Koenning Expects More

CLEMSON – If there's only one thing fans have learned about Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, it's that no matter what, he's never satisfied. Pleased? Yes. Satisfied? No.

Such is the case following the Tigers' dominance of N.C. State last week in Raleigh.

Koenning is happy that his unit performed well, but he expects and demands that they play better.

"Coming off a win, you feel better," he said. "But we can play a lot better than that. We pointed out some of the mistakes the guys made. We could have very easily had two more sacks in the game. Then their one touchdown, that should have been tackled for a loss. …

"We're still not even near satisfied with execution. We can run to the ball better than what we ran. We're not where we want to be and I don't know if we can get to it statistically based on the fact that we had a couple of overtime games and that really hurts you statistically."

Koenning said as far as numbers go, big-time winning teams generally average giving up 250 yards of total offense per game.

Right now, Clemson ranks 41st nationally in total defense giving up 342.67 yards per game.

Don't Fall Into the Trap
With a team like Temple, which is winless and has only led once all year, this could very well be a trap game. The Tigers are 36-point favorites and nothing less of a blowout is expected from the coaching staff and fans.

However, should Clemson yield some points or some yardage even in a win, it's going to draw criticism.

That's why Koenning is making sure what happened last year at Duke doesn't happen again this year.

"I think we're all concerned about this emotional letdown," he said. "If our guys do, then we're not where we need to be with the development of this football team. Maybe having some young guys will help. Maybe they will be more enthusiastic."

Coleman Improving
One person Koenning liked the play of last week was cornerback Duane Coleman, who continues to improve and understand the schemes. But there are several players' performances that Koenning liked.

Even though he may not come across as someone who liked what he saw against the Wolfpack, now that the season is half over, looking back he believes he understands what went wrong in those first few games.

"I'll take the blame for it, but everybody was trying to memorize everything," he said. "When you're trying to remember things, you're going to make mistakes. When you start understanding … I think that's something we're starting to get better at."

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