Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - College Football - Limit QB runs:


A year ago,

De­shaun Wat­son ran for

85 yards and two touch­downs against the Hok­ies in the ACC cham­pi­onship game. Mo­bile quar­ter­backs have given Bud Fos­ter’s unit fits the past few sea­sons and this year, Clem­son — with a new starter in Kelly Bryant — has been call­ing more and more de­signed runs. Tech has an ex­pe­ri­enced and ath­letic de­fense, par­tic­u­larly with its lineback­ers, who will have to keep Bryant from mak­ing big plays and do a solid job of tack­ling him in open space.

Clem­son’s de­fen­sive line may be the best in the na­tion and Vir­ginia Tech fig­ures to have its hand full. The Tigers’ front four of Clelin Fer­rell, Chris­tian Wilkins, Dex­ter Lawrence and Austin Bryant have been dom­i­nant. Tech has to find a way to gain yards on the ground against that group and keep them off red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back Josh Jack­son so Jack­son has time to make good de­ci­sions. Be­cause the third key is. ...

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