One of the main priorities of the Clemson defense will be to contain Cameron Newton. A big target at 6-6, and even harder to bring down at close to 250 pounds, Newton is primed for success at the Division I collegiate level. He is a dual threat quarterback, able to throw it and beat you with his legs running.
To contain this threat, Clemson must throw what coverages and matches it can to confuse Newton. Pressure is a must for this quarterback, as he simply can't be given too much time for his offense to open up in front of him. Auburn possess dependable receivers who make the catch anywhere. Newton has enough of the arm to challenge the secondary, so Clemson must be sure to respect their passing game.
Newton has the mobile element in his game, and has the ability to step up in the pocket and take off clear into the secondary, where he's a load to bring down. The first word that comes up is to put a spy on Newton. That one player is likely MLB Corico Hawkins, or even bandit end Andre Branch.It's also possible the spy duty might switch between key players (LB Hawkins, to DE/LB Branch, to S McDaniel, and so on)
There's also the possibility of slot defensive backs like Xavier Brewer teaming up with a linebacker or bandit spy like Hawkins or Branch to help keep containment in the pocket.
Newton's ability to roll out of the pocket and take off or throw must also be contained. Clemson's front seven's goal will be to contain Newton in the pocket and force him to become one dimensional. A varied array of blitzes are sure to come Newton's way often, from zone blitzes to slot corner blitzes.
Overall: Keep Newton in the Pocket, bring pressure often to affect his decision making.