Clemson confident they can clean up defensive issues

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday September 25, 2012

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables says the Tigers' struggling defense can be fixed this season, despite the second-worst showing in school history in last week's loss at Florida State.

No. 17 Clemson (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave up 667 yards in the 49-37 loss to the Seminoles, a total surpassed only by the 771 the team allowed 12 years ago in a 54-7 defeat, also at Florida State.

Venables says it's too early to judge his defense and expects his players to keep improving. Venables was hired in January, a short time after Clemson gave up a bowl-record number of points in a 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.

Venables says his players will learn from when they endured last week. Clemson plays Boston College Saturday.

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