The two Clemson units that need to show up the most against Furman

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Heading into its Week 2 matchup against Furman at Death Valley, two groups on the Clemson offense need to show up and perform.

The offensive line and the wide receivers need to have strong performances.

Of everything I watched from the Tigers’ Week 1 win over Georgia Tech, it was these two groups I walked away wanting to see more from. While many people are putting a great deal of blame of the early offensive struggles on starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, it isn’t necessarily warranted. At least not to the extent I’ve seen.

Uiagalelei definitely struggled early, but neither of these units did him any favors. As DJ started getting things going, the offensive line still seemed to struggle to win the battle up front, while the wide receivers failed to make many plays for their quarterback.

There were quite a few passes from Uiagalalei where I couldn’t help but think, “wow, what a beautiful ball”, that fell incomplete as a receiver failed to make a play on the ball. On the running side of things, Shipley, Pace and Mafah struggled to find any holes as the offensive line failed to supply them.

I’m not here to defend DJ because I expect more from him, just like everyone else. I think people need to take a step back and acknowledge the issue is deeper than just one player because he plays the most important position on the field.

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