PASADENA, Calif. — Oregon asked some of its defenders to do things they’d never done before.
After playing the first 32 games of his career at cornerback, Ugochukwu Amadi returned to the starting lineup at safety during Oregon’s 31-14 loss to UCLA on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
“Never played safety before in my life,” the junior said. “Just started this week.”
Sophomore La’Mar Winston made his fourth start of the season at linebacker but went wire-to-wire for the first time.
Sapakoff: The sun rises and Brent Venables comes up with Clemson answers
CLEMSON - And now for Brent Venables’ next Clemson magic trick.
The wily defensive coordinator will …
Pull an All-Atlantic Coast Conference cornerback out of a hat.
Slice an opponent’s yards-per-carry average in two.
Poof! Turn a decent offense into a frog.
Back at work less than eight weeks removed from Clemson’s 35-31 victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game, the 46-year-old father of four was a bit cranky Friday.
Clemson defensive tackle Pagano leaving football program
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Scott Pagano is leaving the program.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said the 6-foot-3, 295-pound native of Hawaii wants to play his final season closer to his home, probably somewhere on the West Coast. Swinney said Pagano, a part-time starter, told him he had accomplished his goals at Clemson of graduating and winning a national championship.
Another Clemson defender has reportedly elected to transfer from the program, according to reports.
With a win Saturday, Clemson will wrap up the ACC Atlantic Division title and seal consecutive ACC Championship berths for the first time in the league title game’s short 12-year history.
It didn’t work out for the fourth-ranked Tigers last week against Pittsburgh. But Clemson can get itself back on track via these four factors against Wake Forest: