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This week nocturnal feelingsecond-year linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr., led the Tigers to victory over Miami this weekend after putting up some solid defensive play.
The 6-foot, 230-pound unit from Hainesport, New Jersey, finished the game explosive 40-10 with nine total tackles and applied noticeable pressure on Miami’s offense throughout the game. After a tough loss to the Irish at Notre Dame just a few weeks ago, Trotter made it clear to the media what has changed for the defense since then.
“I would say the mentality, the work ethic and overall our technique has definitely improved to the extent that everyone is making sure they are doing their job,” Trotter said. “I feel like it shows throughout the last two weeks. I feel like this defense is definitely taking a step in the right direction.”
With this reinvented mindset, the Clemson defense was able to experience one of its best defensive performances of the season. Trotter said the Tigers paid close attention to how the Miami Hurricanes were running and preparing for the game accordingly.
“It was definitely a big point in our game plan, just stopping that quarterback run. We knew No. 11 (Jacurri Brown) liked to run the ball. They liked to run the ball a lot with the No. 11 with those QB counters, those QB draws,” Trotter noted. “Throughout the week, the coach was insistent that we needed to stop this and turn our attention to stopping this run.”
In addition to Trotter’s nine tackles, seven of which were solo saves, making him the leading tackler by six, he left the game with a sack and a pass breakup. Dabo took note of Trotter’s performance, applauding his noticeable improvement over the season.
“I thought Trotter was outstanding again,” Swinney said. “Trotter is starting to really settle in. He’s just starting to become the quarterback we need.”
Clemson is scheduled to face rivals the South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday at noon on ABC.
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