Blocking Bowers

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson earlier this week said that Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel is one of the best players the Jackets have faced since he took over as coach in 2008. In ’08, he had seven tackles as a reserve against Tech. Last season, he had 10 tackles and a pair of interceptions in the regular season, and nine tackles in the ACC Championship game.

The most disruptive Clemson defender is defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.

The 6-foot-6, 294-pound junior was considered the No. 1 or No. 2 high school prospect in the nation in ’07, and leads the nation with 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. His nine sacks are most in school history for the first six games, and he’s third on the team in tackles (37) behind safeties Rashard Hill (41) and McDaniel (38) despite playing 47 fewer snaps than Hill and 76 fewer than McDaniel.

Coach Paul Johnson said, “We may have to,” double-team Bowers. “If we were going to, I wouldn’t tell [you].”

Bowers said, “My job is to . . . squeeze down on the tackle . . . and take the fullback. If my reads are wrong, I’m going to screw up about five or six other people.”

A-back Roddy Jones, who could be involved with Tech tackles in those double teams, said, “We’ve got some stuff in there where we may help out a little bit. It’s nothing different than what we’ve done last year and the year before. But I don’t think we’ve put in anything extra to take us out of our game plan.”

Heisman a two-timer

Did you know that John Heisman coached at Clemson before he took the Georgia Tech job in 1904? In fact, the legendary coach was at the helm at each school for its highest scoring game. Tech beat Cumberland 222-0 behind Heisman in 1916, and led Clemson to a 122-0 win over Guilford College in 1901. He had a record of 19-3-2 at Clemson, and 102-29-7 at Tech.

– Matt Winkeljohn, for the AJC

56 comments Add your comment

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
11:14 am

Hopefully we can neutralize Bowers. But if he does squeeze down on the tackle, that’s when Nesbitt takes the ball and goes outside (or maybe we can just run away from him a lot). Hopefully just getting him out of his pass rush mindset on a lot of plays will be enough to keep him off balance. Mcdaniel really is the key, though. We have to be able to thow the ball well enough to keep him from stacking up near the line of scrimmage every play.

paul ha a small johnson

October 21st, 2010
11:17 am

Throw the ball you must be joking.Nesbitt for heisman hahaha

paul has a small johnson

October 21st, 2010
11:18 am

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paul has a small johnson

October 21st, 2010
11:37 am

Two post,does anybody care abbout GT football ? No free hotdogs and Cokes ? Is the game on TV this week ?

juvenal

October 21st, 2010
11:42 am

on abc-UK uga on css, or you pay…….as for your nom de guerre, men who talk about things like that have an inferiority complex for precisely the same reason….

rduck

October 21st, 2010
11:45 am

i think Paul has a small Johnson has penis envy. don’t worry about how many blogs are on here nadlicker. just go back to hoping you can salvage a season in the cesspool that is Athens…

juvenal

October 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

they are only half equipped for a battle of wits….

CuriousGeorge

October 21st, 2010
12:30 pm

They’ll break a few big plays on us, we’ll break a few on them. Dline and Oline are really key for us this weekend. We don’t block/tackle, we lose. Just for argument, tho, I say GT 28, maybe 36 / Klimpson 24
Eternal optimist.

Ramblin Man

October 21st, 2010
12:34 pm

Hopefully the recievers help Nesbitt out. Besides maybe three of those passes against MTSU the recievers just flat out failed. If Gt can’t make Clemson atleast bite at the chance at a passing game then it could get ugly. Last year Thomas made Clemson pay more than once and GT just does not have that threat anymore. I’m hoping we see a couple of Nesbitt/Smith connections on the routes Peeples was running last week.

ManUp...

October 21st, 2010
12:46 pm

I am cautiously optimistic about the Jackets after the Virginia game. MTSU was not a big win in my book. But looking at UVA and Wake makes me think we have a shot. I’ll be ready to say better things if we can get a win in Death Valley. Do that, and I’ll be seriously amped up for the VT and Miami games. For now, I’m just hoping that our O-line practices pushing and cutting some WAY BIGGER bodies this week.

I want this win bad, too, because I seriously dislike Clemson fans. I find them at the top of my list for most annoying – just ahead of cowbell-wielding MSU fans. VT I can get along with. Miami fans are entertaining due to the “guido factor”…and Dawg fans are on a case-by-case basis with the default setting being “punch them in the face.”

