In order for Syracuse to shock the world Saturday afternoon against Clemson it will have to execute to near perfection according to junior linebacker Cameron Lynch.
"It's definitely going to be a group effort," Lynch said. "Everyone has to execute at a high level -- that's going to be the key to the game. We have to work within our frame work and just play ball."
While this season marks his first time grabbing starter's minutes, Lynch has been a consistent part of the defensive rotation since his freshman year.
With the bye week in the rearview mirror, the junior notes that the extra time to get focused mentally and physically has been crucial to not only the team as a whole, but for Lynch individually.
"It was actually a great week to get your mind right and your body right from all the distractions and the distress of football."
The extra time also brought about extra film study when it came to watching the high-powered offense that is Clemson. One thing that stood out about the Tigers? Its up-tempo style of play.
"(Clemson) gets the defense tired," Lynch said. "They get the ball on the perimeter and let their playmakers go to work."
He continued, "I feel like North Carolina State did a good job against them. If we replicate that then we will be fine."
Despite the loss, Lynch said that North Carolina State stuck to the basics and played effectively, wrapped up on all its tackles and honed in on its checks.
Lynch and the defense know that it will be tough to bring down Tigers quarterback, Tajh Boyd, however, if he is to get to him on Saturday, he may have something in store for the fans.
"It's going to take relentless effort," he said when it comes to getting pressure on Boyd, "I'm not going to say anything to him, but I'm going to do a little something. I may do a little dance."
"They are going to be a good team. We just have to execute and exploit their weaknesses. I'm looking forward to it."
Execution is key
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