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Dabo Swinney: Lamar Jackson is an unbelievable player

17 September 2017

When quarterback Deshaun Watson joined the team in 2014, production went into overdrive with the Tigers averaging almost 40 points and more than 500 yards a game on the way to a national championship. If you're not paying attention to the ACC's second-best QB yet, you should be.

As Clemson University gears up for its football game against the University of Louisville, each city's respective mayor is putting a little something on the line.

Louisville Cardinals mascot run on the field prior to their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

This is one of the most intriguing matchups we will see all season.

Last season, the Tigers turned the ball over five times - narrowly escaping with a 42-36 victory. On the other hand, Lamar Jackson threw for 295 yards and added another 162 on the ground against a Clemson defense that was one of the top units in the country previous year. "Also key for the Cardinals could be 6'3", 220-lb senior running back Malik Williams, who's rushed for 149 yards on just 13 carries this season. Clemson is now the #3 ranked team in the country and a victory against the #14 ranked Louisville Cardinals would help Clemson's chances of returning to the college football playoffs for a third consecutive season. If Tennessee gets this game in Atlanta, it will have a better chance. He aims to harness the "video-game numbers" of the hyper-productive Jackson the way get-back coach, Adam Smotherman, keeps the hyper-intense Venables inside the lines during games. Often overshadowed by the likes of freak talents, such as the aforementioned Lawrence and Wilkins, O'Daniel is actually one of the most NFL-ready defenders that Clemson sports on its roster.

The biggest unknown coming into this contest is the Gators offense. The weapons on offense and on defense have all largely changed.

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"Opponents have rushed for just 68 yards against Louisville but are averaging 338.5 yards per game through the air". It was an outstanding defensive performance from the Tigers despite playing without safety Van Smith and cornerback Marcus Edmund, the latter of whom should be back for this game.

If that happens, Clemson might have to make Venables the first $2 million assistant coach in college football history.

BARBER: Virginia didn't look great, especially on special teams and offense, against IN last weekend. Will told us that he believes it will be a lower scoring game this year than last between these two teams.

Through two games, Jackson has tossed five touchdowns, completed nearly 65 percent of his passes and thrown for 771 yards. Lee Corso agreed, picking Louisville to pull the upset.

The only unproven player on Clemson's starting defensive line was first-year starter Austin Bryant.

Two series later, Clemson was in trouble after Ray-Ray McCloud's fumble left Auburn set up just 10 yards from a touchdown. The Tigers threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles. LSU has a new offense with Matt Canada but hasn't felt much need to go deep into the playbook in its first two games. "(This) has become one of the most exciting rivalries in football, and it's so great to see how the Louisville fans welcome us with such hospitality. With all due respect, there are more important things to worry about, such as the devastating damage from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as the wildfires in Montana.

Dabo Swinney: Lamar Jackson is an unbelievable player