Da'Quan Bowers gladly accepted the role of taking the dive against Georgia Tech on Thursday even though it meant that his own performance might take a hit in the box score.
"My job was critical having to take the dive out and keeping the tackles off the linebackers," he said.
A large part of limiting the dive meant keeping Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Jonathan Dwyer contained. He finished with 66 yards on 18 carries and no touchdowns.
Bowers said the early meeting was a burden off his shoulders, one that he hopes to have again later this year.
"I think we will see them again. We'll be knowing what to expect," Bowers said.
This week Clemson's matchup with Boston College is a little bit more cut and dry than Georgia Tech's option and Middle Tennessee's spread. The Eagle offense uses two quarterbacks and features a quick running back in Montel Harris.
Whether it's Justin Tuggle or Dave Shinskie at quarterback, Bowers expects the defense to be ready for both.
"By the time game time gets here, we'll have watched enough film to kind of tell what each likes to do," Bowers said.
In the little film that he watched yesterday, Bowers said Shinskie is more of a pocket passer, who is willing to step up and make throws. If nothing's open, he'll throw it away. Tuggle is more apt to improvising with his legs if needed.
"It's always a task when you face a team with a mobile quarterback," Bowers said. "I think we can contain just about any quarterback we've seen. The last two we've seen (Dwight) Dasher and (Josh) Nesbitt, there aren't going to be too many in the conference like those guys.
For DeAndre McDaniel, it doesn't make a difference who is under center.
"I see everybody as the same," he said. "They might have one run a little bit more than the other one, which we expect them to do. What I've seen since (Sunday) they pass a little bit, both of them."
Complimentary of both quarterbacks' arm strength, McDaniel looks forward to more chances at making plays in the secondary after two his interceptions against Georgia Tech.
"It's going to give everybody a chance to get more interceptions this week," he said.
Thursday night's game could have been better in McDaniel's mind. Despite the individual achievements, a win would have made it a good game.
"I didn't make enough plays for us to win" he said. "We took an ‘L'. I hope to see them again."
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