Clemson – In the past two games Clemson Football has had problems against quarterback players that seemed unlikely to cause problems against what was expected to be one of the best defenses in the country.
Foremans Tyler Huff, another FCS graduate transfer, Presbyterian from the non-scholarship Pioneer League, completed 77.5% of his passes for 259 yards and touchdowns. Last week, Louisiana Tech’s Parker McNeill, a red-collar senior who started his second run for his third team, passed for 311 yards and touched down.
The Tigers are now facing one of the best quarterbacks in ACC history.
Sam Hartmann of Wake Forest ranked 10The tenth in all-time passes and needs another 109 yards to hit 10,000. This would put him 169th after he beat former Clemson players Trevor Lawrence and Deshaun Watson for sixth.
Fifth seed Clemson (3-0, 1-0 ACC) plays Saturday (noon, ABC) against 16th-ranked Atlantic champions Wake Forest (3-0, 0-0) at Troist Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. .
“Sam Hartman is a huge challenge,” said Clemson co-defense coordinator Mickey Kohn. “We are excited to be challenged with him and all of them that we will see at the ACC.”
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The upcoming line-up of opposing midfielders with the Tigers at the center of the schedule is nothing like what they’ve faced so far. After this game, and through mid-October, it will be Devin Leary of NC State, Phil Gorkovic of Boston College, Jordan Travis of Florida State, Garrett Schrader of Syracuse and Malik Cunningham of Louisville, respectively.
The Tigers against Louisiana Tech filled mostly holes in which they were defending Furman’s short pass game. But others appeared. It wasn’t helped by the lack of seven key players, four on the line and three on the field. Louisiana Tech had six passes for at least 25 yards.
“The biggest disappointment is that we had some setbacks,” said Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney. “The guys are going to make competitive plays. This is football. There is no team in the country that doesn’t give up competitive play. … We have to clean up some interferences. There were some big plays that came from missed ones, where we could have covered up some mistakes. .
“…We’re definitely in progress. But we did a lot of good things. The important thing is that we kept them outside the end zone (having allowed two touchdowns all season until Louisiana Tech scored two goals in the fourth quarter).”
Hartmann played his senior year of high school at Oceanside Collegiate in Mount Pleasant, passing for 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns while sprinting for nine. He missed the opening game of the season because he was recovering from surgery for a blood clot. In two games, he was thrown for seven touchdowns and driving the ACC, averaging 312.5 yards.
“I’m glad to see he’s healthy, more than anything,” said Clemson defensive end KJ Henry, a Winston-Salem native whose father, Keith, was an assistant coach at Wake Forest. “Glad to see him again. I know he’s ready to push and make a statement and take us home. … We will really try to set the tone for the game early on. That will be a huge focus for us.”
Todd Shanesy covers Clemson athletics for the USA TODAY Network.