CUTigers.com sat down with Austin 1-on-1 this week to get his thoughts on Florida State and his part-time move to guard.
Also be sure to click on the video below for additional comments from Austin in his interview with the media:
Thomas- you guys threw a curve ball to Boston College last weekend by switching you to guard for most of the game. Talk about that transition and where you think you'll be playing the rest of the season.
: It was a decision they made after Barry Humphries got hurt. It was something they decided to try. Guard is more of my natural position I think. I enjoy playing there. I was rusty and at times my footwork was horrible. So it was very encouraging to know I can get a lot better and that's good in preparing for this week. I like playing the position. If it helps the team win games then I'm all for it. So we'll see where it goes from there.
Defensively it looks like Florida State has shown considerable improvement this season. What kind of problems do they bring to the table for you?
: Well it's a completely different defense from last week. Boston College is big physical where you try to get our athletes versus their athletes in open space. Where as against Florida State, you can't run side to side. They are definitely more athletic and they play extremely hard. Sometimes the Florida States in the past, once you get on them they quit and we know this team isn't going to do that. We know we've got a four quarter game that we have to be ready to play.
Does this FSU team remind you more of the old-school Florida State teams that were competing for conference championships and national championships after seeing them on film?
: Yeah. They've gotten their swagger back in a sense. They know they can line up and beat any team they line up against. That mentality makes them very dangerous. Coach Scott coached down there for 12 years and he knows that very well and he's been honest about it and doesn't try to sugar coat.
Is this one of your more favorite places to play on the road because of the atmosphere and everything that goes on at Doak-Campbell Stadium?
: It's like playing at our house. They have 80,000 fans that are loud and get after you. It's very exciting and there's nothing better than going down there and playing a team in their house. More than ever our communication has to be good at the line of scrimmage and we have to be ready for the problems that presents.
Have you heard the whispers about you guys still being in the thick of the ACC race and do you allow yourself to buy into that all at this point given how the season has gone?
: Well you hear it but I don't know it all works out. And I really don't care honestly. We can control this weekend and how we play and however it works out- great. But we know we have to win out for that to happen. So, there's a sense of urgency.
CLEMSON - While Saturday's game against Boston College may be considered an experiment more than anything else, Clemson center Thomas Austin is more than ready to help out where needed in the coming weeks.
CLEMSON - While Saturday's game against Boston College may be considered an experiment...