I missed last Thursday, folks, I was doing some little thing with the NFL draft, my apologies. It was just, you know, 15 hours of live streaming video talking about all the picks. Nothing big or anything. Anyway, I'm back and ready for action. You all have questions, I have a lot of bottled up rage from not being in the South last week and, also, football answers.
Gah, this is a tough one. The Clemson defense was not very good last year, even though it allowed the third-fewest points in the ACC. Giving up 25 a game is not the hallmark of a quality defense, but Clemson is going into Year 2 with defensive coordinator Brent Venables, and that's a big plus.
After a year of learning his scheme, understanding some of the principles that he is looking to employ and going from knowing assignments to comprehending the scheme, I think they will get better. After finishing right in the middle of the ACC in total defense, I think they can get to the top quarter of the league this season.
That also depends on health, most notably Tony Steward, the former 5-star linebacker recruit. He's a kid who's been itching to get back on the field and will provide an instant upgrade if he can play for the Tigers this year.