The Clemson Defensive Front
Sure, this is not one player. But I think it is worth talking about a few of them here, especially since they come together to make the most powerful unit on the field for Clemson.
Christian Wilkins has 46 tackles on the year, 12.5 of which were for a loss. He has also recorded 4.5 sacks. Wilkins defended two passes, forced one fumble, and recovered two fumbles. He earned the distinction of unanimous All-American for his efforts.
Clelin Ferrell recorded 47 tackles which included 17.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He defended a pass and forced two fumbles. He is a consensus All-American.
Dexter Lawrence has 36 tackles on the season. Seven of them have been for a loss, and he has recorded 1.5 sacks. Lawrence defended three passes and recovered a fumble. He made the All-ACC first team. Due to recent news, however, his status and availability for the game is up in the air.
Austin Bryant has 36 tackles on the season which include 11 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He made the All-ACC third team.
This crew presents the most daunting task for the Irish to date. These guys are big and fast, and they made life miserable for every quarterback they faced during the season. The Notre Dame offensive line will have its hands full with Clemson’s defensive front. They will need to have their best game of the season if they want to have a chance of matching Clemson’s disruptive defensive line. Ian Book has shined this year when it came to quick decision-making and getting rid of the ball fast. He will need to do a lot of the same against this talented Clemson defensive front in order to put the Notre Dame offense in the best position to succeed.