FSU / Clemson Q and A with Block-C.com’s Willy Mac And Chili
Posted by William Kristoph
This week, I’ve got a treat for readers. Block-C.com‘s Willy Mac and Chili were kind enough to answer some of my questions regarding the Clemson Tigers. You can find my answers to their questions at Block-C.com (direct link here). Thanks to them for participating again, they’ve been good friends for a few years now. This year Chili requested that I post their pictures along with the Q & A, so I give you Willy Mac on the left and Chili on the right.
1. I’ve watched a lot of C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford. Both are amazing athletes. If anything, what are their weaknesses headed into Saturday’s game against the Noles?
Spiller hasn’t been as much of a running threat as he has been a danger as a receiver and returner. People have been pretty successful in keeping him limited in certain games.Â As we’ve seen in the past, Jacoby’s weakness is the guy is a bit fragile. That’s not totally his fault as he is sometimes left hanging on a slant or swing pattern and usually gets crushed.
2. DaQuan Bowers is out for the FSU game most likely. Head Coach Dabo Swinney says the guys behind him will do just fine. What’s your opinion? Is it a big loss for the Tigers? How big?
Bowers being out hurts, no doubt about that. Him being gone could mean a little less pressure on Christian Ponder, which is definitely a bad thing for the Tigers. However there is some solid depth on the defensive side of the ball. Freshman Mallicah Goodman will shift to the bandit end position and share time with Andre Branch. Both guys have good skill sets. We trust Kevin Steele to make necessary adjustments, and we know FSU fans who are familiar with him might agree. Pretty good article on Steele’s plans right here – http://www.independentmail.com/news/2009/nov/02/steele-hopeful-depth-can-fill-void-left-bowers-inj/
We certainly have the depth to fill in for a game or two, but it’s definitely going to make things at least a little bit easier for the Florida State offensive line. You also have to remember that Bowers, even though he’s a bad ass, is one cog in a giant, quarterback eating machine.
3. Please explain how in the hell Kyle Parker can be the starter, when he doesn’t have an EXTREME REPORT following his life. He’s a baseball player for crying out loud, and to me, hasn’t been impressive in the games I’ve seen.
People who have followed WILLY KORN’s career (in an analytical way, not a creepy EKR way) claim that he’s never regained the same velocity to his throws that he had prior to two shoulder injuries in as many years. Injuries set him back, but his work ethic kept him in the discussion for starter this season. Parker has emerged and has, with the exception of some freshman mistakes, done quite well as a starter. WILLY KORN hasn’t gotten a fair shake from coaches, who reportedly promised him playing time in each game, and he hasn’t gotten a chance to really get comfortable with his receivers and linemen. Clemson coaches haven’t been willing to give backup quarterbacks many snaps, but at this point in the season we’d probably stick with Parker as well. WILLY KORN will be in D-1AA this time next year.
4. Clemson is #12 in Total Defense. What’s the game plan for the Tigers on Saturday? Is the primary objective to try to shut down the FSU passing game, and force the Noles to run? Or, is it to contain Christian Ponder in the pocket so that he can’t beat Clemson with his feet.
Kevin Steele is incredibly high energy and his defense takes after him. They put a lot of pressure on the quarterback and aren’t afraid to blitz, unlike the Vic Koenning defenses. The objective, of course, is to contain Ponder as much as possible. DeAndre McDaniel leads the nation in interceptions this year with 7 and will help to keep Ponder’s margin of error slim. He had two interceptions against Jacory Harris two weeks ago, returning one for a touchdown. Clemson is third in the nation with 15 interceptions on the year. The run game could be effective for FSU as Clemson is only 55th nationally in run defense. Although the Seminole rushing attack is about on par with Clemson’s rush defense.
5. Admit it, Purple is fruity. Orange is a fruity color too. Rubbing someone’s rock is fruity. And you have a fight song that talks about the jungle (you’re in South Carolina for crying out loud) and where it sounds like the whole fanbase forgets that the last letter in Clemson is N for a couple of seconds. There’s not really a question there, I’m just sayin’.
Purple is regal, sir. In olden days, Tyrian purple for dyes would fetch its weight in silver in Mediterranean ports. Only the highest classes of people were allowed to wear it.
Orange is great. You don’t like orange drank? Asshole.
We’re not addressing the Rock question. We’d rather rub a rock than have to pat Bobby’s liver spots before taking the field. You have a statue outside of your stadium that says UNCONQUERED yet it’s becoming easier and easier to go into Doak and come out the conqueror. Also, you named your field/stadium/everything in Tallahassee after a man you’re trying to shove out the door. Good job there.
Our fight song talks about the jungle, yes. Have you waded through Carolina kudzu lately?
Yes, we need group work to spell correctly. We will not deny this.
But you talk about fruitiness, let’s think about which school was founded as a military school, who along with Texas A&M has sent more troops to war since 1900 than any school but the Army and Naval academies. And which school was founded as a school for ladies who wanted to teach little children for a living. Also, your president wears bow ties.
6. One final thing. You’re the Clemson Tigers and you’ve been riding high, eeking out a win over the Miami Hurricanes a couple of weeks ago. Isn’t it time you guys shot yourself in the foot (like you do every year) with a loss to the Noles?
Yes and this would be the game. We’ll see if the Clemson mentality has changed. A friend of ours who played under Bowden and has a pretty good knack for prediction thinks we’re going to drop this one. Wouldn’t surprise me, as I still think there’s some sloppy play calling and some coaching/player execution mistakes that could hamstring the Tigers.
Also, not to say that the Tigers are getting full of themselves but we usually can’t string together more than three wins. It seems to be our limit. Same thing with cheeseburgers… just too much…