CLEMSON -- In mapping his game plan for Miami, Clemson offensive Billy Napier might begin with a compass.
To combat a speed-laden defense -- and Miami is synonymous with speed -- conventional thought is to attack straight ahead, with a north-south, run-heavy focus. It's something Clemson has had success with since following its bye week last season.
"You can use their speed to your advantage, get them moving," Napier said, "I think it's a combination of that and going north-south. That's what we do. That's what we are going to do."
Napier said the Miami defense is more complex in its second year under John Lovett, but the Hurricanes remain relatively basic, preferring to use their talent to win one-on-one matchups.
"They have speed at every position," Napier said. "The guys at the back end, in particular, are elite skill players. That's what Miami is known for --that's who they are."
QB injury updates
Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker (back/ribs) and Miami QB Jacory Harris, who injured his non- throwing shoulder (left) at Pittsburgh, are both back practicing this week.
"(Parker) looked good yesterday," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "The weekend off was really, really good for him. He's 100 percent ready to go." Parker said he still had some soreness but will wear extra padding to protect his back Saturday.
Better than CJ?
Through 17 career games Andre Ellington has a better rushing average than C.J. Spiller, and Swinney said Tuesday he is a better pure runner at this point in his career.
"C.J had a lot to learn when he came here trying to be a true tailback," Swinney said. "He didn't understand what he was trying to set up, what he was looking at. He'd bounce everything or stop his feet in the hole; same thing with Jamie (Harper). When it was all said and done, I think we had a pretty good finished product with C.J. Spiller. But as a sophomore, Ellington is a better pure running back."
Dabo to fans: stop quacking
Swinney has fielded letters and emails complaining about Saturday's noon kickoff. Swinney pointed out he doesn't control kickoff times Tuesday and asked fans to stop "quacking like a bunch of ducks."
Miami 6-8, 350-pound freshman tackle Seantreal Henderson practiced with the first team Tuesday. Henderson was the top-ranked tackle in the 2010 class. He could be matched up with Da'Quan Bowers Saturday in his first start. …. Clemson had fewer than 100 tickets remaining for Saturday's game as of Tuesday morning … Swinney declared left guard Davis Smith out for Miami. He will be replaced by Mason Cloy in the starting lineup; Brandon Thomas will be in reserve.