USC FOOTBALL

Clemson offense presents array of challeges for Gamecock 'D'

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 11/23/18

When the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the No. 2 Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, they will be facing one of the most explosive offenses in the country.

"Clemson's got a good football team," Gamecocks head coach Will …

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Clemson offense presents array of challeges for Gamecock 'D'

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When the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the No. 2 Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, they will be facing one of the most explosive offenses in the country.

"Clemson's got a good football team," Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said at a press conference on Tuesday. (Freshman quarterback) Trevor Lawrence can make all the throws, he's got tremendous arm talent. Obviously, they're doing what they do offensively."

Lawrence has completed 173 of 266 passes for 2,095 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, sophomore running back Travis Etienne has carried the ball 136 times for 1,157 yards and 17 touchdowns in 11 games.

"He's a really patient runner," junior linebacker T.J. Brunson said of Etienne. "He follows his blocks and he can take the ball anywhere. He's a really good player all around."

Clemson also has talented wide receivers.

"(They're) really talented on the perimeter," Muschamp said. "(Sophomore wide receiver) Tee Higgins, (sophomore wide receiver) Amari Rodgers, (senior wide receiver) Hunter Renfrow, who's been there forever, (freshman wide receiver) Justyn Ross, (freshman wide receiver) Derion Kendrick; some guys outside that are very explosive in the throwing game and they get them the ball different ways but do a nice job in space."

In 11 games, Higgins has 43 receptions for 624 yards and seven touchdowns, Rodgers has 42 catches for 501 yards and four touchdowns, Renfrow has 36 catches for 392 yards and one score, and Ross has 29 receptions for 571 yards and six touchdowns.

As a team, Clemson averages 520.5 yards and 44.7 points per game.