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Clemson's Swinney: Maryland's offense might be the 'most difficult we've had to prepare for'

Clemson has already played formidable teams such as Auburn, Miami and North Carolina, but Coach Dabo Swinney believes the Maryland offense he is about to face Saturday at Death Valley could pose the biggest challenge for his Tigers.

“This Maryland offense might be the most difficult we have had to prepare for this year,” Swinney said in his Tuesday news conference. “They do a lot of different things. Very seldom do they stay lined up where they initially line up. They move all over the place.”

The prime concern for any coach preparing for the Terrapins is the fear of giving up explosive plays. Maryland has 30 explosive plays – 20 yards or longer – and has scored touchdowns on 12 of those plays. Last season, the Terrapins had just 13 touchdowns off explosive plays the entire season.

The other challenge for Clemson is preparing to face a two-quarterback offense. Both Danny O’Brien and Jamarr Robinson are practicing this week. Coach Ralph Friedgen has not said which player will start, but you can expect both to play.

“The biggest challenge for us defensively is the quarterback situation,” Swinney said. “Now that [Jamarr] Robinson is back, they like to do a zone read and now we have to prepare for two different guys. We feel like they are going to try to run the quarterback with Robinson so we have to do a good job preparing for that.”

By Eric Prisbell  | October 13, 2010; 8:04 AM ET
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Dabo Swinney is our biggest asset. If there is any coach that can blow it for Clemson, aside from Tommy Bowden, it is this redneck. Clemson: Keep on hiring coaches based solely on the thickness of their Southern accent!

Posted by: aviscardo | October 13, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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