chad Morris' to-do list against South Carolina.

And for good reason, because Clowney is still really good, despite having just 32 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in nine games this season.

"He's one of the best players in college football, there's no question about that," Morris said. "Played against him the last two years, he's had some success against us. We haven't played that well against them, from an offensive standpoint, at times."

Second-year defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward won't limit Clowney to a matchup with Brandon Thomas on every snap.

"I've seen him lined up at nose. I've seen him lined up on the right-side, the left-side. I've seen him at linebacker," Morris said. "I think, once, I even saw him at free safety. They've got him everywhere. They move him everywhere, corner, everywhere.

"He can do it all. Yeah, they'll move him all over the field, and rightfully so. He's a great player. They're going to try to create mismatches."

But, as Morris pointed noted, he can't get too caught up with what Clowney is and isn't doing before every snap.

"What happens is you start focusing all of your attention on where he is," Morris said. "Let me tell you, these other guys, they're pretty good, too. You start worrying about where one guy is. That's where they've made huge strides. Everybody worries about where No. 7 is, and they should. But these other guys over here are taking advantage of 1-on-1 opportunities, too."

The starting defensive tackles, J.T. Surratt and Kelcy Quarles are "extremely good."

Surratt has 32 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Quarles has 30 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

"Their two interior guys are very disruptive, very big [around] 310. They try to get a big push. They're feeding off of people taking advantage of Clowney," Morris said. Top Stories