Can Vols tame the Tigers?

Clemson's offense rang up 63 points on a South Carolina defense that limited Tennessee to 23. If you're a Vol fan looking forward to the UT-Clemson Peach Bowl matchup, that should get your attention. It certainly got Jabari Greer's.

Clemson's offense rang up 63 points on a South Carolina defense that limited Tennessee to 23. If you're a Vol fan looking forward to the UT-Clemson Peach Bowl matchup, that should get your attention. It certainly got Jabari Greer's.

''They have good guys and a scheme that can get guys open,'' the Vols' senior cornerback said. ''I'm really impressed with their scheme and the way they run their plays.''

Told that Vol defensive coordinator John Chavis has compared Tiger wideouts to Florida's receivers of the early 1990s, Greer smiled.

''They've got some guys who can really break out and make things happen,'' he said. ''I wasn't a Florida fan in the early '90s but if you're talking about Jacquez Green/Reidel Anthony type guys, yeah, I think they have that type of talent and intensity.

''And the quarterback (Charlie Whitehurst) is good. He can beat you with the pass, as well as the run. I'd compare him to a guy like Matt Jones of Arkansas. He can make things happen.''

Clemson may be the hottest team in college football, having beaten Florida State (26-10), Duke (407) and South Carolina (63-17) in its last three games.

''They're a hot team right now,'' Greer conceded, ''and they're going to be ready to play us.''

The question is: Will the Vol defense be ready for them? Probably so. Greer says the prospect of facing Clemson's star-studded receiving corps provides added incentive for Tennessee's secondary.

''Clemson has great receivers, and I think we have a good secondary that's going to challenge them,'' he said. ''It's going to be a great game.''


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