Paws Up, Paws Down: New Normal Style

It’s back…. New home, same snark. Welcome back.

Two weeks in and this Clemson football team is as good as advertised. Unlike the previous couple of seasons, the offense is off to a scalding hot start. And the defense, well let’s just say there are some offensive coordinators in the ACC that aren’t exactly looking forward to having to come up with a plan to beat this defense.

While there aren’t a ton of things to be taken from games like the one Clemson played this weekend against The Citadel, there are a few things that stuck out in the Tigers 49-0 win.

Trevor Lawrence: Bad news for the college football world, Lawrence looks to have taken his game to a whole other level. Through two games, he has played maybe four quarters and is hitting on close to 80% of his throws and has already accounted for seven touchdowns, four passing and three rushing. Can you say Heisman Trophy….. Paws Up

Defensive Line: This is the aggressive, dominant defensive front Clemson fans have gotten used to seeing over the past few years. And it isn’t even at full strength yet. Justin Foster nor Xavier Thomas have suited up yet. Tyler Davis is out. However, the young guys have stepped right in, taken over, and have looked good in doing so. The Citadel averaged less than two yards per carry and the front four was in the Bulldogs backfield all afternoon long….. Paws Up

Frank Ladson Jr: In the opening win over Wake Forest, the Tigers outside receivers weren’t very involved. That was not the case on Saturday. The team needed one of the younger outside guys to step up and make an impact, and Ladson did just that, catching three passes, with two of those going for touchdowns. The coaches made a concerted effort to get those guys involved and Ladson took advantage, using the opportunity to start separating himself from the rest of the pack….. Paws Up

Backup Offensive Line: It was known coming into the season that this was an area of concern and after two weeks that has proven to be the case. There were missed assignments and there were bad snaps. If there is an area where this team absolutely can not afford any injuries to the starters, it is the offensive line. The bye is coming at the right time for this group. Still a lot of work to do….. Paws Down

The New Normal: Things were absolutely different on Saturday. It took some getting used to honestly, as I am not a big fan of change. However, like it or not, the school had a plan and made it work. 19K fans is much better than what the teams in North Carolina are experiencing right now, and kudos to the Clemson faithful for staying where they were supposed to and not moving around and congregating in large groups once inside the stadium. While it was odd seeing the band on the hill, I have to say I kind of liked the t-shirts and blue jeans look….. Paws Up

And in other action from across the country…..

Miami: So apparently The U is back….. again. As Lee Corso would say though, “Not so fast my friend.” This is the same Miami team that had some issues putting away UAB. Not to mention, that Louisville defense is still hot garbage. Rhett Lashlee’s impact on this Canes offense is already noticeable though and D’Eriq King is a good fit in his system. He lit up that Cardinals defense like the night sky on the Fourth of July. So, for today….. Paws Up

Duke: Poor Chase Brice. He just doesn’t have enough help. After putting up a modest fight in week one against Notre Dame, the Dookies got rolled at home by Boston College. The Blue Devils turned the ball over five times, and four of those came in the red zone. They also gave up 300 passing yards to a senior quarterback that hadn’t started a game since his senior season in high school. It is going to be a long season in Durham….. Paws Down

Marshall: How about the Thundering Herd? Off to a 2-0 start after knocking off No. 23 App State. It was their first win over a ranked team since 2003 and their first one at home since the 1970’s….. Paws Up

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