FSU defense willing to bring bodies to pressure Clemson, young QB

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's not often you can call the Florida State football team the "hunter," and not the "hunted," but for the fourth-straight year, that's exactly what the Seminoles will be against Clemson.

Depending on who you ask, the Noles are as heavy as 17-point underdogs for this Saturday's showdown against Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. Last year, FSU was a 16-point underdog on the road.

The good news for FSU is that, despite their recent skid against the Tigers, the Seminoles have been in each one of those games with a chance to win late.

However, if FSU wants to pull off the upset, the first thing they're going to have to do is shutdown Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The freshman phenom has lived up to the hype, usurping incumbent signal caller Kelly Bryant by the end of September.

Seminoles defensive coordinator Harlen Barnett said on Wednesday that the team is willing to send however many defenders it takes to put pressure on Lawrence.

"You always want to mix it up, four, five, six guys, whatever it takes to be successful so we never say, 'Just do this many guys,'" Barnett explained. "It depends on what's working for you and how it's
going so far in the game. You get a feel for the game and then you go from there. We'll have multiple things ready to do and we'll see what's working best for us."

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