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
12:54 pm

gt has got better every game, they will play their best game of the years and i say we pound clemson 38-14.

ManUp...

October 21st, 2010
12:55 pm

RamblinMan, while far from BayBay, I do think Stephen Hill is getting it together as a downfield threat. He and “the pass dropper who shall remain unnamed” will keep the Clemson D honest IF they catch one early for deep yardage AND at least once per drive for any gain. Do I think that will happen? Erm…ask me Sunday? Guess I’ll believe it when I see it, but we do have the pieces.

Forever Orange

October 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

We can’t wait for your high school offense and middle school defense to arrive in Death Valley. This entire blog will be full of embarrased fans wanting Paul Johnson replaced by this time next week.

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:02 pm

juvenal

October 21st, 2010
1:05 pm

so Bradford didn’t get drafted? Newton won’t go pro ‘cuz he’s running the veer? i was going to dispute ManUp & say i enjoy the family-freindly atmosphere at CU, till the above daug style ignorant post…look around, who runs the pro-O in the ACC? BC? um?…pleez…

juvenal

October 21st, 2010
1:07 pm

’sides, rumor is, y’all goin’ all purple-gotta be a man to do that, tougher than pink……

foreverwhiteandgold

October 21st, 2010
1:10 pm

Paul Johnson- 25-9; 2010 ACC Champions
Dabo Swinny- 16-10; 2010 ACC runner up

Paul Johnson vs. Dabo Swinny; 3-0
Get off this board until you win a meaningful game bud…

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:10 pm

forever orange how can you even talk trash about us we beat yall 4 times in a row and with you goofy coach dabo theirs no way even with us having less talent than last year will we gt lose to clemson

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:13 pm

gt 38 clemson 14

Glass half empty (and leaking)

October 21st, 2010
1:24 pm

Are you guys that delusional or just wide-eyed optimists? Russell Wilson and NCState SHREDDED this defense less than a month ago at Grant Field. Now we’re facing Kyle Parker in Death Valley. Any optimistic evidence that the defense may have improved is based on questionable competition. At the same time, it’s obvious that we haven’t solved our turnover issues or shown that we have a viable passing game.

Clemson 29
GT 17

Eric

October 21st, 2010
1:24 pm

Defense can’t play a complete game. Offense has too many turnovers.
Clemson will get revenge.
joey is a moron
Clemson 37
joetgt 21

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:27 pm

we beat clemson 4 times in a row and with you goofy coach dabo theirs no way even with us having less talent than last year will we gt lose to clemson and who have yall beat of importance you just lost to nc a team we beat..

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:29 pm

eric what are you smoking clemson has beat nobody this year other than division 1-aa and maryland wow yall are awesome!!!!!! if we gt do not shoot ourselves in the feet with turnovers we will domianate your undercoached team

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
1:42 pm

Doug,
This is totally unrelated to this particular post, but what’s the story on Daniel Drummond? My understand was that he was suspended for “at least” 10 games. Does that mean he might be reinstated this season? If so, does he play? Just curious if you’ve heard anything.

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
1:46 pm

joeygt and eric,
You are both drinking the kool-aid. Clemson is much more talented on defense than we are. Clemson’s offense hasn’t exactly lit it up this year either, but Kyle Parker is more than capable. Clemson’s offense has had some of the same problems we have had with dropped passes. I am counting on CPJ to have a few tricks up his sleeve and outcoach Dabo once again. Hopefully it will be enough for us to beat Clemson as long as we execute on offense and our defense continues to improve. But hey, we lost to Kansas, so we can’t take any game for granted.

Eric

October 21st, 2010
1:46 pm

Since this stupid blog won’t let posts go through I will post each sentence separately. Retarded blog.

They took Auburn to OT dunce. What games have you been watching?

Eric

October 21st, 2010
1:47 pm

GT has looked awful for a half the past 3 games. You do that against Clemson and you will be down 2 td’s at least.

Eric

October 21st, 2010
1:49 pm

Keep cheerleading and praising Paul J. He so good! You barely beat a bad wake team.

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

eric what games have you been watching.clemson has beat nobody this year. without spiller and ford yall dont stand a chance against us.of course many games this year we havent played our best but if we gt do not shoot ourselves in the feet with turnovers we will domianate your undercoached team. do you really think with dabo as your coach yall will beat coach pj ?????

