Unhappy camper
Josh Watson
Josh Watson
Anna Hickey
Posted Sep 11, 2012

CLEMSON - The look on Josh Watson’s face during Tuesday afternoon’s interview session at the West End Zone told the story.

Through two games, Watson is not a happy camper, even though Clemson is sitting with a perfect record.

A 6.3 yard per carry average will do that to a man.

“I don’t like it at all. We can score 50-something points, I was still unhappy after the [Ball State] game, because it’s exactly what it is, testing your manhood,” Watson said. “Just running right up the middle, that’s unacceptable, no matter whom it is.”

Clemson’s run defense has struggled so far this season. And that’s putting it lightly.

Auburn rushed for 180 yards in the season opener. Last weekend, Ball State put up 252 yards on 40 carries, including eight runs that went for 10-plus yards and three that gained 20 or more.

Consistency, Watson noted, has been the biggest issue for Clemson in run defense.

“Just one or two guys not doing their job on one play -- defense is all about getting 11 guys consistently doing their job on every play,” he said. “The offense is just looking for one crease and one mess up. If you don’t do your job -- personally aren’t doing your job -- that running back is going to find that hole and they did that Saturday.

“That’s just things we’ve got to get corrected. It’s not really talent or anything like that. It’s just we’ve just got to do our job.”

Watson and the rest of the Clemson front seven won’t sit back with an eye on cruising through Furman on Saturday. That group believes they still have plenty left to prove.

So does the rest of the team, for that matter.

“We also learned from last year, Wofford and Troy coming in here and probably should have beaten us. Definitely, Wofford probably should have beaten us, how that game turned out,” Watson said. “We’re taking it one game at a time. We don’t think we’re better than Furman, just because we have a paw on our jersey and their jerseys are purple and they’re not division one, or whatever.”

Watson, a redshirt sophomore, has played 55 snaps through two games this season. He’s recorded five tackles and a ½ a tackle for loss.

The Ball State game was the first start of his career.

“I had a pretty good game on Saturday. I guess I could have done better,” Watson said. “There’s never going to be a perfect game.”

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