Justin Mascoll Feels Like New Clemson Offense Helped Prepare Tigers for Duke

Justin Mascoll (Jason Priester All Clemson)

Clemson starting DE Justin Mascoll met with the media ahead of the Tigers’ Labor Day night matchup with Duke. The senior touched on a number of subjects, including the defenses mindset and how the new Clemson offense has helped the unit prepare for the dangerous Riley Leonard.

  • Mascoll said it is “exciting” opening up against a meaningful opponent on a Monday night but stressed that the team is treating it like any other game.
  • Mascoll said camp has been good and said the Tigers mindset coming in is “uncommon effort.” There is more of an emphasis being placed on creating turnovers.
  • Mascoll said Duke QB Riley Leonard is a good quarterback who can make plays with his feet and he thinks this will be a great game. Says Duke will try and hit them on the edges and he feels like Garrett Riley’s offense has helped prepare the defense for what they will see.
  • Mascoll said he never considered transferring, noting “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” Said he could not imagine finishing up his career anywhere else.
  • Peter Woods and T.J. Parker are two freshmen on the defense that have stood out. Also noted that A.J Hoffler and David Ojiegbe were obviously coached well in high school.
  • Mascoll said he has focused on improving his pass rush moves. That he has worked hard on finding his “style” and improving on his weaknesses. Said he is more of a “speed and power” type pass rusher but at the same time feels has grown into a more versatile pass rusher. Noted he has watched a lot of NFL film to prepare for this season.
  • Mascoll said the team knows they have the pieces in place to give them a chance this year and that is why there has been some talk of a national title from some players.
  • Mascoll said this is a physical defense and that they play with enough toughness to set the edge successfully.
  • Cade Klubnik has looked “great” and Mascoll has really liked what he has seen from the offense.

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