Eric

October 21st, 2010
1:51 pm

When tech gets wa x ed on sat, you will be gone

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:51 pm

what does wake have to do with gt vs clemson rivarly you know genarally speaking its always a close game and we beat yall 4 years in a row until you can beat us once zip it

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:52 pm

no i will not i am a true fan not a bangwagon fan, i bet you wont be back on these blogs when clemson loses

FullMetalJacket

October 21st, 2010
1:53 pm

We’ll keep Coach Johnson, period. He’s a great fit for our “little trade school on North avenue” and he’s exactly .500 against the football factory in Athens which has quadruple our football budget.

Eric

October 21st, 2010
1:54 pm

Who has tech beaten? Easier schedule than Clemson by far. Oh we took a top 6 team to OT doofus. Every game you have bad turnovers and horrible defense. You gave up over 200 yards to Mid Tenn state in the first half and only by stupid throws by their qb were you able to overcome it. Play great for an entire game and you may win. But it’s the 7th game and you still haven’t played a complete game. I guess there’s a reason why the odds makers think clemson is a TD favorite.

Eric

October 21st, 2010
1:55 pm

Clemson 37
joeygt 21

FullMetalJacket

October 21st, 2010
1:56 pm

If we beat Clemson (as we have the last three or four times we played them) then all will be well. If we get beat in Death Valley then we’ll still have a good record going into Blacksburg and then against Miami.

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:58 pm

eric besides auburn yall have played nobody yall lost to nc who we beat so hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm………. gt 38-clemson 14

FullMetalJacket

October 21st, 2010
1:58 pm

Eric, over the last several years Clemson has lost to Tech whether they were favored or not, at Clemson, in Atlanta, and even on a neutral field in Tampa. Do you really think it matters who is favored and who either team has played and won or lost to? Get a clue, get a job, and get off your mom’s computer before she comes home from her Waffle House shift.

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
1:59 pm

if we go into death valley and play turnover free on offense your d will not be able to stop our offense and your offense will not be able to keep up

Burdell

October 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

I see Daniel Drummond every home game sitting behind me in the Club section…very quiet dude…no info on his status though.

joeygt

October 21st, 2010
2:00 pm

paul has a small johnson

October 21st, 2010
2:01 pm

If your happy with .500 ball that is sad.It really is no wonder that your fanbase cant even fill your highschool stadium.Tigers by 2 touchdowns

RetiredRussinAthens

October 21st, 2010
2:02 pm

Clemson did not take Auburn to OT. They blew a big lead and let Auburn take them to OT and beat ‘em. Auburn won going away and Clemson has been spiralling downward ever sense. Is your momma home from her Waffle House job yet, Eric, or is she moonlighting over at the truck stop? She’s the one with the orange pawprint on her left cheek isn’t she?….Did she put it there for you?

FullMetalJacket

October 21st, 2010
2:06 pm

phasj: We are plenty satisfied with Coach Johnson’s undefeated record against Clemson as Tech’s coach (3 for 3) and Tech domination of the Clemson series. The Tigers may indeed LOSE by 2 touchdowns as you say, but any intelligent observer would know the series has been very tight. By the way, your guys (and gals?) in Clemson are sure obsessed with being small, aren’t you?

Athens Clem

October 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

@ joeygt I’ll what you’re smoking

Athens Clem

October 21st, 2010
3:55 pm

I’ll HAVE what you’re smoking, Joe.

Athens Clem

October 21st, 2010
3:57 pm

@ RetiredRussinAthens…lol at “ever sense”…and you try to talk down to a Clemson fan…lmfao

JM

October 21st, 2010
4:07 pm

Clemson should have beat Auburn. I’m not sure what really caused the loss, the hard hits on the QB sitting in the pocket or lapses by the Clemson defense.

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
4:38 pm

JM, brings up a great point. Go back and look at the QBs that GT has faced this year. For the most part they have been pretty mobile guys (Kansas, MTSU, Wake, NC State). Now we get Kyle Parker, not quite so mobile. Clemson OL should be better than any we’ve faced, but I bet Al Groh is licking his chops looking for ways to get some guys at the QB from different places on the field.

juvenal

October 21st, 2010
4:49 pm

Phil Steele says our stadium is #50 size-wise(some folks are so HUNG up on that), hardly high school-so CU wins, 5 out of the last 15, historically they win1/3…