Friday, November 27, 2009

LOHD Thoughts on Gamecocks Defense v Clemson Offense

Gamecocks Defense v Clemson Offense

Clemson enters this game Hot as they average 33 points a game and 371 yards per game (204 passing and 167 rushing).  The Gamecocks are 17th in the nation and third in the SEC in total defense allowing 308.73 yards per game. USC is tied for 28th in the nation and fifth in the SEC in scoring defense giving up 20.73 points per game.

South Carolina is led by linebacker Eric Norwood (6-1, 252, Sr) has 66 tackles including seven sacks. He is a player that has to be accounted for on every play.

Love to see Norwood give a good hit on CJ Spiller early on.

Clemson is going to try to establish the run on their side much like I said early USC needs to do.  Clemson has the 46th nationally ranked rushing offense with 166.73 per game.  South Carolina is 63rd in the nation and seventh in the SEC in rushing defense allowing 145.09 yards per game. Linebacker Shaq Wilson (5-11, 210, So) is the team’s leading tackler with 73 stops.  The USC LBs and DEs will have to shut down the running game...contain their speed.  RB CJ Spiller has 172 carries for 894 yards, 7 TD and his back up, Andre Ellington, has 57 carries for 395 yards with 3 TDs.

The Gamecocks are 41st in the country and fifth in the league in sacks with 2.27 sacks per game.  Clemson is ranked 44th in nation for sacks allowed so it is possible to get to the QB.  USC - this is a must in this game!  Defensive end Cliff Matthews has 41 tackles and six sacks. Clifton Geathers (6-8, 281, Jr) has 36 tackles and three sacks.  If USC can not pressure Parker then it could be a long day.

CU QB Kyle Parker has thrown for18 TDs, 9 INTs and 2,082 yards with a 55.7% completion rate.  South Carolina is seventh in the nation and third in the SEC in passing defense giving up 163.64 yards per game. Clemson is 80th in the nation in passing offense with just over 200 yards per.  This si the Gamecocks strength.  Safety Chris Culliver (6-0, 190, Jr) has 54 tackles. Spur Darien Stewart (5-11, 216, Sr) has 50 tackles. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (6-1, 188, Fr) has 48 tackles. 

Clemson has really 3 targets - TE Michael Palmer then their speed demons who can take it to the house at any time....WR Jacoby Ford has 45 rec for 654 yards, 5 TD and CJ Spiller has 29 catchs for 421 yards with 4 TDs.

So the Gamecocks must pressure the QB, eliminate the CU running threat or at least contain it, play good pass coverage (watch the CJ Spiller Wheel route) and most important do not give up the home run play.

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