Marcus Spears names surprising key for Texas A&M to stop Clemson's offense
When you think of this year’s Clemson Tigers, you probably think first of QB Trevor Lawrence, who led the Tigers to the national title last year.
However, if the No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies are going to stop No. 1 Clemson in Clemson on Saturday afternoon, SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears thinks another player is the key.
On Saturday morning’s edition of “SportsCenter,” Spears said the Aggies need to stop RB Travis Etienne:
“The focus needs to be on Travis Etienne,” he said. “You have to stop this run game and force Trevor Lawrence to be one-dimensional. … Everybody has guys on this level that can take advantage of forcing the other team to throw it 30-40 times a game.”
Etienne ran for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns in a Week 1 rout of Georgia Tech, and does indeed look like one of the best running backs in the country.
Lawrence is also talented, though, so we’ll see how the Aggies decide to play defensively.