Clemson has the most complete team in college football.

Statistically speaking anyway.

Tigers are The only team in the game topped 11 nationally in total offense, scoring offense, total defense and scoring defense. While Clemson’s offense went to the first virtual podium on Tuesday, Ohio State countered by sending its defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs and half a dozen of its defensive standouts into the media blitz.

Here’s what Combs, Jonathan Cooper, Haskell Garrett, Justin Hilliard, Tommy Togia, Sean Wade and Pete Werner had to say:

Kerry Coombs

  • Coombs sees a lot of similarities between Ohio State’s receivers and Clemson’s receivers, and he hopes that the Buckeyes’ defense will help his own defense by getting a chance to practice against Talent in his receivers room.

  • Coombs says Trevor Lawrence is “deceptively fast” and “one of the best college quarterbacks of all time.” They say Lawrence works to step into the pocket, avoid pressure, recognize his pre-recognition and improve upon changing the game.

  • Ohio State and Clemson recruit against each other for the same players: “I think they are great recruiters and do an unprecedented job when they get kids on their campus. I think this one Great fight. I think we do a great job of identifying. Only one child across the country. ”

  • Coombs compared Tommy Togia with Robert Landers in reference to his origins. He says that Togia is “strong as an ox” and “tireless”.

  • Coombs said he has never seen anything in his coaching career, like this year he has seen with Haskell Garrett, who was shot in the face in August and is now an All-American defensive tackle, and “I’m delighted” Is. I hope I’ll never see it again. ”

  • He believes that Garrett got “a new lease on life” and that after his gunshot wound, his own conversation with Garrett became bright and spirited.

  • On Clemson’s explosive offense: “I don’t think anyone stops them. You want to try to slow them down. … If you went into a game and said we’re taking this one thing away , Then there are other ways to beat them. You. ”

  • He says that Jonathan Cooper has “pushed all his chips into this matchup” and added that “we’re going to see Cop’s best effort in this game.”

  • Coombs says the game means “a lot to Sean Wade” and “there’s no question” that the eviction in the first half of last season’s gala bowl was “really hard on him.”

Shaun Wade

  • Wade respected Clemson’s receiver outside and in the slot, saying the Tigers have a group of talented playmakers who need to focus on the Buckeyes’ secondary needs.

  • On her first team All-American honors: “I feel at the end of the day, I can always do better. … I’m not focused on that, I’m just trying to win a national championship.”

  • Wade was eliminated in the first half of last year’s Fiesta Bowl matchup with Clemson, but he says there’s no pressure to play well this time around: “At the end of the day, it’s a team game, I don’t play… It’s a new team, it’s a new day, it’s new. I’m just looking forward to getting a chance to play. ”

  • Wade believes his targeted penalty changed the pace of the game and helped give Clemson an edge.

  • Whether or not Ohio State-Clemson is a rivalry: “I make it clear because we’ve never beaten Clemson. So we’ve beaten them … In our past history, we’ve never beat them, so that’s our goal.” Is. And we’ll go from there. ”

  • Wade believes everyone had a hand in the team last season after losing to Clemson and everyone in the team still has a bad taste after the loss.

  • He says Sevin Banks is a player to watch on Friday: “Just look, he’s definitely gonna make plays … he’s laser-focused.”

Jonathan Cooper

  • This is the third time Cooper will face Clemson during his Ohio State career: “In my freshman year I didn’t see much of the field and last year I was out so I didn’t see the field. This year, to make an impact. I do it on the team and being healthy means the most. ”

  • Cooper says he has “no regrets” about returning in the second season of this year because this year he was not planning with the COVID-19 epidemic.

  • Cooper believes Ryan Day isn’t taking the game any differently than any other: “With Coach Day, every game he approaches with the same intensity and the same mindset.”

  • On Pete Werner’s position switch: “I think the biggest thing he has going forward in which is his leadership. … He’s someone who people can count on.”

  • Cooper says the players loved going to New Orleans to enjoy the city and the food there – and for that, personally, the seafood – but he finally says, “We’re there to win a football game Are going All business. ”

  • Cooper: “Our key word is fight, and we keep fighting everything we’ve faced this year. With Coach Day as our leader, he has done a fantastic job.”

  • Cooper said with a laugh that he is “probably” not going to return for another year at Ohio State.

Haskell Garrett

  • On his second team All-American Award: “I feel really honored. It’s not just me. It’s a group of people. It’s not only my honor, it’s theirs too. My success is our success.” ”

  • Garrett is impressed by Travis Etienne’s vision, speed, ability to run downhill and his tendency to hit the hole: “We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us.”

  • Garrett is happy that the buildup for this season’s playoff game is not as long as it is as opposed to a week-long hiatus during the first season.

  • Garrett, who did not attend Ohio State’s Virtual Senior Day, says he has not made a decision on whether he will return for another season or enter the 2021 NFL Draft: “I still debate that Doing, and this is something that I ‘ll have to go after the season with myself and my family. ”

  • On the importance of putting pressure on Trevor Lawrence, but also against his ability to run: “It’s going to be a big challenge. He’s a dynamic quarterback. Usually people who don’t run big and long … . But we know. The game is changing a lot and a lot of these quarterbacks are double jeopardy. We need to be aware that he can extend plays and if the play breaks down and has good coverage, he will Will try to do it with my feet. ”

  • Garrett believes that Clemson hasn’t played much differently on offense or defense than any of the teams he has faced in the Big Ten, but the Tigers are disciplined and consistently stick to their assignments.

Tommy togia

  • Togia believes Clemson’s offensive line works very well together and does well to run the backs of Etienne and the Tigers.

  • Togia says that he worked faster and faster in the early stages of quarantine and believes that it has been shown on the field.

  • Togia graduated from high school high school in Pocatello, Idaho, the same school that New Orleans quarterback / utility player Tysam Hill attended: “I only talked to Tessem a few times, but he’s a great friend. He’s one of them.” Is one of the people you’re watching. Because he’s one of those people who made it out of Idaho. ”

  • Trevor Lawrence is “much faster than he sounds”, Togia says, and the Buckeyes must be aware of their running lanes and be disciplined.

  • It is “unbelievable”, Togia says, to see the adversity that Haskell Garrett has overcome to get to this point in his career.

Pete werner

  • He says the biggest challenge of defending Etienne is that he is dangerous both in running and passing games.

  • Even though Ohio State has played only two games since their clash against Indiana, Werner believes the Buckeyes’ defense has solved some of the problems shown during that game: “I show everyone Can’t wait to show the nation for. Backtracked from the issues shown in the film. ”

  • Giving big plays, he says, is one of the biggest reasons Ohio State lost to Clemson last season. He credits Lawrence for his great playing ability and says that the Bucky defense needs to be disciplined to defend him.

  • It has been a great journey working from a special team player to one of the defensive leaders and team leaders, Werner says.

  • On Ryan Day’s lead: “He’s been to the players before. We talk about a lot of obstacles getting in our way, and he’s a guy that’s always going to be there for you. He constantly asks the players What he can do for them and what we do. ” Need from him. … He is someone you always want to be next to and be surrounded by his leadership. ”

Justin Hilliard