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Meeks was lost in the shuffle of the Auburn game. After digging a little further you'll find that Meeks led the defense in snaps played with 60 and 9 tackles in the Auburn game. He also led the team with 5 solo tackles. This is production defensive coordinator Brent Venables has to love. If you can get 9 tackles from your safety in big games that is a big boost.
Beasley's stats from the Auburn game won't blow you away but he was disruptive and surprisingly effective as a speed rusher. Beasley's sack at the end of the game riding Auburn QB Kiehl Frazier to the ground leaves you wanting more. With this new found weapon as speed rusher it surely is a boost for a Clemson defensive line looking for playmakers.
The true freshman played Saturday and proved he could be disruptive. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was pleased with how he handled the big stage Saturday. Reader will play more snaps this week and challenge Grady Jarrett's job.
There are few players on the roster with the athleticism of this big defensive end, but at this early stage of his career the athleticism hasn't always translated to production on the field. Fortunately for Clemson, the big fella still has almost three years of eligibility remaining for the light to come on and become the next in a long line of great defensive ends at Clemson.Crawford drew the start at the bandit end against Auburn and was in for 51 snaps, logging 4 tackles and one hit behind the line of scrimmage, but generally speaking never generated any push into the backfield and lost contain on several outside runs. Clemson will need more from both Crawford and his fellow defensive ends, especially in the pass rushing department to take some of the heat off the secondary.
Jarrett was a terror at times during spring and fall practice, wreaking havoc in the backfield on a consistent basis from his nose tackle position. However, against Auburn he appeared to get swallowed up at times and yielded playing time to both DeShawn Williams and DJ Reader in the second half. Jarrett is still expected to be a key contributor in the defensive tackle rotation this season, but earlier this week Brent Venables singled out Reader as a player who'll receive more playing time. Those snaps will likely come at the expense of Jarrett.
Heading into the season the cornerback position was thin, with Robinson, Bashaud Breeland and swingman Xavier Brewer the only players with any significant experience. As the Auburn game progressed, it appeared Breeland and Brewer surfaced as the most reliable combination. It's hard to say if this combo sticks throughout the season, as Robinson has shown promise in prior games and may work himself into a more consistent player. On the other hand, you get the sense the entire secondary, save Breeland, is in an overall state of flux, with Brent Venables trying to find his best combination. Just how things shake out for Robinson are unclear. He's going to play, but how much?
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