I’m not sure it’s ever the best scenario to hear a head coach in college football state that the best player in fall camp—even early in camp—is the team’s punter.
“If you were to ask me who the most impressive player on the team is after two days, I’d tell you Pat O’Donnell," said head coach Al Golden.
Cornerback Nate Dortch, who’s locked in a battle for a starting job, was praised by Golden as well. Golden called him Nate “the Clinic Tape” Dortch because of the redshirt freshman’s solid technique.
It’s no secret that the Clemson Tigers should move the ball and score seemingly at will this season; the offense is slated to be that good. This team will be a national title contender not on the strength of its offense, but how well the defense does.
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables told OrangeandWhite.com that the Tigers must stop giving up big plays to opposing teams. Clemson gave up 45 passes of 20 yards or more in 2012 and the team will work on controlling that in 2013.
“Playing great on third down, great pressure, creating negative plays and playing great in the red zone again,” said Venables.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Monday was Georgia Tech’s first padded practice; it came on the sixth day into fall camp. Offensive line coach Mike Sewak told Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was disappointed in his unit after the first five days.
“To be honest, I’m disappointed," said Sewak. "I’ve got all the familiar faces, I’ve just got them in different places, so I’ve got to work on that right there."
Every potential starter on the line is an upper classman which should bode well for a Georgia Tech team that depends so much on its rushing attack and has a redshirt sophomore at quarterback. Getting this unit back into solid form will be a priority moving forward.
Florida State Seminoles
The Seminoles begin fall practice Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET.