Clemson Football vs. Wofford: Film Analysis


The Clemson football team is putting in final film study and practice for their opener against Wofford. Let’s take a look at some film on the Terriers.

As the Clemson football team puts in their work for the week by studying the Wofford offense and defense, I felt we should take a look at just a glimpse of what to expect out of Wofford this Saturday. Unfortunately, I cannot legally embed an entire game-worth of film here, but I did go through and pick out some scrimmage highlights, as well as some film on last year’s Wofford team with the hopes it will give you a better understanding of what to be looking for when the Tigers and Terriers take the field.

With that being said, we are going to study three different film clips. One from last year’s Wofford Terrier football team and two from their fall camp scrimmages just a week ago. This should give us a good idea of what to watch for in this game. Let’s take a look at some film.

As you can see in the video above, the Terriers like to run a spread-option style of offense. Sometimes they will run the traditional option offense and then they will take snaps out of the shotgun. Obviously, in this game you can tell that the offensive line (even though they were going up against FCS talent) is pretty strong and take their blocking seriously. In this particular game, the Terriers were led by Lorenzo Long who had a total of 105 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Michael Weimer added 95 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

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Weimer and Long both return for their respective senior and junior seasons and will both see the field a lot against the Tigers. As you’ll see later, one of the keys to stopping the Terrier offense is neutralizing Lorenzo Long. This is what Clemson has to do defensively.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Terriers are very opportunistic, but we will see more of that as we review the next couple of film items.

This is the first scrimmage of the fall for the Terriers and it seemed to be a pretty positive scrimmage for Coach Mike Ayers and company. Many of their younger players made some plays and that is a good sign for the Terriers. They put in some good work, but I’ll be honest I can’t wait to see the Terriers try to throw the ball against Clemson’s secondary.

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  • All three of the quarterbacks that took snaps (Michael Weimer, Brandon Goodson, and Evan Jacks) did not look very comfortable throwing the football. They did squeeze the ball into tight coverage several times and none of them seemed to have a “pop” on the ball when they threw it. Wofford’s defense was very opportunistic, however, forcing a few interceptions and that may be a credit to how good they believe the can be defensively. Personally, they will probably be okay for the first quarter or half, but then depth will start to wear on the Terrier defense and that will be the end of that. Take a look at the last piece of film study on the Terrier’s most recent scrimmage for us to conclude our film study.

    Coach Ayers starts the video off by saying “If we had played Clemson tonight, we would’ve been beat by 100.” The team did look really bad in the scrimmage highlights, fumbling snaps, throwing interceptions, and dropping balls. Neither side really looked very good and their tackling was less than fundamental. This was a bad day for the Terriers, overall, but I think there is an overarching story line here: Clemson is going to be more than okay this weekend.

    After studying the film and looking over tape, I can honestly say I’m not worried about this game this week. Many Tiger fans expect it to be somewhat close, but I believe it will be over at halftime. Clemson is the better football team and we are going to get to see a heavy dose of the second-string guys in this home opener.

    What’s your thoughts on the film, Tiger fans? Did you learn anything from watching the little glimpses of film that made you feel better/worse about this weekend? Comment below!

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