Clemson's defense held players only meeting after Florida State performance
Clemson’s defense struggled in the fourth quarter against Florida State over the weekend.
The Noles were able to score twice in the final stanza, narrowing Clemson’s advantage to just 6 points in the final minutes of the game. The Tigers’ offense was able to run out the clock, but it was still a concerning performance for Clemson’s defense.
The unit held a player’s only meeting in response to that performance, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter told reporters on Tuesday.
“A bunch of the older guys, our seniors, are talking to us about it,” Trotter said Tuesday. “We had a player meeting that we talked about it. Basically just within ourselves, we’re trying to get this problem situated and trying to get it all solved before it gets bad later down the season. But we’re going to definitely handle it, and it’s going to be a situation that doesn’t come up again.”
Florida State averaged 8.5 yards per play in the fourth quarter on Saturday. That was by far FSU’s best offensive production of the game.
This isn’t the first time Clemson’s defense has struggled this year. Coach Dabo Swinney was frustrated with the performance after the Furman game and the Tigers’ secondary was repeatedly picked in an overtime win over Wake Forest.
Clemson has a tough test this weekend against an undefeated Syracuse team that has been good offensively this season. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. ET.