Clemson’s Defensive X-Factor for Week 1 vs. Duke

Clemson vs. Duke on Labor Day is shaping up to be one of the best Week 1 matchups of the season as Tigers and Blue Devils fans wait in anticipation for the start of their 2023 seasons.

For our offensive x-factor, we chose the player that could make or break Clemson’s season. On the defensive side of the ball, we turn to a freshman defensive tackle who has the potential to be one of the best players in college football.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, we are talking about defensive tackle Peter Woods. The No.1 ranked defensive player in the 2023 class according to ESPN’s recruiting rankings, Woods is expected to immediately impact the defensive line.

A star in the Tigers’ spring game, Woods has done nothing but impress Clemson defensive line coach Nick Eason, who has recruited and developed some top-tier defensive linemen.

“He hasn’t played a down yet, but I can tell you this — he definitely has the tools to be very dominant,” Eason said. “He has tools that I haven’t seen in a guy that just turned 18 years old.”

Watch out for Woods in 2023 as he breaks onto the scene and looks to dominate opposing offensive lines.

Story originally appeared on Clemson Wire