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Offensive Line Faces Tough Challenge With Tigers Roaring In

Before we dive into the bad news and ponder what may happen to SU’s offensive line against Clemson’s front seven on Saturday, let’s begin with some good news. Airon Servais recorded his first tackle of the season last week. Three years of hard work finally paid off, as Servais notched the second tackle of his career. Some of you might say, “Wait, isn’t Airon Servais an offensive lineman?” That part isn’t important. What’s encouraging is that we’re seeing new guys step up every week and contribute to what’s supposed to be a stingy defense.

In all seriousness, Servais tackled a Maryland defender that picked off an errant Tommy DeVito pass. But can’t the big man get some love without delving into the nitty-gritty? 

Alright with the good news out of the way, it’s time to take a 7:30 pm walk down Elm Street, home to Freddy Krueger and Clemson’s defensive line. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Servais and his O-line brethren are not looking forward to this matchup.

A year ago Clemson was home to Clelin Ferrel, Austin Bryant, Dexter Lawrence, and Christian Wilkins. Luckily all of those dudes are now in the NFL. But that also means there were very talented players who had a chance to redshirt behind the fearsome foursome. One player that comes to mind is Xavier Thomas. If you don’t know who Thomas is, there’s a good chance you’ll learn a whole lot about him on Saturday. 

One thing about Thomas that’s important to note, is that he hates players who call plays, hike footballs, and throw pigskins. This week, you can bet he’s zoned in on Tommy DeVito. Good luck Tommy Touchdown. Another important thing to know about Thomas, is that he was the 4th ranked recruit in the country in 2018. And now it’s his turn to shine on Clemson’s front line.

Another Tiger to keep an eye on is fellow redshirt freshman K.J. Henry. Hailing from North Carolina, Henry was the 6th ranked recruit in the country in 2018. That’s two top ten recruits gunning for DeVito on Saturday. And you can bet Clemson will be looking for revenge in the place where it lost its last regular season game.

DeVito better be ready to get rid of the ball quickly. There’s a good chance he’ll have a couple of former top-10 recruits targeting him every play. And neither of those guys were Clemson’s top commit in 2018. That award belongs to a guy named Trevor Lawrence. And he’ll keep SU’s defense busy all night long.

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