Ranking the top three quarterbacks Clemson will face in 2013
Aaron Murray is the most dangerous QB Clemson will face all year.
Aaron Murray August 31st, Death Valley, 8 pm ABC.
2012 season Murray racked up 3893 yards, 36 TD's, 10 INT, 278 yards a game and a 64.5 completion percentage. Murray was electric most of the year spreading the ball around the Dawgs receivers. Murray finished the year with a win against Nebraska with 427 yards, 5 TD's and 2 INT.
Why he's on the list Murray has the potential to carve Clemson's secondary up. Murray is veteran in Athens and the general of the Dawgs offense. Murray has great touch and feel. He's excellent at coverage recognition as well.
Advantage Clemson, if Murray doesn't handle pressure or zone blitzing well. South Carolina disabled Murray for four quarter allowing him only 11/31 for 109 yards and 1 INT. Florida had similar success as well holding Murray to 12/24 for 150 yards, 1 TD and 3 INT's. The common bond between these two games was the pressure applied to Murray. At just around 6 feet Murray struggles when big defensive linemen cloud the line of scrimmage and the play breaks down. If Clemson is to win it must have consistent pressure on Murray.
Jameis Winston October 19th, Death Valley, TBA
2012 season Winston was the top quarterback in the 2012 class. Jimbo Fisher redshirted him last year with E.J. Manuel at his disposal. The folks in Tallahassee are very excited about Winston. He's 6 foot 4 and 220 pounds with a great arm. By the time he gets to Clemson he'll have some games under his belt and be capable of making plays.
Advantage Clemson, if Death Valley will be rocking. The noise and all that comes with a team traveling to Clemson will be a factor for Winston. He won't face the noise he'll get in Clemson all season. If Clemson keeps pressure on Winston and keeps the crowd in the game this could be a tough road game lesson for Winston. Make no mistake though, Winston can make Clemson pay with his arm and he has a nice group of wide receivers to throw to.
Connor Shaw, Dylan Thompson November 30th, Williams Brice, TBA
Dylan Thompson won in his first start against Clemson in 2012.
Why they are on the list If nothing else because Clemson hasn't beat South Carolina in four years. The Tigers haven't been able to stop either quarterback in either venue. Shaw finished 2012 with 1956 yards, 17 TD's, 7 INT's and a 67.5 completion percentage. Shaw is tough as nails and if defensive backs turn their backs he will take off and hurt you with his legs.
All Dylan Thompson did was walk in to Death Valley for his first start and look like a seasoned veteran. Thompson was 23/41 for 310 yards, 3 TD's and 1 INT. His 3rd and 19 run for a first down broke the back of Clemson late in the game.
Advantage Clemson, if If Clemson can stop the South Carolina running game, forcing third & long I think some success can be had. The Tigers defense will have to be on point for 60 minutes with little room for error. The home field advantage will be in full effect this game. The only way to keep the Williams Brice crowd quiet is to score and play defense. Easier said than done and by the way this is a must win for Clemson this year.