Clemson D looks familiar

On film, the Clemson defense Tennessee offensive coordinator Randy Sanders is preparing to face in the Peach Bowl looks pretty familiar. That's understandable. It resembles the one he sees each day on the practice field.

''They remind you a lot of our defense,'' Sanders said. ''The scheme is different but how multiple they are, how hard they play and their athleticism is very similar to our guys.''

Like the Vols, the Tigers' philosophy is stopping the run first and daring teams to throw the ball over the top of them.

''They have a good defense, the best we've played in several weeks,'' Sanders said. ''They will definitely load up to stop the run and make you throw it, which plays into their hand because the secondary is probably the strength of their defense. They shut down Duke (in a 40-7 win), shut down South Carolina (in a 63-17 win), gave up 11 rushing yards to Florida State (in a 26-10 win).

''The only team that had a lot of success as far as yards was North Carolina, and that was a game Clemson won (36-28),'' Sanders noted. ''Wake Forest hit them for a bunch of big runs (in a 45-17 romp) but I'm sure that's a game Clemson would like to forget.''

And, no doubt, that's a game the Vols would like to make Clemson remember.


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