“Offensive line play has never been a strength of the Clemson offense.”

I’m probably getting to the point where my obsession over the line play in the opener is turning unhealthy, but in the meantime, here’s a nice scouting breakdown of Clemson’s offensive line.

As the header indicates, Clemson’s scheme doesn’t rely on having an overwhelming line group.

Fortunately for them, the offensive system they run does not require elite offensive play to be successful. Misdirection is a hallmark of Clemson’s run blocking schemes, and it allows them to create better angles for their offensive line to block the first and second-level defenders and wider running lanes for their backs.

The author thinks the matchups favor Georgia, but not across the board.

Overall, Georgia’s defensive front matches up well against Clemson’s offensive line. On the perimeter, Nolan Smith and Adam Anderson will be facing one of the best matchups of their careers, Smith in particular. Smith’s greatest weakness is his length, and at times, he has struggled against offensive linemen that can use their long arms to keep him out of their bodies. Clemson’s left tackle does not have the length to make that a factor.

However, the best matchup for Georgia is along the interior offensive line. The best unit on the Georgia defense is the interior defensive line. Stars Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt both returned for their final season for the Dawgs and are also joined by sophomore Jalen Carter, who is poised for a breakout season following a solid freshman campaign. They will be facing the weakest link along the Clemson offensive line and should be able to wreak havoc in the middle of the field. This mismatch should disrupt the timing of the Clemson offense and create pressure for Clemson’s first-year starter at QB, D.J. Uiagalelei.

Eh, maybe.  I think the bigger issue is whether Clemson can generate enough on the ground to keep from being one-dimensional.  If the Tigers can, Uiagalelei should be okay.


Filed under Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

26 responses to ““Offensive line play has never been a strength of the Clemson offense.”

  1. I’ve heard from a few people who pay attention to Clemson that the interior line is by far its biggest weakness. My hope is UGA lets Carter and Walker shoot gaps more often than in the past. I know the typical UGA way is for the DL to eat up blockers and let the LBs make the plays, but I think that’s somewhat antiquated as stopping the run matters less today than ever before. You can’t allow the opponent to gash you on the ground, but passing is where money is made in CFB.

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    • theotherdoug

      I think the DL needs to shorten DJ’s clock. Make him feel like he needs to get the ball out ASAP. Obviously getting a sack would be great, but just getting him to feel like he doesn’t have time for the big play to develop will shrink their options.

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  2. Jalen Carter had gotten so little press that I almost forgot about him. He looked to me like someone who could develop into a game changer.

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  3. gotthepicture

    FWIW, Dabo was saying they are in better shape this year at OL than last year.


    • Honestly, I don’t think it’s worth a lot. That’s not to say he’s lying. They might be better. But he wouldn’t say they weren’t better even if he knew it was a lie.


  4. Muttley

    Breaking: Clemson OL seeks restraining order against the Senator. In particular they wish him to refrain from posting further about their ‘length’.

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  5. akascuba

    When the interior of Georgia’s D line wins up front in their rush to get a sack DJ’s feet are a big concern for me. We need to contain not only pressure their QB. His rushing yards concern me more than their RB’s do.

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    • GruvenDawg

      If I remember correctly they don’t really have a backup QB. We could lose contain but I don’t think they are going to intentionally run him maybe more than 3 times

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    • TripleB

      I don’t know shit, but I do listen to ESPNU in the morning. I have heard several say the new Clemson QB is less of a threat with his legs than was Fabio. Maybe that will help.

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    • jcdawg83

      DJ is NOT a dual threat type qb. He is a pocket passer. If he runs it is purely a last resort. Their lack of depth at qb pretty well insures they will not call many, if any, designed qb runs, think 2019 Fromm.


      • akascuba

        It’s not the designed runs that concern me. It’s under pressure breaking containment escaping for first downs. He only has two starts and never seen a defense like Georgia. He will at times be confused and run for his life.


  6. Terry McCullers

    We’ll have a spy on their QB. This is where we will win the game. Our Dline will not let them get comfortable


  7. 69Dawg

    I know some of you might think I’m a paid advertiser for Brooks Austin, but he film studied this on Youtube free over a week ago. He said the same things. They use misdirection to cover the offense lines weakness. They will literally have the Oline go in the opposite direction from the play, then either throw back or sweep. He was a college center so he also pointed out who was gone and who he believed would replace them. He also had highlights of #65 a starting guard that showed just how bad he was. If he lines up across from 99 he is toast. He also said that the new left tackle had no length. A 6’2″ left tackle will have to cut block all day.

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  8. uga97

    The Clemson 5Star RB (beat out the 5star FU guy), and is getting comparisons to McCaffrey. But his youth and inexperience should make them 1 dimensional enough.