Tuesdays with Vic

CLEMSON – It's that time again for everyone's favorite weekly installment of "Tuesday's With Vic" as Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning sits down to discuss a variety of topics and offers insight as only he can.

Here are some of his thoughts leading up to Saturday's game at Duke:

* One of keys to Clemson's defense this year has been the play of tackle Rashaad Jackson. However, after spraining his knee against Maryland, it appears unlikely that he will play, which opens up the door for Jarvis Jenkins to get more playing time.

"I doubt it (that Jackson will play)," Koenning said. "We've got a great medical team, great training room staff, but I just don't see it. Rashaad could fool us and it is early in the week, but I don't know if that's going to be the case. …

"Jarvis and Jock (McKissic) have logged some snaps in there, but the production has not been what we necessarily would have hoped."

* Duke is coming in with the next-to-last worst rushing offense in the nation and a passing offense that ranks in the near the middle, yet Koenning said don't be fooled by the poor stats.

"I see things differently sometimes than what the statistics may say," he said. "They're having some success that they haven't had in a few years. And that's probably the strength of their football team, their ability to get the ball down the field. I think that just as soon as you don't worry about the run, then all of a sudden the run becomes an issue."

* Even though Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis can tuck the ball and run, Koenning said his defense isn't going to be one of containment with the pass rush. He wants to get pressure on Lewis as much as he can.

"I would say we've been trying to get a rush up field all year, but it just doesn't look like it," Koenning said. "We've got to force the quarterback to be concerned about the rush. That is obviously a concern. Regardless of what reality may look like, we are trying to get a rush up the field."

* Linebacker Tramaine Billie made the comment to another reporter that he had been playing scared this year in fear of getting hurt again. Koenning dismissed those comments.

"My experiences over the years, yeah, sometimes (playing scared) can sometimes be a factor, but if that was going to be a factor, I would say that would have happened back in the spring," he said. "It's usually a woman or family problems or stress over school or something like that puts a guy into a funk. I don't necessarily buy the deal that he's been scared of getting hurt."

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