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Clemson defensive line shines against Georgia Tech

Katie Bradham, Photo Editor
*DRAFT* Defensive line tackling Georgia Tech

Clemson’s defensive line dominated from start to finish in a 41-10 win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Monday and demonstrated why it is one of the most touted groups in the nation. 
The players on the line seemingly had their way against the Yellow Jackets by keeping the run game in check and generating pressure against the passing attack. 
The Tigers’ defensive line held Georgia Tech to 73 rushing yards on 30 attempts and also made plays behind the line of scrimmage, finishing with 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. 
Junior defensive tackle Bryan Bresee played in his first game since tearing his ACL last October, and the 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman picked up right where he left off. 
Bresee finished with four total tackles (two for loss) and was credited with half a sack. 
“I’m glad to see [Bresee] get back in the flow of things,” Clemson defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin said. “All the stuff that he’s been dealing with, adversities that he faced in the last year, it’s cool to see him go out there and perform at a really high level.”
Along with Bresee, defensive end K.J. Henry had himself a game-wrecking night.
The fifth-year senior tallied seven total tackles (2.5 for loss), one sack and a forced fumble. 
Henry created constant duress for Georgia Tech by pressuring Yellow Jacket quarterback Jeff Sims into errant and wild throws. 
“That was awesome to see,” Goodwin said when speaking on Henry’s play. “Unbelievable to see him go out there and perform the way he did. 
Aside from starters like Bresee and Henry, the defensive line also showed just how much depth and talent it has. 
When Bresee and Tyler Davis were not on the field at defensive tackle, Tré Williams, DeMonte Capehart and Ruke Orhorhoro also displayed their talent.
The trio combined for seven total tackles, with Orhorhoro being credited with 1.5 tackles for loss. 
From start to finish, Clemson’s defensive front held Georgia Tech’s offense at bay and kept the momentum in favor of the Tigers. 
The opener showed that this year’s defensive line for Clemson can certainly sustain the success it had in 2021 and possibly even surpass it moving forward in the season. 

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